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July 2020

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Rail groups gear up for infrastructure bill fight

(Source: Freight Waves, June 22, 2020)CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. — Rail groups are considering their next steps as a major, multi-billion dollar ...
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The Invest in America Act prioritizes the needs of transportation system, frontline workers

(Source: AFL-CIO Transportation Trades Department press release, June 19, 2020)WASHINGTON, D.C. — Larry Willis, president of the Transportation Trades Department, AFL-CIO ...
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DOT releases final rule for transport of LNG by rail

(Source: U.S. Department of Transportation press release, June 19, 2020)WASHINGTON, D.C. — Today, the U.S. Department of Transportation (USDOT) and the ...
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Leyshon reelected UP-Western Region General Chairman

INDEPENDENCE, Ohio, June 18 — Brother Steve A. Leyshon was reelected by acclamation as the General Chairman of the Union ...
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Authorities investigate UP train derailment and explosion in Wyoming

(Source: Fairfield Sun Times, June 15, 2020)ROCK SPRINGS, Wyo. — Plumes of smoke and flames shot upwards of 100 feet ...
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Rail unions join forces to end RUIA sequestration

INDEPENDENCE, Ohio, June 12 — All U.S. railroad labor unions have united in a campaign to overturn the unfair sequestration ...
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Oklahoma police frustrated with BNSF, UP as train delays worsen

(Source: KTUL, June 12, 2020)CLAREMORE, Okla. — Train delays in Claremore are a common issue but today folks in town ...
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AFL-CIO sends a special message to union members who voted from Trump

(Source: Labor Tribune, June 4, 2020)WASHINGTON, D.C. — Even as the AFL-CIO announced its endorsement of Joe Biden last week, ...
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Trans-Pacific rates surge as volume rebounds

(Source: Freight Waves, June 11, 2020)NEW YORK — Politically, the U.S. and China are barely on speaking terms. Trade-wise, they’re ...
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U.S. freight-rail traffic down 15.6 percent in Week 23

(Source: Progressive Railroading 06/11/2020) U.S. railroads logged a 15.6 percent decrease in carload and intermodal volumes during the week ending ...
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Inside a Wall Street tycoon’s plan to get Americans off the highway and onto his trains

(Source: Forbes, June 11, 2020)NEW YORK — Shouting over the noise of diners at a Mexican restaurant on the floor ...
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Opinion: For railroads, there may be no new “normal”

(Source: Railway Age opinion column by Nicholas Little, June 11, 2020)NEW YORK — In response to Jim Blaze’s interesting “Railroad ...
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The Brotherhood of Locomotive Engineers and Trainmen - UP Western Region GCA represents locomotive engineers working in the Western Region of the Union Pacific Railroad, which encompasses Washington, Oregon, Idaho, Utah and portions of Nevada. We also represent members on the Portland & Western Railroad as well as the Portland Terminal Railroad.

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