The Use of Social Media while at work

May 18, 2018

Below is the body of an email that I received discussing the points made by a panel of arbitrators at a recent Arbitration Conference held in Seattle.  Although they do not discuss the specifics of the cases that they discussed they did bring up some good points. This issue is being talked about in all industries…

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Japanese rail operator says sorry for “inexcusable” departure 25 seconds early

May 18, 2018

(Source: National Public Radio, May 17, 2018) WASHINGTON, D.C. — In the U.S., you might expect a passenger rail operator to apologize for being late. However, in Japan — where sleek, high-speed trains are famous for arrivals and departures that you could set your watch by — leaving a station just 25 seconds early is…

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AAR reports rail traffic for week ending May 12, 2018

May 18, 2018

(Source: Association of American Railroads press release, May 16, 2018) WASHINGTON, D.C. — The Association of American Railroads (AAR) today reported U.S. rail traffic for the week ending May 12, 2018. For this week, total U.S. weekly rail traffic was 550,029 carloads and intermodal units, up 5.8 percent compared with the same week last year. Total…

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Union Pacific Execs Discussed Deregulatory Wishlist in Closed-Door Meeting with EPA’s Pruitt

May 17, 2018

(Source: boldnebraska.org May 9, 2018) Internal EPA records obtained through a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) by the Sierra Club have revealed that EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt met in secret with Union Pacific executives in Omaha during his October 2017 trip to Nebraska, to discuss the company’s deregulatory wishlist. The email exchange between U.P. and EPA…

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Rightwing groups secret ‘toolkit’ to plot against US unions

May 17, 2018

(Source: The Guardian May 15, 2018) Rightwing activists are launching a nationwide drive to persuade public-sector trade union members to tear up their membership cards and stop paying dues, posing a direct threat to the progressive movement in America. Documents obtained by the Guardian reveal that a network of radical conservative thinktanks spanning all 50…

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NMB announces reorganization

May 17, 2018

(Source: National Mediation Board press release, May 14, 2018) WASHINGTON, D.C. — The National Mediation Board (NMB) is pleased to announce the signing of a new Delegation Order, effective immediately, which reorganizes the NMB. The Office of Chief of Staff, the position of Chief of Staff, and the position of Assistant Chief of Staff are eliminated…

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Hump yards, dwell times and velocity: a trio of railroad execs discuss the state of their companies

May 17, 2018

(Source: Freight Waves, May 16, 2018) CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. — It was a hat trick of three railroads at the Bank of America Merrill Lynch transportation conference in Boston, all of them choosing to broadcast their presentations via webex. They all talked about great shipping markets, but the executives had a few other things to say.…

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AAR signs on to federal coal lawsuit against Washington state

May 17, 2018

(Source: TDN.com, May 17, 2018) LONGVIEW, Wash. — The stack of legal briefs supporting a federal lawsuit over a proposed coal terminal in Longview continues to grow. The American Railroad Association filed an amicus brief Tuesday arguing that state regulators’ denial of permits for Millennium Bulk Terminals’ $680 million export facility represents an illegal attempt…

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Seattle-area railroads on track for installing PTC

May 17, 2018

(Source: KOMO News, May 16, 2018) SEATTLE — Experts think a technology called Positive Train Control would have prevented the December Amtrak derailment that killed three people and injured dozens more. Full story: www.komonews.com Thursday, May 17, 2018

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