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RRB Labor Member message to Rail Labor

(Source: Railroad Retirement Board press release, March 23, 2020)CHICAGO — The following is a message to Rail Labor from John ...
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Rail Conference seeks Railroad Retirement improvements in coronavirus stimulus bill INDEPENDENCE, Ohio, March 24 - In a letter to Congressional leaders today, the Teamsters Rail Conference urges Congress to ...
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Amtrak cuts management pay to address ridership loss

(Source: Progressive Railroading 03/24/2020) Amtrak has made several service changes to address "significantly reduced demand in key markets." Photo – ...
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Deregulating rail transportation of liquefied natural gas

(Source: The Regulatory Review, March 23, 2020)WASHINGTON, D.C. — A new regulation from the Trump Administration may soon make it ...
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BLET, SMART-TD seek federal help in ensuring coronavirus response

(Source: Freight Waves, March 24, 2020)CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. — Two railroad labor unions are pressing the Federal Railroad Administration (FRA) to ...
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Class I employment dipped slightly in February

All six workforce categories posted month-to-month employment decreases. Photo – BNSF Class Is employed 127,634 workers as of mid-February, down ...
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SMART TD and BLET petition FRA for emergency protocols regarding COVID-19

CLEVELAND, Ohio, March 20 — The SMART Transportation Division (SMART-TD) and the Brotherhood of Locomotive Engineers and Trainmen (BLET) today ...
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Washington State Legislature passes train crew bill

(Source: Progressive Railroading 03/18/2020) The Washington State Legislature has passed a bill that would establish a minimum crew size on ...
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D.C. Circuit rejects Union Pacific challenge to DOT flammable freight data disclosure rule

(Source: Reuters, March 18, 2020)WASHINGTON, D.C. — A U.S. federal appeals court has denied a bid by Union Pacific Railroad ...
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U.S. weekly coal carloads fall to 10 year low

(Source: S&P Global Platts, March 18, 2020)HOUSTON — US coal carloads fell to a 10-year low 55,542 in the week ...
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AAR reports rail traffic decline for week ending March 14, 2020

(Source: Association of American Railroads press release, March 18, 2020)WASHINGTON, D.C. — The Association of American Railroads (AAR) today reported U.S. ...
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RRB cancels Spring 2020 Pre-Retirement Seminars

INDEPENDENCE, Ohio, March 20 — The Railroad Retirement Board has cancelled all Pre-Retirement Seminars scheduled for March through June 2020 ...
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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.

Disclaimer: This website is not affiliated with Union Pacific Railroad, and the information contained within these web pages may not reflect the views or opinions of the Union Pacific Railroad.

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