What’s happening with NMB, FRA and STB?

November 6, 2017

(Source: Railway Age, November 3, 2017) NEW YORK — Nearly 11 months into the Administration of Donald J. Trump, leadership appointments at the three federal regulatory agencies of significant importance to railroads — the National Mediation Board, Federal Railroad Administration and Surface Transportation Board — have yet to be finalized. Full story: Railway Age Monday, November…

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Mining company, UP back in court over Coeur d’Alene clean up costs

October 31, 2017

(Source: Spokesman-Review, October 30, 2017) BOISE, Idaho — Eight years after paying out $482 million to fund cleanup from a century of mining contamination in North Idaho’s Silver Valley, the copper mining firm Asarco is back in court, demanding that Union Pacific Railroad pay it $130 million because it contends the railroad caused a big…

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Health FSA open enrollment for 2018 continues through October 31

October 18, 2017

INDEPENDENCE, Ohio, October 18 — Open enrollment for the Health Flexible Spending Account Plan (FSA) 2018 benefit year is available for just over two more weeks, concluding on October 31, 2017. It is important to note that members must enroll in the Health FSA every year — FSA enrollment is not automatic each year so interested…

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BLET shares summary of Tentative National Agreement

October 17, 2017

INDEPENDENCE, Ohio, October 16 — In response to membership questions regarding the Tentative National Agreement, the BLET is making available a summary of its main points and some examples of its application. The PDF linked below is based on the presentation the BLET National Division shared with all involved General Chairmen on October 6, 2017,…

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Coordinated Bargaining Group condemns interference in its ratification process

October 17, 2017

(The following is a joint press release from the Coordinated Bargaining Group) On October 6, 2017, the six Rail Unions comprising the Coordinated Bargaining Group (CBG) announced that they had reached a Tentative National Agreement with the Nation’s Freight Rail Carriers. Shortly after that announcement, a Union belonging to a different bargaining coalition began a…

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National Negotiations update: Coordinated Bargaining Group unions reach tentative national contract agreement

October 5, 2017

INDEPENDENCE, Ohio, October 5 — Rail Unions making up the Coordinated Bargaining Group (CBG) announced today that they have reached a Tentative National Agreement with the Nation’s Freight Rail Carriers. The CBG is comprised of six unions: the American Train Dispatchers Association; the Brotherhood of Locomotive Engineers and Trainmen (a Division of the Rail Conference…

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STB to review rules on ex parte communication

October 3, 2017

(Source: Progressive Railroading 10/03/2017) The Surface Transportation Board (STB) has proposed to update its rules on ex parte communications in informal rulemaking proceedings, the agency announced last week. The board has proposed allowing such communications, subject to disclosure requirements, and clarifying when and how people may communicate with the board about other pending proceedings, according to an…

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Portland port obtains federal grant to upgrade security

October 3, 2017

(Source: Progressive Railroading 10/23/2017) The Port of Portland will receive a $1.25 million federal grant to upgrade marine terminal security systems. The port will use the grant to rebuild key components of the security systems at terminals 4 and 6, port officials announced in a press release. Specifically, the port will renew antiquated closed circuit television cameras…

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Rail industry slow on safety upgrade for fleets carrying oil and ethanol

October 3, 2017

(Source: De Smog Blog, October 1, 2017) NEW YORK — A new government report finds that only 9 percent of all the rail tank cars transporting flammable liquids last year met the stricter safety requirements of regulations set in 2015, which were meant to reduce oil train explosions and accidents. This confirms what DeSmog reported…

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