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Three known cases of coronavirus reported at two Class I railroads

(Source: Freight Waves, March 19, 2020)CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. — Union Pacific and Canadian Pacific each have employees who have contracted the ...
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Shippers struggle to find intermodal containers for export

(Source: Freight Waves, March 16, 2020)CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. — The precipitous drop in port volumes at the North American coastal ports ...
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Hoffa: Senate must act to protect families from expanding COVID-19 crisis

(Source: International Brotherhood of Teamsters press release, March 16, 2020)WASHINGTON, D.C. — The following is a statement from Teamsters General President ...
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Struggling intermodal meets further headwinds with coronavirus

(Source: Supply Chain Dive, March 16, 2020)WASHINGTON, D.C. — Intermodal carriers have already had a tough year because low spot ...
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FRA declares emergency in response to coronavirus outbreak

(Source: Federal Railroad Administration press release, March 14, 2020)WASHINGTON, D.C. — Pursuant to Title 49 of the Code of Federal Regulations ...
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Two-person crew bill awaits Governor’s signature in Washington State

INDEPENDENCE, Ohio, March 17 — After more than seven years of hard word by the BLET’s Washington State Legislative Board ...
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Neopanamax cranes arrive at Port of Savannah

(Source: Progressive Railroading 03/13/2020) On March 10, the cargo ship BigLift Barentsz sailed into the Port of Savannah with three ...
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For the first time in 15 years, grade crossing safety gains a hearing

(Source: Progressive Railroading 03/13/2020) By Julie Sneider, Senior Associate Editor For the first time in 15 years, the House Subcommittee on Railroads, ...
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AAR: Coronavirus impact reflected in intermodal traffic volume

(Source: Progressive Railroading 03/12/2020) U.S. freight railroads logged 462,303 carloads and intermodal units during the week ending March 7, down ...
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Unified Plan helps smooth operations for Union Pacific

(Source: Progressive Railroading March 2020) UP now uses one-third fewer locomotives and cars to move nearly the same amount of ...
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Ports of LA, Long Beach win federal grants for rail infrastructure projects

The $14.5 million federal grant awarded to the Port of Long Beach will be used for the Alameda Corridor south ...
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UP pledges science-based targets for GHG emission reduction

(Source: Progressive Railroading 03/10/2020) Union Pacific Railroad today announced its intention to set science-based targets to determine how much and when ...
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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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