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March 2023

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Despite toxic disaster, railroads still want single-person crews

(Source: CNN, March 4, 2023) The nation’s major freight railroads have long desired to have only one crew member, a ...
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2nd Norfolk Southern train derails in Ohio; Officials say no hazardous materials released

(Source: ABC News, March 5, 2023) No hazardous materials were involved after a Norfolk Southern train derailed Saturday near Springfield, ...
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Carloads and intermodal volume decline in February 2023

(Source: Railway Age, March 1, 2023) U.S rail traffic in February 2023 lagged the same month last year—down 5.2% or ...
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Biden hails bipartisan rail safety bill

(Source: Politico, March 2, 2023) President Joe Biden on Thursday praised bipartisan legislation that would strengthen safety rules governing railroads, ...
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Major railroads to join voluntary close call reporting program

(Source: Reuters, March 2, 2023) Seven major North American freight rail companies on Thursday agreed to join a voluntary employee ...
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Leaked audio reveals U.S. rail workers were told to skip inspections as Ohio crash incites scrutiny to industry

(Source: The Guardian, March 3, 2023) In leaked audio heard by the Guardian, a manager for one of the US’s ...
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U.S. Senators from Ohio introduce bipartisan rail safety bill after East Palestine crash; Bill would mandate two-person train crews

(Source: Associated Press, March 1, 2023) Railroads like the one involved in last month’s fiery crash and toxic chemical release in Ohio ...
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Rail unions tell Biden officials that workers have fallen ill at NS derailment site

(Source: CNBC, March 1, 2023) The presidents of U.S. railroad unions told Biden administration officials that rail workers have fallen ...
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“Crafting an illusion:” U.S. rail firms’ multimillion-dollar PR push

(Source: The Guardian, February 27, 2023) The PR push is a window into a years-long, multimillion-dollar campaign by America’s biggest ...
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FRA makes safety recommendations for hotbox detector warnings

(Source: Trains Magazine, February 28, 2023) The Federal Railroad Administration today encouraged railroads to improve the way they collect and ...
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Experts say trains are becoming less safe, and disasters like East Palestine will be more prevalent

(Source: USA Today, February 27, 2023) The train derailment in East Palestine, Ohio, has left the small community devastated, and questions about the ...
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DOT calls for rail industry to take immediate, commonsense steps to improve accountability and safety

(Source: U.S. Department of Transportation press release, February 21, 2023) Among the immediate calls for action: Freight rail industry should accelerate ...
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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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