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May 2021

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Union Pacific cuts almost 60 jobs in Palestine, Texas

(Source: KLTV, April 16, 2021)PALESTINE, Texas — Union Pacific notified workers at the Palestine Car Facility that 57 positions will ...
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Brightline on track to begin Las Vegas high-speed rail project

An artist's rendering of Brightline West, the proposed train that will operate between Southern California and Las Vegas.Photo – Brightline ...
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U.S. rail traffic grows in Week 14, but pandemic affects comparisons

(Source: Progressive Railroading 04/15/2021) U.S. railroads reported 513, 724 carloads and intermodal units for the week ending April 10, a ...
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Long Beach port logged busiest month in March

POLB officials attributed the trend to consumers spending less on travel and more online while waiting out the COVID-19 pandemic. ...
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CP-KCS merger may be the last big rail deal

(Source: Bloomberg, April 12, 2021)NEW YORK — Canadian Pacific Railway Ltd. has finally found the right target to realize its ...
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NTSB investigates death of conductor at BNSF facility in Louisiana, Mo.

(Source: Associated Press, April 12, 2021)WASHINGTON, D.C. — The National Transportation Safety Board is investigating the death of a BNSF ...
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U.S. DOT lists transportation projects in $3 trillion plan to woo Congress

(Source: CQ-Roll Call, April 9, 2021)WASHINGTON, D.C. — The Transportation Department is engaging with lawmakers by sending out a spreadsheet ...
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Class I employment grew a bit in February

Four of six employment categories registered employment increases in February compared with January's level.Photo – (Source: Progressive Railroading 03/30/2021) ...
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Comparison of benefits under Railroad Retirement and Social Security

(Source: Railroad Retirement Board press release, March 30, 2021)CHICAGO — Employers and employees covered by the Railroad Retirement Act pay higher ...
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Factbox: What’s in Biden’s $2.3 trillion infrastructure plan?

(Source: Reuters, March 31, 2021)WASHINGTON, D.C. — The infrastructure plan U.S. President Joe Biden will roll out in Pittsburgh on ...
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Update from Railroad Retirement Board’s Labor Member regarding American Rescue Plan Act of 2021

(BLET Editor’s Note: The following is a message to Rail Labor from John Bragg, Labor Member of the U.S. Railroad ...
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Nevada says push for freight rail not an attack on trucking

(Source: Freight Waves, March 17, 2021)CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. — Should Nevada, which has only one warehouse actively using a rail siding, ...
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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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