AAR reports rail traffic for week ending June 16, 2018

June 25, 2018

(Source: Association of American Railroads press release, June 20, 2018) WASHINGTON, D.C. — The Association of American Railroads (AAR) today reported U.S. rail traffic for the week ending June 16, 2018. For this week, total U.S. weekly rail traffic was 558,098 carloads and intermodal units, up 4.1 percent compared with the same week last year. Total…

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BNSF asks for two-year delay on PTC implementation, and says it’s the fault of others

June 25, 2018

(Source: Freight Waves, June 16, 2018) NEW YORK — Two days before the chief federal rail regulator was scheduled to hold a big meeting to talk about positive train control with the nation’s railroads, one of the biggest dropped a bombshell. Full story: Freight Waves Monday, June 25, 2018

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BNSF estimates 230,000 gallons of oil spilled into Little Rock River

June 25, 2018

(Source: Sioux City Journal, June 23, 2018) DOON, Iowa — Iowa Gov. Kim Reynolds paid a visit Saturday to local authorities tasked with cleaning up some 230,000 gallons of oil that spilled into the Little Rock River near Doon early Friday morning from a derailed BNSF train. Full story: Sioux City Journal Monday, June 25, 2018

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Teamsters join legal challenge to presidential executive orders that impair union and employee rights

June 15, 2018

(Source: International Brotherhood of Teamsters press release, June 13, 2018) WASHINGTON, D.C. — Today, the International Brotherhood of Teamsters joined with 12 other labor unions in bringing a lawsuit to stop the implementation of three executive orders issued by the President on May 25. Two of the orders impair long-established federal labor relations procedures by limiting…

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U.S. railroads’ upward traffic trend continued in Week 23

June 14, 2018

(Source: Progressive Railroading 06/14/18) U.S. rail traffic growth continued in the week ending June 9, with railroads logging 561,061 carloads and intermodal units, a 4.2 percent increase compared with the same week last year, according to Association of American Railroads (AAR) data. Total carloads for the week rose 2.8 percent to 271,641 units, while intermodal volume climbed…

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FTA OKs Oregon’s transit-rail safety oversight program

June 14, 2018

(Source: Progressive Railroading 06/14/18) Oregon is the latest state to have its transit-rail safety oversight program certified by the Federal Transit Administration (FTA). Under federal law, states with transit-rail systems have to get their safety oversight programs certified by April 15, 2019. To achieve certification, a state must establish a safety oversight agency that’s financially and legally…

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CSX settles EEOC suit over physical fitness tests for $3.2 million

June 14, 2018

(Source: Bloomberg News, June 12, 2018) WASHINGTON, D.C. — CSX Transportation Inc. and the U.S. government asked a federal judge to approve an agreement settling sex bias allegations for $3.2 million and other relief. The government alleged that CSX’s physical abilities testing discriminated against women as a class. Full story: Transport Topics Wednesday, June 13, 2018

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BNSF files request for PTC extension due to interoperability delays with other railroads

June 14, 2018

(Source: BNSF Railway press release, June 13, 2018) FORT WORTH, Texas — BNSF Railway Company (BNSF) announced in December 2017 that it had fully installed and was operating under Positive Train Control (PTC) on all mandated subdivisions in advance of the December 31, 2018 deadline. Today, it announced that it nonetheless submitted a request to the…

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Transportation bill would require Amtrak to employ one ticketing agent in each state

June 11, 2018

(Source: Progressive Railroading 06/11/2018) U.S. Sen. Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) has secured language in a federal transportation appropriations bill that would ensure Amtrak employs at least one ticketing agent in every state. Manchin lobbied for the measure after Amtrak announced it was terminating its only ticketing agent position in West Virginia. Although Amtrak sells most of its tickets…

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Sound Transit slates meetings on Lynnwood Link extension station designs

June 11, 2018

(Source: Progressive Railroading 06/11/2018) Sound Transit has scheduled three open houses to provide an update on station designs for the Lynnwood Link light-rail extension. The agency has made a series of “design refinements” to cut costs for the 8.5-mile extension, Sound Transit officials said in a press release. The line will run from Seattle’s Northgate neighborhood…

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AAR sends letter to U.S. mayors to stress freight railroads’ local impacts

June 11, 2018

(Source: Progressive Railroading 06/11/2018) The Association of American Railroads (AAR) on Friday sent a letter to numerous U.S. mayors highlighting the freight-rail industry’s business and external relations efforts, including its economic impact, safety record and technological gains. The letter cites freight railroads’ ongoing work to install positive train control and references the AskRail app that was developed with the International Association…

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USDOT names 26 proposed recipients of initial INFRA grants

June 11, 2018

(Source: Progressive Railroading 06/11/2018) The U.S. Department of Transportation on Friday announced plans to allocate nearly $1.5 billion in proposed grants for 26 projects through the new Infrastructure for Rebuilding America (INFRA) discretionary grant program. INFRA grants “support the Trump Administration’s commitment to fix the nation’s crumbling infrastructure by creating opportunities for all levels of government and the…

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RRB issues statements of service (Form BA-6)

June 11, 2018

(Source: Railroad Retirement Board press release, May 23, 2018) CHICAGO — Each year, the U.S. Railroad Retirement Board (RRB) prepares a “Certificate of Service Months and Compensation” (Form BA-6) for every railroad employee with creditable railroad compensation in the previous calendar year. The RRB will mail the forms to employees during the first half of June.…

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Cruise company Carnival will buy Alaska’s White Pass & Yukon railroad

June 11, 2018

(Source: Anchorage Daily News, June 8, 2018) ANCHORAGE, Alaska — One of the world’s largest cruise companies will soon be an owner of the White Pass & Yukon Route railroad, which stretches nearly 70 miles from Skagway into Canada. Full story: Anchorage Daily News Monday, June 11, 2018

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CSX is selling six rail lines

June 8, 2018

(Source: Progressive Railroading, June 7, 2018) CSX is soliciting bids on six rail segments totaling more than 650 miles of track as part of the Class I’s continuing strategy to sell under-used assets. Full story: Progressive Railroading Friday, June 8, 2018

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AAR reports rail traffic for week ending June 2, 2018

June 8, 2018

(Source: Association of American Railroads press release, June 6, 2018) WASHINGTON, D.C. — The Association of American Railroads (AAR) today reported U.S. rail traffic for the week ending June 2, 2018, as well as volumes for May 2018. U.S. railroads originated 1,319,420 carloads in May 2018, up 3.2 percent, or 41,078 carloads, from May 2017. U.S.…

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Why relaxation is good for your health

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Vaccinations: They aren't just for kids

August is National Immunization month, so all month long, we’ll be highlighting the importance of getting immunizations, even as an adult.  Even if you’ve had childhood vaccinations, you should get them boosted as an adult.

National Watermelon Day: Health Benefits of Watermelon

In honor of National Watermelon Day (yes, that is actually a thing), we thought we’d share a little information about the health benefits of watermelon, along with a simple recipe you can pair with just about anything.

Top of EOB

First, it would probably be helpful if I explained what EOB stands for.  EOB is short for Explanation of Benefits.  You may also see it described as Explanation of Medical Benefits, but it is universally referred to as an EOB.

Practical tips to help you stop smoking

Before we talk about how to quit smoking, can we all agree that if you do smoke, you need to quit?  Are we all on the same page that smoking is bad for your health?  Smoking puts you at a much higher risk for 13 (yes, the number is 13) types of cancer, including lung cancer, along with chronic bronchitis, emphysema, heart disease and stroke.  And you’re exposing those of us who don’t smoke to health risks from secondhand smoke.

The Opioid Crisis:  What you need to know

America is facings its deadliest drug crisis in its 242-year history. Sounds scary doesn’t it? Yet many of us are still unaware of how serious the crisis is.  Everyday 115 people in the United States die after overdosing on opioids.  The term “Opioids” encompasses prescription pain relievers, heroin and synthetic opioids like Fentanyl.  Here are some key facts about Opioids

An allergy sufferers guide to allergy season

As a life long sufferer of seasonal allergies, I have absolutely heard of every possible remedy for how to cope during allergy season.  Some of the advice I’ve gotten over the years includes, taking a teaspoon of local raw honey everyday (no success), drink a cup of nettle leaf tea in the morning (also known as a hot cup of lawn!) and my personal favorite—eat an onion.  The onion actually does have Quercetin, which can help prevent the inflammation caused by allergies, however, an onion a day doesn’t have the same ring (or appeal) as an apple a day.  And I’m pretty sure my co-workers would prefer that I cough and sneeze to stinking up the office.

Everything you need to know about sunscreen

It’s summertime baby! You may think it’s officially time to bust out the sunscreen for those days out in the hot sun, but the truth is, protecting your skin is a year-round commitment. Even during the winter, you’re still at risk for getting sunburned and causing skin damage. The temperatures may not be as hot, but the sun—and its harmful rays—are still there. Not protecting your skin can cause temporary pain such as a sunburn, and it can also cause long-term damage that cannot always be seen by the naked eye.  Properly protecting your body’s first line of defense—your skin—can drastically decrease your chances of developing skin cancer.  There are other negative effects from not wearing sunscreen, such as wrinkles, freckles, premature aging, sunspots, and scarring from severe or multiple sunburns.

Hiking for exercise: Some of our favorite trails

Hiking is a great way to exercise without feeling like you're exercising. With beautiful scenery and an endless list of great hikes around the U.S. to choose from, hiking can be a great way to get your heart rate going without even realizing it. If you’ve never hiked before, or you’re not sure where to start, consider that there are 58 national parks and more than 6,000 state parks. You can access trail maps for nearly every park online. The maps generally include how long the hike is, the level of difficulty and where you can take in a view or stop for lunch.  Here is a list of some of our favorite hikes.

Sleep disasters

Sleep, or the lack thereof, is one of the most overlooked medical conditions.  Ask nearly anyone you know and it’s unlikely they’d tell you they get plenty of sleep.  But how much sleep do you need?  And what are the consequences of not getting enough sleep? We’ve got everything you need to know about why getting enough sleep is crucial for your health and job safety.

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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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