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Port of Long Beach posts best August in its history

Dockworkers and terminal operators moved 725,610 20-foot equivalent units (TEUs) of container cargo during the month, a 9.3 percent increase. ...
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US, Canadian railroads log traffic increase in Week 36

(Source: Progressive Railroading 09/10/2020) U.S. railroads logged an increase in freight-rail traffic during the week ending Sept. 5, with total ...
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Intermodal leads rail volume recovery as retailers restock

(Source: Supply Chain Dive, September 10, 2020)WASHINGTON, D.C. — August was the best month for intermodal volumes on U.S. railroads ...
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In congressional grilling, Amtrak chief says railroad needs nearly $5 billion in federal aid

(Source: Washington Post, September 9, 2020)WASHINGTON, D.C. — Under intense grilling from lawmakers, Amtrak chief executive William J. Flynn said ...
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WSJ: Kansas City Southern rejects $20 billion takeover offer

(Source: Nasdaq.com, September 10, 2020)NEW YORK — According to a report published in The Wall Street Journal, Kansas City Southern ...
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New USMCA trade deal could increase demand for nearshoring in Mexico

(Source: Freight Waves, September 8, 2020)CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. — As the coronavirus pandemic continues to disrupt international trade, Mexico stands to ...
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Opinion: How workers can achieve real power

(Source: Opinion column by Lynn Rhinehart published by The Nation, September 7, 2020. Rhinehart was general counsel of the AFL-CIO ...
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USDOT introduces National Freight Strategic Plan

(Source: Progressive Railroading 09/08/2020) The U.S. Department of Transportation (USDOT) last week released its first-ever National Freight Strategic Plan (NFSP), which lays out a ...
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Amtrak to furlough nearly 2,000 workers, cut 100 managers

(Source: Progressive Railroading 09/08/2020) Lower ridership and revenue mean reduced staffing levels, the railroad says. Photo – Amtrak Amtrak last week ...
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Class I railroads, shippers weigh in on federal agencies’ feedback request

(Source: Freight Waves, September 7, 2020)CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. — An August request from the Surface Transportation Board (STB) and the Federal ...
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Union Pacific to lay off employees; company ties cuts to efficiency efforts

(Source: Omaha World-Herald, September 4, 2020)OMAHA, Neb. — Union Pacific will lay off an unspecified number of employees across the ...
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AAR endorses FRA rule on continuous rail inspection technology

AAR President and CEO Ian Jefferies Photo – aar.org (Source: Progressive Railroading 09/02/2020) The Federal Railroad Administration's (FRA) final rule affecting ...
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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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