UP eyes Houston clean-up, inspecting damaged track

August 31, 2017

(Source: Reuters, August 30, 2017) DETROIT — Union Pacific Corp said on Wednesday it should begin cleanup operations at two rail freight yards in Houston on Wednesday or Thursday but warned that areas east of the city are “still inaccessible at this time.” Full story: Reuters Thursday, August 31, 2017

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BLET relaunches Perrien Fund to assist members with Hurricane Harvey relief

August 31, 2017

INDEPENDENCE, Ohio, August 30 — The BLET’s National Division Advisory Board approved a recommendation from BLET National President Dennis R. Pierce today to re-activate and expand its Gary Perrien Fund to provide financial assistance to members living in Texas and Louisiana who have been the hardest hit by Hurricane Harvey. The Gary Perrien Fund was…

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Train conductor held for drug testing during stroke awarded $2.1 million

August 30, 2017

(Source: Daily Business Review, August 28, 2017) NEW YORK — Samuel F. Belcher’s colleagues called it in over their radios when his behavior caused delays during a late-night shift: The train conductor was “acting funny,” they said, staggering and showing signs of confusion at a Hamlet, North Carolina, station in January 2012. Full story: Daily Business…

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Furloughed railroad workers rehired en masse, but is coal really growing?

August 30, 2017

(Source: Reuters, August 28, 2017) SEATTLE — BNSF Railway has called back roughly 4,000 of the 5,000 workers who were furloughed across its system last year, reflecting stronger volumes of coal, grain, and intermodal containers and trailers, a spokesman said. Full story: Christian Science Monitor Tuesday, August 29, 2017

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Hurricane Harvey’s impact on rail service continues

August 30, 2017

(Source: Progressive Railroading, August 28, 2017) Class Is, Amtrak and Houston METRO suspended service and the Federal Railroad Administration (FRA) declared an emergency event this past weekend due to Hurricane Harvey’s impact on the Texas Gulf region. The FRA declared the emergency Aug. 24, noting that the storm’s threat of flooding rains, power outages and…

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STB: Class Is employed fewer workers in July

August 22, 2017

(source: Progressive Railroading 08/21/2017) Class Is employed 147,540 workers in the United States as of mid-July, down 0.7 percent from mid-June’s level and 3.4 percent from mid-July 2016’s mark, according to Surface Transportation Board data. All six employment categories reflected workforce decreases on a month-over-month basis. The number of executives, officials and staff assistants declined 0.24 percent…

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UP to lay off hundreds of managers, other rail workers

August 17, 2017

(source: Progressive Railroading 08/17/2017) Union Pacific Railroad yesterday announced it will eliminate 500 management positions by mid-September as part of a cost-cutting measure. The Class I also intends to reduce 250 non-management positions during the same time period, UP officials said in an email. “Union Pacific for some time has leveraged employee attrition and technology to…

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Save the date: 2018 BLET regional meetings

August 17, 2017

CLEVELAND, August 17 — The BLET National Division is pleased to announce the dates and locations of its 2018 regional meetings: June 18-22 in Monterey, California; and August 13-17 in Washington, D.C. The Monterey regional meeting will be held at the Hyatt Regency and the Washington, D.C. regional will be held at the Capital Hilton.…

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CP launches direct rail service from Vancouver to Detroit

August 14, 2017

(source: Progressive Railroading 08/14/2017) Canadian Pacific today announced the launch of a direct rail transportation service between Vancouver, British Columbia, and Detroit. The new service leverages CP’s newest transload facility in Vancouver and its live-lift operation at Portal, North Dakota. The service is expected to cut transit times from the West Coast to Detroit by as…

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