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July 2020

BLET Newsletter

Have rail volumes bottomed out?

(Source: Freight Waves, June 11, 2020)CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. — Rail volumes could rebound in the second half of the year, but ...
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Congressional hearing highlights COVID-19 impact on transportation workers

(Source: Progressive Railroading 06/10/2020) The U.S. House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee (T&I) yesterday held a hearing on the impacts of the COVID-19 ...
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Number of rail cars in storage spikes in May

(Source: Freight Waves, June 9, 2020)CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. — After hovering around the 400,000-unit mark all year, railcars in storage spiked ...
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Warren Buffett’s BNSF cuts jobs as railroads feel COVID-19 impact

(Source: Dallas Morning News, June 9, 2020)DALLAS, Texas — While trains are considered essential businesses, that hasn’t protected the rail ...
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Decline in U.S. rail volumes slows

(Source: Freight Waves, June 4, 2020)CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. — Despite double-digit percentage drops in May, U.S. rail volumes on a weekly ...
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FRA grants unions’ request for another extension to file certification petitions

Ronald Batory is administrator of the Federal Railroad Administration. Photo – (Source: Progressive Railroading 06/08/2020) The Federal Railroad Administration (FRA) last ...
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Union Pacific’s stock gains after “more optimistic” outlook on volumes

(Source: MarketWatch, June 2, 2020)NEW YORK — Shares of Union Pacific Corp. rose 1.1% in afternoon trading Tuesday, putting them ...
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Liquefied petroleum gas stored in rail cars near Corvallis, Ore.

(Source: Corvallis Gazette-Times, June 2, 2020)ALBANY, Ore. — The content of rail cars stored on Portland & Western rails leased ...
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Teamsters statement on murder of George Floyd

(Source: International Brotherhood of Teamsters press release, May 31, 2020)WASHINGTON, D.C. — The following is a statement from James P. Hoffa, ...
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Union Pacific extends shutdown of De Soto car shops

(Source: My Leader Paper, May 31, 2020)FESTUS, Mo. — The Union Pacific railroad is extending its temporary shutdown of the ...
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May 29 update and press release from the Railroad Retirement Board Labor Member; RRB begins paying CARES Act recovery payments for unemployed rail workers (BLET Editor's Note: The following is a message to Rail Labor from John Bragg, Labor Member of the U.S. ...
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FRA extends temporary safety reg waiver for freight railroads

Ronald Batory is administrator of the Federal Railroad Administration. Photo – (Source: Progressive Railroading 05/29/2020) The Federal Railroad Administration (FRA) has ...
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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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