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BLET Newsletter

UP cuts 250 employees; Another 450 are furloughed

(Source: Omaha World-Herald, February 12, 2019) OMAHA, Neb. — Union Pacific on Tuesday said it cut its workforce by about 250 ...
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Shippers group calls for increase in twin-trailer standard

(Source: Progressive Railroading 02/12/2019) The Americans for Modern Transportation (AMT) is calling on Congress to increase the national twin-trailer truck standard from ...
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Transit Worker and Pedestrian Protection Act enters House

(Source: Progressive Railroading 02/12/2019) Yesterday, U.S. Reps. Grace Napolitano (D-Calif.) and John Katko (R-N.Y.), and U.S. Sen. Chris Van Hollen ...
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Genesee & Wyoming eyes plan to implement precision railroading

(Source: The Hour, February 6, 2019) DARIEN, Conn. — After throttling up its growth with a string of acquisitions the past ...
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Ninth Circuit rejects “honest belief” defense in whistleblower retaliation case

(Source: National Law Review, February 12, 2019) WASHINGTON, D.C. — The Ninth Circuit’s recent opinion in Frost v. BNSF Railway Co. ...
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NS details plan to cut 3,000 jobs, shelve 500 locomotives

(Source: Associated Press, February 11, 2019) NORFOLK, Va. — Norfolk Southern railroad expects to become significantly more efficient by 2021, and ...
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Washington update 2019: What will a new and divided Congress mean for rail?

(Source: Progressive Railroading February 2019) By Julie Sneider, Senior Associate Editor Passing a permanent extension of the 45G short-line tax credit. ...
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Union Pacific officials say Pine Bluff shop is closing

(Source: Pine Bluff Commercial, February 9, 2019) PINE BLUFF, Ark. — Layoffs are affecting numerous Union Pacific workers in Pine Bluff ...
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T&I hearing highlights cost of neglecting infrastructure investments

(Source: Progressive Railroading 02/08/2019) The House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure (T&I) yesterday held its first hearing of the 116th ...
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President appoints three to Railroad Retirement Board

(Source: Railroad Retirement Board press release, February 7, 2019)CHICAGO — President Donald J. Trump has appointed Erhard R. Chorlé to ...
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Norfolk Southern employee fatally struck by train in Baltimore

(Source: Baltimore Sun, February 7, 2019) BALTIMORE, Md. — A Norfolk Southern employee was fatally struck by a train in ...
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Oregon considering bill to regulate oil trains

(Source: Television station KGW8, January 7, 2019)SALEM, Ore. — For the first time since the 2016 fiery train derailment near ...
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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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