BNSF wins coal contract, to activate trackage rights over Union Pacific in Missouri

Rights date to agreement from UP-SP merger Published by trains.com WASHINGTON – BNSF Railway will gain trackage rights over a short stretch of Union Pacific’s Jefferson City Subdivision in Missouri to begin serving a power plant 45 miles west of St. Louis. The 11.5 miles of trackage rights will allow BNSF to deliver coal trains […]

IAM District 9 Donates to Missouri Veterans

Members of IAM District 9 recently donated goods to the St. James Veterans Home in St. James, MO as a part of the IAM Midwest Territory’s “IAM H.E.L.P.S. in the Community” program. H.E.L.P.S. stands for Honoring, Engaging, Lifting, Providing and Servicing.District 9 surprised U.S. military veterans with three truckloads of items purchased or donated, such as drinks, […]

The Transcontinental Railroad’s Dark Costs: Exploited Labor, Stolen Lands

Chinese immigrant workers and Indigenous tribes paid a particularly high price. BY LAKSHMI GANDHI for history.com Construction on the Transcontinental Railroad began on January 8, 1863 in Sacramento, when workers for the Central Pacific Railroad first broke ground for the track. Eleven months later, their counterparts in the Midwest—workers for the Union Pacific Railroad—began breaking […]

Supreme Court Won’t Hear Cases Seeking to Gut Airline, Railroad Union Power

In a victory for the IAM and transportation union members across the country, the U.S. Supreme Court on Monday declined to hear two cases that sought to bring anti-union, so-called “right-to-work” laws to the airlines and railroads. The cases sought to extend the landmark Janus ruling, which allowed public sector workers to receive the benefits […]

Merchants Bridge project crosses milestone with truss installation

By progressiverailroading.com The $222 million project to replace the Merchants Bridge that links Missouri and Illinois at downtown St. Louis reached a major milestone Sept. 17, with the first of three new trusses being installed. Dating back to 1890, the Merchants Bridge serves six Class Is and Amtrak to cross the Mississippi River at St. Louis and […]

George Kenneth Aubuchon

George Kenneth Aubuchon, known by family and friends as “Kenny”, was born January 15, 1952 in Cadet, Missouri and a son to the late Chad Aubuchon and Mary Ellen (Dearing) Aubuchon. Kenny departed this life Thursday, September 23, 2021 having reached the age of 69 years, 8 months and 8 days. On July 17, 1982, […]

Charles E. Avis Sr., 72, Festus

Charles E. Avis Sr., 72, of Festus died Sept. 23, 2021, at Mercy Hospital Jefferson in Crystal City. Mr. Avis was a U.S. Army veteran and worked as a fabricator for the railroad. He was born June 13, 1949, in Waterloo, Iowa, the son of the late Otis and Vivan (Anderson) Avis. He is survived […]

President Maratea Continues to Hit-The-Road Meeting with Members On-The-Job

TCU National President Maratea, National Secretary-Treasurer Stan Boyd, and BRC General President Rich Johnson visited members working on the job in Boston, Somerville and Houston. They met with members working at Amtrak, Keolis, Koppers and Union Pacific. Throughout the COVID-19 pandemic TCU members have been working on the front lines, keeping the traveling public safe […]

Statement of TCU National President Artie Maratea on the Amtrak Empire Builder Derailment in Montana

Statement of TCU National President Artie Maratea: Photo credit: Kimberly Fossen via AP “Everyone at TCU was stunned and saddened to hear of the Amtrak Empire Builder derailment in Montana yesterday. We still do not know the full extent of the derailment and the injuries that may have been caused, but TCU will do all […]

Statement on National Negotiations by the Coordinated Bargaining Coalition

September 22, 2021 — The Rail Unions comprising the Coordinated Bargaining Coalition (CBC), negotiating together in the current round of National Negotiations, have issued the following statement: As we advised in January of 2021, the CBC and the nation’s rail carriers have been at the bargaining table since the beginning of 2020. Since January, CBC […]

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