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 […]
Statement on National Negotiations by the Coordinated Bargaining Coalition
Photos: How to replace an 8 million pound railroad bridge truss on the Mississippi River
American Rescue Plan Saves TCU/IAM Jobs
One of two Canadian railroads bidding for Kansas City Southern drops out.
Biden Could Get the Railroads Back on Track
Railroad mega-merger keeps getting sidetracked
By Colton Peterson for stltoday.com Reconstruction of the Merchants Bridge railroad bridge over the Mississippi River in downtown St. Louis reached a milestone on Friday, Sept. 17, 2021 as the first of three trusses was lifted into place for the $222 million project. Each truss section weighs over 8 million pounds and is built in […]
Fewer riders, fewer tickets bought and scaled-back schedules were just a few of the COVID-induced hurdles facing Amtrak during the past year and a half. All of those obstacles caused the railroad industry to lose millions, and threatened the livelihoods of thousands of Amtrak employees. Workers often only discover how legislation impacts their lives when they […]
By Lauren Hirsch for nytimes.com Canadian Pacific has emerged as the winner in a long-running battle to acquire Kansas City Southern, putting it in position to become the first railroad operator whose network extends from Canada to Mexico. Its rival in the bidding, Canadian National, said on Wednesday that it had received notice from Kansas […]
Reciprocal switching can be a win for both railroads and shippers. By wsj.com “Regulator Tackles Competition on Rails” (U.S. News, Sept. 3) provides a solid account of the U.S. Surface Transportation Board’s efforts to tackle freight-rail issues and employ a remedy called reciprocal switching. As a former chairman of the STB, I learned the depth […]
By Dan Primack, author of Pro Rata for axios.com We’ve written before that much of U.S. antitrust law is antiquated, having been written over a century ago to regulate railroads. Yes, but: What we’ve not really mentioned is that railroad-specific rules were updated much more recently, and are complicating one of the largest announced mergers of […]
The monthly meeting of the BRC Lodge 6078 is canceled for the month of September. Regular meetings will resume October 19th.
Alternatively fueled locomotives, embrace of emerging technologies key objectives By Joanna Marsh for freightwaves.com Conducting tests on alternatively fueled locomotives and seeking ways to reduce greenhouse gas emissions throughout the rail network infrastructure are just two of the emissions-reduction strategies North American Class I railroads are pursuing, according to recent industry statements and sustainability reports. […]
Posted by progressiverailroading.com Three Class Is are evaluating the impact Hurricane Ida has had on their operations in Louisiana and Mississippi. Kansas City Southern, Norfolk Southern Railwayand Union Pacific Railroad yesterday issued customer service advisories on how the storm is affecting service in the region. The hurricane made landfall along the Louisiana coast on Aug. 29. KCS’s mainline […]
Redmond Tapped as Secretary-Treasurer, Forming Historic Leadership Team (Washington, D.C., Aug. 20, 2021)—The AFL-CIO Executive Council today elected Liz Shuler, a visionary leader and longtime trade unionist, to serve as president of the federation of 56 unions and 12.5 million members. Shuler is the first woman to hold the office in the history of the […]