Month: August 2021

KCS, NS, UP evaluate hurricane damage

Posted by 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 […]

Shuler Elected AFL-CIO President

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 […]

Sal Rodriguez Named Executive Director of the New TCU/IAM Organizing Department

Effective September 1, TCU/IAM National President Maratea appointed Sal Rodriguez to work with National Vice-President Brian Shanahan in the newly established TCU Organizing Department. This focus on organizing will move TCU forward in addressing our future needs and will lay the groundwork for the increase in membership which is vital for the long term growth […]

UPDATE: BNSF Petitions FRA to Expand its Wayside Detector Pilot Program Yet Again

On April 12, 2019, the Federal Railroad Administration (FRA) granted the BNSF Railway Company (BNSF) a test waiver to conduct a pilot program to “demonstrate that the use of wheel temperature detectors (WTD) to prove brake health effectiveness (BHE) would improve safety, reduce risks to employees, and provide cost savings to the industry.” This regulatory […]

Peak season: Let the chaos commence

Multiple railroads had more than 20 miles of trains stuck near Chicago recently By Todd Maiden for Freight markets have entered their second year of extreme dislocation, brought on by record consumer spending and a transportation network that doesn’t have the labor or equipment to fill the need. A lack of openings on ocean […]

Two Canadian railroads want KCS. It’s a fight that will test regulations and already has shippers on edge.

KCS’ acquisition proposal is the first time Class I railways have tried to combine since the STB issued revised antitrust regulations in 2001. By Katie Pyzyk Contributor for North American railways have suddenly become hotter, and it has nothing to do with the summer heat. Drama is ensuing over proposals for one of two […]

US Class I railroads to feds: Don’t blame us

Class I railroads defend how they’ve handled international intermodal congestion By Joanna Marsh for Much of the congestion occurring at intermodal rail terminals is ultimately related to factors beyond the control of the Class I railroads, and the railroads are doing all that they can to improve terminal throughput, assert the CEOs of U.S.-based […]

TCU President Maratea Continues to Hit-The-Road and Meets Members in Chicago Area

TCU President Maratea visited members working on the job in the Chicago area. President Maratea met members working on Amtrak, METRA and TTX. Throughout the COVID-19 pandemic TCU members have been working on the front lines, keeping the traveling public safe and the freight moving all across the country. Members in Chicago on Amtrak, Metra […]

Statement of TCU National President Artie Maratea on Amtrak’s Covid-19 Vaccine Mandate

“TCU strongly encourages all of our members – and all Americans – to get vaccinated. This virus has caused so much damage and death already, and with new variants spreading quickly, the most effective path forward is for everyone to get vaccinated. As the largest union on Amtrak, representing many different customer-facing crafts, our members […]

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August 2021