Month: September 2021

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 […]

Photos: How to replace an 8 million pound railroad bridge truss on the Mississippi River

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 […]

American Rescue Plan Saves TCU/IAM Jobs

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 […]

One of two Canadian railroads bidding for Kansas City Southern drops out.

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 […]

Biden Could Get the Railroads Back on Track

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 […]

Railroad mega-merger keeps getting sidetracked

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 […]

Freight railroads set green goals

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. […]

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