Month: August 2022

Freight Railroad Worker Stories: Willette Thomas of TCU/IAM

By Kenneth Quinnell for aflcio.org At a recent Virtual Freight Railroad Worker Town Hall, Transportation Trades Department (TTD) President Greg Regan introduced a group of workers who explained the challenges they’ve faced in their three-year fight for a new contract with U.S. freight railroad companies: Since 2015, seven major railroad companies made $146 billion in net […]

Freight Railroad Worker Stories: Esmerelda Montelongo of TCU/IAM

By Kenneth Quinnell for aflcio.org At a recent Virtual U.S. Freight Railroad Worker Town Hall, Transportation Trades Department President Greg Regan introduced a group of workers who explained the challenges they’ve faced in their three-year fight for a new contract with U.S. freight railroad companies: Since 2015, seven major railroad companies made $146 billion in net […]

Freight Railroad Worker Stories: Eugene Martinez of the National Conference of Firemen & Oilers/SEIU

By Kenneth Quinnell for aflcio.org At a recent Virtual U.S. Freight Railroad Worker Town Hall, Transportation Trades Department President Greg Regan introduced a group of workers who explained the challenges they’ve faced in their three-year fight for a new contract with U.S. freight railroad companies: Since 2015, seven major railroad companies made $146 billion in net […]

Replacement of 132-year-old St. Louis rail bridge nears completion

By Mark Schlinkmann for stltoday.com Mark Schlinkmann ST. LOUIS — The long-sought $222 million replacement of the circa 1890 Merchants Bridge, one of two local spans used by railroads to cross the Mississippi River, is nearing completion. On Friday and Saturday, crews installed the last of three truss segments on the overhauled bridge north of […]

Rail union groups say Presidential Emergency Board recommendations don’t go far enough

‘Truthfully, your union negotiators feel a level of disappointment with the PEB’s recommendations falling short on many of our requests’ By Joanna Marsh for freightwaves.com Rail union members say the Presidential Emergency Board (PEB) “simply chose to kick the can down the road” rather than issue concrete recommendations on how to resolve union and freight […]

Railroads back plan calling for 24% raises, but workers wary

Courtesy of the Associated Press The major freight railroads signaled they’re ready to negotiate a new deal with their workers based on a presidential report that calls for 24% raises, but the 12 unions involved in the stalled talks covering 115,000 workers still haven’t commented on the recommendations. The group that represents BNSF, Union Pacific, Norfolk […]

Will Congress Halt a Rail Shutdown?

Written by John J. Brennan III and Frank N. Wilner for railwayage.com With release Aug. 16 of non-binding Presidential Emergency Board (PEB) recommendations for voluntary settlement of a 31-month simmering labor-management dispute over amending national wage, benefits and work rules contracts on most Class I and many smaller freight railroads, the question is, “What next?”  […]

Amtrak Execs Receive Six-
Figure Bonuses as the
Railroad Struggles to Hire Staff

By Ryan Erik King for jalopnik.com In the United States, the highest-paid public employees are college sports coaches. For example, Mel Tucker signed a decade-long extension last November to continue as the head coach of Michigan State University’s football team for a salary of $9.5 million per year. In contrast, Michigan’s governor, Gretchen Whitmer, receives […]

STB chairman says higher pay would help solve railroad crew shortages

By Bill Stephens for trains.com “There is a price that will get you enough workers. I don’t know what that price is. But everything has a price,” Martin J. Oberman says Surface Transportation Board Chairman Martin J. Oberman says railroad service is suffering for one simple reason: The big four U.S. Class I systems aren’t […]

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