Month: December 2022


In accordance with the IAM Constitution and as noted in this letter, their monthly per capita tax is increased by using the average of the percentage increase in the Consumer Price Index for Urban Wage Earners and Clerical Workers (CPI-W) as published by the U.S. Department of Labor’s Bureau of Labor Statistics and the Canadian […]


In the aftermath of the congressional contract fight, two major railroads are pursuing a merger and a third is retaliating against a worker for organizing. By Ryan Grim for FRESH OFF A victory against workers demanding sick days as part of recent contract negotiations, two major railroads are pursuing a merger and a third, owned […]

Union Pacific railroad puts its shipping limits on hold

By JOSH FUNK for OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — Union Pacific says it will stop imposing temporary limits on certain businesses’ shipments while it reviews the policy that federal regulators and shippers criticized at a hearing last week. Union Pacific has put more than 1,000 of these embargoes in place this year — significantly more […]

Rail industry must overcome strained labor relations in order to survive

‘We want to see attrition rates and quality of life improved’ By  Joanna Marsh for The drama about whether union members would go on strike has passed, with Congress passing legislation and President Joe Biden signing that legislation requiring all unions to ratify the labor agreement that union and railroad negotiators reached in September.  But the battle […]

Unions, rails clash over hiring data as Union Pacific faces regulatory heat in Washington

By Lori Ann LaRocco for KEY POINTS  The strike was averted, but tensions between unions and class I freight railroads continue to run high. Union Pacific’s use of embargoes, a freight railroad practice in which trade is stopped in order to clear up congestion, is at the center of a two-day hearing at the […]

U.S. lawmakers urge Biden to guarantee rail workers’ sick leave

By David Shepardson  for More than 70 lawmakers including Senator Bernie Sanders and Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez on Friday urged President Joe Biden to take executive action to guarantee rail workers paid sick days. On Dec. 2, Biden signed legislation to block a national U.S. railroad strike that could have devastated the American economy after some […]

Is it time for new railroad rules? Critics say U.S. train industry is in crisis

BY KEVIN HARDY AND DANIEL DESROCHERS for Just before he retired, Matthew Rose offered a warning to his peers running the nation’s large freight railroads. Rose, then the CEO of BNSF, one of the largest American railroads, told an industry conference in early 2019 that railroads were shirking their responsibilities to serve all customers by adopting […]

Freight railroad service is terrible, even without the threat of a strike

By Chris Isidore, CNN for The fact that a freight railroad strikedidn’t start on Friday is a huge win for the US economyand its still struggling supply chain. But that doesn’t mean freight railroads are providing good service to their customers.  Many of the problems tangling up the supply chain, driving up prices and slowing the economy can […]

The Averted National Rail Strike Is a Parable of Contemporary American Capitalism

Railroads are prioritizing payments to Wall Street stockholders over everything else, including serving the public interest. By John Cassidy for In our click-driven world, the threatened strike at America’s freight railroads, and President Biden’s intervention to prevent it, represents last week’s news. But there are two groups for which the averted strike is still […]

Why America’s Railroads Refuse to Give Their Workers Paid Leave

By Eric Levitz for For months, the world’s largest economy has been teetering on the brink of collapse because America’s latter-day robber barons can’t comprehend that workers sometimes get sick. Or so the behavior of major U.S. rail companies seems to suggest. Since last winter, railroad unions and the managers of America’s seven dominant freight-rail carriers have […]

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December 2022