Month: January 2023

Major railroad posts record earnings, spends more on share repurchases than on its employees

By Chris Isidore, for Union Pacific, one of the major freight railroads that successfully fought off union demands for paid sick days for workers during contentious labor negotiations in 2022, reported another year of record earnings Tuesday. The company, along with CSX, Norfolk Southern and Burlington Northern Sante Fe, narrowly avoided a strike by its unionized workers […]

Collaboration must be key for railroads to thrive, experts say

Infrastructure investors, local governments seek rail presence in developing projects By Joanna Marsh for The near-term future of freight rail might be one marked by collaboration, whether that’s through private or public partnerships among other supply chain stakeholders or between the railroads themselves as they compete against the trucking industry, according to panelists at […]

Smarter Railroad Tracks Are Boosting Train Safety And Efficiency

By Alan Ohnsman Forbes Staff for Think “advanced rail technology” and bullet trains or magnetic-levitation systems might come to mind. But what about the steel rails freight and passenger trains run on? Advances in machine learning, big data collection and voice-recognition tools that have transformed manufacturing, cars, retail and social media are also being […]

Terry Lee Szakacsi 

Apr 30, 1951 – Jan 11, 2023 Terry Lee Szakacsi, 71 years of Pevely, MO., formerly of Dupo, IL., passed away on Wednesday, January 11, 2023 at Mercy Hospital Jefferson, Festus, MO. He was born April 30, 1951 in East St. Louis, IL. Terry retired as a carman from MOPAC Railroad. He enjoyed being on […]

Union Pacific has lost its way: Analysis

By Bill Stephens for Railroad has sacrificed service and resilience in pursuit of lower operating ratio It’s fitting that Union Pacific’s logo is a shield. The beleaguered railroad needs one given the barrage of arrows coming its way.UP has a long list of problems, many of them self-inflicted as a predictable result of its […]


TCU members working at METRA will be eligible for paid parental leave thanks to a new agreement effective January 1, 2023.  The agreement provides up to four (4) weeks of paid leave for parents to bond with newborn or adopted children.  “The ability for parents to have access to paid time to care for newborn […]

Railroad corporations want to slash train crews for Wall Street profits

BY PRESS ASSOCIATES Using safety of workers and communities as their main argument, two top railroad unions and the AFL-CIO Transportation Trades Department strongly argued for mandatory two-person crews on all freight trains. TTD and unions carried their campaign to the Federal Railroad Administration (FRA) hearing on crews on Dec. 14, a day after rail workers’ […]

Railroad strike might be in order

By Thomas A. Moran for| January 8, 2023 12:00 AM I have closely followed the two and a half year long saga of contract negotiations between the nation’s major railroads and labor organizations from the perspective of a former BNSF Railway employee and SMART-TD union representative. The recent front page article in the Daily Inter Lake (New […]

Kevin Paul Scott

November 1, 1958 — January 3, 2023 Kevin Paul Scott, 64 of Potosi passed away Tuesday, January 3, 2023.   He is survived by,  Wife, Ellie Scott Daughters,Jeannette UpchurchJennifer and husband Richard BoardmanKatelynn Scott SistersLisa Gilliam and Gary “Buck” DeGoniaJulia ScottMichelle and husband Jimmy Helms 5 Grandchildren, Ella, Harper, Ethan, Maggie, Kevin Step Brothers,Blake and wife […]

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January 2023