Month: August 2023

Norfolk Southern and other big railroads claim they encourage safety and transparency—but nearly 800 whistleblower complaints say otherwise

Lawyers and unions say there’s an industry-wide pattern of acting against workers who report safety violations or injuries. BY  JOSH FUNK  AND   THE ASSOCIATED PRESS via Hours before a Norfolk Southerntrain derailed in Ohio and erupted in fire in February, a judge ruled a former railroad employee could proceed with a lawsuit claiming he had been harassed for years by managers […]

Analysis: At Union Pacific, Vena the CEO will be different than Vena the COO

With cost-cutting in the rear-view mirror, the focus will be on service and growth For clues about where incoming CEO Jim Vena may take Union Pacific, look at where he wanted to take Canadian National. You may recall that in late 2021 activist investor TCI Fund Management touted Vena as a replacement for CN CEO JJ Ruest. […]

Unions criticize Union Pacific’s selection of Jim Vena as CEO

By Bill Stephens for SMART-TD chairmen call move a ‘giant step backwards’ OMAHA, Neb. — Incoming Union Pacific CEO Jim Vena will not get a honeymoon with rail labor when he begins leading the railroad on Aug. 14. Local SMART-TD leaders and the Transportation Trades Department of the AFL-CIO were critical of the company’s […]

Parson to sign bill for $50M in railroad improvements after Amtrak crash

By Makenzie Koch for Governor Mike Parson and the Missouri Department of Transportation are set to announce a new Missouri Railroad Safety Crossing plan this week.  On Thursday, the governor plans to sign House Bill 4, which includes $50 million in state funding to improve over 45 passive railroad crossings.  The work comes just […]

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August 2023