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Rail strike averted for now, but the industry’s not out of the woods yet: Analysis

By Bill Stephens for Will the rank and file ratify tentative agreements? The prospect of a disruptive U.S. freight railroad strike was averted thanks to the tentative deal reached overnight between the Class I railroads and the labor unions that represent engineers and conductors, but three key questions remain unanswered. And all of them […]

Sanders blocks proposal to force rail unions to accept labor deal

BY ALEXANDER BOLTON for Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) on Wednesday blocked a Republican request to force railroad workers and companies to accept the recommendations of a nonpartisan panel to avoid a strike that would impact millions of Americans.   Sanders stood up on the floor to block the speedy approval of the resolution — introduced […]

Burr, Wicker Introduce
Resolution Calling for
Adoption of Biden
Administration Rail
Recommendations If
Voluntary Agreements
Are Not Reached

Labor unions holding supply chain hostage, threatening disastrous $2-billion-a-day railway strike courtesy of     Today, Senator Richard Burr (R-NC), Ranking Member of the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions (HELP) Committee, and Senator Roger Wicker (R-MS), Ranking Member of the Senate Commerce, Science, and Transportation Committee, introduced a resolution that would prevent a disastrous rail […]

Unions blast rail move to delay shipments before deadline

By JOSH FUNK for The heads of the nation’s two largest rail unions said Sunday that the freight railroads’ move to begin delaying some shipments ahead of this week’s looming strike deadline is only an attempt to get shippers to increase the pressure on Congress to intervene and block a work stoppage by imposing […]

Biden administration jumps into rail, union talks hoping to avert strike

Eleanor Mueller and Tanya Snyder for Labor Secretary Marty Walsh participated in a meeting Wednesday between the National Mediation Board, the country’s largest rail carriers and eight unions in hopes of preventing a strike, a DOL spokesperson confirmed to POLITICO. The involvement of the NMB and now Walsh himself indicates how seriously the Biden […]

Federal regulators say five of seven Class I railroads were ‘revenue adequate’ last year

    Only Kansas City Southern and CN’s GTW didn’t make the cut   Courtesy of Five of the seven Class I railroads operating in the U.S. were revenue adequate in 2021, the Surface Transportation Board said on Tuesday. Being revenue adequate means a railroads achieved a rate of return equal to or greater […]

Potential rail strike threatens to kneecap US economy ahead of midterms

    BY KARL EVERS-HILLSTROM for A potential nationwide freight rail strike is looming, threatening to cripple the U.S. economy ahead of the holiday shopping season and November’s midterm elections.   Roughly 115,000 rail workers could walk off the job as soon as Sept. 16 if they cannot agree to a new contract with railroads. […]

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

By Mark Schlinkmann for 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 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 […]

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