Locomotive engineers’ union calls for limiting freight train lengths

In-train forces of longer trains change the ways engineers maneuver trains, BLET says By Joanna Marsh for freightwaves.com The argument over whether the Class I railroads should deploy longer trains continues, with the Brotherhood of Locomotive Engineers and Trainmen (BLET) recently calling on the Federal Railroad Administration to issue an emergency order that would limit […]

Rail Labor Update: A FUBAR Lurks 

Written by Frank N. Wilner, Capitol Hill Contributing Editor For railwayage.com   Although six of 12 rail labor unions have ratified amendments to contracts setting wages, benefits and work rules on most Class I railroads and many smaller ones, two unions—the Brotherhood of Railroad Signalmen (BRS) and Brotherhood of Maintenance of Way Employes Division of the Teamsters […]

As voting approaches for railroad engineers and conductors, union head refuses to release vote totals for firemen and oilers contract

Courtesy of wsws.org Tens of thousands of US railroad engineers and conductors in the Brotherhood of Locomotive Engineers and Trainmen (BLET) and SMART-TD will begin voting soon on a deal brokered by the White House last month.  The five-year deal, announced less than a day before a national strike deadline, is far short of workers’ […]

Court to UP: Cease ‘Antiunion Animus’

Written by Frank N. Wilner, Capitol Hill Contributing Editor for railwayage.com Novelist F. Scott Fitzgerald wrote, “Let me tell you about the very rich. They are different from you and me.” They also are very different from the labor union brothers and sisters they employ. Take, for example, Union Pacific (UP), which boasts of a spectacularly successful […]

Class I railroads pressed about service, furloughs

Surface Transportation Board, Federal Railroad Administration and labor unions ask for assurances By Joanna Marsh for freightwaves.com The Surface Transportation Board (STB) and Federal Railroad Administration (FRA) Administrator Ron Batory have sent letters to the CEOs of all seven Class I railroads asking them to resolve service issues that have arisen during the months of the COVID-19 pandemic.  Their […]

Federal Railroad Administration extends temporary safety waivers

By Joanna Marsh for freightwaves.com The Federal Railroad Administration (FRA) is extending the length of time that freight and passenger railroads are waived from complying with certain safety regulations, according to recent filings. In March,  the agency granted the temporary waivers because of the coronavirus pandemic. Freight and passenger railroad trade groups had argued that social distancing makes it difficult […]

Rail groups pleased with coronavirus stimulus package

Story by Joanna Marsh for freightwaves.com The Association of American Railroads (AAR), the American Short Line and Regional Railroad Association (ASLRRA), the Transportation Trades Department (TTD) of the AFL-CIO, and the Brotherhood of Locomotive Engineers and Trainmen (BLET) said they are pleased that Congress and President Donald Trump have approved a $2 trillion stimulus package that includes provisions for rail workers’ access […]

Rail unions petition FRA to issue COVID-19 protocols to protect workers

Last week, two labor organizations petitioned the Federal Railroad Administration (FRA) to issue an emergency order addressing employee safety conditions in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. The SMART Transportation Division (SMART-TD) and Brotherhood of Locomotive Engineers and Trainmen (BLET) filed the joint request after the FRA on March 13 activated its “emergency relief docket,” which allows railroads to to request relief […]

Coronavirus: A Silver Lining for Labor?

Written by Frank N. Wilner, Capitol Hill Contributing Editor for railwayage.com The year was 1917, and on Dec. 18, President Woodrow Wilson invoked the Army Appropriations Act of 1916 to take federal control of the nation’s railroads. The U.S. had entered World War I that April, and a lack of coordination among railroads, along with labor strife, […]

Union Pacific and Workers Sue Each Other Over New Attendance Policy

Story by JEFF D. GORMAN for courthousenews.com (CN) – Union Pacific Railroad and Chicago union workers sued each other on Friday over the implementation of a new attendance policy and the prospect of a strike. The Brotherhood of Locomotive Engineers and Trainmen asked the federal court in Northern Illinois for an injunction against a new […]

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