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 […]

Railroads, Labor Trade Contract-Change Demands

Photo courtesy BLET. Written by Frank N. Wilner, Capitol Hill Contributing Editor for railwayage.com Collective bargaining between most of the nation’s largest railroads, represented by the National Carriers Conference Committee (NCCC), and their 12 craft-specific labor unions commenced Nov. 1 with the two sides exchanging broadly defined demands in preparation for face-to-face talks to amend contracts […]

2019 National Negotiations

TCU and TCU Carmen Division Join Coordinated Bargaining Coalition for National Negotiations Top leaders of 10 rail unions announced that their organizations will be participating in coordinated bargaining in the round of national negotiations that began on November 1, 2019. The unions comprising the Coordinated Bargaining Coalition are: American Train Dispatchers Association (ATDA) Brotherhood of Locomotive […]

Rail unions endorse two-person crew legislation

The Brotherhood of Locomotive Engineers and Trainmen (BLET) and the International Association of Sheet Metal, Air, Rail and Transportation Workers-Transportation Division (SMART TD) have announced their support of a bill that calls for two-person rail crews. Introduced by U.S. Rep. Don Young (R-Alaska), the Safe Freight Act (H.R. 1748) requires that two certified crew members […]

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