Tag: President Trump

Ex-chairman: STB should consider benefits of reciprocal switching

Reciprocal switching could help with system efficiency, Daniel Elliott says By Joanna Marsh for freightwaves.com Reciprocal switching occurs when a shipper has access to one freight railroad but wants access to a nearby competing freight railroad in order to cultivate a competitive pricing environment. President Joe Biden via a July executive ordercharged Surface Transportation Board Chairman […]

White House presses railroad pension fund on China investments

By Brian Croce for pionline.com White House officials have raised economic, national security and humanitarian concerns over the National Railroad Retirement Investment Trust’s investments in Chinese companies. However, some of the issues raised in a letter sent Tuesday from Larry Kudlow, director of the national economic council, and National Security Adviser Robert O’Brien to Erhard […]

Trump administration awards $25 billion in emergency transit funding

By David Shepardson for wkzo.com WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The Trump administration said on Thursday it was allocating $25 billion in emergency funding grants to public transportation systems facing a massive falloff in demand due to the coronavirus pandemic. The U.S. Federal Transit Administration (FTA) funds, including $5.4 billion for the New York City area, were […]

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 […]

Trump administration seeks $45.8 billion in extra government funding amid coronavirus

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The Trump administration has requested an additional $45.8 billion from Congress to shore up U.S. agencies amid the fast-spreading coronavirus outbreak, a White House spokesman said on Wednesday. The supplemental funding request, sent to U.S. lawmakers on Tuesday night, would give billions more to the Department of Health and Human Services, the […]

Machinists Union Membership Votes to Endorse Joe Biden

The IAM, utilizing an unprecedented democratic process that included a general membership vote open to all U.S. members in good standing, has endorsed Joe Biden for president of the United States. The IAM’s endorsement is the majority will of the IAM’s membership and its state councils, who voted online through an independent third party in […]

Trump Gives Defense Department Power To Abolish Bargaining For Civilian Unions

The president declared in a memo that gutting the unions would bring “maximum flexibility.” By Mary Papenfuss     President Donald Trump has officially granted the Department of Defense the legal authority to abolish the collective bargaining rights of its civilian labor unions representing some 750,000 workers. Gutting the unions would provide “maximum flexibility,” Trump wrote […]

Railroads are slashing workers, cheered on by Wall Street to stay profitable amid Trump’s trade war

By Heather Long for washingtonpost.com Jeff Hollandsworth was told to do something recently that he had never done before in his many years working for Norfolk Southern Railway: Empty lockers. Norfolk Southern has let more than 3,500 employees go in the past year, including 175 in Roanoke, part of an aggressive push across the railroad […]

President Scardelletti Communicates with Local Lodge Officers on National Handling

In the letter from TCU President Bob Scardelletti: TO ALL LOCAL LODGE OFFICERS IN NATIONAL HANDLING Dear Sisters and Brothers: The industry, in their zeal to take us on, served their Section 6 Notices on Day 1, November 1, 2019. The industry is seeking sweeping concessions across the board on every aspect of our agreements. […]

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