October 1, 2014

Mo. SLD Menges summarizes legislative session

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State Legislative Director Ken Menges of the Missouri Legislative Board reports that the 2014 Missouri legislative session has come to an end. The session saw several bills that had the potential to affect both SMART Transportation Division and Sheet Metal Division members in the state, one of which was House of Representatives’ Bill 1770, that would [...]

Sen. Durbin to CN: ‘Keep your promises’

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WASHINGTON – In response to concerns raised by communities across Illinois, U.S. Senator Dick Durbin (D-IL) June 3 called on Canadian National to address ongoing safety and traffic issues including: Canadian National’s lack of cooperation with the State of Illinois and Amtrak, which has hindered efforts to expand rail service in Northern Illinois between Galena [...]

Limiting oil-train info violates law, state tells railroads

Two railroad companies want to prevent the public from getting details about oil shipments through Washington state, information the federal government ordered be given to state emergency managers after several oil-train accidents. But restricting such information violates the state’s public-records law, so the state has not signed documents from the rail companies seeking confidentiality, said [...]

Former UTU Vice President George Cahill dies

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Former UTU Vice President George J. Cahill, 85, died June 3 after a courageous battle with cancer. A member of SMART Transportation Division Local 1978 at New York and the former Brotherhood of Railroad Trainmen Lodge 328, Cahill began his railroading career as a crew caller on New York, New Haven and Hartford Railroad in [...]