April 20, 2014

Local chair runs Boston Marathon for cancer research

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On April 21, Local 1951 Chairperson Michael Doherty will be running in his 11th consecutive Boston Marathon to raise money for the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute. “I was elected as a board member with the Dana-Farber Institute last year as I was recognized for my commitment and passion to help Dana-Farber find a cure for cancer. [...]

Feds revisit safety rules after Calif. bus crash

RED BLUFF, Calif. – Federal transportation authorities are investigating ways to minimize death and injuries in bus crashes following the fiery wreck leaving 10 dead when a FedEx truck slammed into a bus carrying high school students in Northern California. On Thursday (April 10), the truck driver veered across the Interstate 5 median, sideswiped a [...]

Should the Ryan budget worry seniors?

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A central element of the Congressional Budget process, established in 1974, is that policy proposals affecting the balance between spending and revenues must be scored by a philosophically neutral organization, one created for the purpose of making sure Congress clearly understands the budgetary effect of the legislation brought before it. That duty was given to [...]

NJ Transit to conduct rail safety review

New Jersey Transit is planning to conduct a sweeping safety review of its rail operations. The agency has hired an outside consultant and is forming a 17-member committee that will be made up of employees at all levels to take a hard look at maintenance procedures, work practices, equipment and its “overall safety culture,” NJ [...]

Treasurers’ workshop scheduled for May

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The SMART Transportation Division is conducting a local treasurers’ workshop at its headquarters in North Olmsted, Ohio, May 6-8. Attendance is limited to 24 registrants. Those interested in attending the workshop should contact the office of the SMART Transportation Division director of updating/auditing department. Call (216) 228-9400, or email Karen Cashin at kcashin@smart-union.org. While all [...]

10 killed as bus, truck carrying students collide

ORLAND, Calif. – A FedEx tractor-trailer crossed over a grassy median on a Northern California freeway and slammed into a bus carrying more than 40 high school students in an explosive crash that left 10 people dead, authorities said. Among the students on the trip to visit Humboldt State University was Steven Clavijo, 18, a [...]

RRB discusses Medicare for railroad families

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The federal Medicare program provides hospital and medical insurance protection for railroad retirement annuitants and their families, just as it does for social security beneficiaries. Medicare has the following parts: Medicare Part A (hospital insurance) helps pay for inpatient care in hospitals and skilled nursing facilities (following a hospital stay), some home health care services, [...]

Senators push for more railroad inspectors

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WASHINGTON – More than a dozen U.S. senators, including North Dakota Sens. Heidi Heitkamp and John Hoeven, are pushing to put more federal railroad inspectors in the field. Boosting inspector numbers – which haven’t grown in the Bakken region even as oil production and crude-by-rail traffic has boomed – has become a top priority for [...]

FRA’s Szabo testifies on rail safety before STB

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Federal Railroad Administration chief Joseph Szabo testified April 10 before members of the Surface Transportation Board regarding the negative impact service degradation on the nation’s railroad network could have on rail safety and Amtrak on-time performance. His prepared oral testimony follows: Chairman Elliott and Vice Chairman Begeman, on behalf of Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx, thank [...]

How employees deal with death on the railroad

Kim Davids has been a freight conductor for 39 years. Within those four decades, he’s witnessed 16 grade-crossing accidents, and every year around Christmastime he remembers one in particular. On a winter day in Utah 38 years ago, a woman in a car stuck on the tracks was clamoring out of a window to escape [...]