February 12, 2016

SMART TD, BLET petition FRA for speed signs

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SMART TD and the Brotherhood of Locomotive Engineers & Trainmen (BLET) have submitted a petition to the Federal Railroad Administration (FRA) for rulemaking that mandates uniform warning speed signs in advance of a permanent speed restriction. SMART TD National Legislative Director John Risch said, “Not having speed signs would be like listing all the traffic [...]

Risch: Make sure you’re registered to vote!

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Dear Member, How often have you heard the phrase, “this is the most important election in our lifetime?” Plenty, I’m sure. The truth is, every election is important, with the stakes being higher in a presidential election year — especially for rail, transit and airline workers and retirees who are directly impacted by administration regulations and [...]

SMART TD weighs in on CP’s NS takeover bid

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“You don’t merge two railroads like this to create job opportunities, but to boost profits for a few investors,” stated John Risch, National Legislative Director of SMART Transportation Division, to Reuters reporter, Nick Carey. Click here to read the complete Reuters article.

Menards backpedals union busting threat after lawsuit

The Progressive Magazine reported Dec. 8, 2015, that in a union-busting move, Menards (a home improvement chain store) was threatening 60 percent pay cuts to managers if workers under their supervision organized a union in a 2015 managers contract. The Progressive Magazine later reported on Dec. 15, 2015, that Menards backpedalled under negative public scrutiny [...]

Revenue and riders up on Amtrak’s Southwest Chief

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The Denver Post reported that, during 2015, revenues and ridership rose amidst successful attempts at preserving Amtrak’s embattled Southwest Chief route.  Read the complete article here.

Gov. Cuomo unveils proposed LIRR expansion

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Railway Age reported that New York Governor Andrew Cuomo recently unveiled a proposal for major expansion and improvement of the Long Island Rail Road.  Read the complete article here.

Tri-Rail train hits truck

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WPTV.com reported that a Tri-Rail train hit a garbage truck Monday morning, Jan. 4, in Lake Worth, Fla.  More than twenty passengers were injured in the collision. Read the complete article here.

BNSF workers furloughed in Minn. and N.D.

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The Minneapolis/St. Paul Business Journal reported that BNSF has recently laid off rail yard workers in North Dakota and Minnesota.  According to BNSF, the furloughs are the result of customer volumes decreasing. Read the complete article here.

NTSB report says UP contributed to collision

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The Hutchinson News reported that a recently released NTSB investigation report indicates that UP contributed to the ‘probable cause’ of the 2014 collision of two UP freight trains near Galva, Kan.  Read the complete article here.

New Year’s Message from John Previsich

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As we remember 2015, we recall the moments that have defined the past year and look forward to forging a stronger path in the new year. In these uncertain times, let us remember our Brothers and Sisters who came before us: all of those who stood united in the face of danger and against all [...]