August 1, 2014

U.S. carload traffic hits 6-year high in June

In June, U.S. Class Is originated 1,177,655 carloads, up 3.6 percent compared with June 2013′s total, according to the Association of American Railroads (AAR). U.S. carloads averaged 294,414 per week – the highest weekly average for a June since 2008, AAR officials said in a press release. Monthly carload growth averaged 4.9 percent from March [...]

One year after tragic Lac-Megantic accident

The Transportation Trades Department of the AFL-CIO issued the following statement on the train accident in Lac-Megantic, Quebec, that happened one year this week: This week marks the one year anniversary of a tragic rail accident – a runaway train carrying 72 cars of crude ran into Lac-Megantic, Quebec killing 47 people and demolishing an entire town. [...]

First of 3 fuselages removed from derailment site

MISSOULA, Mont. – Boeing is deciding what to do with six new commercial airplane bodies that fell off a train in western Montana, including three that slid down a steep riverbank, a company spokeswoman said Monday. Experts from Boeing Co. and Spirit AeroSystems, which built the fuselages, are at the site of Thursday’s derailment on [...]

CP employee injured in train accident

SOUTH BELOIT, Ill. — A Savanna, Illinois, man is in stable condition after suffering a severed leg, hand and forearm Wednesday in a train accident in South Beloit. Shawn Flickinger, 36, of Savanna, was airlifted near Oak Grove Avenue in South Beloit, to the OSF Saint Anthony Medical Center in Rockford, Illinois, after South Beloit [...]

Benefits for Railroad Retirement employees

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The Railroad Retirement Board (RRB) administers the Railroad Unemployment Insurance Act, which provides two kinds of benefits for qualified railroaders: unemployment benefits for those who become unemployed but are ready, willing and able to work; and sickness benefits for those who are unable to work because of sickness or injury. Sickness benefits are also payable [...]

U.S. seen as biggest oil producer

The U.S. will remain the world’s biggest oil producer this year after overtaking Saudi Arabia and Russia as extraction of energy from shale rock spurs the nation’s economic recovery, Bank of America Corp. said. U.S. production of crude oil, along with liquids separated from natural gas, surpassed all other countries this year with daily output [...]

Cuomo could be key to preventing LIRR strike

ALBANY, N.Y. – As the labor dispute at the Long Island Rail Road heads toward its final innings, some officials are beginning to look to Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo, whom they see as the Mariano Rivera of political closers. “His track record on these matters is very good,” said Lee Miringoff, a political science professor [...]

Fired foreman awarded $400K in whistleblower case

A federal jury in Maine has awarded $400,000 in back pay and punitive damages to a former foreman of the Springfield Terminal Railway Co. who was fired after refusing orders to force an untrained worker to clean up a 2011 chemical spill in North Yarmouth. The Portland Press Herald reported that the jury, after a [...]

Previsich returned to office, elections complete

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SAN DIEGO, Calif. – John Previsch was elected president of the International Association of Sheet Metal, Air, Rail and Transportation Workers’ Transportation Division June 30, shortly after the opening of the union’s First Transportation Division Convention at the Hilton San Diego Bayfront Hotel. Previsich, who had been elevated to the position of SMART Transportation Division [...]

Former LIRR president Williams remains on payroll

At least one Long Island Rail Road employee has gotten a good deal from the MTA recently. With unionized LIRR workers readying for a possible strike next month, the Daily News has learned that the railroad’s former president, Helena Williams, who was fired two months ago, remains on the payroll under an arrangement designed to [...]