October 1, 2014

STB: Five Class I’s revenue adequate in 2013

The Surface Transportation Board announced Tuesday, Sept. 2, 2014, that it has found five U.S. Class I railroad properties to be “revenue adequate for the year 2013, meaning that five of the Class I railroads achieved a rate of return equal to or greater than the Board’s calculation of the average cost of capital to [...]

Oil train regulation passes in California

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California lawmakers on Friday (Aug. 29) passed legislation requiring railroad companies to tell emergency officials when crude oil trains will chug through the state. The bill would require railroads to notify the state’s Office of Emergency Services when trains carrying crude oil from Canada and North Dakota are headed to refineries in the most populous [...]

Rail safety measures due in Va. after oil-train wrecks

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The same day a CSX train carrying almost 3 million gallons of crude oil derailed in downtown Lynchburg, federal investigators took a sample of oil at a rail transfer terminal 1,750 miles away in North Dakota. The oil sampled in North Dakota was owned by Plains Marketing, the same Texas company that owned roughly 30,000 [...]

Happy Labor Day!

On this Labor Day, we can be thankful for the resiliency each and every member of this union has shown in dealing with the after-effects of this past recession. While there is still much work left to do, we are on the right track to a better and brighter future for members and their families. [...]

Employees of RCP&E Railroad return to SMART

In a swift and decisive vote held Aug. 27, employees of Rapid City, Pierre & Eastern Railroad selected the International Association of Sheet Metal, Air, Rail and Transportation Workers as their voice on their property. Among 53 eligible voters, 37 employees marked their ballots for the SMART Transportation Division and five voted for no union [...]

Lac-Megantic: Lawyers want charges dropped

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MONTREAL – The union and lawyers representing two railway employees accused in the Lac-Megantic disaster are urging the Crown to drop the charges in light of recent findings by the Transportation Safety Board. Engineer Tom Harding, railway traffic controller Richard Labrie and Jean Demaitre, the manager of train operations, each face 47 counts of criminal [...]

Panel recommends safety improvements at N.Y. MTA

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Metropolitan Transportation Authority’s (MTA) Blue Ribbon Panel studying safety and maintenance practices at its three railroads yesterday announced 29 recommendations to improve operations and safety. Created a year ago after a series of safety-related incidents at MTA Metro-North Railroad, Long Island Rail Road (LIRR) and New York City Transit (NYCT), the panel identified Metro-North’s safety [...]

Union seeks proposals for Section 6 notices

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The SMART Transportation Division is beginning the process of formulating Section 6 notices to be served on rail carriers negotiating under the umbrella of the National Carriers’ Conference Committee (NCCC), which will include proposals to increase wages, benefits and improve working conditions. As mandated by the Railway Labor Act and the current national agreement, these [...]

AFL-CIO’s Trumka: ‘We won’t be turned aside’

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AFL-CIO President Richard L. Trumka drew several standing ovations during an electrifying speech to delegates and guests on the fourth day of the SMART Convention Aug. 14. The former United Mineworkers’ president began his speech by addressing the merger of the former Sheet Metal Workers’ International Association and the former United Transportation Union into SMART [...]

Deadly Arkansas train crash cleanup ongoing

An important highway in northeast Arkansas could stay closed into next week as crews clean up the wreckage left from a head-on train collision, a highway official said Wednesday. Two railroad workers were killed and two others were injured when the Union Pacific freight trains crashed. Read the complete story at ClaimsJournal.com.