November 29, 2015

Union-made Thanksgiving shopping list

thanksgiving turkey

As you prepare to head to the grocery store to pick up your Thanksgiving dinner ingredients, double check your shopping list to make sure your Turkey Day fixin’s are all union made in America. Appetizers Del Monte Blue Diamond Almonds—BCTGM Kraft/Nabisco crackers—BCTGM Turkey  Boar’s Head—UFCW Butterball—UFCW Foster Poultry Farms—UFCW Thumann’s—UFCW Cookware/Cutlery Cutco knife—USW All-Clad cookware—USW [...]

Pause to give thanks to transportation employees

Give Thanks

It’s that time of year again. Americans across the country will get ready for the time-honored tradition of gathering with family and friends to give thanks. But first, they will agonize – possibly panic – over how to get where they’re going on the busiest travel day of the year. The latter isn’t exactly how [...]

FRA cites UP for violation after SMART TD tip


CHICAGO — The Federal Railroad Administration told SMART Transportation Division it has filed a violation against the Union Pacific Railroad in response to a union complaint that the railroad ordered a train crew to work outside its assigned territory while being piloted by a manager who was not qualified on the physical characteristics of the [...]

Ethanol returning to U.S. rails


Sinking lease rates, weak crude prices and tough new safety measures for transporting oil by rail have spurred a resurgence in hauling ethanol on the U.S. rail network, as some train companies convert tank cars to carry more corn-based biofuels. The trend emerged in the past six months and marks a shift in a years-long [...]

Faster trains propel economy and middle class forward


Note: This is the second piece in a series that explores the connection between a robust transportation system and a stronger middle class. Read the first piece which sets the tone for a much needed national conversation. Around the globe, the race is on to bring the world’s fastest trains — which top speeds nearing [...]

CSX joins court appeals against ECP brakes

csx locomotive

A week after railroads lost an appeal against the U.S. Department of Transportation’s new brake requirements, CSX Corp. (NYSE: CSX) has reinforced its stance against the new program. The new brake rules were issued by the DOT in May, and included phasing in tougher tank car standards and new electronically controlled pneumatic braking systems on [...]

Feinberg tells railroads: ‘No more breaks on PTC’


The nation’s rail safety chief told a group of railroad officials she expects them to complete a long-delayed collision-avoidance system by the end of 2018 and to not count on Congress to give them an additional reprieve. Recent legislation approved by Congress and signed by President Barack Obama gives them a three-year extension to complete positive [...]

Changes made to SMART Discipline Income plan


As a result of the continued increase in claims volume and associated costs, the Discipline Income Protection Program is increasing its monthly assessments from 71 cents to 81 cents per $1 of daily benefits effective January 1, 2016. You may elect to reduce your benefit level or cancel your coverage at any time by submitting [...]

SMART TD names new DLC coordinator


Designated Legal Counsel (DLC) Anthony Petru has been chosen as coordinator of the DLC Program. Petru replaces long-time DLC member and Coordinator Steve Young, who retired earlier this autumn. Petru is a long-time DLC with years of experience in the rail industry. He graduated from University of California, Berkeley, and attended law school at the [...]

Great Lakes plans flight changes


PRESCOTT, Ariz. – The Denver flight connection that made a brief return to the Prescott Airport this past summer will go away again, effective Dec. 2. Great Lakes Airlines plans to eliminate its connection between Prescott and Denver next month, and replace it with a twice-weekly flight to Phoenix, according to Station Manager Kathy DeFreitas. [...]