February 6, 2016

BNSF idles train cars in Wyo.

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The Wyoming Business Report has stated that as a consequence of decreased demand from the coal industry, BNSF is idling train cars and locomotives in Wyoming.  Read the entire article here.

Dem calls for Senate hearing re: CP proposal

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The Hill.com reported yesterday that Sen. Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) is requesting a Senate hearing to investigate Canadian Pacific’s proposed takeover of Norfolk Southern. The Hill quoted Manchin as describing the proposal as a ”Wall Street takeover.” Read the complete article here.  

SMART TD News posted online today

Dec 2015/Jan 2016

The December 2015/January 2016 issue of the SMART TD News is attached  here.  If you are a SMART TD member, a hard copy is being mailed to your home via U.S. Mail and should arrive soon.

SMART SLD gives Ga. lawmakers in-person view

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On Tuesday, January 26, SMART TD’s Georgia State Legislative Director (SLD) Matt Campbell, led Georgia lawmakers on a tour of the CSX railroad yard and Atlanta training center.  “This was a great opportunity to teach our legislators about the duties and responsibilities of railroad workers. It opens the door for us to communicate our needs [...]

Freight cars derail in Minn.

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News8000.com reported this morning that six mixed-freight cars of a Canadian Pacific train derailed last night near Reno, Minn.  No injuries were reported.  Click here to read the entire article.

Amtrak considers reintroducing Gulf Coast service

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Progressive Railroading reported that Amtrak and the Southern Rail Commission will consider the possibility of reintroducing passenger rail service on the Gulf Coast by operating, next month, an “inspection train” between New Orleans and Jacksonville, Fla.  Read the entire article here.

Missouri board to hold “Surviving Layoff” workshop

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The Missouri State Legislative Board is holding a “Surviving Layoff” workshop as a part of the Missouri AFL-CIO’s Dislocated Worker Program, Jan. 29, 2016, at 10:00 a.m. The workshop will be held at the Sheet Metal Workers Local 2 Hall, 2902 Blue Ridge Blvd., Kansas City, MO 64129. The workshop is open to all rail [...]

SMART TD supports FRA’s efforts to clarify vision standards

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On Monday, January 25, John Previsich, president of SMART Transportation Division, filed a letter with the Federal Railroad Administration (FRA) in strong support of the FRA’s efforts to clarify vision standards and testing for locomotive engineers and conductors.  Read the complete article here.

Remembering labor advocate Kenneth Rogers

Brother Kenneth Lloyd Rogers, age 67, passed away December 21, 2015 at his home in Rocklin, Calif. Services were held in Roseville, Calif. December 28, 2015. Rogers is survived by his wife, Mooling Rogers, his three daughters, Kristen, Gwendolyn, and Amy, and many extended family members, friends and colleagues. Rogers was a graduate of the [...]

Mother of UTUIA President Ken Laugel dies

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Bernice “Bunny” Sovine Laugel, 88, of Mooresville, N.C. died Monday, Jan. 18, 2016, at Brookdale Assisted Living. Laugel was a homemaker who loved to travel, enjoyed crocheting, had a great sense of humor and loved to make people smile. She was preceded in death by her husband Louis Frank Laugel and her daughters Debbi Hart [...]