May 24, 2015

BNSF retakes market share from Union Pacific

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BNSF Railway Co. won back market share for grain and agriculture commodities that it lost to Union Pacific Corp. in 2014 when the railroad owned by Warren Buffett struggled to keep up with customer demand. In last year’s first quarter, BNSF lost about 4 percentage points of market share for carrying grain, fertilizer and other [...]

UP retaliates against another injured worker

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An investigation by the U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration has determined that management of the Union Pacific Railroad added insult to injury when it blamed a worker in Roseville who was hurt on-the-job and then retaliated against him for reporting his injury in February 2011. Investigators established that Union Pacific violated [...]

UP derailment was caused by broken rail

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A November train derailment in the Feather River Canyon was caused by a broken rail, the Enterprise-Record has learned. As Union Pacific Railroad prepares to replace more than 36 miles of track between Keddie and Lake Oroville, spokesman Francisco Castillo has confirmed a detail fracture caused by cracks led to the derailment of 12 train [...]

UP names Hutcherson Human Resources VP

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Union Pacific named Sherrye Hutcherson vice president of Human Resources effective May 4. Hutcherson will be responsible for leading the company’s human resources function, which includes talent management, training and development, strategic workforce planning, recruiting, compensation and benefits, and diversity initiatives. Hutcherson h more than 20 years of experience in corporate and non-profit settings, with [...]

Member injured, engineer killed in taxi accident

A SMART Transportation Division member was seriously injured and a BLET engineer was killed when a taxi hired by Union Pacific Railroad to transport the men rolled off the side of a freeway near the Interstate 680/Interstate 80 interchange, according to the California Highway Patrol. The accident happened just after 1 a.m. this morning (March [...]

UP request to haul liquefied natural gas criticized

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Union Pacific Railroad has applied for permission to haul liquefied natural gas, which would add another combustible cargo to a U.S. rail network already being criticized for transporting ethanol and crude oil through populated areas. The Omaha-based railroad said the application for a permit from the Federal Railroad Administration is in response to a request [...]

UP again violates Federal Railroad Safety Act

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More than 200 whistleblower complaints against railroad since 2001 NORTH PLATTE, Neb. – For the third time since 2011, the Union Pacific Railroad has violated the Federal Railroad Safety Act at its yard in North Platte by disciplining employees who reported workplace injuries and sought medical attention, the U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and [...]

Railroads reap record profits despite decline in traffic

The nation’s four major railroads are still carrying less freight than they were before the recession. But the last decade has been an exhilarating ride for them nonetheless — an era of growing profits, soaring stock prices and ambitious investments. For Jacksonville-based CSX Corp., freight volume has dropped 7 percent since 2004. Meanwhile, its shares [...]

Union Pacific promotes Lance Fritz to CEO

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Union Pacific’s board of directors today elected Lance M. Fritz president and chief executive officer, effective immediately. He also was elected to the company’s board of directors. Fritz had been president and chief operating officer since Feb. 6, 2014. Fritz, 52, succeeds John J. (Jack) Koraleski, who was named executive chairman. “Lance has the right [...]

At least 10 killed when prison bus hits train in Texas

PENWELL, Texas – At least 10 people were killed Wednesday when a bus carrying state prisoners skidded off an icy highway overpass in West Texas, slid down an embankment and collided with a passing train, a county sheriff said. The overpass on Interstate 20 was slick with ice Wednesday morning when the Texas Department of [...]