February 10, 2016

Class I’s release fourth quarter and annual earnings

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CSX Corporation announced a solid fourth quarter and full-year financial performance for 2015. The railroad announced declines for the fourth quarter and mixed financial results for the full year. CSX reported in a press conference that net earnings declined five percent to $466 million or $0.48 per share (down two percent), down from last year’s [...]

NTSB report says UP contributed to collision

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The Hutchinson News reported that a recently released NTSB investigation report indicates that UP contributed to the ‘probable cause’ of the 2014 collision of two UP freight trains near Galva, Kan.  Read the complete article here.

FRA cites UP for violation after SMART TD tip

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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 [...]

UP modifying Great Salt Lake causeway

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GREAT SALT LAKE — One of the strangest and most striking places in Utah — an enormous oddity that scientists say was created accidentally by human engineering — is getting a bit of a remodeling job. Union Pacific Railroad is beginning a bridge-building project to replace a small portion of a causeway that’s been blamed [...]

Class I railroads announce third quarter 2015 earnings

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In a press release Oct. 14, 2015, CSX announced record financial results for the third quarter of 2015. Net earnings for the railroad came in at $507 million for the quarter, compared to the $509 million for the same period last year, which translates into a third quarter record of $0.52 per share, as compared [...]

Creighton plans program to help laid off UP workers

Creighton University is developing a program to aid those who will lose their jobs in the wake of ConAgra’s recent announcement that it will slash expenses by eliminating salaried positions and relocating its global headquarters from Omaha to Chicago. ConAgra announced Thursday that it would uproot its Omaha headquarters next year. About 1,000 people are expected [...]

Funeral set for member Jordan after UP accident

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Troy J. Jordan, 49, of Shawnee, Kansas died in an accident while working on Union Pacific property in Kansas City, Kan. Sept. 29, 2015. After high school, Jordan graduated from Central Missouri State University with a bachelor’s degree in criminal justice. Jordan hired out with Union Pacific railroad in 2008 and became a member of [...]

Police: rail worker killed by train at Kansas rail yard

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KANSAS CITY, Kan. — Authorities are investigating after a Union Pacific Railroad employee was found dead under a rail car in Kansas City, Kansas. According to police, officers responded to reports of a person trapped under a train in a rail yard around 11:20 a.m. Tuesday. Read more from WIBW.com. The Union Pacific employee was SMART [...]

Union Pacific to trim management staff

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Union Pacific Railroad said yesterday that it plans to eliminate “several hundred” management jobs in Omaha and elsewhere in the coming months, as the Class I addresses falling cargo volume, according to a report on Omaha.com. The job cuts, which will come from “terminations and attrition,” are part of “necessary steps to align resources with current business [...]

Meeting for Minn. furloughed BNSF and UP workers

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In light of the recent furloughs by BNSF and Union Pacific railroads, and since many locals are experiencing difficulty reaching the members who have been furloughed and dislocated, the SMART TD Minnesota State Legislative Board is hosting, in conjunction with the Minnesota Department of Education and Economic Development (MN DEED) a free informational meeting to [...]