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CN, Unifor reach tentative labor agreement
Canadian National and Unifor have negotiated a tentative labor agreement with the Unifor union. As a result, CN has withdrawn its lockout notice to Unifor, which would have come effective…
January employment gains mask monthly drop
Figures released by the Surface Transportation Board Monday, February 23, 2015, show total Class I railroad employment as of mid-January 2015 rose 1.41% over January 2014 levels, but retreated 3.67%…
Ottensmeyer appointed KCS president
Kansas City Southern Executive Vice President and Chief Marketing Officer Patrick J. Ottensmeyer has been appointed President, effective March 1, 2015, as part of the railroad’s succession planning process.
Unifor threatening to strike CN
Unifor, the largest union at CN, with more than 4,800 members (mechanics, clerical workers, excavator operators, locomotive engineers, and truck drivers) covered by six collective agreements, said on Feb. 19,…
BNSF details capital projects for six states
BNSF Railway, as part of its record 2015 capital commitment of $6 billion—the railroad’s largest planned capital expenditure in its history—will invest a total of $1.63 billion in Illinois, Minnesota,…
AAR: U.S. carloads again offset intermodal slippage
For the second straight week, U.S. intermodal volume slipped fractionally behind levels of 2014 even as total U.S. freight traffic gained ground, the Association of American Railroads said Wednesday, Feb.…
CN to Unifor: We won’t fill your political trough
CN said on Feb. 18, 2015 that the Unifor union, which represents approximately 4,800 CN employees in mechanical, intermodal, clerical and other areas in Canada, “continues to reject a fair…
CP endures short strike; arbitration set
Roughly 3,000 union train and operations employees returned to work on Monday, Feb. 16, 2015 following a 36-hour strike against Canadian Pacific Railway, after CP agreed to binding arbitration, thus…
Oil train mishaps reveal tank car strengths and limitations
Two same-day derailments of crude oil trains in Canada and a third in West Virginia two days later illustrate the strengths and limitations of the newest general-purpose tank cars plying…
Delaware green groups target CBR activity
Two environmental groups on Thursday, Feb. 12, 2015 sought legal advice from a Delaware Superior Court judge on a forum to appeal state action expanding crude-by-rail (CBR) activity in the…
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