Unifor reaches tentative agreements with CN. (Photograph Courtesy of Unifor)

CN, Unifor Reach Tentative Agreements

CN on March 20 reported reaching new tentative collective agreements with Unifor, its largest union, covering approximately 3,000 Canadian employees working in departments such as Mechanical, Intermodal and Facility Management as well as in clerical positions.

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Railway Age Strengthens Editorial Team

Three railroad industry veterans—Robert H. Cantwell, Michael Iden and Ron Sucik—have joined Railway Age as Contributing Editors, adding to the publication’s deep well of knowledge and experience. Principal of Rail Supply Chain

Aerial view of the San Pedro Bay Port Complex in California. (Photograph Courtesy of Port of Los Angeles)

Trade Slows at Ports of LA, Long Beach

The ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach experienced double-digit declines in TEUs (twenty-foot equivalent units) processed in February. Both California ports cited well-stocked retailers, reduced consumer spending, and the typical closure of east Asian factories during the Lunar New Year holiday, as reasons for the soft cargo volumes.

The Buckingham Branch (BBRR) operates across four divisions and 280 miles of track in Virginia. (DRPT Photograph)
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FRA OKs Virginia Rail Plan

The Virginia Department of Rail and Public Transportation’s (DRPT) 2022 Statewide Rail Plan has received approval from the Federal Railroad Administration (FRA).

Chart of transportation accidents reported to the TSB in 2022. This preliminary data does not include incidents reported to the TSB. (Chart courtesy of TSB)

TSB Releases 2022 Preliminary Transportation Occurrence Statistics

The Transportation Safety Board of Canada (TSB) has published its summary of preliminary transportation occurrence statistics from 2022, showing accidents are below the five-year average for the rail, air, marine and pipeline sectors. Incidents, however, are up for rail and marine.

(Photograph Courtesy of CN, via Twitter)

North American Rail Volume Down Through Week 10, AAR

Through the first 10 weeks of 2023 (ending March 11), total North American carload and intermodal traffic dipped 2.9% from same point last year, according to the Association of American Railroads’ (AAR) March 15 report. Both Canada and Mexico saw increases, while the U.S. experienced a decline.