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BRC Eyes C3RS Participation

The Belt Railway Company of Chicago (BRC) is seeking to join the Federal Railroad Administration’s (FRA) voluntary confidential program (C3RS) that allows railroads and their employees to report close calls.

BNSF, NS Reach Labor Agreements

BNSF on April 17 announced that it will grant individual paid sick days to its railroaders who are Brotherhood of Railway Carmen (BRC) members. The same day, Norfolk Southern (NS) reported reaching a paid sick leave agreement with the Brotherhood of Railroad Signalmen (BRS).

UP: Paid Sick Leave for NCFO, BRC

Union Pacific (UP) is the second Class I railroad to offer paid sick leave to its employees represented by the National Conference of Firemen and Oilers (NCFO) and the Brotherhood of Railway Carmen Division/TCU (BRC).

IBEW Members Ratify Freight Rail Agreement (UPDATED)

The National Carriers’ Conference Committee (NCCC), which represents most U.S. Class I freight railroads in national collective bargaining, announced on Sept. 28 that the membership of the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW) has ratified the tentative labor agreement.

Fields Takes BRC Throttle

Railroad veteran Percy E. Fields III has been named President and General Manager of The Belt Railway of Chicago (BRC), the largest intermediate switching terminal railroad in the U.S. Fields, 42, brings more than 22 years of railroad experience to the job, most recently as BRC’s General Manager.

BRC is using a new cloud-based crew management system from PS Technology to automate record-keeping and scheduling processes.

Supply Side: PS Technology, Wabtec, Senceive, Bentley

The Belt Railway Company of Chicago (BRC) has selected PS Technology’s (PST) crew management system; Wabtec Corp. will supply Alstom with advanced brake systems and other components for new trains in India; Canadian industrial technology group Eddyfi/NDT has acquired London-based Senceive Ltd.; and Bentley Systems, Inc., an infrastructure engineering software company, has established an education program and is purchasing two software providers.

The Wi-Tronix system will help BRC make “improvements to our use of fuel, our environmental footprint and the overall efficiency of our locomotive assets,” President Mike Grace said.

BRC Selects Wi-Tronix Violet Edge IoT System

The Belt Railway Company of Chicago (BRC) will equip its switching locomotive fleet with fuel consumption and idle reduction monitoring, incident investigation and mechanical health status, and high-coupling force alert technologies from Wi-Tronix.