Four East Palestine High School students receive scholarships for higher education.

Class I Briefs: NS, CSX

Norfolk Southern’s (NS) President and CEO Alan H. Shaw awards first Bulldog Legacy Scholarships. Also, NS and CSX are ranked among America’s Climate Leaders by USA Today.

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UP, BLET Reach Tentative Agreement on Work Schedules, Time Off

Union Pacific (UP) and the Brotherhood of Locomotive Engineers and Trainmen (BLET) on May 24 reported reaching a tentative agreement to provide engineers with a “more predictable” work schedule that will also enable the Class I railroad “to better manage staffing levels, which supports more consistent and reliable service.”

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“I deeply appreciate the contributions of our Norfolk Southern engineers and the longstanding partnership we’ve had with the BLET,” NS President and CEO Alan H. Shaw said on May 18. “This agreement builds on that relationship and continues our industry-leading effort to enhance quality of life as we become the first railroad to reach an engineer sick leave deal.” (Photograph Courtesy of NS, via Twitter)

NS, BLET Reach Paid Sick Leave Deal

Norfolk Southern (NS) on May 18 reported reaching a paid sick-leave agreement with the Brotherhood of Locomotive Engineers and Trainmen (BLET), representing almost 25% of the Class I’s craft workforce. To date, approximately 98% of NS’s craft employees have entered into paid sick-leave deals, the railroad said.

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NS Launches Customer-Focused Rail Emissions Report

Norfolk Southern (NS) has launched a tailored Rail Emissions Report tool to provide customers with “comprehensive data on the positive environmental impact of shipping by rail, including total carbon dioxide emissions, fuel consumption, and train miles traveled,” the Class I announced May 18.

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NS Issues East Palestine Progress Report

Norfolk Southern (NS) has released an update on its continuing remediation work following the Feb. 3 East Palestine, Ohio derailment. “We have committed from day one to paying for all remediation costs associated

“We have reached a milestone cleaning up the site in East Palestine safely, thoroughly and with urgency. @EPA-approved testing confirms all impacted soil has been removed from the south track,” NS reported via Twitter on April 15. The railroad in May wrote in a letter to senators of its intention to compensate area homeowners. (Screen-Capture Courtesy of NS video, via Twitter)

NS to Compensate East Palestine Homeowners

Norfolk Southern (NS) will establish a fund to compensate homeowners in East Palestine, Ohio for property value diminution in response to the Feb. 3 derailment there, NS President and CEO Alan Shaw