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  • Improve Rail Service By Enhancing Surface Transportation Board Oversight Authority
    Dear Senator: I am writing on behalf of the Transportation Trades Department (TTD) of the AFL-CIO. TTD is the largest transportation labor federation in the nation and notably represents all of the rail unions and workers in this country. We appreciate the May 23rd letter that you and your colleagues sent to the Surface Transportation […] The post Improve Rail… Read more »
  • TTD and Union Pacific disagree over safety technology deployment
    Reported by Joanna Marsh for Freightwaves. The debate about how to manage visual inspections in the face of advances in safety technology continues. This time it’s railroad carmen defending the importance of visual inspections for brake testing and maintenance. Union members are responding to Union Pacific’s request to the Federal Railroad Administration to extend a waiver governing UP’s test program… Read more »
  • Looming US railroad shutdown may require Congress fix
    Reported by Taylor Kuykendall for S & P Global. The question of a national rail shutdown may be up to Congress this fall, as tensions mount between railways and unions, even as legal remedies fail. Unions and railroad carriers have been locked in negotiations over wages, benefits and workplace rules since a collective bargaining round kicked off in January 2020.… Read more »
  • Mediation fails in railroad talks; Biden likely to intervene
    As reported by the Stand. After more than two years of fruitless negotiations with the various Class 1 railroads and three weeks of in-person contract talks in Washington, D.C., the National Mediation Board (NMB) on Tuesday declared that a voluntary agreement is not within reach and offered binding arbitration to rail unions. The unions representing railroad workers — who have… Read more »
  • Mediation ends in rail contract negotiations; arbitration offered
    Reported by Trains. The National Mediation Board will end mediation between railroads and their unions over the long-running negotiations for a new national contract, moving the contract process closer to intervention by President Joe Biden. The organization representing railroads in the negotiations, the National Carriers’ Conference Committee, said in a press release that it was “disappointed the parties were unable… Read more »
  • VIDEO: TTD President’s Speech at AFL-CIO Convention
    TTD President Greg Regan spoke at the 2022 AFL-CIO Constitutional Convention to discuss how the American Rescue Plan was a worker-first legislative lifeline that saved millions of transportation workers and services during the pandemic. Watch Video here. The post VIDEO: TTD President’s Speech at AFL-CIO Convention appeared first on TTD. Read more »
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