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  • These ports are causing the most congestion in the global supply chain, new CNBC charts show
    Reported by Lori Ann LaRocco for CNBC. The drop in Shanghai’s port productivity, which is driven by to the lack of people working due to Covid lockdowns, can be seen in the container wait time at the port, according to CNBC’s new Supply Chain Heat Map. “In Shanghai, ocean terminals, warehouses, and trucking services are operating as normal but with… Read more »
  • RAILROAD’S STRINGENT ATTENDANCE POLICY COULD EXACERBATE SUPPLY CRISIS
    America's Workforce Union Podcast. AFL-CIO Transportation Trades Department President Greg Regan joined the America’s Work Force Union Podcast and discussed an oppressive attendance policy implemented by BNSF Railway and its impact on workers and the supply chain crisis. Called Hi-Viz, the policy is point-based and docks workers for absences, including family emergencies and sickness. Due to this strict policy, many… Read more »
  • Physical Brake Inspections Keep Everyone Safe
    On behalf of the Transportation Trades Department, AFL-CIO (TTD), I am pleased to respond to the Federal Railroad Administration’s notice regarding Canadian Pacific and Union Pacific’s petition for waiver of compliance and statutory exemption. TTD consists of 37 affiliate unions representing the totality of rail labor, including carmen and other rail workers who work on lines covered by this waiver.[1]… Read more »
  • TTD Applauds STB’s Proposal on Freight Service, But More Action Is Required
    On behalf of the Transportation Trades Department, AFL-CIO (TTD), I am pleased to respond to the Surface Transportation Board’s proposed rule regarding Expedited Relief for Service Emergencies. TTD consists of 37 affiliate unions representing the totality of rail labor in the U.S.[1] The proposed rule would amend procedures for parties seeking a board order directing an incumbent carrier to take… Read more »
  • Autonomous transit buses will still need skilled operators, researchers say
    Reported by Dan Zukowski for SmartCitiesDive. Even with advanced automated driving technology, transit vehicles including public transit buses and vans are “highly likely” to require the presence of a qualified human operator, according to a report issued Thursday by Traffic21, a transportation research institute at Carnegie Mellon University. Human operators will likely be required in part because transit buses operate… Read more »
  • Unions critical of BNSF’s new adjustments to attendance policy
    Reported by Joanna Marsh for Freightwaves. Two unions are still critical of BNSF’s controversial attendance policy, saying recent adjustments aren’t enough to overcome its shortcomings. “BNSF’s proposed changes to its HiViz attendance policy are unimpressive. These changes do nothing to address the policy’s fundamental flaws,” said Greg Regan, president of the Transportation Trades Department, which is affiliated with the AFL-CIO. … Read more »
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