Illinois commuter carrier Metra, in conjunction with Operation Lifesaver, has embarked on a series of educational safety blitzes to raise awareness of the importance of safe behavior around its trains and tracks.
In 2017’s latter half, Union Pacific Railroad rolled out a transportation plan designed to balance the network, boost productivity and improve asset utilization.
The “Blend and Balance” plan called for operating general purpose trains by blending manifest and bulk trains, and balancing the network by running equal numbers of trains daily in each direction. The idea: to balance power and crews, and enhance efficiencies by increasing train lengths.
MUMFORD, Tex. (KBTX) - A major project promising hundreds of new jobs in Robertson County is being scaled back.
Union Pacific is asking Hermiston employees to do more with less after recent layoffs, and some have expressed concern about safety.
Congressman Don Young of Alaska has introduced legislation to require two-person crews on all freight trains – H.R. 1748. This bill is the same as last session's H.R. 233, which would require a federally certified conductor and locomotive engineer on every freight train operating in America.
Our General Chairman is hard at work fighting for working conditions improvements. In his letter SMART Transportation Division leaders President Previsich and Director national Legislative Board. General Chairman Kalbfell is exposing the multiple violations from the Union Pacific Management across our committee.
Read the full letter by clicking the box bellow:
Success is no accident. I am pleased to announce that last Saturday the Maryland House of Delegates passed HB66 by a vote of 102-30 and last Wednesday, the Washington State House of Representatives passed HB1841 on a vote of 72-24. Both votes were bi-partisan. In Maryland and Washington, two-person crew legislation now move to their respective state senates.
The Safe Freight Act (H.R. 1748) requires that two certified crew members operate freight trains on U.S. rails and has the backing of the International Association of Sheet Metal, Air, Rail and Transportation Workers — Transportation Division (SMART TD) and the Brotherhood of Locomotive Engineers and Trainmen (BLET).
Originally our Two Person Crew Bill (SB 24) was scheduled for a hearing last week in the Senate Executive committee, but that committee was postponed. So we are now re-scheduled for a hearing this Wednesday (3/20) in Executive Committee, where we expect a definitive vote from the committee.
Starting January 1, 2019, our yard members received the new basic day pay rate. When this rate of pay was negotiated it was to settle the yard meal period dispute.