It’s taking a team effort for Union Pacific to roll out its version of PSR

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.

GCA Response to Plan 2020

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General Committee of Adjustments 225

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.

Rail Unions Support National Two-Person Crew Bill

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).