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Second Railroad Agrees
With Union on Sick Time
Jul 10, 2023 6:15 PM CDT
Second Railroad Agrees With Union on Sick Time
Union Pacific deal would add five paid days per year
- Union Pacific railroad has reached a tentative deal with a major union regarding paid sick leave. The railroad and the International Association of Sheet Metal, Air, Rail and Transportation Workers said that the deal reached over the weekend provides up to eight paid sick leave days to around 5,900...
Union Members Balk
at Time Off in Rail Contracts
Oct 13, 2022 4:55 PM CDT
Union Members Balk at Time Off in Rail Contracts
Sick leave remains an issue as tentative agreements are voted on
- The lack of some of the benefits most American workers can readily count on, like paid sick leave and regularly scheduled weekends, is driving some railroad workers to veto contracts that include significant raises and $5,000 bonuses. This week's vote by the third-largest railroad union against a tentative...
Win a Sick Day
for the First Time
Sep 15, 2022 7:30 PM CDT
Railroad Unions Win a Sick Day for the First Time
Workers will be able to go to medical appointments without being penalized under new contract
- More than 40 years after President Ronald Reagan fired air traffic controllers who went on strike, President Biden decided against taking a hard line in the negotiations between freight railroads and unions. In private talks, Biden defended the workers' positions, the
reports. In the middle of the night,...
After 20 Straight Hours of Rail
Negotiations, an 'Important Win'
Sep 15, 2022 6:16 AM CDT
After 20 Straight Hours of Rail Negotiations, an 'Important Win'
Biden says strike averted after tentative deal is reached between freight railroads, unions
- Looks like there won't be a rail shutdown after all. On Thursday, President Biden announced that a tentative deal has been struck between freight railroads and unions, averting a strike that could have cost the US economy more than $2 billion per day, reports the
New York Times
What's at Stake in
Sep 14, 2022 5:02 PM CDT
What's at Stake in Union-Railroad Negotiations
Strike or lockout could begin Friday and cost the economy billions
- Federal officials are trying to negotiate a contract settlement between freight railroads and unions, while making contingency plans for getting needed shipments—including drinking water and health care products—to their destinations even if the trains stop. A strike or lockout could begin as soon as 12:01am Friday, when...
for a Shutdown
Sep 12, 2022 6:50 PM CDT
Amtrak Prepares for a Shutdown
Carrier cancels a few routes to ensure passengers aren't stranded
- Amtrak warned Monday that a strike could soon disrupt commutes, as well as cross-country trips, and announced it was suspending some long-distance routes starting Tuesday. Negotiators are in a cooling-off period now that is scheduled to end Thursday night; as of Friday, workers could walk off the job, or the...
Norway's Spate of Reindeer
Killings Called 'Unprecedented'
Nov 27, 2017 9:50 AM CST
Norway's Spate of Reindeer Killings Called 'Unprecedented'
They were victims of freight trains
- A reindeer herder describes himself as "dizzy with anger" after freight trains barreled into more than 100 reindeer in Norway over three days, killing 106. Torstein Appfjell, who Sky News reports oversees about 2,000 reindeer, calls the deaths "totally tragic" and frames that toll in that period...
Oct 29, 2012 7:03 AM CDT
Hazmat Alert Issued After Train Derails in Kentucky
Top-level hazmat warning issued
- Officials have issued the highest-level hazardous material warning in Kentucky after the derailment of a freight train. The train, which was carrying chemicals including hydrogen chloride and hydrochloric acid, derailed in West Point, the
reports. A highway has been closed across two counties, and residents are being evacuated. Thus...
Ohio Train Derailment:
'Like Sun Exploded'
Jul 12, 2012 12:07 AM CDT
Ohio Train Derailment: 'Like Sun Exploded'
It could have been much worse, Columbus mayor says
- Life imitating
? National Transportation Safety Board investigators are probing a train derailment that caused a fire and several spectacular explosions in Columbus, Ohio, early yesterday morning, the AP reports. Sixteen of the train's 98 cars, including three carrying 30,000 gallons of ethanol each, came off the...
3 Missing After Trains
Collide in Oklahoma
Jun 24, 2012 4:15 PM CDT
3 Missing After Trains Collide in Oklahoma
Union Pacific Railroad collision sparks fire in remote area
- Three Union Pacific Railroad crewmembers were missing after two freight trains collided today in Oklahoma. An eastbound train carrying vehicles and a westbound train crashed about 10:08 a.m. near Goodwell in western Oklahoma, Union Pacific regional spokeswoman Raquel Espinoza said. A two-person crew was aboard each train, and...
Teen Loses Her Legs
in Train-Hop Stunt
Sep 6, 2011 2:31 AM CDT
Teen Loses Her Legs in Train-Hop Stunt
She worried her parents would be mad
- A Colorado teenager lost both her legs below the knee when she tried to jump onto a moving freight train with her friends and slipped under the rails. One of her friends pulled her out and a nurse who happened to be passing applied tourniquets to her limbs, reports the...
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