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2001 News Flash Archive

October 2001
Oct 31: Today's Headlines: Amtrak ridership remains strong
Oct 30: UTU members vote for merger with BLE
Oct 30: Today's Headlines: Atomic-waste load won't cross state for a while
Oct 29: AFL-CIO lobbies Senate for worker relief plan
Oct 29: Today's Headlines: Massive rail project awaits ok
Oct 26: Memorandum, Consent Order now on website
Oct 26: Today's Headlines: Rail projects may get boost
Oct 25: Remind the Senate: Now is the time for action on S. 697
Oct 25: Today's Headlines: Kansas City Southern Industries says financial report is encouraging
Oct 24: Today's Headlines: CN net up 17% on lower operating costs
Oct 23: Today's Headlines: CP Rail comfortable with full-year earnings estimate
Oct 22: BLE members to vote again on UTU merger
Oct 22: Today's Headlines: Bill seeks tighter train security
Oct 19: Today's Headlines: Alliance to ink deal with CN to save Prairie lines
Oct 18: Today's Headlines: Senate approves $1.8 billion for Amtrak
Oct 17: Today's Headlines: Union Pacific rolls forward with a full head of steam
Oct 16: BLE works with U.S. Army during national crisis
Oct 16: Today's Headlines: Tellier: Major rail mergers unlikely for two or three more years
Oct 15: BLE gets organizing win
Oct 15: Today's Headlines: Trains vulnerable to terrorism
Oct 12: Today's Headlines: Amtrak snubbed in Senate security measure
Oct 11: Today's Headlines: Mineta proposes hazmat legislation to improve security and safety
Oct 10: Today's Headlines: Shipping firms more alert
Oct 09: BLE election results
Oct 09: Today's Headlines: Transport facilities raise security
Oct 08: Today's Headlines: Amtrak announces additional identification and ticket purchase requirements
Oct 05: BLE, not UTU, has remote control jurisdiction
Oct 05: Today's Headlines: Away on Business: Business travelers take to the rails
Oct 04: Coalition resumes S. 697 lobbying
Oct 04: Today's Headlines: BLE helps south Florida economy get its legs back
Oct 03: Hahs takes reins of BLE
Oct 03: Today's Headlines: Lawmakers demand action on transport security
Oct 02: Today's Headlines: Despite rail's revival, Amtrak faces uncertain future
Oct 01: Today's Headlines: Canadian Pacific's reorganization completed
September 2001
Sep 28: Hahs new BLE President
Sep 27: Today's Headlines: Bombardier cuts 3,800 jobs
Sep 26: Today's Headlines: Opinion: Keep the trains running
Sep 25: Today's Headlines: Group revives proposal for light rail
Sep 24: BLE International Division convention to begin today
Sep 24: Today's Headlines: Wisconsin Central Moves Five Millionth Carload
Sep 21: Today's Headlines: Amtrak seeks $3 billion for security
Sep 20: Today's Headlines: Feds vow to boost airline, Amtrak security
Sep 19: UTU attacks BLE on KCS after judge impounds merger ballots
Sep 19: Today's Headlines: Red Cross seeks logistics aid in New York
Sep 18: Today's Headlines: U.S. package delivery, railroad stocks fall
Sep 17: Judge impounds merger ballots
Sep 17: Judge to rule by 5 p.m. today on BLE-UTU merger vote count
Sep 17: Today's Headlines: STB commends the rail industry for efforts tollowing terrorist attacks
Sep 14: Rail Labor suspends S. 697 lobbying efforts
Sep 14: Today's Headlines: Armed groups caught boarding NY flights; U.S. readies for war
Sep 13: In spite of atrocity, BLE convention will proceed as scheduled
Sep 13: Merger voting deadline extended because of national tragedy
Sep 13: Today's Headlines: Amtrak train collides with freight train
Sep 12: Today's Headlines: Businesses in U.S., overseas try to regroup
Sep 11: Today's Headlines: CSX: Trying to do the right thing?
Sep 11: Announcement of merger vote count delayed until after Monday TRO hearing
Sep 10: Today's Headlines: STB approves CN-WC merger
Sep 07: Today's Headlines: Explosion follows Texas train crash
Sep 06: Court dismisses case to derail BLE-UTU merger vote
Sep 06: Today's Headlines: Audit: Missouri should do more to ensure safety at railway crossings
Sep 05: Suit filed to void UTU-BLE merger vote
Sep 05: Today's Headlines: CSX pays businesses over derailment
Sep 04: Town Hall Meetings as of September 4
Sep 04: Today's Headlines: Man charged in Kan. train derailment
August 2001
Aug 31: Today's Headlines: Chemical train derails in Kansas
Aug 30: Statement in opposition to BLE, UTU merger is available
Aug 30: Today's Headlines: Freight train derails in Kansas
Aug 29: Town Hall Meetings as of August 29
Aug 29: Today' Headlines: CP Rail attempts to educate shareholders before parent company splinters
Aug 28: Town Hall Meetings as of August 28
Aug 28: Today's Headlines: Consultant contract advances maglev
Aug 27: Town Hall Meetings as of August 27
Aug 27: Today's Headlines: Union Pacific line impacts residential neighborhood
Aug 24: Today's Headlines: NS wants $6 million for historic site
Aug 23: Today's Headlines: State faults Amtrak for neglect of tunnels
Aug 22: Today's Headlines: High-speed train disappoints Amtrak
Aug 21: Today's Headlines: Two freight trains collide in Illinois
Aug 20: Town Hall Meetings as of August 20
Aug 20: Today's Headlines: Portland to bill railroad for cost of fighting wildfire
Aug 17: Legislation introduced to protect workers from scabs
Aug 17: Today's Headlines: BNSF, NS offer coast-to-coast trailer service
Aug 16: Canadian merger ballot update
Aug 16: Today's Headlines: STB won't modify environmental review of BNSF bid for Idaho refueling depot
Aug 15: Fatigue bill reintroduced
Aug 15: Town Hall Meetings as of August 15
Aug 15: Today's Headlines: Rail retirement bill moves ahead
Aug 14: Updated list of Town Hall Meetings
Aug 14: Today's Headlines: Train crews sweat out heat wave
Aug 13: Spouses hot over cab temperatures
Aug 13: Today's Headlines: With railroad mergers, a rougher ride
Aug 10: Updated list of Town Hall Meetings
Aug 10: Today's Headlines: BLE member wins the first 'ASLRRA Safety Person of the Year'
Aug 09: Additional merger information forthcoming for BLE members
Aug 09: BLE conducts informational seminars on proposed merger
Aug 09: Today's Headlines: CN expects WC approval
Aug 08: Today's Headlines: NTSB to examine water records
Aug 07: Today's Headlines: BTS indicators report shows decline in rail accidents
Aug 06: Today's Headlines: Rutter confirmed to head FRA
Aug 04: Merger information web page now online
Aug 03: BLE scores Indiana & Ohio organizing victory
Aug 03: Today's Headlines: Rail returns to normal use
Aug 02: Today's Headlines: Railroad Retirement bill overwhelmingly approved by U.S. House
Aug 01: On to the Senate!
Aug 01: Today's Headlines: House OKs rail retirement overhaul
July 2001
Jul 31: URGENT: H.R. 1140 put in the siding again
Jul 31: Advisory Board backs Dubroski decision on merger
Jul 31: Today's Headlines: CN rides high despite slowdown
Jul 30: H.R. 1140 scheduled for vote today
Jul 30: Today's Headlines: Ten treated after Amtrak derailment in Missouri
Jul 27: Today's Headlines: CSX doubles earnings
Jul 26: H.R. 1140 back on track
Jul 26: Today's Headlines: Amtrak loss $21m more than projected
Jul 25: H.R. 1140 is under attack! Urgent action needed!
Jul 25: Get out the vote on H.R. 1140!
Jul 25: Today's Headlines: Amtrak's financial situation focus of Congressional hearing
Jul 24: Today's Headlines: CN turns in 'solid performance' in second quarter
Jul 23: BLE, UTU to send merger proposal to membership
Jul 23: Members urged to contact Representatives on H.R. 1140
Jul 23: S. 697 up to 72 cosponsors
Jul 23: Today's Headlines: One car remains in Baltimore tunnel
Jul 20: Today's Headlines: BNSF may have violated law
Jul 19: Today's Headlines: Baltimore besieged by effects of derailed train
Jul 18: Today's Headlines: U.P. alters fatigue rules, says it won't impact safety
Jul 17: Today's Headlines: High speed rail could cost $70 billion
Jul 16: Today's Headlines: CSXT safety doubts linger
Jul 13: Today's Headlines: Fire in train car fouls air in Roanoke
Jul 12: Today's Headlines: CSX sees higher Q2 earnings; cuts dividend
Jul 11: Today's Headlines: Canada okays CN merger with Wisconsin Central
Jul 10: Today's Headlines: Surge in urban train traffic brings more deadly accidents
Jul 09: Today's Headlines: Building evacuated after CSX train derails
Jul 06: Today's Headlines: Amtrak looks for more revenue
Jul 05: Today's Headlines: Rail drug trafficking becomes a concern
Jul 03: Today's Headlines: Railroad chief answers workers' questions
Jul 02: S. 697 up to 71 cosponsors; H.R. 1140 up to 369
Jul 02: Today's Headlines: CSX Transportation plans major southeastern track project
June 2001
Jun 29: Today's Headlines: Railroad CEOs vow to boost service, no merger plans
Jun 28: Today's Headlines: House offers bill for Amtrak bond authority
Jun 27: Today's Headlines: Chamber of Commerce campaign fights transportation construction delays
Jun 26: Today's Headlines: UP project displaces four small businesses
Jun 25: Today's Headlines: U.P., other railroads to haul 200 tons of nuclear waste
Jun 22: Today's Headlines: UP faces two suits over negligence
Jun 21: S. 697 up to 69 cosponsors; now is veto-proof
Jun 21: Today's Headlines: New Jersey Transit train derails; 27 people aboard are slighty hurt
Jun 20: Today's Headlines: 46 new L.I.R.R. locomotives must go back for repairs
Jun 19: Today's Headlines: CSX train carrying juice derails north of Ocala
Jun 18: H.R. 1140 has 367 co-sponsors; S. 697 has 66
Jun 18: EUMA scholarship deadline extended to June 30
Jun 18: Today's Headlines: CSX train derails in Ohio
Jun 15: Today's Headlines: 1,000 NS workers to face temporary layoffs
Jun 14: Today's Headlines: Rail safety board stresses fog peril
Jun 13: Today's Headlines: Train engineers plead for action on fatigue
Jun 12: Today's Headlines: New rules scuttle ban on rail deals
Jun 12: BLE Advisory Board reconsiders resolution that ended unification talks with UTU
Jun 11: Today's Headlines: State high court takes BNSF case
Jun 08: Today's Headlines: Lawmakers renew push for gene discrimination bill
Jun 07: Today's Headlines: Amtrak confident about reaching operational self-sufficiency
Jun 06: Today's Headlines: Amtrak wants to mortgage Penn Station
Jun 05: Today's Headlines: Opinion: STB off track in NS shop case
Jun 04: Today's Headlines: High-speed rail raises concerns
Jun 01: Today's Headlines: BMWE members ratify national agreement
May 2001
May 31: BLE announces formation of its Retired Members Association
May 31: Jeffords' Senate switch could boost S. 697
May 31: Today's Headlines: Railroad workers still sick, bitter
May 30: Today's Headlines: Missouri Supreme Court reduces damages in accident at rail crossing
May 29: Today's Headlines: CN, CSX reach intermodal agreement
May 25: Today's Headlines: Amtrak: Rail system can't meet goals
May 24: Today's Headlines: 13 freight cars derail in North Toledo
May 23: Today's Headlines: CPR to handle more containers
May 22: Today's Headlines: Bills to repeal diesel-fuel tax gain momentum
May 21: Runaway train a warning to employees, management
May 21: Today's Headlines: House panel backs railroad pension change
May 18: Today's Headlines: BLE member among Tucson heroes recognized
May 17: Today's Headlines: Courier-Journal concludes rail worker series
May 16: Rail labor praises House committee action on H.R. 1140
May 16: Today's Headlines: Disaster avoided as CSX halts runaway train in Ohio
May 15: Today's Headlines: Doctors link rail worker brain damage to solvents, exposure
May 14: Today's Headlines: Railroaders suffer brain damage from exposure to toxic solvents
May 11: Today's Headlines: Mineta says Amtrak books 'don't look good'
May 10: Today's Headlines: STB accepts CN-WC rail merger application
May 09: Mark-up expected today for H.R. 1140, H.R. 1020
May 09: Today's Headlines: Intermodal slows April railroad volume
May 08: BLE celebrates 138th anniversary today
May 08: BLE, UTU, BNSF name members of Executive Safety Committee
May 08: Today's Headlines: Overnite submits its final offer
May 07: Today's Headlines: Broken rail caused 41-car derailment near Hinton last month
May 04: West Coast Local Chairman Workshop set for July 15-20
May 04: Today's Headlines: STB systems hacked again
May 03: BLE compiles "target list" of non-cosponsors
May 03: A.R. "Rudy" Bilka wins Hammond Safety Award
May 03: EUMA scholarship deadline is June 15
May 03: Today's Headlines: Amtrak: A great train robbery?
May 02: Today's Headlines: STB website knocked offline
May 01: FRA issues Safety Advisory
May 01: Today's Headlines: House panel rebukes FRA for slow pace on rail infrastructure loans
April 2001
Apr 30: BLE, UTU, BNSF agree to create Executive Safety Committee to address issues
Apr 30: H.R. 1140 up to 330 co-sponsors
Apr 30: Today's Headlines: STB's decision approving CSX-NS-Conrail merger affirmed by Court of Appeals
Apr 27: Today's Headlines: MARC keeps Brunswick line shut
Apr 26: Today's Headlines: Broken rail blamed for Nebraska derailment
Apr 25: H.R. 1140 now has 317 co-sponsors; S. 697 has 45
Apr 25: BLE supports rail infrastructure bill
Apr 25: Today's Headlines: Freight train derails in D.C.
Apr 24: Today's Headlines: U.P. derailment scatters cars like toys
Apr 23: Today's Headlines: Delta, pilots union reach deal
Apr 20: Today's Headlines: $35 lock could have thwarted Via derailment
Apr 19: Today's Headlines: BNSF settles EEOC lawsuit
Apr 18: Today's Headlines: CN looks to become leading innovator
Apr 17: BLE helps secure pension improvements for CN workers
Apr 17: Today's Headlines: CN-WC merger will cause 252 job losses
Apr 16: Today's Headlines: Youth charged in Via Rail crash
Apr 12: Today's Headlines: Amtrak office lets DEA track rider data
Apr 11: Today's Headlines: Railroad employees want testing ban
Apr 10: Genetic testing derailed at BNSF
Apr 10: Today's Headlines: Genetic tests to be topic of meeting
Apr 09: Bill to outlaw union shop agreements introduced in House
Apr 09: BLE, UTU safety summit with BNSF set for April 30 in Kansas City
Apr 09: Today's Headlines: BNSF settles lawsuit
Apr 06: Today's Headlines: CN reaffirms commitment to safe rail operations
Apr 05: Companion to H.R. 1140 introduced in Senate
Apr 05: Today's Headlines: BLE members dispute NTSB ruling in in fatal Conrail collision
Apr 04: H.R. 1140 now has 256 co-sponsors
Apr 04: Today's Headlines: Engineers' distress call of 'Stop your train' saved lives, but the two heroes lost theirs
Apr 03: H.R. 1140 now has 243 co-sponsors
Apr 03: Today's Headlines: CN keeps on track despite stock slowdown
Apr 02: Today's Headlines: Transportation unions remain strong
March 2001
Mar 30: H.R. 1140 now has 214 co-sponsors
Mar 30: Today's Headlines: Amtrak to boost Acela service in N.E.
Mar 29: Herzog appeals 13(c) ruling
Mar 29: Railroad Retirement legislation now has 192 co-sponsors
Mar 29: Today's Headlines: More trains derailing, records show
Mar 28: Today's Headlines: Fuel tank punctured as CP train derails
Mar 27: Support for H.R. 1140 grows; up to 149 co-sponsors
Mar 27: Today's Headlines: Injured railroad workers sue BNSF over hearing loss settlement
Mar 26: Today's Headlines: Comair suspends flights as pilots strike
Mar 23: BLE member killed in crew transport collision
Mar 23: H.R. 1140 now up to 118 co-sponsors
Mar 23: Today's Headlines: Delta accepts arbitration offer
Mar 22: Details of the 'cramdown' agreement
Mar 22: H.R. 1140 gets 72 co-sponsors in less than 24 hours
Mar 22: Today's Headlines: Amtrak crash probe focuses on possible track defect
Mar 21: Rail labor, carriers agree to end 'cramdown'
Mar 21: Railroad Retirement legislation reintroduced as H.R. 1140
Mar 21: Today's Headlines: Unions question rail safety after Amtrak crash
Mar 20: Rail union leaders strongly criticize report by Amtrak 'Reform' Council
Mar 20: Today's Headlines: Track defect 'prime suspect' in Iowa derailment
Mar 19: Today's Headlines: Derailment investigation focuses on condition of track
Mar 16: Action heats up on Railroad Retirement legislation
Mar 16: Today's Headlines: U.S. railroads say competition efforts could backfire
Mar 15: BNSF challenged on safety
Mar 15: Today's Headlines: CN to help short lines tap rail infrastructure improvement funds
Mar 14: Today's Headlines: Railroad stocks drop on slowing economy concerns
Mar 13: Today's Headlines: Amtrak lost $16.38 per passenger ticket last year
Mar 12: NJ Transit faces FRA fines for injury cover up
Mar 12: Nebraska Legislative Board launches website in remote control battle
Mar 12: Today's Headlines: Engineers lose sleep over hotel problem
Mar 09: Members encouraged to attend DOT seminar on Landrum-Griffin Act
Mar 09: House, Senate votes condemn ergonomics rule; Bush will sign death warrant
Mar 09: Today's Headlines: BNSF apologizes for secret genetic testing
Mar 08: Today's Headlines: House joins Senate in repealing rules issued by Clinton on work injuries
Mar 07: Today's Headlines: House to vote on ergonomics rules
Mar 06: Republicans move to repeal ergonomics standard
Mar 06: BLE disappointed with FRA remote control safety advisory
Mar 06: BLE kicks off major statewide campaign to stop legislation that could lead to more railroad accidents
Mar 06: Today's Headlines: Amtrak debuts DC-NY nonstop route
Mar 05: Today's Headlines: Train derails in east Texas
Mar 02: BLE members ratify Wisconsin Central contract
Mar 02: Today's Headlines: Bush's budget blueprint: transportation funding cut 11.4%
Mar 01: Pilots' union fine sticks
Mar 01: Today's Headlines: Canadian panel warns against U.S. rail merger process
February 2001
Feb 28: Today's Headlines: 13 die in British train collision
Feb 27: Today's Headlines: Farmers, shippers lead attack on Canadian Transportation Act
Feb 26: Today's Headlines: STB schedules oral argument for new rail merger rules
Feb 23: Today's Headlines: Opinion: Good work, Gephardt and Hastert
Feb 22: Today's Headlines: Norfolk Southern to close histroic Pa. car shops
Feb 21: Today's Headlines: FRA may investigate injuries
Feb 20: Today's Headlines: CSX accident clean-up continues
Feb 16: BMWE succeeds in halting BNSF genetic testing
Feb 16: Deadlines approach for BLE scholarships
Feb 16: Today's Headlines: Nebraska man blows whistle on BNSF
Feb 15: Today's Headlines: Bill would help rail victims' families
Feb 14: Nebraska two-person crew bill fatally flawed
Feb 14: NMB majority refuses to budge on TRRA
Feb 14: BLE members rally in support of two-person crew legislation
Feb 14: Today's Headlines: TTD endorses Railroad Retirement legislation
Feb 13: Today's Headlines: BNSF halts genetic testing
Feb 12: EEOC sues to stop genetic testing of BNSF workers
Feb 12: Engineers hold rally in Lincoln
Feb 12: Today's Headlines: Labor-farmer alliance seeks takeover of CN branch lines
Feb 09: Today's Headlines: U.P. offers 1,800 early out package
Feb 08: Today's Headlines: Amtrak train crash investigated
Feb 07: Today's Headlines: CN shares hit record high as analysts raise targets
Feb 06: Today's Headlines: 68 passengers hurt in Amtrak crash
Feb 05: Today's Headlines: UP assessing damage after surprise strike
Feb 02: Today's Headlines: Railroad, union agree to fourth day of talks
Feb 01: BLE fighting for Amtrak bonding authority
Feb 01: Today's Headlines: Senators propose new train plan

January 2001
Jan 31: Today's Headlines: U.P., union executives debate policy that sparked strike
Jan 30: Today's Headlines: CN to buy WC for $1.2 billion
Jan 29: News Analysis: The Union Pacific dispute and safety
Jan 29: Today's Headlines: Engineers strike at Union Pacific
Jan 27: Locomotive Engineers return to work at Union Pacific
Jan 27: BLE strike will not impact passenger rail service
Jan 27: Locomotive Engineers strike Union Pacific
Jan 26: Today's Headlines: Fuel costs hit railroad earnings
Jan 25: BLE battles North Dakota paycheck protection bill
Jan 25: Today's Headlines: Senate confirms Mineta as transportation secretary
Jan 24: BLE, rail labor score victory in Herzog suit
Jan 24: Today's Headlines: CN eyes possible CPR bid
Jan 23: Today's Headlines: CP reports 4th quarter earnings
Jan 22: Today's Headlines: 'Iron Horse' of a different color
Jan 19: Today's Headlines: Maglev train race narrows
Jan 18: Coalition of Rail Employees for Improved Pensions launches 2001 campaign
Jan 18: Today's Headlines: Mayors push Feds for rail investment
Jan 17: Today's Headlines: Missouri collision causes diesel spill
Jan 16: Today's Headlines: ILA and MM&P join TTD
Jan 15: Today's Headlines: Rights panel faults Union Pacific
Jan 12: BLE member killed in Pa.
Jan 12: Today's Headlines: Conductor killed while boarding train
Jan 11: BLE stands behind new Railroad Retirement legislation
Jan 11: Today's Headlines: Amtrak faces funding obstacles
Jan 10: Today's Headlines: NS to pay $28 million to settle suit
Jan 09: Today's Headlines: UP derailment, spill caused $1.2 million in damage
Jan 08: Appeals court reverses 'major dispute' ruling in BMWE case
Jan 08: Railroad Retirement legislation reintroduced in House
Jan 08: Today's Headlines: U.S. rail traffic slides with economy in 2000
Jan 05: FRA issues proposed rule on cab sanitation standards
Jan 05: Remote control involved in Nebraska derailment, spill
Jan 05: Today's Headlines: Pennsylvania Rep. Shuster retires
Jan 04: Today's Headlines: Two women killed when car hits LIRR train
Jan 03: Bush transition teams show heavy pro-employer bias
Jan 03: Today's Headlines: Train derails in southern Arizona
Jan 02: Today's Headlines: Tellier says merger with CP necessary to survive

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