NMB rejects UTU appeal for UP representation
In a major blow to the United Transportation Union and its embattled
International President, the National Mediation Board on December 21 denied
that union's appeal to reconsider the 1998 petition to hold a representation
election on the Union Pacific Railroad.
BLE appeals bitter NMB split decision
to destroy operating crafts at Terminal RR
In an almost unprecedented split decision, the National Mediation Board
has ruled 2-to-1 to destroy the crafts of locomotive engineer and switchman
on the Terminal Railroad Association of St. Louis (TRRA).
The Brotherhood of Locomotive Engineers, however, filed a petition for
reconsideration of the NMB's December 21 ruling, citing numerous "fatal
flaws in legal analysis," including a lack of cross-utilization of
engineers and train service employees.
Railroad Retirement legislation reintroduced
After carefully reviewing the language contained in H.R. 180, the Brotherhood
of Locomotive Engineers announced on January 11 that it is supporting the
Railroad Retirement and Survivors' Improvement Act of 2001.
Bush transition teams show heavy pro-employer
Perhaps foreshadowing things to come, President-elect George W. Bush
has released the names of members of his transportation and labor transition
advisory teams -- and it doesn't look good for labor.
FRA issues much-needed proposed rule on locomotive
cab sanitation standards
The Federal Railroad Administration issued a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking
(NPRM) on January 2, proposing sanitation standards for toilet and washing
facilities in locomotive cabs. The proposal provides exceptions for certain
existing equipment and operations, and establishes servicing requirements.
Runaway remote control locomotive derails on
Union Pacific mainline
The derailment of a runaway remote control locomotive on the Union Pacific
mainline outside of Blair, Neb., on December 19 underscored the concern
of the BLE and others about the unregulated use of such technology.