BLE strikes Union Pacific
Over 8,000 members of the Brotherhood of Locomotive Engineers went on
strike on January 27, bringing the largest railroad in North America to
BLE's strike against the Union Pacific Railroad began at midnight on
January 27 and paralyzed the railroad's 38,654 miles of track in 23 states.
The strike was triggered by UP's imposition of new qualification standards
for personal leave days for engineers.
News Analysis: The Union Pacific
dispute and safety
The BLE's January 27 strike of the Union Pacific Railroad (UP) comes
in the wake of a series of increasingly aggressive steps by the railroad,
which threaten to compromise the safety of its workers.
UP management has drastically reduced the ability of BLE members to take
much needed rest days from work. These rest days are essential, as they
greatly reduce the risk of on-the-job fatigue-related accidents and injuries.
Labor coalition launches 2001 campaign for Railroad
The 2001 campaign to pass the Railroad Retirement and Survivors' Improvement
Act is up and running.
National officers and legislative representatives from each rail union
in the Coalition of Rail Employees for Improved Pensions (REIP) met on Jan.
16, 2001, in Washington, D.C. with representatives of every major railroad
and retiree organization to plan strategy to enact railroad retirement improvements