Carriers reject bargaining ground
The second bargaining session over changes in wages and work rules of
the national rail carriers concluded prematurely on March 10 when the National
Carriers Conference Committee (NCCC), representing the Class One carriers,
refused to entertain or even discuss ground rules for negotiations proposed
by the Rail Labor Bargaining Coalition (RLBC), representing seven rail unions
comprised of 85,000 rail workers.
TTD resolutions cite FRA, rail
The AFL-CIO's transportation leaders condemned the Federal Railroad Administration
for being "asleep at the switch" and issued a call for improved
transportation security during its winter board meeting held in Las Vegas
during early March.
Corbin, Ky., passes RCO safety
The city council of Corbin, Ky., passed a remote control safety resolution
on March 14 that urges the U.S. Congress to force the Federal Railroad Administration
to implement enforceable safety regulations to govern the operation of remote
Corbin is the 62nd community in the United States to pass such a resolution
(43 cities and 19 counties).
UTU misses the mark on remote
It is apparent -- once again -- that the United Transportation Union
has missed the mark when it comes to remote control.
The UTU's Legislative Director from North Dakota recently testified against
a BLET safety resolution regarding remote control locomotives before the
North Dakota Senate Transportation Committee. His testimony was posted on
the UTU's website under the headline, "Straight talk about remote control."
The author boasts that remote control has "virtually nothing to do
with safety," insisting that it is only a jobs issue.