Rail Labor fights to save Amtrak
The House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee approved two bills
on April 27, H.R. 1630 and H.R. 1631, that would provide funding for Amtrak
and would improve high-speed passenger rail.
Remote control claims another
A Union Pacific switchman was killed in a remote control switching accident
in Riverdale, Utah, on April 11, underscoring the dangers of unregulated
remote control train operations.
Early reports indicate that a lack of training may have contributed to
the fatality, the latest in a string of serious remote control related accidents.
FRA issues safety advisory for
The Brotherhood of Locomotive Engineers and Trainmen's National Legislative
Office in Washington, D.C., is warning its members of potential "catastrophic
failures" in main air reservoir tanks of certain General Electric locomotives.
BLET, CN-IC sign tentative agreement
Members of the Brotherhood of Locomotive Engineers and Trainmen who work
on CN's former Illinois Central properties will vote on a tentative contract
proposal on May 23.
The tentative agreement, announced on April 12, provides for more flexible
work rules and an hourly wage structure. Specific details of the agreement
are being withheld pending ratification.