Baton Rouge bans remote controls
By a vote of 10-1, the City Council of Baton Rouge, La., passed a resolution
to ban the use of remote control locomotives in the city due to public safety
concerns. The September 25 vote came after the Brotherhood of Locomotive
Engineers made City Council members aware of the fact that the Kansas City
Southern was using remote control locomotives within city limits, and that
a remote control unit derailed in August.
BLE-IBT subcommittees begin talks
At an October 3 meeting of the BLE's Advisory Board and the IBT's General
Executive Board, dates were announced for meetings of four joint subcommittees
charged with the task of exploring a merger of the BLE and Teamsters.
Neutrals picked for remote control
From a final list furnished by the National Mediation Board, the remote
control arbitration board neutral member and "deadlock" neutral
member were selected on September 20 by the parties involved in the dispute.
Text of resolution adopted by
Baton Rouge City Council
"NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED by the Metropolitan Council of the
City of Baton Rouge and Parish of East Baton Rouge, that no railroad shall
operate remote controlled locomotives within the boundaries of Baton Rouge..."