The proposed expansions of the existing ports in Morrow County, Cowlitz County and Cherry Point will create new export opportunities for existing ports, while generating new investment in Washington railroads and bulk commodity exports, like agriculture, timber, and coal, through private investment. Join UTU in supporting these export expansions.
Washington, DC — Edward Wytkind, president of the Transportation Trades Department, AFL-CIO (TTD), issues this statement on the nomination of Elaine Chao as Secretary of Transportation by President-elect Donald Trump: “I congratulate Elaine Chao on her nomination by President-elect Donald Trump as the next Secretary of Transportation. Secretary-designate Chao’s many years of public service Read More ...Read More »
The Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority (LACMTA) increased security after having received a bomb threat Monday, Dec. 5. The threat warned of a possible attack at the Red Line subway’s Universal Station in Studio City, Calif. LACMTA is working with the FBI and police to investigate this threat. Read more from Progressive Railroading.Read More »
On December 5, 2016, Rail Labor’s Coordinated Bargaining Group (CBG) released the following statement, requesting that a federal mediator assist in negotiations: “Despite our best efforts, collective bargaining with the major U.S. Class 1 railroads completely stalled late last week. Therefore, pursuant to the terms and conditions of the Railway Labor Act, we have today Read More ...Read More »
Chairman Daniel R. Elliott III of the Surface Transportation Board (STB) visited the Canadian Transportation Agency (CTA) in Ottawa, Canada, and signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) to facilitate information sharing between the agencies. The CTA is the economic regulator of the freight railroads and other modes of transportation in Canada. Chairman Elliott signed the Read More ...Read More »
The amounts of compensation subject to railroad retirement tier I and tier II payroll taxes will increase in 2017, while the tax rates on employers and employees will stay the same. In addition, unemployment insurance contribution rates paid by railroad employers will continue to include a 1.5 percent surcharge in 2017. Tier I and Medicare Read More ...Read More »