CN Railway Workers Ratify Contract After Strike Threat

Signals and communications workers at CN Railway in Canada ratified a new 5-year contact at the end of April, beating back company demands for concessions and ensuring stability for the more than 700 IBEW members through 2021.

Transportation Unions: Fund Amtrak for the Long Haul

Among the list of national priorities supported by red and blue voters is funding America’s passenger railroad, Amtrak. Almost 31 million passengers took an Amtrak train last year. That’s up 4 percent over the previous year.

Neutrality Agreement Won at L.A. Rail Car Manufacturer

L.A Local 11, community groups and a national coalition have won a neutrality agreement covering taxpayer-funded rail car manufacturing using local residents.

Canadian National Electrician Wins Community Service Award

Charles Cox had always heard the pitch about charitable work, how volunteers gain more satisfaction helping others than serving themselves.

In Chicago, New Trains and Job Growth

The 400 members of Chicago Local 134 who maintain the city’s bustling railways are looking forward to some major changes in the next few years.

Strike Looms for 5,000 Long Island Railroad Workers

If the Long Island Railroad were a city it would be bigger than Cincinnati and Pittsburgh. Every weekday, more than 335,000 passengers ride the LIRR. At the busiest stations in the working class towns of Ronkonkoma and Hicksville, tens of thousands flow into Manhattan in the morning and flow back out at the end of the day.

Rail Worker Rights Leaving 19th Century Behind

CSX Transportation’s Selkirk repair shop is a massive, loud throwback to America’s industrial past. Diesel locomotives, some weighing 180 tons, driven by 6,000-horsepower 20-cylinder engines, are torn apart and rebuilt beneath its soaring pigeon-filled rafters. A dozen, sometimes twice that number, are swarmed by teams of electricians, welders, carmen, machinists and sheet metal workers.

Obama Ends Philly Rail Strike

President Barack Obama announced the creation of a presidential emergency board June 15 to end four years of stalled contract negotiations with the Brotherhood of Locomotive Engineers and Trainmen, the IBEW and the Southeastern Pennsylvania Transportation Authority.

Philly Transit Agency Forces Bargaining Impasse

The Southeastern Pennsylvania Transportation Authority (SEPTA) rejected federal efforts to end four years of stalled contract negotiations with the Brotherhood of Locomotive Engineers and Trainmen and the IBEW on May 8.

Del. Bus Mechanics Join IBEW

Diesel bus mechanics employed by the Delaware Transit Corp. never had much need for a union. That is until one of their own was fired – all because of his breakfast.