Labor

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News & Analysis

01 Dec 2022
The Senate measure ends the threat of a country-wide rail strike that could have begun Dec. 9, crippling cargo movement in the midst of the holiday season.
30 Nov 2022
The US House of Representatives has waded into ongoing rail negotiations, passing a bill to prevent a potential strike and a second resolution that would give workers seven paid sick days.
29 Nov 2022
Trade groups representing railroads and shippers are confident Congress will act to prevent a potential strike in December, but that is not stopping them from discussing the stakes involved.
21 Nov 2022
Lawmakers in Washington will face pressure to bridge the divide between rail labor and management because any job action could snarl supply chains in the weeks leading up to end-of-year holidays.
14 Nov 2022
The International Brotherhood of Boilermakers has become the third union to reject a collective bargaining agreement with US railroads reached in September, but no strike or lockout can take place until December.
27 Oct 2022
Now that a second rail union has rejected the tentative contract deal brokered by the Biden administration, trade associations are asking the White House to intervene before a potential November strike.
29 Aug 2022
Three of 12 unions representing rail workers reached a tentative deal to avert a strike next month, but two of the largest unions have still not reached an agreement with US freight railroads.
18 Aug 2022
US railways and union workers have 30 days to review the wage and benefit recommendations made by the Presidential Emergency Board created by the White House last month to oversee the closely watched negotiations.
06 Jul 2022
Peak season import volumes amid ongoing supply chain woes are raising the stakes if labor unions and US Class I railroads can’t return to the bargaining table without disruption.
25 Nov 2019
There have been no serious backlogs yet at Canadian container ports as the Canadian National Railway strike enters its seventh day, but the harsh winter of 2017-18 showed that once a disruption occurs, congestion mounts rapidly.
19 Nov 2019
Canadian National Railroad said it will continue talks with the Teamsters Canadian Rail Conference despite the union’s decision to launch a strike at 12.01 a.m. Eastern time on Tuesday.
Canadian Pacific Railway.
30 May 2018
Less than 24 hours after engineers and conductors walked out and joined the picket line, Canadian Pacific Railway reached a tentative, four-year deal with the Teamsters Canada Rail Conference.
Canadian Pacific Railway.
20 Apr 2018
On the recommendation of federal mediators, the Canadian Minister of Labor directed the Industrial Relations Board to administer a ratification vote of Canadian Pacific Railway's final offer to the Teamsters Canada Rail Conference and the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers. The two unions described the situation as a "postponed strike" in a strongly worded statement urging their members to reject the offer.
Union Pacific Railroad in Oregon.
17 Apr 2018
Shippers gave railroads poor marks on its latest quarterly report, according to a Cowen & Co. survey. More than 50 percent of shippers did not have a favorable review of service since January 1, as railroads struggled to handle the additional spillover freight from the US truck sector. Railroads blamed inclement weather and say better times are ahead. Shippers and lawmakers argue the problems are deeper.
29 May 2017
North American intermodal shippers using Canadian National Railway’s Canadian network are preparing for potential delays.
11 May 2016
Far-reaching regulation will affect many smaller U.S. transport operators, shippers as well as large companies.
30 Sep 2015
The great swell in U.S. transportation, warehousing and utility jobs receded in July after hitting historic heights in April and May, but demand for workers remains strong in a complex employment market. Hiring numbers, and separations, continue to rise.
16 Jul 2015
Transportation and warehousing businesses and utilities can't hire enough workers to fill available positions, as moderate economic growth in the U.S. generates strong demand for employees ready and willing to move freight.
21 Apr 2015
The number of job openings for transportation, warehouse and utility workers rose sharply from a year ago in February, as a milder winter created more opportunities in logistics businesses.
13 Mar 2015
The number of job openings in the U.S. transportation and warehousing industries increased 23 percent year-over-year in January, but businesses in those industries lost more workers than they hired that month, U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics data show.
Canadian National Railway
20 Feb 2015
Canadian National Railway said it will lock out 4,800 union workers, some of whom are tied to its intermodal services, on Monday night if Unifor doesn’t agree to accept binding arbitration this weekend.
15 Feb 2015
CSX Transportation has warned that the strike by more than 3,000 Canadian Pacific Railway locomotive engineers and conductors could affect shipments to and from Canada.
15 Feb 2015
A Teamsters union representing more than 3,000 Canadian Pacific Railway locomotive engineers and conductors walked off the job after failing to reach an agreement by the midnight deadline on Feb. 14.
Canadian Pacific intermodal train, winter
11 Feb 2015
Canadian intermodal shippers could see a reduction in Canadian Pacific Railway service if a union representing 3,300 locomotive engineers, conductors and train workers follow through with their threat to strike later this week if the railroad doesn’t meet their contract demands.
23 Jan 2015
Canadian National Railway turned down a request by the Teamsters Canada Rail Conference to extend the current conciliation process by 60 days, saying additional time isn’t required to reach an agreement.
YRC Freight truck driver Alphonso Lewis
02 Dec 2014
The U.S. trucking industry is committing to hire 100,000 military veterans over the next two years to fight a shortage of truck drivers as the military begins to reduce the number of active service members.
25 Nov 2014
The International Transport Workers' Federation is battling with the Panama Canal Authority, accusing the PCA of trying to shut down a tugboat captains' union in advance of the canal's expansion.
13 Nov 2014
Road and city drivers at a FedEx Freight terminal in Newark, N.J., voted against joining the Teamsters union — the second victory for FedEx Freight in four elections.
28 Oct 2014
Employees at two Con-way Freight terminals in Southern California rejected the Teamsters while those at another voted for the union. The company could face more elections.
U.S. trucks on a highway.
03 Oct 2014
Trucking employment bounced back after the dog days of August, climbing 2.3 percent year-over-year in September as the U.S. labor market showed surprising strength.
09 Sep 2014
The U.S. intermodal sector has experienced significant growing pains, ranging from more concentrated discharge of import cargo at marine terminals to a deterioration in rail service. The inability of motor carriers to attract enough drivers to handle growth in demand also puts pressure on the so-called first and last miles of the intermodal legs.
19 Jun 2014
Rail freight traffic is facing further disruption across France as a strike by rail workers extended to a ninth day, but an end to the stoppage is in sight amid waning support for the walkout.
Empty tracks at a station in France
16 Jun 2014
Rail freight traffic is being seriously disrupted across France and to and from the nation’s seaports as a strike by rail workers entered its sixth day with no sign of a settlement in sight.
23 Mar 2014
The union representing about 3,000 conductors and train and railyard workers at Canadian National Railway agreed late yesterday to restart labor contract negotiations with the railroad and accept final and binding arbitration if a deal can’t be reached.
CN locomotives
21 Mar 2014
The union representing about 3,000 conductors and train and railyard workers at Canadian National Railway could strike as soon as March 22 after rejecting a tentative agreement yesterday.