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22 Jul 2013
The Transportation Safety Board of Canada has asked Transport Canada to review its rules regarding the securement of equipment and trains left unattended...
15 Jul 2013
Pacific Harbor Line and the Brotherhood of Locomotive Engineers and Trainmen have signed a new five-year labor agreement covering the short line railroad’s nearly 120 operating and maintenance of way employees.
07 Jun 2013
Employment in transportation and warehousing climbed 1.4 percent in May, as the U.S. economy added 175,000 jobs, according to data released Friday by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.
07 Feb 2013
Members of the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers System Council 11 at Canadian National Railway have ratified a four-year labor collective agreement that provides improvements in wages and benefits for CN signal and communications employees.
16 Jan 2013
The U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration has signed an agreement with Fort Worth, Texas-based BNSF Railway announcing BNSF’s voluntary revision of several personnel policies.
18 Dec 2012
Edward Wytkind, president of the Transportation Trades Department, AFL-CIO, today urged the U.S. Senate to pass the pending Hurricane Disaster Relief Appropriations Act to help regions affected by...
Canadian Pacific Railway locomotive.
11 Dec 2012
The Teamsters Canada Rail Conference, Maintenance of Way Division, representing 2,600 track maintenance workers, and Canadian Pacific Railway today reached a tentative five-year contract settlement...
20 Nov 2012
Argentina has been hit with a 24-hour general strike affecting ports, airports, trains and road transportation.
19 Nov 2012
About 270,200 logistics jobs will be created each year in the U.S. between 2012 and 2018, according to a study from the Georgia Center of Innovation for Logistics, a division of the state’s economic development department. But U.S. vocational schools, colleges and universities are only producing about 75,280 formally trained, degreed or certified workers a year qualified for those jobs, the study found.
15 Nov 2012
Canadian Pacific and the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers, System Council 11, today reached a tentative five-year labor agreement covering about 450 employees who maintain and install railway signals...
02 Nov 2012
Transportation and warehousing employment increased 2.2 percent in October from a year ago, but was essentially flat from the previous month.
08 Oct 2012
South Africa’s Transnet is preparing for a possible strike of rail and port workers,
07 Sep 2012
Transportation and warehousing employment increased 1.9 percent year-over-year in August, the same rate as in July, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.
03 Aug 2012
Transportation and warehousing employment increased 1.9 percent year-over-year in July, according to preliminary data from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.
06 Jul 2012
Transportation and warehousing lost about 2,200 jobs in June, after a 36,000 job hiring spree in May,
01 Jun 2012
With the end of the Canadian Pacific Railway strike
31 May 2012
Port Metro Vancouver, the Canadian port that has taken the brunt of the strike against Canadian Pacific Railway, is prepared to implement an orderly return to business if the railroad resumes operatio
31 May 2012
The restart of Canadian Pacific Railway service has been pushed back to at least Friday after legislation intended to end the strike by the Teamsters Canada Rail Conference stalled in the Canadian Sen
30 May 2012
Canadian Pacific Railway shippers came a step closer to getting their raw materials and goods moving again after Canada’s House of Commons
28 May 2012
Canadian Pacific Railway shippers could see their raw materials and products move once again Thursday, as accelerated legislation to end a six-day strike takes effect, according to a report.
25 May 2012
Canadian Pacific Railway said it will have to lay off up 3,400 workers if the union doesn’t e
25 May 2012
Port Metro Vancouver remained fluid during the first two days of a strike that shut down Canadian P
23 May 2012
Canadian Pacific Railway suspended Canadian service on Wednesday after union workers began a strike early in the day.
22 May 2012
Canadian Labor Minister Lisa Raitt plans to meet with representatives of Canadian Pacific and a railroad union today in an effort to prevent a looming strike.
21 May 2012
Just days after William Ackman, an activist investor, wrested control of Canadian Pacific Railroad, the honeymoon is already over.
27 Apr 2012
Canadian Pacific Railway would face a labor disruption in late May if a union representing 5,000 workers exercises a strike mandate it received from members Thursday.
25 Apr 2012
The threat of a national railroad labor action further receded, after a union representing maintenance of way employees joined the 12 other railroad unions in accepting a contract with major U.S.
03 Apr 2012
CSX Transportation is hiring roughly 380 workers in Alabama, Maryland and Tennessee, the latest sign of the railroad industry’s strong financial health and graying work force.