Minnesota members: SLD issues action alert for state transportation bill support

FROM MINNESOTA STATE LEGISLATIVE DIRECTOR PHILLIP QUALY: Qualy Please call or email our friends in the Minnesota Republican House and Senate and ask them to vote for the House Capital Bonding Bill, H.F. 2529, with all railroad safety and passenger rail service provisions included. Please make your calls today and until Sunday, May 17th. You…


May 15th 2020
Retired Local 1532 officer DeBaun passes away

William “Bill” J. DeBaun, a retiree from SMART Transportation Division Local 1532 and a former vice chairperson and legislative representative for the Kansas City, Kan., local, passed away late last month. Brother DeBaun was 73 years old. A yardman out of Argentine Yard in Kansas City, in addition to his service to Local 1532’s membership,…


RRB begins payment on extended unemployment benefits

From the RRB’s Public Affairs office: The Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act, or CARES Act, recently signed into law by President Trump, authorized extended unemployment insurance (UI) benefits for railroad workers sidelined during the COVID-19 pandemic. After making necessary programming changes to agency systems, the U.S. Railroad Retirement Board (RRB) began processing and…


May 11th 2020
BNSF announces shop closures; 344 jobs to be cut

BNSF announced on Wednesday in a letter to employees that three maintenance shops will be closed in Montana and Wyoming, while additional mechanical department job cuts will occur in Alliance and Lincoln, Neb.; Mandan and Minot, N.D.; Topeka, Kan.; and Superior, Wis. “In total, approximately 19 salaried and 344 craft positions will be impacted,” the…


May 7th 2020
STB approves Canadian Pacific’s acquisition of Central Maine & Quebec

Canadian Pacific’s acquisition of the Central Maine & Quebec Railway (CM&Q) was approved by the federal Surface Transportation Board (STB) on May 1, and will take effect June 18, 2020. The purchase from Fortress Transportation and Infrastructure Investors LLC, officially by the wholly owned Soo Line subsidiary of CP, was originally announced Nov. 20, 2019,…


May 6th 2020