In the context of expanded production in the US economy, increased hiring amongst the major “Class 1” railroads and an industry expansion driven by increased oil production in the United States. Industry-wide contract negotiations have opened between the major US rail carriers and the trade union organizations that represent the workforce in the rail transportation industry.
As reported in industry periodical Progressive Railroading “U.S. Class I workforce widened again in December” The ranks of working employees in the six class one railroads increased overall by nearly 5 percent including an over 8 percent increase in “T&E” employees–the trainmen and engineers who operate the moving equipment. This hiring activity remains active into 2015.
Below is an aggregation of articles covering still the developing negotiations between the rail carriers and the various employee unions.
|As union contracts expire, freight rail workers in U.S. and Canada face bosses’ demands for speedup, cuts in crew size. Above, July 31 protest in Seattle against one-man crew.|
BY ANNE CARROLL
AND R.V. SMALLWOOD
CHICAGO — More than 140,000 workers are in the middle of contract negotiations with the wealthy owners of freight railroads throughout the U.S. and Canada who are driving to increase profits at the expense of safety.