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Chicago attorney nominated as RRB chair

President Donald Trump nominated Erhard Chorle, a Chicago attorney, to serve a five-year term as chairman of the Railroad Retirement Board (RRB) on July 27. Chorle’s confirmation would fill a vacancy that was created in…

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Guidelines set for distribution of campaign literature

The SMART Transportation Division elections set for this autumn have generated questions concerning the distribution of campaign material. The following information addresses questions posed by those considering running for office who wish to obtain membership…

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BNSF posts 2nd quarter financial results

BNSF released their second-quarter earnings of 2018. The railroad saw increases across the board. Net Earnings: Increased by 37 percent to $1.3 billion from $958 million Revenue: Increased 12 percent from $5.25 billion to $5.87…

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Missouri voters overwhelmingly reject Right to Work

Missouri voters voted decisively on Tuesday, August 7 when they overwhelmingly rejected a right-to-work (for less) law that would have divided work forces and limited the freedom to negotiate in private-sector workplaces. Unions gathered enough…

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SOFA releases injury tally for May

A monthly report from the Switching Operations Fatality Analysis (SOFA) Working Group reported six severe injuries to railroad workers during May 2018, including one amputation. SOFA Working Group defines a severe injury as FRA-reportable injuries to…

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Railroads release 2nd quarter earnings reports

Net Earnings: Increased 27 percent to C$1,310 million; diluted earnings per share increased 30 percent to C$1.77 Revenue: Increased 9 percent to C$3,631 million Operating Income: Increased 7 percent to C$1,519 million Operating Ratio: Increased…

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