Another UTU bus organizing win

PERRIS, Calif. – In the 24th organizing victory in 43 months, the UTU has added representation of additional employees of Southland Transit here. Following the lead of bus drivers and mechanics of Southland Transit, who voted “UTU, yes” in June, the company’s call center empl [...]

Labor Day: For too many, another day without a job

UTU members participated in Labor Day events and parades nationwide, demonstrating that a healthy, energized and committed labor union movement is alive and well in America. In truth, there was not too much to celebrate. For too many Americans, this Labor Day was just another [...]

National rail contract ratified

A new national rail contract, delivering a 17 percent wage increase over 60 months (18.24 percent when compounded), a 78-month cap on health care insurance contributions, plus  improvements in health care benefits, has been ratified by solid margins by UTU members in each of [...]

National Rail Contract voting deadline: Sept. 2

The deadline for voting on the National Rail Contract is 4 p.m., Eastern time, Friday, Sept. 2. Votes may be cast by telephone around the clock. Voting packages, with information on the tentative agreement and voting instructions, including a telephone access code, were maile [...]

2 crew members injuried in Mont. BNSF derailment

HAVRE, Mont. – Two unidentified BNSF crew members were injured here Aug. 28 when their 93-car freight train derailed, reports the Associated Press. The injuries were described as “not life-threatening.” The eastbound train from Spokane, Wash., to Minneapolis reportedly left a [...]

UP track inspector dies in hi-rail accident

ABILENE, Kans. – A unidentified Union Pacific employee, operating a hi-rail vehicle, was killed in an accident here with a SUV at a highway-rail grade crossing, reports KAKE television news. KAKE reported the UP employee was driving the hi-rail vehicle westbound while inspect [...]