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New rail rate tables now posted online
The standard basic daily and mileage rates of pay negotiated under the new national rail contract are now available at www.utu.org.The rate tables pertain to employees in the crafts of conductor, yardman, brakeman, engineer and fireman/hostler who are covered by the national contract and are...
New national rail contract ratified in US
The UTU reports that 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 and improvements in health care benefits, has been ratified by solid margins by UTU members in each...
UTU to congressional audience: ‘HSR is jobs machine’
New jobs building and operating high-speed rail “are American jobs that can’t be shipped overseas and would be a Godsend in this economic downturn,” UTU Alternate National Legislative Director John Risch told a congressionally sponsored forum here Aug. 3.“Railroad operating jobs are not...
2 Amtrak conductors: A story of selfless bravery
From the United Transportation Union..............................This is a story about heroes.It is a story about two UTU conductor heroes in Fallon, Nev., June 24.In utter disregard of their own safety, these UTU conductor heroes braved intense flames and choking smoke, repeatedly returning...
Safety warning in railcar razor blade incident
 A safety warning has been issued by the Association of American Railroads after a razor blade was found "strategically placed in the eye of the airbrake release rod" on a hopper car set out at an industrial plant in Baton Rouge, La.Although the razor blade was found and removed without...
UTU working to improve Rail Safety Act
By James StemUTU National Legislative DirectorThe Rail Safety Improvement Act of 2008 (RSIA) was not all that rail labor wanted in a safety bill, but it was a good start, and contains much of what we have long sought. Work still needs to be done, including an end to limbo time, advance notice of...
Obama Administration’s Investment in Rail Will Create Jobs and Livable Communities
President Barack Obama’s announcement today of $8 billion in high-speed and intercity rail grants will help rebalance the country’s transportation system while putting people back to work, according to OneRail, a coalition advocating for greater investment in freight and passenger rail.“The...
Workplace safety: Our highest priority
By United Transportation Union International President Mike Futhey What should have been a joyous holiday season ended all too tragically Dec. 29 with the death of 44-year-old UTU Local 1000 member Samuel Lundy in a switching accident in Minneapolis. He leaves...
United Transportation Union "No mental vacations"
The 24 days between Dec. 22 and Jan. 14 have proven the most deadly for railroad workers. More fatalities and career-ending injuries occur during this calendar period than any other.  With the holiday season upon us, we owe it to ourselves and our families to keep the season joyous and...

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