Josh Funk

CSX to Pay Workers More Ahead of Expected Raises

A CSX freight train pulls through McKeesport, Pa. A CSX freight train pulls through McKeesport, Pa. (Gene J. Puskar/Associated Press)

OMAHA, Neb. — CSX has agreed to start paying some of its employees more in advance of raises the railroad expects to agree to as part of ongoing national contract talks.

Josh Funk | Associated Press
April 20, 2022
Government, Business, Logistics

Fertilizer Company Says Union Pacific Limits Will Hurt Farmers

Union Pacific train John Sommers II for Transport Topics

OMAHA, Neb. — A major fertilizer company says the limits Union Pacific is putting on rail traffic to clear up congestion will delay shipments that farmers need during the spring planting season.

Josh Funk | Associated Press
April 15, 2022

Rail Unions Turn to Arbitration in Dispute Over BNSF Rules


OMAHA, Neb. — BNSF’s two largest unions will ask an arbitrator to throw out the railroad’s strict new attendance policy instead of appealing a court order preventing them from striking.

Josh Funk | Associated Press
March 24, 2022
Government, Business, Logistics

Creation of Voting Trust Advances CP-KCS Deal

 A Canadian Pacific train hauls oil westward through Banff National Park in Alberta, Canada A Canadian Pacific train hauls oil westward through Banff National Park in Alberta, Canada. (Frank Gunn/Canadian Press via AP)

A railroad merger nearly derailed this year by a bidding war is moving forward ahead of a final say from regulators on Canadian Pacific’s $31 billion acquisition of Kansas City Southern railroad.

Josh Funk | Associated Press
December 14, 2021

Canadian Pacific Shareholders Back Purchase of Kansas City Southern

Canadian Pacific shareholders back purchase of Kansas City Southern A Canadian Pacific train. (Frank Gunn/Bloomberg)

Canadian Pacific’s $31 billion plan to acquire Kansas City Southern cleared one of its final hurdles Dec. 8 when CP shareholders overwhelmingly approved the deal that would create the first railroad connecting the United States, Canada and Mexico.

Josh Funk | Associated Press
December 8, 2021
Government, Business, Safety, Logistics

Union Pacific, Unions Sue Each Other Over Vaccine Mandate

Union Pacific Workers inspect a Union Pacific locomotive. (Ken James/Bloomberg News)

OMAHA, Neb. — Union Pacific and its labor unions are suing each other to determine whether the railroad has the authority to require its employees to get vaccinated against the coronavirus.

Josh Funk | Associated Press
October 20, 2021
Business, Logistics

Canadian National Says Investor’s Shakeup Drive ‘Misguided’

CN Canadian National

OMAHA, Neb. — Canadian National has sharpened its criticism of the investor pressuring it to make changes to its operations and replace its CEO following its failed attempt to acquire the Kansas City Southern railroad.

Josh Funk | Associated Press
October 4, 2021
Government, Business, Logistics

Union Pacific CEO Sees Strong Economy Coming Out of Pandemic

Lance Fritz Lance Fritz by Nati Harnik/AP

Union Pacific CEO Lance Fritz is working to help clear up a major backlog in imported shipments.

Josh Funk | Associated Press
September 17, 2021
Government, Business, Logistics

Kansas City Southern Rejects New Bid From Canadian Pacific

Kansas City Southern California Rail Productions via YouTube

OMAHA, Neb. — Kansas City Southern railroad is trying to keep its $33.6 billion merger with Canadian National on track by rejecting a competing $31 billion bid from rival Canadian Pacific earlier this week.

Josh Funk | Associated Press
August 13, 2021
Government, Business, Technology, Safety, Logistics

Rail Industry Defends Safety Record Amid Staffing Cuts

Trains at Norfolk and Southern Railroad's Conway Yard in Conway, Pa.

OMAHA, Neb. — Even as railroads are operating longer freight trains that sometimes stretch for miles, the companies have drastically reduced staffing levels, prompting unions to warn that moves meant to increase profits could endanger safety and even result in disasters.

Josh Funk | Associated Press
May 17, 2021