Josh Funk

Government, Business, Safety, Logistics

Deal That Prevented Rail Strike Still Needs Worker Support

CSX One of the affected railroads is CSX. (TT File Photo)

OMAHA, Neb. — A last-minute deal prevented a railroad strike for now, but many rail workers remain unhappy with working conditions, including some who protested outside their workplaces Sept. 21 ahead of votes to approve the new contracts.

Josh Funk | Associated Press
September 22, 2022
Government, Business, Logistics

Unions Blast Rail Move to Delay Shipments Before Deadline

CSX train CSX, Union Pacific, BNSF, Norfolk Southern, Kansas City Southern and other railroads are involved in the talks. (Luke Sharrett/Bloomberg)

OMAHA, Neb. — The heads of the nation’s two largest rail unions said Sept. 11 that the freight railroads’ move to begin delaying some shipments ahead of this week’s looming strike deadline is only an attempt to get shippers to increase the pressure on Congress to intervene and block a work stoppage by imposing a contract on workers.

Josh Funk | Associated Press
September 12, 2022
Government, Business, Logistics

Three of 12 Rail Unions Announce Tentative Deal

CSX train Norfolk Southern, BNSF, Union Pacific, CSX and other railroads are represented in the talks. (Pittsburgh Regional Alliance)

OMAHA, Neb. — Three of the 12 unions negotiating with the nation’s biggest freight railroads have reached a tentative deal that will deliver 24% pay raises, in line with what a special presidential panel of arbitrators recommended earlier this month to resolve the stalemate before a strike could happen.

Josh Funk | Associated Press
August 30, 2022
Government, Business, Technology, Safety, Logistics

Rail Union Says Plan for Contract Deal Doesn’t Address Concerns

Norfolk Southern train Norfolk Southern, BNSF, Union Pacific, CSX and other railroads are represented in the talks. (Norfolk Southern)

OMAHA, Neb. — The head of the nation’s largest railroad union says the report designed to help resolve stalled contract talks with freight railroads doesn’t do enough to address concerns about working conditions, even though it suggests 24% raises.

Josh Funk | Associated Press
August 19, 2022
Government, Business, Logistics

Railroads Back Plan Calling for 24% Raises

BNSF train Jonathan Alcorn/ Bloomberg News

OMAHA, Neb. — The major freight railroads signaled they’re ready to negotiate a new deal with their workers based on a presidential report that calls for 24% raises, but the 12 unions involved in the stalled talks covering 115,000 workers still haven’t commented on the recommendations.

Josh Funk | Associated Press
August 17, 2022
Government, Business, Technology, Safety

New Rule to Thwart Railroad Efforts to Cut Train Crews

Train A train crossing in California. (Art Wager/Getty Images)

OMAHA, Neb. — Railroads will be required to maintain two-person crews under a new rule announced July 27 that will thwart industry efforts to cut crews down to one person.

Josh Funk | Associated Press
July 27, 2022
Government, Business, Logistics

Biden Blocks Freight Rail Strike, Appoints Arbitrators

A BNSF freight train in Galesburg, Ill. A BNSF freight train in Galesburg, Ill. (Shafkat Anowar/Associated Press)

OMAHA, Neb. — President Joe Biden on July 15 blocked a freight railroad strike that would disrupt shipments of all kinds of goods for at least 60 days by naming a board of arbitrators to intervene in the contract dispute.

Josh Funk | Associated Press
July 15, 2022

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
Business

Rail Unions Turn to Arbitration in Dispute Over BNSF Rules

BNSF BNSF

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

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