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CEOs Paid 331 Times Average Worker, 774 Times Minimum Wage Worker

2014 Executive PayWatch exposes high paid CEOs in the low wage economy www.PayWatch.org While Congress has left for recess failing to fully address economic issues from the minimum wage to unemployment insurance and equal pay, AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka unveiled the 2014 Executive PayWatch today. According to its data, U.S.
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FRA to Issue Proposed Rule on Minimum
Train Crew Size

Railroad Safety Advisory Committee Approves Other Key Recommendations on Train Securement and Hazardous Materials Regulations WASHINGTON — The U.S.
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TTD Praises Federal Railroad Administration Plan for New Rule on 2-Person Rail Crews

WASHINGTON, DC — Edward Wytkind, president of the Transportation Trades Department, AFL-CIO (TTD), today commends the Federal Railroad Administration on its intention to issue a new rule on two-person train crew requirements.
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TransitAmerica Services, Inc. Signal Employees Voted for Representation by the Brotherhood of Railroad Signalmen

CSX Transportation (CSXT) sold a portion of its mainline track to the Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT) in 2010 so that it could build a commuter line to be named SunRail.

From the beginning of the line sale process, the Brotherhood of Railroad Signalmen (BRS) was fully engaged in ensuring that its members working for CSXT would be properly represented through the process.
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National Public Service Campaign Targets Risky Driver and Pedestrian Behavior Near Rail Tracks in Effort to Save Lives

Federal Officials, Safety Advocates and Railroads Join Forces to Launch ‘See Tracks?

Think Train!’ Washington, D.C. — Operation Lifesaver, Inc. (OLI) launched a new public service advertising (PSA) campaign called See Tracks? Think Train.
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Staples Attacks Good Jobs and Public Post Offices

Staples and the U.S. Postal Service have cut a deal that jeopardizes your mail service and your local post office. In fact, post offices across the country are at risk — along with thousands of good jobs.

The Staples deal will replace full-service U.S. Post Offices with knock-off post offices in Staples stores that are not staffed with U.S. Postal Service employees.
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New FRA Rule Requires Railroads to Adopt a 'Critical Incident Stress' Plan

The Federal Railroad Administration (FRA) last week announced a new final rule that requires each Class I, intercity passenger railroad and commuter railroad to establish and implement a plan for employees who are under stress after being directly involved in, or a witness or responder to, a "critical incident.
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Fatalities on Adjacent Tracks

In 11 of the 29 cases where an adjacent track was present, the fatal accident occurred on the adjacent track immediately next to where the work was actually being performed. FAMES classified these 11 accidents as adjacent track fatalities. The available data indicates that all 11 adjacent track fatalities occurred on controlled track where track centers were 19 feet or less.
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Amtrak Contract Decision

MARCH 26, 2014 — The Brotherhood of Railroad Signalmen (BRS) and its coalition partner, The Brotherhood of Maintenance of Way Employes (BMWED), joined together to form the Passenger Rail Labor Bargaining Coalition. Between the two Unions, almost all of Amtrak’s engineering department employees negotiated together as one bargaining unit.
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AFL-CIO Uses Gap Wage Hike to Expose Walmart Fallacy

As the conversation around raising wages reaches a fever-pitch, the AFL-CIO will launch a new initiative to expose the myth that raising wages is bad for businesses and our overall economy.  The recent announcement by Gap to raise its wage puts pressure on other corporations to cease hiding behind the argument that raising wages is a bad business practice.
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