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  • Legislative Outlook , TCU August 6, 2018

    Senate confronts Amtrak on numerous issues [corrected]

    Last week, the U.S. Senate passed a transportation spending bill that included another record $1.94 billion in funding for Amtrak, while also attaching a number of amendments targeting Amtrak operations. These amendments come after months of controversial service and operational changes instituted by Amtrak’s new CEO, Richard Anderson. And despite Congress showing strong support for

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  • Legislative Outlook , TCU May 16, 2018

    2018 Legislative Conference – TCU Lobbies Congress

    Last week, a number of TCU/IAM local leaders and retirees joined hundreds of other Machinists at the 2018 IAMAW Legislative Conference in Washington, DC. Their goal was to get the issues facing our members front-and-center before Congress, and the conference was a resounding success.  On Tuesday, May 8th, TCU National Vice President and Legislative Director

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  • Legislative Outlook , TCU March 22, 2018

    Railroads to Congress: Industry depends on international trade

    On Tuesday, the Association of American Railroads (AAR) sent a letter to leaders of the Congressional committees with trade jurisdiction. The letter urges them to consider the effect of renegotiating NAFTA on the railroad industry. AAR President Ed Hamberger wrote, “approximately 50,000 rail jobs and more than $5.5 billion in annual wages and benefits…depend directly

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  • Legislative Outlook , Railroad Retirement , TCU March 16, 2018

    Reps. Lipinski and Bacon lead bipartisan effort supporting Rail Workers and Retirees

    Today, Illinois Democrat Dan Lipinski joined with Nebraska Republican Don Bacon to lead a letter supporting additional funding to the Railroad Retirement Board (RRB). The letter had broad bipartisan support from their colleagues in Congress, including 12 Republicans and 23 Democrats. Click HERE to view read the Lipinski-Bacon letter Once secured, this funding will be

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  • Legislative Outlook , TCU February 17, 2018

    Amtrak will suspend service if PTC not installed by year’s end

    On Thursday, Amtrak CEO Richard Anderson told the House Railroads Subcommittee that they will suspend service on certain lines if Positive Train Control (PTC) is not installed and ready. Anderson did not specify which lines may be suspended, and an Amtrak spokesperson later confirmed that “it’s too early to speculate,” according to the Seattle Times. 

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