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The national right-to-work legislation likely would be a major blow to organized labor because it would allow millions of workers to opt out of union membership for the first time.
Reps. Joe Wilson of South Carolina and Steve King of Iowa are sponsoring the legislation, which would amend the National Labor Relations Act and the Railway Labor Act to prohibit what unions call “security clauses.” These are provisions that permit union-management contracts that require all employees to join a union or pay one a regular fee as a condition of employment.
“At least 80 percent of Americans are opposed to forcing employees to pay dues as a condition of their employment, and our bill would protect workers by eliminating the forced-dues clauses in federal statute. Right-to-work states, like South Carolina, have seen first-hand that job creation and economic growth comes from expanded freedoms. We need to expand common-sense reforms, like those in the National Right to Work Act to protect American workers and create jobs,” Wilson told the Washington Examiner.
Chuck M. Schulz
Wisconsin State Legislative Board – Chairman
Teamsters – Brotherhood of Locomotive Engineers & Trainmen
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Trade Release from OSHA
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U.S. Department of Labor
Occupational Safety and Health Administration
Office of Communications
For Immediate Release
January 13, 2017
Contact: Office of Communications
OSHA issues recommended practices to promote workplace anti-retaliation programs
WASHINGTON – The Occupational Safety and Health Administration today issued Recommended Practices for Anti-Retaliation Programs to help employers create workplaces in which workers feel comfortable voicing their concerns without fear of retaliation. The recommendations are intended to apply to all public and private sector employers covered by the 22 whistleblower protection laws that OSHA enforces.
The recommendations are adaptable to most workplaces, and employers may adjust them for such variables as number of employees, the makeup of the workforce, and the type of work performed. The concepts can be used to create a new program or enhance an existing one.
The document outlines five key elements of an effective anti-retaliation program:
“These recommended practices will provide companies with the tools to create a robust anti-retaliation program,” said Jordan Barab, acting assistant secretary of labor for occupational safety and health. “In the long run, it’s good for workers and good for business.”
An initial draft of the Recommended Practices was posted for review and comment in the fall of 2016. The final document incorporates many of these comments, as described here.
These recommendations are advisory only and do not interpret or create any legal obligations, or alter existing obligations created by OSHA standards or regulations.
OSHA enforces the whistleblower provisions of Section 11(c) of the OSH Act, and 21 other statutes protecting employees who report violations of various securities laws, trucking, airline, nuclear power, pipeline, environmental, rail, maritime, health care, workplace safety and health regulations, and consumer product safety laws. For more information, visit www.whistleblowers.gov.
Under the Occupational Safety and Health Act of 1970, employers are responsible for providing safe and healthful workplaces for their employees. OSHA’s role is to ensure these conditions for America’s working men and women by setting and enforcing standards, and providing training, education and assistance. For more information, visit www.osha.gov.
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BLET NEWS FLASH
Supreme Court denies review of BLET victory on two-person train crews
INDEPENDENCE, Ohio, January 17 The Brotherhood of Locomotive Engineers and Trainmen (BLET) has secured another significant victory for rail workers this time from the highest court in the United States in the Unions ongoing campaign to protect two-person train crews. On January 9, the United States Supreme Court denied a petition filed by the Wheeling and Lake Erie (W&LE) asking that the nations highest court review and set aside the 2015 finding by the Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals that the railroads use of managers in place of Union conductors was a major dispute under the Railway Labor Act.
Building a world-class safety culture with a relentless focus on training, risk reduction, positive reinforcement and personal accountability;
Developing and consistently providing competitive products and services;
Creating the teams and processes necessary to serve and grow our customers across all business segments;
Gaining support for and delivering on investments that sustain, improve and grow our business; and
Harnessing innovation, technology and partnerships to enhance and accelerate our business.
Operations – Scott Naparstek, Chief Operating Officer
Marketing and Business Development – Jason Moffetas
Finance – Jerry Sokol, Chief Financial Officer
Law – Eldie Acheson, General Counsel and Corporate Secretary
Administration – D.J. Stadtler, Chief Administrative Officer
Planning, Technology and Public Affairs, Stephen Gardner
Mailing Address Change: Please note that effective immediately All Aboard Wisconsin’s “official” mailing address has changed. Please send all future mailings to 5302 Lighthouse Bay Drive, Madison, WI 53704. Mail already sent to the 754 Williamson Street address will still be collected there until January 31, 2017; so if you recently sent us mail there we’ll still receive it.
Have You Renewed?? Thanks so much to everyone who’s renewed their All Aboard Wisconsin memberships for 2017 so far! Oops! What’s that you say – you forgot to renew?? Well, everybody’s busy over the holiday season, so maybe it’s just possible that our appeals last month to renew your All Aboard Wisconsin membership for 2017 got overlooked in the hustle and bustle of the season. Yes, we got a nice “payoff” from the Fall Conference again this year, but “every little bit helps” – and remember your dues not only help us pay our day-to-day operating expenses, they also demonstrate our members’ support to foundations and other donors that we approach for additional funding. So, if you haven’t renewed your membership for 2017 yet – “Why Not Do It Today”?! Just fill out the membership form attached to this e-mail, and pop in your check for the level of membership you desire (please consider becoming a “Sustainer” for just $75), and mail it off to: All Aboard Wisconsin, 5302 Lighthouse Bay Drive, Madison, WI 53704.
Recruiting Board Members: With one open board position coming into the end of this year, and the just announced retirement of another Board member, Corporate Secretary Gary Goyke is recruiting for volunteers to serve on All Aboard Wisconsin’s 501(c)(3) Board which manages the day-to-day affairs of the Association. Have questions? Just give Gary a call at (608) 219-5237. Then send him a letter indicating your interest and a brief resume to: All Aboard Wisconsin, 5302 Lighthouse Bay Drive, Madison, WI 53704.
La Crosse Area Planning Committee looks to improve rail services.
The La Crosse Area Planning Committee is working to improve rail services along the Mississippi Corridor, particularly here in La Crosse. The group joined the Minnesota High-Speed Rail Commission as a voting member and financial contributor. The commission supports rail transportation services across the state of Minnesota. The La Crosse Area Planning Committee said now is a critical time to join the commission, especially as work begins on adding a second passenger train to travel that corridor from Minneapolis to Chicago. http://www.wxow.com/story/32764059/2016/08/15/la-crosse-area-planning-committee-looks-to-improve-rail-services
Ticket revenue increases for train from Chicago to Indianapolis. Ticket sale revenues have increased by 14 percent in the year since the Hoosier State passenger train from Indianapolis to Chicago changed ownership and management a year ago. The Indianapolis Star reports that Wednesday is the first anniversary of the line’s three-year partnership among Amtrak, Iowa Pacific Holdings, the Indiana Department of Transportation and cities along the route. http://chicago.suntimes.com/news/ticket-sales-increase-for-train-from-indianapolis-to-chicago/
Amtrak: Delays Cut By Nearly 25 Percent Due To New Locomotives. As Amtrak prepares to roll out the last of 70 new locomotives, the passenger rail corporation says the engines have helped reduce delays by more than 20 percent. The new engines were introduced three years ago and are used on Amtrak’s Northeast Corridor line between Washington, D.C., and Boston, and its Keystone service between Philadelphia and Harrisburg. http://newyork.cbslocal.com/2016/08/04/amtrak-delays-cut/
Amtrak wants to pick developer by summer 2017 to renovate Baltimore’s Penn Station. Amtrak officials said Wednesday they plan to pick a developer by this time next year to renovate Baltimore’s century-old Penn Station, a project that’s been stalled for years. The quasi-public railway took a step toward tackling the station’s countless overdue infrastructure improvements by soliciting qualifications from developers, consultants, engineers and other potential bidders. Rina Cutler, Amtrak’s senior director of major stations planning and development, said officials want a vision for the station to come from those who would take on the project. http://www.baltimoresun.com/news/maryland/commuting/bs-md-amtrak-penn-station-redevelopment-20160810-story.html
Freight Railroads Fight New Rule for Amtrak Trains. Freight railroads are challenging in federal court a new stricter way of measuring on-time performance for Amtrak trains, the latest wrinkle in a battle over how far freight trains must go to enable passenger trains to arrive on time….Amtrak and freight railroads have faced off in recent months as the Surface Transportation Board and other regulators try to fine-tune a system that will improve Amtrak’s on-time performance. Under the law, if any passenger train route averages less than 80% on-time for any two consecutive quarters, the law gave the board the right to determine the cause. If it’s due to a freight railroad’s failure to give Amtrak preference, the regulator can award damages or other appropriate relief. Amtrak won a recent skirmish over the definition of “preference”—who gets to go first—when the Surface Transportation Board decided to keep the status quo. Much is at stake. Freight railroads are currently struggling with profitability after boom years driven by a surge in crude-by-rail and commodities went bust, sending volumes plunging. Amtrak has been trying to boost service and reliability of its intercity and long-haul routes around the country. http://www.wsj.com/articles/freight-railroads-fight-new-rule-for-amtrak-trains-1471426202
School is starting in the next several weeks and the Department of Transportation (DOT) is sharing information about new 8-Light Warning Systems on School Buses. According to the DOT, A vehicle approaching a school bus with an 8-light warning system must do the following:
AMBER WARNING LIGHTS – This is a cautionary message that the bus is coming to a stop and will soon be activating its RED warning lights. Traffic is allowed to bypass the school bus with care.
RED WARNING LIGHTS – Stop at least 20 feet from the bus and remain stopped until the bus resumes motion or the driver extinguishes the flashing red warning lights. Failure to do so will result in a minimum fine of $326.50 and four points.
This law does not apply to vehicles driving in the opposite direction on a divided highway but does apply if no barrier is present on multi-lane street or highway.
A vehicle that approaches a stopped school bus that is displaying flashing red warning lights must stop, regardless if the stop arm is out or not (Ss.346.48(1)).
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Amtrak announced that it has named Charles W. “Wick” Moorman as its next president and chief executive officer. Moorman, retired chairman, CEO, and president of Norfolk Southern Corp. (NS), will lead the company, effective September 1, 2016, in the next fiscal year.
Anthony Coscia, chairman of the Board of Directors of Amtrak said, “We are very pleased that someone with Wick’s experience and vision will lead Amtrak during this critical period as the company charts a course for future growth and improvement. Under CEO Joe Boardman, and with the support of the Administration and Congress, Amtrak has achieved record levels of performance and investment. The Board believes Wick can build upon this success in the coming year by launching initiatives to further enhance safety and customer service, modernize our operations, and guide our implementation of the FAST Act.”
“It is an honor and privilege to take on the role of CEO at Amtrak and I look forward to working with its dedicated employees to find ways to provide even better service to our passengers and the nation,” said Moorman. “At Norfolk Southern, our team fostered change by placing a solid emphasis on performance across all aspects of our business which helped develop a stronger safety and service culture throughout the company. I look forward to advancing those same goals at Amtrak and helping to build a plan for future growth.”
Moorman, a native of Hattiesburg, Miss., comes to Amtrak after more than 40 years at NS where he rose from management trainee to CEO and chairman of the Board of Directors. Having worked with NS from the ground up, Moorman gained an appreciation for the many facets of railroad operations and used this knowledge to modernize the way NS conducted business, served customers and worked with communities. A graduate of Georgia Tech and Harvard Business School, Moorman serves on the boards of Duke Energy Corporation, Chevron Corporation, the Virginia chapter of the Nature Conservancy, and the Georgia Tech Foundation.
“Wick’s deep operational background and track record of building teams and driving innovation is exactly what we need to provide unparalleled service to the more than 500 communities we serve,” said Vice Chairman of the Board of Directors Jeffrey Moreland. “We are confident that, working together with the Board, Wick can formulate a strong plan to take Amtrak to the next level and assemble the management team and expertise to carry it forward.”
Moorman succeeds current CEO Joe Boardman, who announced his intention to retire last fall. “I have been humbled to lead this extraordinary organization over the past eight years,” said Boardman. “I look forward to spending time with my family and wish Wick all the best as he brings his excellent experience to Amtrak.”
“The Board and I thank Joe for his dedicated service to Amtrak and its customers and for his long career in public service. Under his leadership, Amtrak delivered record ridership, introduced a series of safety initiatives and modernized its fleet. For this, he should be proud,” Coscia said.
Moorman currently holds securities of a rail carrier. Amtrak will ensure that any conflict will be avoided as is required by federal law.
Amtrak – America’s Railroad® – is dedicated to safe and reliable mobility as the nation’s intercity passenger rail service provider and its high-speed rail operator. With our state and commuter partners, we move people, the economy and the nation forward, carrying more than 30 million Amtrak passengers for each of the past five years. Formally known as the National Railroad Passenger Corporation, Amtrak is governed by a nine member board of directors appointed by the President of the United States and confirmed by the U.S. Senate. Anthony R. Coscia is board chairman and Jeffrey R. Moreland is vice chairman. Amtrak operates more than 300 trains daily – at speeds up to 150 mph (241 kph) – connecting more than 500 destinations in 46 states, the District of Columbia and three Canadian Provinces. Learn more at Amtrak.com or call 800-USA-RAIL for schedules, fares and other information. Check us out at blog.Amtrak.com, Like us on Facebook.com and Follow us on Twitter @Amtrak.