Szabo joins Blagojevich Transition team as co-chairman of Freight Rail Sub-committee
State cites crew-van operator for safety violation after UTU complaint–Szabo says “system works if you work it.”
UTU asks state to establish safety standards for employee walkways in rail yards
Stationary-whistle pilot project in Mundelein called successful in reducing noise,but it's no panacea against drivers who ignore crossing signals
Passenger-rail advocates agree: U.S. need federally funded rail buildout, interconnected national system and full funding for Amtrak
Norfolk Southern employee breath analysis found out of compliance following UTU complaint to FRA--Carrier will be cited for lapse
Who won the election? Our union; nearly 90 per cent of candidates endorsed by Illinois UTU got elected Nov. 5
UTU member Eddie Washington wins race for state representative--will represent new district in Waukegan-North Chicago
Working on Election Day? Vote absentee now--it's easy!
BNSF opens huge new intermodal yard in prairie business park southwest of Joliet--Train operations, jobs expected to grow
UTU names Szabo to FRA rulemaking team
Watch for the new special limited-edition Illinois TPEL pins--they identify UTU's "Illinois Leaders of Distinction"
MEMBERSHIP ALERT!!! U.S. HOUSE PLANNING AMTRAK CUTS. REACH OUT NOW TO REPS. LAHOOD AND JACKSON TO SAVE TRAINS AND JOBS!
UTU endorses its candidates for 2002 state and federal elections--Durbin, Blagojevich and Madigan head list
Turned down for treatment by your health plan? Don't panic. Here's how you can appeal and get results 95 per cent of the time!
Chicago business newspaper hails Cong. Lipinski's plan to end city's "freight-rail bottlenecks," endorses new rail trust fund using RR diesel-fuel tax
Judge lifts temporary restraining order, reinstates Illinois Commerce Commission citation against Norfolk Southern on fatal grade-crossing accident
Norfolk Southern wins temporary restraining order against Illinois Commerce Commission citation on grade crossing that killed five
The British are coming! The British are coming!--to meet with the UTU and check out Metra's Labor-Management Program
UTU member Eddie Washington runs for Illinois House in new district covering Waukegan-North Chicago--could be first rail worker to serve in General Assembly in decades
"It's great to be with real railroad workers," says. Sen. Dick Durbin after UTU family reception in Washington
Out-of-state van owners agree to inspect vehicles--Illinois Legislative Board asks members to monitor compliance
UTU Illinois Legislative Board scores again as FRA cites another carrier for employee intimidation--Accurate case writeup brings prompt federal response to CN/IC employee-injury incident at Cairo
MEMBERSHIP ALERT: ASK SENATORS DURBIN AND FITZGERALD TO MOVE SEN. HOLLINGS'S AMTRAK FUNDING BILL!
REACHING OUT TO SEN. FITZGERALD JUST GOT EASIER! TOWN MEETING TONIGHT IN SPRINGFIELD AT 6 P.M., PLUS SENATE RECESS LEAVES MORE TIME FOR PHONE CALLS
URGENT MEMBER OUTREACH ALERT! ASK SEN. FITZGERALD TO CO-SPONSOR S. 1991!
Chicago business and union leaders rally to help Amtrak secure funding
MEMBERSHIP ALERT: CALL SPEAKER HASTERT AND DEMAND AMTRAK FUNDING NOW! NEW CEO SAYS SHUTDOWN DUE IN JULY IF FUNDS NOT REPLENISHED.
MEMBERSHIP ALERT! CONTACT HOUSE SPEAKER HASTERT NOW AND ASK FOR IMMEDIATE AMTRAK FUNDING!
Called to work on track where you're not qualified? Take the assignment but tell the union--and write it all down.
FRA cites IHB and BRC for inury reporting/intimidation violations
Illinois Senate passes pro-passenger rail resolution
Train accidents rise as NTSB renews call for adequate rest
Sleep, fatigue and transportation safety: Northwestern University conference to air the issues June 25-26
UTU joins Midwest campaign to get permanent federal funding for modern passenger-rail system
IDOT to begin surprise inspections of crew vans--UTU complaint forms credited with alerting state agency
Illinois House passes pro-passenger-rail resolution 113-1
What happens to Railroad Retirement if Amtrak shuts down? Big trouble
Membership alert! New IDOT rules will help enforce crew-van safety; crew members urged to report all van violations to union promptly
Red board! Illinois Legislative Board asks members to document signal malfunctions
Local 1433 Legislative rep Bruce Jankowski dead at 44--Heart attack fells "dedicated union activist"
Long-distance passenger trains endangered--High-speed-rail group urges letter-writing campaign to Congress
Illinois Legislative Board establishes "Leaders of Distinction" program to honor outstanding TPEL donors
Durbin takes stand to save Amtrak trains and jobs--"Breaking up Amtrak is short-sighted, coherent, national system needed," he tells Senate hearing
UTU endorses Blagojevich, Madigan, Kelleher for top state primary races, Durbin for U.S. Senate--Labor voting records cited
Controversy erupts as Wal-Mart seeks $18-million public subsidy to open Chicago store
March 19, 2002 Primary Endorsements
State to begin regular program of inspecting railroad crew washrooms after UTU urges enforcement of 1913 sanitation law
State of Illinois adopts strategy for enforcing new crew-van safety law
NTSB cites sleep-deprived trucker in fatal 1999 Amtrak grade-crossing collision at Bourbonnais; UTU Illinois Legislative Board calls for tighter focus on employee fatigue in all transportation modes
Durbin requests Senate hearing on Amtrak funding package
A tangled web: How Enron enriched a U.S. senator and his wife--and how they used their power to help their corporate protector while he withheld support of Railroad Retirement reform
Cong. Jack Quinn tells Chicago audience, "Let's start funding rail improvements now"
"Peeking at the Boss's Paycheck:" Poultry King John Tyson Screws up yet Collects $2.1-Billion "Blunder Bonus"
MEMBERSHIP ALERT: STOP THE DISMEMBERMENT OF AMTRAK! CALL YOUR CONGRESSMAN NOW AND ASK FOR A"NO" VOTE ON H.R. 3591
Bush's pro-big-business agenda switches into high gear as administration readies new corporate-welfare and anti-labor legislation
Senate tally shows Durbin stood with rail unions 100% on RR Retirement vote, Fitzgerald--67%; Illinois Congressmen--100%.
Metra Introduces GeoFocus Automated Train Announcement System