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2004 Archives

12/02/2004
UTU files closing arguments in Formal Complaint against KCS E. St. Louis locker room, asks substantial fines for continuing non-compliance and construction of new facility

12/02/2004
UTU petitions Illinois Commerce Commission to order new shelter built for West End crews at CP’s Bensenville Yard

11/29/2004
Visit the birthplace of rail labor at the annual Historic Pullman Candlelight House Walk Saturday Dec. 11

11/18/2004
Special Illinois House panel convenes to study RTA funding formula—UTU will watchdog deliberations to protect Metra employees interest

11/15/2004
UTU meets with state Budget Director, appears at press conference asking Governor for additional passenger trains to St. Louis

11/09/2004
Durbin to be elevated to second-most powerful leadership post for Senate Democrats

11/03/2004
UTU-IL endorsed candidates triumph on Election Day as 94 per cent of union’s slate is elected

11/03/2004
Passenger-train support doubles as more than 230 city officials tell governor: “We want more trains.”

11/01/2004
UTU Illinois Legislative Board 2004 Endorsements

10/27/2004
Membership Alert: Be sure to vote Nov. 2—and be EXTRA sure to vote for UTU-endorsed candidates!

09/27/2004
Bigger Metra, more rail jobs coming as feds release $14.2 million for tracks, stations

09/20/2004
CP to construct new lunchroom and washroom building at Bensenville Yard, increase cleaning schedule—Szabo calls commitment “a good first step”

09/03/2004
CSX opens new track, high-speed turnouts to break Blue Island bottleneck after UTU assists with land swap between carrier and Cook County

08/20/2004
Illinois Commerce Commission issues Emergency Rules for safe walkways in rail yards effective September 1; initiates process for Permanent Rules

08/18/2004
BNSF to hold job fair Aug. 27-28 in Oak Brook—Carrier seeks applicants for all job categories; UP seeks conductors and switchmen via Web page

07/28/2004
Commerce Commission Judge initiates Hearing at UTU’s request over non-compliant crew facility at KCS East St. Louis Yard

07/24/2004
UTU achieves virtual clean sweep of legislative victories as Illinois General Assembly ends budget fight and adjourns longest session in history

07/22/2004
Gov. Blagojevich signs walkway-safety bill into law—Commerce Commission to adopt enforceable standards

07/19/2004
Amtrak designates Chicago-St. Louis and Chicago-Milwaukee-Madison “Tier I” corridors for early development under new Five Year Plan—Seeks federal/state 80/20 matching program to fund rail infrastructure like highways and airports

07/12/2004
FRA cites NS for Hours of Service violation after UTU members at Kankakee blow whistle on dogcatch failure—Carrier to be fined

07/12/2004
PARALYZED RAILROADER’S FAMILY NEEDS YOUR HELP—GARY PIERCE BENEFIT SUNDAY, JULY 18, IN RIVERDALE

07/02/2004
Szabo elected Secretary/Treasurer of Historic Pullman Foundation -- will work to promote “model town’s” role in labor history, vision of Debs

06/29/2004
Ridership continues to rise on Amtrak’s Michigan and Illinois trains—Szabo says consumer demand justifies route and frequency expansion

06/14/2004
UTU joins rail advocates in Springfield to brief key legislators on expansion of state-sponsored Amtrak service

06/11/2004
UTU Illinois prevails as Iowa Interstate complies with state law, supplies fresh drinking water on locomotives

06/07/2004
CREATE program officially begins as IDOT awards first engineering contracts in massive project to grow rail, attract industry to Chicago

05/17/2004
Walkway Safety bill advances to Governor for signature after Senate passes 55-0; Szabo thanks members for keeping up the fight

05/14/2004
UTU urges more phone calls to keep walkway-safety bill moving through Senate

04/29/2004
UTU asks Gov. Blagojevich to reconsider proposed RR diesel-fuel tax—Szabo says levy will “result in job loss and stifle economic growth in Illinois,” asks members to contact Legislators

04/21/2004
Walkway-safety bill passes Senate Transportation Committee 10-0 over Norfolk Southern opposition—“Our rank and file did the job,” Szabo says

04/01/2004
Walkway-safety bill passes Ill. House 117-0 as UTU’s Eddie Washington spearheads overnight resucitation—Members urged to reach out to senators next

03/31/2004
Urgent Membership Alert! Call your Illinois State Rep. now and ask for passage of new Walkway Safety bill H.B. 5340.

03/29/2004
No first-aid kit on your loco? Tell your Local. Illinois Commerce Commission has warned all railroads to get into compliance with state law

03/22/2004
UTU files Formal Complaint after Illinois Commerce Commission finds nine violations of state regulations in Kansas City Southern Railroad’s East St. Louis crew facility – seeks new facility, daily fines.

03/16/2004
Midwest Amtrak ridership up by double digits as weary travelers forsake congested roads and airports—Durbin blasts administration’s meager Amtrak budget

03/03/2004
Illinois Commerce Commission orders Norfolk Southern to replace dilapidated Chicago crew building—Chairman says carrier “…is hereby required to proceed immediately with the work.”

03/02/2004
UTU bests Norfolk Southern as House Bill 4881 sails through Illinois House Transportation Committee

03/02/2004
Szabo, Burner re-elected by acclamation as IDOT Secretary Martin and CDOT Commissioner d’Escoto offer congratulations

02/18/2004
Szabo charges “Culture of Concealment” at NS as UTU Illinois Legislative Board fights carrier move to dismiss details of Kankakee death from ICC walkway-safety docket

02/18/2004
Gov. Blagojevich asks legislators to support House Bill 4881, would consolidate Illinois Commerce Commission’s rail-safety programs into IDOT, establish safe-walkway standards

02/04/2004
House Transportation Chair introduces Bill to consolidate ICC and DOT rail programs-- would require DOT to adopt safe walkway regulations

01/29/2004
UTU files exception to ICC after NS switchman dies in Kankakee yard accident—Asks judge to reverse proposed order to deny walkway safety regulation, requests Commission to subpoena NS for confiscated evidence

01/24/2004
Szabo addresses Midwest High Speed Rail Coalition – gives rail advocates his 10-point program for successful political action

01/16/2004
Commerce Commission staff recommends adoption of UTU’s proposed walkway-safety standards

01/13/2004
Szabo meets with IDOT chiefs for briefing on CREATE and high-speed-rail programs

01/09/2004
Fight for walkway standards continues

 

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