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2005 Archives

12/20/2005
Norfolk Southern to be fined after FRA finds supervisor mishandled switchman’s injury

12/16/2005
Amtrak’s Chicago-Milwaukee “Hiawatha” trains break ridership records for 12th straight month

12/13/2005
“I believe in the work they do:” A BNSF retiree tells why he became a Diamond-Plus Card donor to UTU-PAC

11/23/2005
Illinois AFL-CIO endorses state passenger-rail buildup—Unions will push for increased funding in 2006 budget

11/07/2005
Add some history to your holiday: Historic Pullman Candlelight House Walk set for Sat., Dec. 10, in “perfect town” that became cradle of American rail labor movement

10/14/2005
IDOT cites two contract crew-van operators after UTU members report reckless driving and non-compliant vehicles

09/29/2005
UTU action brings new NS 55th St. Crew Facility in Chicago; five other carriers plan upgrades/new construction statewide as enforcement continues

09/13/2005
See one of rail labor’s most sacred shrines—and visit proud homeowners in their vintage town houses—at the Historic Pullman Annual House Tour Oct. 8 and 9

07/25/2005
Gov. Blagojevich signs ‘Railroad Employees Medical Treatment Act’ into law—crew van insurance bill also signed

07/05/2005
CHICAGO (July 5)—Passenger trains get boost from formation of Midwest Business Coalition for Passenger Rail

06/21/2005
House Appropriations Committee approves “drop-dead Amtrak” budget—Szabo says $550-million appropriation would end all passenger rail service, pitch Amtrak into bankruptcy

06/01/2005
Regional Planning Board formed to promote comprehensive land-use and transportation planning starting in 2006 – Szabo says it will grow railroad jobs

05/25/2005
Total victory achieved as Illinois House votes to concur with bill penalizing RR interference with injured workers’ medical treatment—Legislation heads to governor for signature

05/19/2005
H.B. 2449, the Railroad Employees Medical Treatment Act passes Senate 59-0, goes back to House for final Concurrence

05/18/2005
Illinois House approves bill to create State Passenger Rail Fund with novel funding mechanism based on travel by state employees

05/16/2005
UTU Legislative agenda on track -- Crew-van insurance bill passes Senate 54-0; H.B. 2449 slated for vote by end of week

05/02/2005
Ill. Senate Transportation Committee approves UTU Legislation—H.B. 2449 and HB 2510 keep chugging along

04/21/2005
H.B. 2449 moving forward in Illinois Senate; once again, outreach is needed

04/20/2005
Membership Alert: Contact your congressman now and urge support for H.R. 1630 and 1631-- full Amtrak funding and $73 billion for new and upgraded rail infrastructure!

04/13/2005
“You did it!” Szabo hails member activism as H.B. 2449 passes House after “chaotic” debate but warns “We will have to work harder to pass this bill in the Senate.”

04/07/2005
MEMBERSHIP ALERT: “H.B. 2449 IS MAKING PROGRESS, NOW LET’S BUILD MOMENTUM! VOTE SET FOR EARLY NEXT WEEK”

04/04/2005
UTU readies bill to stop railroads from interfering with employee medical treatment for vote on House floor—Szabo calls on members for “Final Push” of H.B 2449

03/24/2005
UTU members achieve closure as killer of Metra Electric conductor is sentenced to 42 years—“Justice Team” from Local 1290 had members at every court session right through conviction

03/18/2005
UTU and key legislators tweak language to make sure bill protecting RR employees’ medical treatment will pass House; Members urged to prepare for final push

03/17/2005
Based on UTU complaint in Illinois, Norfolk Southern will put first-aid kits on all locos systemwide

03/10/2005
Crew-van insurance bill passes Illinois House 86-25, moves on to Senate

03/08/2005
House Transportation Committee approves bill prohibiting carriers from interfering with employees’ medical treatment--union calls for phone outreach as bill goes to floor for vote

03/01/2005
UTU 2005 legislative drive advances as bill to insure crew-van passengers passes committee; upcoming bill to prohibit management interference with employee medical treatment is scheduled for committee vote; Szabo calls for membership action

02/18/2005
UTU opens “aggressive” 2005 legislative drive—Laws would prohibit carrier interference with employee medical treatment, mandate minimum insurance coverage for crew-vans, and halt state money for carriers out of compliance with ICC rules

02/15/2005
New safe-walkway rules now in force in Illinois—local officers will be responsible for identifying violations, writing up “paper trail”

02/08/2005
Gov. Blagojevich writes Bush of “grave concerns” about Amtrak, says end of service would be “major blow” to Midwest families and would waste state’s investment in Chicago-St. Louis route

02/07/2005
Durbin erupts in anger over Bush plan to end Amtrak funding as Speaker distances self from controversial proposal

01/18/2005
UTU finishes 2004 with solid growth in membership and UTUPAC contributions— “More are joining, more are giving and those who give are giving more,” Szabo says

01/18/2005
Special Committee on Chicago-area transit funding contracts with U of I transit experts—Szabo says UTU will watch closely to see that Metra workers are protected

01/11/2005
Key state committee approves proposed walkway-safety rules; final adoption by Illinois Commerce Commission only a month away

01/10/2005
Commerce Commission judge proposes to fine Norfolk Southern $10,000, order immediate installation of temporary trailer, new permanent shelter by May 31 at 55th Street Yard

 

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