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2007 Archives

12/26/2007
FRA cites Iowa Interstate for allowing unqualified engineer to operate train on main line

12/17/2007
UTU and State of Illinois Win: Federal court rebuffs Norfolk Southern’s challenge to Illinois Safe Walkways Rule

12/13/2007
MEMBERSHIP ALERT: Reach out to state reps and senators now and urge them to support long-term mass-transit funding and also intercity rail passenger-rail capital funding

11/29/2007
Chicago’s metro planning agency takes off gloves, lectures governor and legislative leaders for failing to deliver transit-funding agreement

11/21/2007
FRA cites CN for second Hours of Service violation in less than three months after carrier holds crew for post-accident interrogation

11/20/2007
Former Macomb, Illinois, Mayor named to Amtrak board; Szabo calls him “a friend and experienced decision-maker who really understands passenger trains”

10/31/2007
Durbin leads effort as Senate re-authorizes Amtrak for six years, creates federal/state grants that will help Illinois expand passenger-train network

10/30/2007
State Transportation Plan review meetings scheduled for five cities Nov. 13-16. Here’s your chance to tell IDOT planners we need more rail

10/30/2007
Enjoy holiday cheer, classic urban town homes and a peek at U.S. rail-labor history at the annual Historic Pullman Candlelight House Walk

10/24/2007
UTU Alert: Catch up with latest FRA rules at FRA/UTU Training Workshop Nov. 8 in Chicago

10/17/2007
Illinois congressional delegation votes solidly for new federal rail-safety bill, including language used in Illinois Medical Treatment Act

09/07/2007
Governor’s climate-change panel adopts UTU’s call for more passenger trains as part of plan to reduce state’s greenhouse-gas emissions

09/06/2007
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. 13 and 14

08/30/2007
FRA to fine CN for bringing injured conductor back to yard and holding him over 12-hour limit for interrogation

07/25/2007
Illinois State Rep. Nekritz testifies before U.S. Congress in support for Midwest passenger-train buildup, calls passenger rail “the only mode not supported in part by federal funding”

07/18/2007
UTU wins four victories on improved crew shelters—CP Bensenville, CSX Barr, UP Dupo and KCS E. St. Louis

07/17/2007
FRA cites Alton & Southern for employee intimidation, recommends fine after trainmaster tries to dissuade switchman from seeing physician

06/26/2007
FRA smacks NS with Hours of Service violation after conductor’s post-trip detention and interrogation; agency says limbo time becomes work time if employees are kept on property

06/25/2007
FRA says UTU was right: RCO training, not “human factors” caused accident; CSX must upgrade RCO training program to eliminate “significant training deficiency”

06/19/2007
Ass’t. Legislative Director John Burner, “a tireless and unselfish servant,” to retire June 30; Bob Guy of Local #234 slated as successor

06/18/2007
Following UTU complaint, FRA finds CN broke federal law in ordering drug test for conductor

05/22/2007
UTU and AFL-CIO deliver additional “whistleblower” protection for rail employees under new Ill. legislation

05/16/2007
Amtrak and IDOT agree: CN/IC route is best for new Chicago-Rockford-Dubuque Amtrak startup

05/03/2007
Federal Rail Safety Improvement Act would implement nationwide protection of the Illinois Rail Employees Medical Treatment Act

04/12/2007
Victory for UTU as Ill. Commerce Commission orders KCS to replace dilapidated E. St. Louis crew shelter

04/04/2007
Slain son of Local 1290 President Jeffrey Fields to be memorialized with fund to aid foster children—Members can contribute to new foundation

04/02/2007
Federal Judge rejects Norfolk Southern’s plea for summary judgment against Illinois Walkway Rule, says state has authority to issue regulations

03/05/2007
Amtrak releases Chicago-Rockford-Dubuque passenger-rail feasibility study – Illinois network could grow again

02/28/2007
Mike Carrigan elected Illinois AFL-CIO president—Szabo calls him “a worthy and fitting successor” to retiring Margaret Blackshere

02/26/2007
FRA upholds UTU claim that Chicago Rail Link intimidated injured employee, cites carrier for violating federal law—Szabo says “The system works when you work it”

02/09/2007
State-supported Amtrak ridership continues to explode; Advocates call for infrastructure improvements to improve reliability

02/01/2007
Szabo named to governor’s new Climate Change panel, will advocate rail as “key tool in controlling greenhouse-gas emissions and reducing oil dependence”

01/31/2007
“We’re making a federal case out of it!” Szabo says as AFL-CIO asks congressional committee for national legislation to stop railroads from interfering with employee medical treatment; Illinois case cited before key congressmen

01/18/2007
U.S. District Court strikes down Illinois RR Employees Medical Treatment Act, but ruling has a "Silver Lining"

01/09/2007
Neighboring states applaud as Governor signs Midwest Interstate Passenger Rail Compact, setting stage for larger Chicago Hub network linking eight Heartland states

 

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