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President Biden Signs Executive Order Creating a Presidential Emergency Board

President Biden signed an Executive Order establishing a Presidential Emergency Board, effective July 18, 2022, to help resolve an ongoing dispute between major freight rail carriers and their unions. Keeping supply chains running means keeping America’s railways running. In making the decision to create the Presidential Emergency Board, the President has considered input from relevant

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TCU Unit 167 Organizes Again

Transportation Communications Union’s Unit 167 has always looked to organize to make our Union stronger. Over the last eight years, Unit 167 has organized Metro North Railroad’s IT Department, Metro North’s Procurement Department, both previously staffed solely with Managers. It went on to establish the MTA Procurement Department, which purchases for all of the MTA

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July 4th, 2022

On July 4, 1776, those who signed the Declaration of Independence proudly stated that all people are “created equal, that they are endowed by their creator with certain unalienable rights that among these are life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness.” With these words, a new nation was formed which ensuring liberty and democracy would

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Railroaders Pound Pavement in Washington DC

At this week’s 2022 IAM Legislative Conference in Washington, DC, union leaders from TCU, the Carmen Division, and IAM District Lodge 19 amplified our members’ voices by meeting with various elected officials from across the federal government. Our railroaders spoke at length with leaders from the Federal Railroad Administration, the Surface Transportation Board, and Congress.

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Juneteenth 2022

Legislation to recognize Juneteenth (June 19th) as a federal holiday passed when President Biden signed the Juneteenth National Independence Day Act June 17, 2021. Juneteenth is the day commemorating the end of slavery and is recognized as the 12th federal holiday. In the upcoming TCU Convention a Resolution will be introduced to ensure that Juneteenth

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National Mediation Board Releases IAM, TCU/IAM, BRC and All Rail Unions From Stalled Negotiations with Rail Carriers

After more than two years of fruitless negotiations with the various class 1 railroads and after three weeks of in-person meetings in Washington, DC, the National Mediation Board has offered arbitration to rail unions, including the IAM, Transportation Communications Union (TCU/IAM) and TCU/IAM Brotherhood Railway Carmen Division (BRC) members. All unions in our coalition plan

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TCU Carman Assistant General President Don Grissom Testifies Before the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee (T&I)

In a T&I Committee meeting titled “Examining Freight Rail Safety”, TCU Carman Assistant General President Don Grissom testified about the challenges currently facing the Carman division at worksites across the country. The speakers in the hearing included: Amit Bose – Administrator, Federal Railroad Administration Thomas B. Chapman – Member, National Transportation Safety Board Don Grissom

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The United Rail Unions Issue the Following Statement June 9, 2022

The Rail Unions who are bargaining as part of the Coordinated Bargaining Coalition and the Brotherhood of Maintenance of Way/SMART Mechanical Coalition concluded their third week of compulsory joint National Mediation Board-mediated negotiations with the National Carriers’ Conference Committee (NCCC) yesterday. These joint mediated negotiations, under the direction of the NMB Board Members themselves, resulted

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