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March 6, 2013
06:38 EDTCSX, UNP, NAV, KSU, RA, CNI, CMI, GWR, CP, NSCHeavier trucks becoming controversial issue on Capitol Hill, Politico says
Two House members, a Democrat and a Republican, introduced a bill that would allow heavier trucks on American highways, and add a new fee on the heavier trucks, according to Politico. Railroads, however, favored letting the Department of Transportation study the issue before such a law was passed, and the House Transportation Committee recently voted to direct the department to conduct such a study before heavier trucks are authorized, the website explained. The issue of heavier trucks, which has been controversial in the past, is likely to resurface next year when lawmakers are slated to consider a new transportation bill, Politico stated. Reference Link
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February 23, 2015
05:09 EDTCNICanadian National, Unifor unable to reach agreement, to continue to meet
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February 22, 2015
17:43 EDTCNICN, Unifor talks to resume ahead of lockout deadline, Bloomberg says
Canadian National intends to return to the bargaining table to negotiate with Unifor, the union that represents 4,800 of its workers, in order to prevent a lock-out on Monday, Bloomberg says. Reference Link
13:45 EDTGWR, KSU, UNP, CSX, CP, NSC, CNICanada introduces legislation to enhance crude-by-rail safety, accountability
The Honourable Lisa Raitt, Minister of Transport, introduced legislation in the House of Commons that will enhance railway safety and make the rail industry and crude oil shippers more accountable to Canadians. The new Safe and Accountable Rail Act proposes amendments to the Canada Transportation Act and Railway Safety Act. Changes include a new liability and compensation regime for federally regulated railways, including minimum insurance requirements; a compensation fund financed by levies on crude oil shippers; increased information-sharing provisions; and stronger oversight powers for the Minister and Transport Canada inspectors. The new liability and compensation regime will be consistent with those the Government has introduced for other modes of transport, such as marine tankers and oil pipelines. It is based on the “polluter pays” principle and makes railways and shippers responsible for the cost of accidents, protecting taxpayers and communities by ensuring that adequate resources are available for compensation if an accident were to occur. Proposed amendments to the Railway Safety Act will broaden the powers of the Minister and inspectors to order railway companies and others to take specified measures or stop any activity deemed necessary for safe railway operations. The proposed amendments will also create new regulation- making powers requiring railway companies to share information with municipalities. These changes are part of the Government’s commitment to strengthen oversight and increase collaboration between communities and the rail industry, addressing issues raised in the Transportation Safety Board’s final report on the Lac-Mégantic derailment as well as concerns of the Federation of Canadian Municipalities. Publicly traded companies in the space include CSX (CSX), Canadian National (CNI), Canadian Pacific (CP), Genesee & Wyoming (GWR), Kansas City Southern (KSU), Norfolk Southern (NSC) and Union Pacific (UNP). Reference Link
11:45 EDTCNICN dissapointed with Unifor's recent claims
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February 20, 2015
16:17 EDTCNICanadian National to lockout union employees if settlement not reached
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12:53 EDTCMI, NAVCitigroup sees truck carrier stocks poised to outperform
With the U.S. economy growing quickly, the stocks of truck carriers are likely to outperform the S&P 500, Citigroup believes. WHAT'S NEW: Truck transportation prices and truck carrier stocks "respond most directly to economic growth," Citigroup analyst Christian Wetherbee wrote in a note to investors today. After carriers' truckload rates rose 4% last year, the rates should rise by a similar amount this year, Wetherbee predicted. Economic growth, along with the difficulties the carriers are experiencing with recruiting drivers, should be supportive of additional rate increases, the analyst stated. Wetherbee warned that the stocks of truck builders usually underperform during periods such as the current one, when a large amounts of U.S. class 8 trucks are being built. Consequently, truck carrier stocks present investors with an opportunity, while investors should be cautious on truck builders and parts suppliers, he wrote. Among truck carriers, Swift (SWFT) is particularly attractive, since it has underperformed its peers over the last year, Wetherbee stated. Additionally, the company's results appear likely to at least meet consensus estimates, the analyst predicted. He also kept a Buy rating on another truck carrier, Knight Transportation (KNX) and maintained a Buy rating on Cummins (CMI), which builds truck engines. The analyst kept a Hold rating on truck builder PACCAR (PCAR). OTHERS TO WATCH: Navistar (NAV) builds trucks and Celadon (CGI) is another truck carrier. PRICE ACTION: In early afternoon trading, Swift rose 1%, Knight Transportation gained 1.3%, Cummins added 0.7%, and PACCAR lost 0.5%.
08:35 EDTKSUKansas City Southern appoints Patrick Ottensmeyer as president effective March 1
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06:27 EDTCMITrucking stocks likely to outperform S&P 500, says Citigroup
Citigroup says its work indicates trucking stocks respond most directly to economic growth. With the economy on a growth trajectory, Citi expects trucking stocks are likely to outperform the S&P 500. The firm reiterates Buy ratings on Swift Transportation (SWFT) and Knight Transportation (KNX), with a preference for Swift. It also has a Buy rating on Cummins (CMI) and Neutral on PACCAR (PCAR).
February 18, 2015
17:24 EDTCNICanadian National Northern Quebec line engineers and conductors ratify agreement
CN announced that locomotive engineers and conductors working on the company's Northern Quebec Internal Short line have ratified a new collective agreement. The employees are represented by the Teamsters Canada Rail Conference union. The four-year agreement provides wage increases and benefit improvements to 93 employees.
12:04 EDTCNICanadian National to implement targeted work rule changes barring Unifor deal
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07:07 EDTUNP, CSXBarclays to hold a conference
Industrial Select Conference is being held in Miami on February 18-19.
February 17, 2015
18:02 EDTCSXDerailed train that exploded in West Virginia had modern tanker cars, WSJ says
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17:06 EDTNAVIcahn gives quarterly update on stakes, takes new stake in Manitowoc
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08:59 EDTCSXCSX confirms response to West Virginia train derailment
CSX announced that teams were working with first responders on the derailment of an oil train near Mount Carbon, West Virginia. The train consisted of two locomotives and 109 rail cars and was traveling from North Dakota to Yorktown, Va. One person was being treated for potential inhalation, but no other injuries were reported. "At least one rail car appears to have ruptured and caught fire. The derailment has resulted in the precautionary evacuation of nearby communities, and precautionary suspension of operations at the Cedar Grove and Montgomery water treatment plants. CSX is working with the Red Cross and other relief organizations to address residents’ needs, taking into account winter storm conditions. These efforts include shelters for residents who have been evacuated. CSX teams also are working with first responders to address the fire, to determine how many rail cars derailed, and to deploy environmental protective measures and monitoring on land, air and in the nearby Kanawha River. The company also is working with public officials and investigative agencies to address their needs," the company said.
February 16, 2015
15:22 EDTCPCanadian Pacific enters binding arbitration with Teamsters Canada
Canadian Pacific said it and the Teamsters Canada Rail Conference agreed to enter into binding arbitration, putting an end to the work stoppage by CP's locomotive engineers and conductors. E. Hunter Harrison, CP's CEO said, "While we would have preferred a negotiated settlement, this is the right thing to do at this time." An arbitrator will be appointed by the federal government. No further details are being released at this time. On February 14, CP announced a tentative four-year agreement with its Unifor employees. Details of the tentative agreement are being withheld pending ratification by the Unifor membership.
February 15, 2015
16:50 EDTCNICanadian National train carrying crude derails in northern Ontario, WSJ says
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15:35 EDTCNI, GWR, UNP, NSC, CP, KSU, CSXWest coast ports closed to cargo vessels for weekend, Reuters says
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13:44 EDTCPCP disappointed by failed talks with Teamsters Canada Rail Conference
Canadian Pacific is disappointed to announce that negotiations with Teamsters Canada Rail Conference-Running Trades, TCRC, have broken down without an agreement. As a result, the TCRC have indicated they will strike as of 12:01 a.m. on February 15. TCRC represents CP's approximately 3,000 active locomotive engineers and conductors. CP proposed thoughtful, compelling and fair options including wage increases and improved benefit plans. Furthermore, CP proposed changes to work schedules to improve the quality of life for engineers and conductors. TCRC leadership claims that lack of time off is at the heart of its reluctance to negotiate, yet 72% of all engineers and conductors do not take the time off they are entitled to. Furthermore, 60% of the conductors and engineers at CP make between $80,000 and $160,000, while working an average of 31 to 35 hours a week. "We have wanted to make a deal for more than a year, and have been presenting the TCRC leadership with dynamic options and choices to improve the quality of life for employees while driving efficiencies in our business," said E. Hunter Harrison, CP's Chief Executive Officer. "Our conductors and engineers have plenty of options for time off, but the vast majority don't take full advantage of those opportunities. We want to implement a model that allows us to properly schedule crews while maintaining the highest standards of safe railroading" While CP would have preferred a negotiated settlement, at the urging of the Minister of Labour, the railroad agreed to immediate mediation and arbitration to avoid a work disruption. Unfortunately, the TCRC did not agree.
13:40 EDTCPCanadian Pacific and Unifor reach tentative agreement
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13:34 EDTCNICanadian National announces tentative labor agreement with TCRC
CN announced that it has negotiated a tentative labor agreement with the Teamsters Canada Rail Conference, TCRC, union that represents approximately 1,800 of the company's locomotive engineers in Canada. Details of the tentative settlement are being withheld pending ratification by TCRC members. The union expects to announce the results of the ratification vote by mid-April 2015.
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