July 16, 1992 |
CSX to Take $699-Million Charge: CSX Corp. said it will take a $699-million charge against second-quarter earnings to pay for labor agreements aimed at reducing the size of its train crews. The Richmond, Va.-based company said the charge, which will come to $450 million after taxes, stems from agreements that have been reached or are being negotiated between its CSX Transportation Inc. unit and the United Transportation Union.
May 5, 1990 |
President Bush, trying to avoid a "crippling nationwide rail strike," named an emergency board to help settle bargaining disputes between 11 unions and most of the nation's major railroads. The action effectively imposes a 60-day cooling-off period on management and labor. Rising health care costs had been a major holdup in contract negotiations, which had been going on for two years.
August 1, 1989
A bill to require drug and alcohol testing of all railroad workers who hold safety-sensitive positions was passed by the House. Cleared on a voice vote and sent to the Senate, the measure requires the immediate suspension without pay of any employee who tests positive for drugs or alcohol. It requires pre-employment testing, random testing, testing based on reasonable suspicion of drug use, testing after train accidents as well as part of regular physical examinations.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 15, 1992
A federal judge in Los Angeles late Friday issued a temporary restraining order against the 50,000-member International Longshoremen's and Warehousemen's Union to block its threatened one-day walkout Monday at West Coast ports. ILWU officials could not be reached for comment about the ruling by U.S. District Court Judge Robert A. Takasugi. Previously, the ILWU announced plans to stage a 24-hour walkout in protest of Southern Pacific's layoffs of 350 longshoremen at a Wilmington rail yard.