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  • Unions critical of BNSF’s new adjustments to attendance policy
    Reported by Joanna Marsh for Freightwaves. Two unions are still critical of BNSF’s controversial attendance policy, saying recent adjustments aren’t enough to overcome its shortcomings. “BNSF’s proposed changes to its HiViz attendance policy are unimpressive. These changes do nothing to address the policy’s fundamental flaws,” said Greg Regan, president of the Transportation Trades Department, which is affiliated with the AFL-CIO. … Read more »
  • BNSF changes controversial attendance policy
    Reported by Justin Franz for Montana Free Press. Montana’s largest railroad company is making changes to a controversial new employee attendance policy after receiving pushback from railroaders and unions. But even with the changes, labor officials remain unimpressed and said BNSF Railway’s new policies could lead to unsafe working conditions on the railroad. Railroaders already lead chaotic work lives —… Read more »
  • BNSF Modifying ‘Hi-Viz’ Attendance Policy
    Reported by Marybeth Luczak for Railway Age. BNSF now plans changes to Hi-Viz. In a recent video on the BNSF YouTube channel, VP Transportation Matt Garland discussed them. He first thanked employees by saying, “I know we’ve had a tough start to the year, and I know we’re all feeling that. We all have a lot on our minds, and I… Read more »
  • Statement on BNSF’s “Hi Viz” Attendance Policy Changes
    WASHINGTON – Greg Regan and Shari Semelsberger, the President and Secretary-Treasurer of the Transportation Trades Department of the AFL-CIO, issued this statement in response to Burlington Northern Santa Fe (BNSF) Railway’s adjustments to its “Hi Viz” attendance policy, which has increased employee turnover since taking effect on February 1st: “BNSF’s proposed changes to its Hi […] The post Statement on… Read more »
  • The supply chain’s little-known weakest link: Railroad workers
    Reported by Eleanor Mueller for Politico. In the scramble to bring prices back down, one obstacle is slowly garnering more attention: a decimated railroad workforce, which agency officials say is impeding efforts to transport goods and, in doing so, further hobbling an already-delicate supply chain. Over the last six years, Class I freight railroads — which include BNSF Railway, CSX… Read more »
  • UPDATE: BNSF to Revise ‘Hi-Viz’ Attendance Policy
    Reported by Justin Franz for Railfan and Railroad Magazine. BNSF Railway will make adjustments to its new attendance policy that has been heavily criticized by union officials and railroaders alike. Under the “Hi-Viz” attendance policy that went into effect on February 1, railroaders had a bank of 30 points. If they missed a call or couldn’t work, they lost points.… Read more »
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