Posts Tagged ‘railroad labor force’

Class 1 Employment Down 1.12% in October

November 23, 2020

Class I railroad employment in mid October was 116,804 or down 1.12 percent from mid-September’s level and down 13.21 percent compared with October 2019.

The U.S. Surface Transportation Board, which reported the data, said all six employment categories saw declines last month compared with September.

This included maintenance of equipment and stores, down 21.44 percent to 18,682; transportation (train and engine), down 15.56 percent to 46,749; transportation (other than train and engine), down 10.17 percent to 4,902; maintenance of way and structures, down 8.13 percent to 28,784; professional and administrative, down 5.84 percent to 10,359; and executives, officials and staff assistants, down 4.25 percent to 7,328.

On a year-over-year basis, all categories posted declines. Including transportation (other than train and engine), down 2.37 percent; maintenance of way and structures, down 2.24 percent; executives, officials and staff assistants, down 1.57 percent; maintenance of equipment and stores, down 0.94 percent; and transportation (train and engine), down 0.61 percent.

Employment in professional and administrative posted a year-over-year increase of 0.41 percent.

As of mid October BNSF employed 36,354; CSX, 17,209; Canadian National/Grand Trunk (includes all CN U.S. operations), 6,294; Kansas City Southern, 2,717; Norfolk Southern, 19,466; Canadian Pacific/Soo Line, 2,636; and Union Pacific, 32,128.

U.S. Class 1 Employment Fell in December

January 24, 2018

Employment at U.S. Class I railroad fell last month the U.S. Surface Transportation Board reported this week.

The railroads employed 145,416, which was down 0.37 percent since November and 3.19 percent compared with December 2016 figures.

Five of six employment categories reflected workforce decreases in December compared with November.

Those categories were maintenance of way and structures, down 1.83 percent to 32,454 employees; executives, officials and staff assistants, down 1.06 percent to 8,124; transportation (other than train and engine), down 0.79 percent to 5,625; professional and administrative, down 0.25 percent to 12,151; and maintenance of equipment and stores, down 0.13 percent to 26,595.

Transportation (train and engine) rose 0.44 percent to 60,466 employees.

The same five employment categories saw workforce decreases in mid-December compared with 2016. The number of employees in the executives, officials and staff assistants category fell 9.59 percent; professional and administrative, down 7.41 percent; maintenance of equipment and stores, down 6.01 percent; maintenance of way and structures, down 5.67 percent; and transportation (other than train and engine), down 5.02 percent.

The transportation (train and engine) category reflected a 1.6 percent increase in December compared with the previous year.

Class 1 RR Employment Fell 0.27% in November

January 6, 2018

Employment on U.S. Class 1 railroads fell by 0.27 percent in November.

The U.S. Surface Transportation Board said this week that the railroads employed 145,952 workers as of mid-November. The number also represents a 3.66 percent decline when compared to employment levels in November 2016.

Four out of six employment categories showed falling employment when comparing October with November 2017.

These included executives, officials and staff assistants, down 0.07 percent to 8,211 employees; professional and administrative, down 0.12 percent to 12,182; maintenance of way and structures, down 0.63 percent to 33,059; and transportation (train and engine), down 0.37 percent to 60,200.

The number of maintenance of equipment and stores employees rose 0.24 percent to 26,630 workers, while transportation (other than train and engine) rose 0.07 percent to 5,670.

When comparing November 2017 with the same month in 2016, all but one category reflected decreases.

The figures are executives, officials and staff assistants, down 10.2 percent; professional and administrative, down 7.81 percent; maintenance of way and structures, down 6.03 percent; maintenance of equipment and stores, down 5.57 percent; and transportation (other than train and engine) down 4.47 percent.

The number of transportation (train and engine) workers rose 0.63 percent on a year-over-year basis.

Class I Railroad Employment up in March

May 2, 2017

The U.S. Surface Transportation Board reported that U.S. Class 1 railroad employment rose by 0.32 percent between mid-February and mid-March. However, employment was still down by 2.86 percent compared with the same period in 2016.

Three employment categories saw declines this year, including executives, officials and staff assistants, down 0.44 percent to 9,058; maintenance of equipment and stores, down 0.05 percent to 27,927; and transportation (other than train and engine), down 0.73 percent to 5,844.

The number of professional and administrative workers rose 0.03 percent to 13,204; maintenance of way and structures, up 0.09 percent to 34,099; and transportation (train and engine), up 0.92 percent to 59,191.

Compared with 2016’s report, the number of executives, officials and staff assistants was down 3.36 percent; professional and administrative was down 5.17 percent; maintenance of way and structures was down 5.28 percent; maintenance of equipment and stores was down 4.99 percent; and transportation (other than train and engine) was down 5.82 percent.

The number of transportation (train and engine) workers increased 0.62 percent compared with mid-March 2016.

Class 1 Employment Fell 1.19% in January

February 26, 2017

Class 1 Railroad employment fell 1.19 percent in January to 148,427 workers when compared with December 2016 employment, the U.S. Surface Transportation Board reported.

STBThe STB said the January figures are down 5.22 percent from a two years ago benchmark.

All but two employment categories reflected workforce decreases in employment. The two categories posting increases were executives, officials and staff assistants, up 1 percent to 9,076 workers; and professional and administrative, up 0.5 percent to 13,189 workers.

Compared with December 2016, the number of maintenance of way and structures employees fell 0.67 percent to 34,174; maintenance of equipment and stores employees declined 0.93 percent to 28,034; transportation (other than train and engine) slipped 0.19 percent to 5,911; and transportation (train and engine) dropped 2.42 percent to 58,043.

On a year over year basis, all reported categories reflected decreases. Executives, officials and staff assistants were down 4.93 percent; professional and administrative, down 6.27 percent; maintenance of way and structures, down 4.65 percent; maintenance of equipment and stores, down 6.4 percent; transportation (other than T&E), down 9.2 percent; and transportation (T&E), down 4.35 percent.

CSX CEO Ward Says 1-Person Crews Inevitable

January 19, 2017

One-person operating crews are inevitable CSX CEO Michael Ward said this week during a conference call with financial analysts and investors.

Michael Ward

Michael Ward

Ward told his audience, “It’s just a question of when.” Driving the move toward one-person crews will be autonomous trucks and delivery vehicles.

“There’s going to be autonomous vehicles out there. There’s no question,” Ward said. “The only question is when and how much they will be deployed.”

The CSX head also said the completion of positive train control by 2020 will also pave the way toward one-person crews.

Getting labor unions to agree to one-person crews will be a challenge, Ward noted.

NRE to Lay Off 60-65 at Paducah Plant

January 12, 2017

National Railway Equipment Company in Paducah, Kentucky, will lay off  between 60 to 65 employees late this month.

KentuckyThe affected workers are employed in the company’s locomotive and locomotive components repair shop. The plant employs 100 workers.

NRE spokesperson Hal Burgan said some wheel and electric work will be transferred to a facility in Mt. Vernon, Illinois.

The company attributed the layoffs to a national downtown in freight business.

“NRE is actively pursuing domestic and international bids, and when locomotive sales increase NRE will bring people back to work,” Buran said in a statement.

Class 1 Employment Continued to Fall in August

September 22, 2016

Employment at U.S. Class 1 railroads continued to fall in August, dropping by 0.02 percent since July, the Surface Transportation Board said.

STBEmployment  for 2016 to date is down 9.61 percent over what it was at this time a year ago.

The STB said that all six employment categories reflected decreases in mid-August compared with mid-July as well as with mid-August a year ago.

The month-to-month comparison showed that the number of executives, officials and staff assistants is down 1.33 percent to 9,153; professional and administrative, down 0.27 percent to 13,658; maintenance of way and structures, down 0.59 percent to 35,986; maintenance of equipment and stores, down 0.72 percent to 28,292; transportation (other than train and engine), down 1.32 percent to 6,035; and transportation (train and engine), down 1.18 percent to 59,629.

In comparing 2016 with 2015, the number of executives, officials and staff assistants decreased 6.68 percent; professional and administrative, down 6.19 percent; maintenance of way and structures, down 6.04 percent; maintenance of equipment and stores, down 8.75 percent; transportation (other than train and engine), down 10.06 percent; and transportation (train and engine), down 13.10 percent.

Class I RR Employment Fell in July 2016

August 25, 2016

The U.S. Surface Transportation Board said that Class I railroads employed 152,718 people as of mid-July, which was down 10.71 percent from 2015. However, it is a 0.19 percent increase over June 2016.

STBTransportation (train and engine) was the only employment category out of six to show an increase when compared with mid-June’s employment figures. The workforce in that category rose 1.30 percent to 58,934.

Categories declining compared with mid-June were executives, officials and staff assistants, down 0.11 percent to 9,276 employees; professional and administrative, down 0.8 percent to 13,695; maintenance of way and structures, down 0.22 percent to 36,201; maintenance of equipment and stores, down 0.82 percent to 28,496; and transportation (other than train and engine), down 0.44 percent to 6,116.

In comparing 2016 figures with those of July 2015, all categories reflected decreases.

These included executives, officials and staff assistants, down 6.4 percent; professional and administrative, down 6.06 percent; maintenance of way and structures, down 5.86 percent; maintenance of equipment and stores, down 8.56 percent; transportation (other than train and engine), down 8.95 percent; and transportation (train and engine), down 16.07 percent.

Class 1 Employment Fell in June

July 23, 2016

The U.S. Surface Transportation Board said that employment on Class 1 railroads fell by 11.55 percent in June.

STBThe railroads employed 152,426 during the month. The percentage decline comparison was with employment in June 2015.

All reported categories showed decreased in employment the STB said. This included executives, officials and staff assistants, down 6.42 percent; professional and administrative, down 5.78 percent; MOW and structures, down 6.05 percent; maintenance of equipment and stores, down 8.22 percent; transportation (other than train and engine), down 8.71 percent; and transportation (train and engine), down 18.71 percent.