Archives - Highball Newsletter Articles

We have done our best to separate out and archive all articles that have appeared inn our newsletter - The Highball - since it began in 2008. They are organized year by year, issue by issue below. Enjoy!

2017

Summer 2017

 

Amtrak #188 Engineer Indicted in PA for Manslaughter

An Open Letter to Our Allies in the Fight for Safe Rails & a Sustainable Environment

Business as Usual = Defeat. Resist the Status Quo!

Civil Court Trials Set for Railroad Workers in Canada and the U.S.

Railroad Workers Unite in a Cross-Craft Rally Nationwide

Railroad Workers United to Produce2018 Rail Labor History Calendar

Recent Changes to the RWU Steering Committee (ISC)

RWF First Official Fundraiser is a Success but Falls Short of Target

Trackworkers and the “Day of Action” Point the Way Forward for Rail Labor

 

 

Spring 2017

 

Blueprint Budget Would Decimate Amtrak, Transit Nationwide

Korean Workers Lead the Way - Depose President

Rail Labor National Day of Action Planned

Right to Work Legislation would Hurt Rails Too

RR Workers and Our Allies Must Unite to Support Amtrak

RR Workers Have the Moral and Ethical Right to Resist

RR Workers Memorial Day Joins National Day of Action April 28th

RWU Annual Report + Fundraising Drive

There is a Little Lac Megantic in Every Rail Incident Since 2013

 

Winter 2017

 

Drastic Times Call for Labor to Once Again Take Industrial Action

FRA Fails to Finalize Rule on Train Crew Staffing by End of Year

Now That the Elections are Over, What is the Way Forward

RWU Website Offer New Info + RWU Winter Hats for Sale

Sleep Apnea a Factor in NJT Wreck

The Fight to Defend Canadian Rails Enters Critical Period

Unite Against Big Business - Stand with Standing Rock

What we Can Learn from Our Fellow Workers in Japan and South Korea


2016

Fall 2016

Canadian Worker Defense Efforts Grow and Develop

Chicago Safety Conference in July 2016

Crew Fatigue - The Elephant in the Room

Do Not Mourn the Loss of Coal - Organize

Railroad Workers Charged and On Trial - It Could be any of Us

RWU Testifies for Two-Person Crews at FRA Hearing in Washington, DC

Train Drivers and Guards in the UK Unite Against Single Employee Crews

 

Summer 2016

FRA Proposed Rule on Train Crew Staffing Draws a Few Comments

Lac Megantic - Two Fronts in the Fight for Safety

Latest Derailment Stirs New Citizen Opposition to Oil Train Shipments

RR Workers and Our Communities Must Seek Common Ground

RWU to Host Event at UE Hall in Chicago

Safety Board Finding of Amtrak 188 Wreck is Flawed

Whistleblower Delegation Makes Presentation in Washington, DC

Why Are so Many Railroaders Currently Furloughed

 

Spring 2016

Canadian Rail Industry Boss Defends Not Using Air Brakes to Secure Trains

Convention Adopts Nine Resolutions on a Wide Array of Topics

FRA Proposed Rule Would Enable Trains to Run with Single Member Crews

FRA Publishes Proposed Rule on Train Crew Staffing

New RWU Steering Committee and Alternates for 2016 - 2018

Railroad Workers Memorial Day is Friday, June 16th 2016

RWU 5th Convention Hosts Over a Dozen Workshops and Presentations

RWU Conducts 5th Biennial Convention

RWU Organizes Whistleblowers to Fight Back Against Railroads’ Abuse

RWU Special Envoy on Fact Finding and Solidarity Mission to Quebec

The Role of the Automatic Brake in the Train Wreck at Lac Megantic

 

Winter 2016

Crude Awakening Holds Founding Conference in Pittsburgh, PA

Fuel Conservation Tech – like PTC – Can Lead to Dangerous Distractions

Furloughed Thanksgiving - A Thank You to UTU#1374 and Railroaders Everywhere

If you Care About Rail Safety You Must Support Tom Harding

Operating Craft Unions Are Helpless as HH Divides and Conquers at CP

Railroad Art and Culture

Shop Workers Overwhelmingly Vote Down Contract at CSX

Special Report - Lac Megantic Citizens Rally Against Unsafe Trains

When Railroad Carriers Threaten to Strike, the State Cowers


2015

Fall 2015

California Outlaws Single Employee Crews

Crew Van Drivers Organize with Rails' Support

Railroad Art & Culture

RWU Plans for 5th Convention

RWU Sponsors Third Rail Safety Conference in Chicago

Unity Democracy and Solidarity now More Than Ever

Yes we are Winning Battles - How to Win the War

 

Summer 2015

Inward Facing Cameras are Not the Answer

Next Rail Safety Conference Scheduled for Chicago

RWU Convention and ISC Appointments

RWU Observes 7th Railroad Workers Memorial Day

Safe, Sustainable Work Schedules are the Starting Point for Safe Train Ops

Struggle on the Wheeling and Lake Erie Enters Next Phase

The Wreck of Amtrak #188 - Another Needless Tragedy

What Would Eugene Debs do Today

Why There are Train Wrecks and How to Prevent Them

 

Spring 2015

A Template for Future Conferences and Seminars

Announcing the Railroad Workers Education & Legal Defense Foundation

Building a Labor - Community Alliance Around Rail Safety

Building the Labor - Community Alliance is a Window of Opportunity for Rails

Improving Track Maintenance is the Key to Oil Train Safety

Preparing for the Industry Counterattack on Single Employee Crews

Railroad Workers Bring Safety Conferences to the People

Railroaders and Striking Oil Workers - Allies in the Struggle

The W & LE -- Fighting for All of Us

What Drives the Carriers Relentless Aggression?

 

Winter 2015

Commentary - Labor and Community Alliance

Letter from England - Train Drivers in the UK Today

Metro North Pledges Safety - But Will They be Law Abiding

National Bargaining Begins in the U.S.

Operating Craft Unions Head Up Bargaining Coalition

RWU Issues 2014 Annual Report

RWU to Co-Sponsor Conferences on the West Coast

Signs of Life from the Rank & File -- Now Let Us Build a Movement


2014

Fall 2014

Summer 2014

Spring 2014

Winter 2014


2013

Fall 2013

Summer 2013

Spring 2013

Winter 2013


2012

Fall 2012

Summer 2012

Spring 2012

Winter 2012


2011

Fall 2011

Summer 2011

Spring 2011

Winter 2011


2010

Fall 2010

Summer 2010

Spring 2010

Winter 2010


2009

Fall 2009

Summer 2009

Spring 2009

Winter 2009


2008

Fall 2008

Summer 2008

Spring 2008

Winter 2008