RWU Newsletter - The Highball

Railroad Workers United publishes a quarterly newsletter -- The Highball -- that is mailed to our membership each and every issue as part of their membership benefits. We also make the newsletter available on-line, emailing to members and non-members alike who have signed up for RWU News Alerts (see the Home Page and sign up!). It is also mailed directly to all rail union presidents.

Each issue of The Highball contains current news of the rail industry, articles where rail workers are fighting back, examples of cross-craft inter-union cooperation, coverage of what RWU is up to, together with opinion & commentary from RWU members.

 

 

Many of our members get a bundle of each issue (usually 25 copies) and distribute them to their co-workers. Look for a copy in your workplace.

Each issue is also made available for download on our website and is available on our Facebook Page.

 

For a comprehensive listing of all articles published in The Highball, see the Highball Article Archives (coming soon).

 

See the comprehensive listing of all issues - including the current issue - of The Highball below:


RWU Newsletter Archive

2017

Highball 2017 Winter: Sleep Apnea a Factor in NJT Wreck; FRA Fails to Finalize Train Crew Staffing Rule; RWU Website Offers Info for Rails; RWU Winter Hats Available; Learning from Fellow rails in Korea, Japan; The Fight to Defend Canadian Rails enters Critical Period; Unite Against Big Business and Stand with Standing Rock; Now that the Election is Over, what is the Way Forward; Drastic Times Call for Labor to Take "Industrial Action"

Highball 2017 Spring: Proposed National "Right-to-Work" Legislation Threatens Rails Too; Blueprint Budget Would decimate Amtrak and Transit; RWU Annual Report Available; RWU Launches First Fundraising Drive;  RR Workers Memorial Day Join National Day of Action; Railroad Labor Negotiations "Day of Action" Planned; Korean Workers Lead the Way - Depose the President; A Little Lac Megantic in Ecery Rail Incident Since 2013; RR Workers have the moral and Ethical Right to Resists; RR Workers and our Allies Must United in Support of Amtrak

Highball 2017 Summer: 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

 

2016

Highball 2016 Winter - Shop Workers Overwhelmingly Vote Down Contract at CSX; If You Care About Railroad Safety You Must Defend Tom Harding; RWU Prepares for Biennial Convention; Lac Megantic Citizens Rally Against Unsafe Trains; "Crude Awakening" Holds Founding Conference in Pittsburgh; A Furloughed Thanksgiving; Fuel Conservation Tech Can Lead to Dangerous Distractions

Highball 2016 Spring - RWU Holds 5th Biennial Convention; FRA Publishes Proposed Rule on Two Person Train Crews; Railroad Workers Memorial Day Scheduled; RWU Special Envoy Reports from Quebec; Canadian Rail Boss Defends Not Using Automatic Brakes to Secure Trains; RWU Organizes Whistleblowers to Fight Back

Highball 2016 Summer -FRA Proposed Rule on Train Crew Staffing Draws Comment; RWU Delegation Attends Whistleblower Meeting in DC; Lac Megantic Update; Why are so Many Rails Furloughed?; Railroaders and the Community Must Seek Common Ground; NTSB Conclusion of Amtrak #188 Wreck is Flawed

Highball 2016 Fall - Canadian Rail Worker Defense Efforts Grow and Develop; RWU Testifies for Two-Person Crews at FRA in DC; RWU Conducts Rail Safety Conference in Chicago; Don't Mourn the Loss of Coal - Organize!; UK train drivers and guards United Against Single Crew Ops; Crew Fatigue: The Elephant in the Room; Railroad workers Charged and on Trial: It Could be any of Us

 

2015

Highball 2015 Winter - US National Rail Bargaining Begins in January - RWU Co-sponsors Conferences on the West Coast

Highball 2015 Spring - Railroad Workers Bring Safety Conferences to the People - Improving Track Maintenance is the Key to Oil Train Safety

Highball 2015 Summer - The Wreck of Amtrak #188: Another Needless Tragedy - RWU Rail Safety Conference Scheduled for Chicago

Highball 2015 Fall - California Outlaws Single Employee Train Crews - RWU Plans for Fifth Biennial Convention March 31 - April 1, 2016

2014

Highball 2014 Winter Inward Facing Locomotive Cameras: The Fight Ain’t Over Yet

Highball 2014 Spring: Railroad Workers United conducted our fourth Convention

Highball 2014 Summer : Train & Engineers on WL&E Say No To Conductorless Trains

Highball 2014 Fall: Special Issue: Rank-and-File BNSF Overwhelmingly Reject Tentative One-Person Crew Agreement

 

2013

Highball 2013 Winter: Up Dispatchers Organize; Commentary: Rails Say "Enough!" to Concessions

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Highball 2013 Spring OSHA Whistleblower Protection Committee Meets, RWU Chapters, Railroad Workers Memorial Day

Highball 2013 Summer: Hazards of Information Overload, Crisis in Rail Union Leadership

Highball 2013 Fall: Quebec Train Disaster, Engineers & Trainmen Strike W&LE

 

2012

Highball 2012 Winter - Rail Strike Averted; West Coast Ports Shut Down

Highball 2012 Spring - Missed Opportunity for Rail Labor;  Restricted Speed Commentary

Highball 2012 Summer - RWU Holds Third Convention; Elects New Steering Committee

Highball 2012 Fall - Special Supplement: No Single Employee Train Crews

 

2011

Highball 2011 Spring - RWU Supports Wisconsin Uprising; Train Wreck at Longview, WA

Highball 2011 Summer - Fatigue Commentary; RR Workers Memorial Day Focus on Longview Wreck

Highball 2011 Fall - Rail Labor Poised to Strike; RWU Supports Longshore Workers

Highball 2011 Winter - RR Retirement Campaign Moves in New Direction

 

2010

Highball 2010 Spring - RWU Holds Second Convention; Sponsors Rail Workers Memorial Day

Highball 2010 Summer - T&E Struggle on the KCS

Highball 2010 FALL- Rail Labor Poised to Strike; RWU Supports Longshore Workers

Highball 2010 Winter- Special Supplement: Union Democracy

 

2009

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Highball 2009 Spring - RWU Supports Furloughed Rails

Highball 2009 Summer - Special Issue: "Fix the Hazards, Don't Blame the Victims!"

Highball 2009 Fall - Special Issue: Coordinated Bargaining

Highball 2009 Winter - RWU Launches Three National Campaigns

 

2008

Highball 2008 February- RWU Issues Statement of Principles, Published First Newsletter

Highball 2008 April -BLET Pres Removed, SMART Merger on Hold; RWU schedules Founding Convention

Highball 2008 May-  RWU Convention Adopts Resolutions, Elects Steering Committee

Highball 2008 Fall-  Metrolink Wreck Commentary; RWU Resolutions on Safety and Coordinated Bargaining