The author, Vice President and General Counsel for the American Short Line Association, is an advocate for the railroad industry. She notes that 263 railroads have formed since 1980, mostly from spin-offs from the large Class I marginal or low-traffic lines. She states that it is the spinning off of these lines to new operators who can perform closer customer service, lower cost structure and more efficient operations that has been able to preserve infrastructure in this country -- preserve rail service to communities and localities that might have lost it otherwise. She describes the Staggers Rail Act that was passed in 1980, and notes that it was the contract provision in the Act that changed the way railroads do business. The author feels that workers in the railroad industry receive many benefits that other workers don't receive; and perhaps some of these benefits should be reconsidered. Labor protection is costly, and the railroads no longer have a monopoly on shipping, as they did in the 1930s when the labor unions began. She feels that employees are more widely trained today, and would have an easier time getting new jobs - if they needed to - than they did in the 1930s.

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    • This paper was presented in Forum Session "Labor Protection -- Regional and Short Line Railroads". These proceedings, Volume 8 of the TRF 36th Annual Conference, were funded for publication by the UPS Foundation.
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  • Publication Date: 1994


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  • Accession Number: 00728795
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Report/Paper Numbers: Volume 8
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Nov 13 1996 12:00AM