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Rail Labor Update – Call to Action

Dear Customer,

For the past two months I have been updating you on the progress of rail labor negotiations. As of today, the rail industry has reached agreement with 10 of our 13 unions, covering over 60% of the rail employees in this bargaining round. The railroads will continue to work with the three remaining unions to implement the recommendations of the Presidential Emergency Board (PEB). We must have every union under agreement to avoid a strike or other job action that will impact the movement of your freight.

The cooling off period ends on December 6. With that deadline only two weeks away, I am asking you to take action today. Please contact your U.S. Senators and Representatives to let them know the impact a rail strike would have on your business and your customers. It is critical that Congress hear from freight rail customers as soon as possible. If there is a strike on December 6, Congress can act immediately to end the strike by imposing a settlement on all parties. We would ask that you urge Congress to impose the recommendations of President Obama’s Presidential Emergency Board. Click here for some sample letters that you can edit to send to your Congressional delegation via e-mail, fax or regular mail.

PEB Shipper Letters - General.docx

If you could email us a copy of any letters you send, it would assist us in reinforcing our communications with the unions and Congress. Thank you in advance for your support of our efforts to keep America’s freight moving. If you have any questions, do not hesitate to contact your marketing representative.

John Lanigan
Executive Vice President and Chief Marketing Officer

If you have any questions, please send an email to