As the U.S. economy undergoes continued fluctuations, the impact on freight railroads has been significant with rail traffic down across many sectors. At the same time, it is essential that railroads stay competitive against other modes of transportation.
Railroads are being asked to adjust service schedules, infrastructure and capacity to meet changing demands. Railroads and railroad employees must be more responsive, efficient and nimble than ever. As bargaining continues, the parties must focus on eliminating barriers that prevent the flexible and efficient use of employees, including anachronistic work rules and practices that hinder the railroads’ ability to provide customers high quality, cost-effective service, or which add unnecessary costs.