The articles excerpted on this site report on the state of the industry as seen by mainstream media, and do not necessarily reflect the opinion of the officers of the ILWU Coast Longshore Division.

Obama spends $600 million on rail projects that benefit private companies

The numbers above don’t include tens of millions more that states have contributed for additional investment in ports and high-speed passenger trains that’s boosted the nation’s freight railroads. McClatchy graphic.

The railroad industry brags in its national publicity campaign that it spends billions of dollars improving its infrastructure “so taxpayers don’t have to.”

But […]


Four Railroads Face Class Action Price Fixing Lawsuit

A lawsuit brought on by eight shippers accusing the top four U.S. railroads of colluding to set fuel surcharges gained class action status recently.

The lawsuit accuses BNSF Railway, Union Pacific Railroad, Norfolk Southern Railway and CSX Transportation of conspiring to fix, raise, maintain or stabilize prices from mid-2003 until 2008. The shippers also allege […]


APS Technology to install Gate OCR at Hutchison’s Mexican container terminals

Automated Gate System camera

APS Technology has announced that it will install its Automated Gate System optical character recognition (OCR) solution at two container terminals in Mexico.

The system will be installed at terminals in the Ports of Manzanillo and Veracruz, both operated by Hutchison Port Holdings (HPH), and will automate the container identification process […]


Four Unions Reach Agreement with Rails

Major U.S. railroads have new tentative agreements with four of the 11 unions needed to avert a potential nationwide strike or lockout in December.

The agreements announced [in mid-November] follow the creation of a Presidential Emergency Board Nov. 5 and a 30-day “cooling off” period that expires Dec. 6.

President Obama created the PEB to […]


CSX muscles in on Norfolk Southern’s cargo business

For decades, Norfolk Southern Corp. has controlled all but a tiny sliver of the containerized cargo moving to and from the port of Hampton Roads by rail.

That’s about to change.

CSX Corp., the nation’s third-largest railroad, has signed a national contract with Maersk Line, the world’s largest ocean carrier, that will shift the lion’s […]


Western rails get ready to redraw intermodal map

BNSF train

The two Western rail giants, Burlington Northern Santa Fe Railway and the Union Pacific Railroad Co., are positioning themselves to capitalize on a potential bonanza: The conversion of millions of truckloads mostly moving west of the Mississippi to domestic intermodal service.

Omaha, Neb.-based UP estimates that approximately 11 million truckloads shipped within […]


Dartmouth food company sues Maersk over spoiled beef shipment

Seaway International Foods Ltd. of Dartmouth is suing Maersk Canada Inc. for breach of contract over a container-load of Australian beef that went bad when it was mistakenly left in Cleveland, Ohio.

“Seaway contracted with Maersk to ship a container of frozen Australian boneless beef to Montreal,” said a statement of claim made public in […]