Transportation

22/10/22
Author: 
Mike Ludwig
A CSX freight train is seen in Orlando on September 14, 2022. PAUL HENNESSY / SOPA IMAGES / LIGHTROCKET

Oct. 22, 2022

A potential showdown between organized labor and Wall Street looms over the world of freight trains: An influential railroad workers group is urging fellow union members to reject a tentative labor agreement that has prevented an industry-wide strike, and to fight for public ownership of railroads. Negotiations are tense, and the unions are telling members that every vote counts.

20/10/22
Author: 
Mark Gruenberg
Train - Gene J. Puskar / AP

Oct. 18, 2022

LAS VEGAS—For the first time in slightly more than 100 years Railroad Workers United, is demanding public ownership of railroad infrastructure in the U.S., Canada, and Mexico. Then, railroads “would be operated in the public interest,” it says.

Unlike the major media in the U.S. which tries to divorce the threat to democracy from the fight for economic justice, their call for nationalization, clearly a demand for economic democracy, is an aspect of democracy that papers like the New York Times don’t touch with a ten-foot pole.

18/10/22
Author: 
Al Jazeera English; Reuters
France begins nationwide strikes, copes with major disruptions

Oct. 18, 2022
French trade unions have begun a nationwide strike to demand higher
salaries amid the highest inflation in decades, one of the biggest
challenges to President Emmanuel Macron since his reelection in May.

Tuesday’s strike, which primarily affects public sectors such as schools
and transportation, is an extension of the weeks-long industrial action
that has disrupted France’s major refineries and put petrol stations’
supply in disarray.

17/10/22
Author: 
Richard Zussman
Anjali Appadurai is now in the running to become the next leader of the BC NDP. Global News

Oct. 17, 2022

BC NDP leadership hopeful Anjali Appadurai is promising a sweeping climate action plan including free transit in urban centres, an immediate moratorium on new fossil fuel extraction permits and a new oil and gas excess profits tax.

13/10/22
Author: 
Óscar Carpintero, Jaime Nieto
 photo credit: Vauban, Freiburg, a sustainable model district. By Claire7373Andrewglaser – Own work, CC BY-SA 3.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=2637411

An informative but not comforting article--recent studies from Spain showing that a) the transition to "green" energy will be much more problematic than most expect, b) the possibility for a future for humanity will require an end to "growth", and c) what is required cannot be accomplished under capitalism. 

                  -- Gene McGuckin 

Oct. 6, 2022

28/09/22
Author: 
Peter Yeung
Paris - Credit: Shutterstock

Note the article's discussion of how people's class status intersects with auto ownerships and use.

            - Gene McGuckin

 

 Sept. 26, 2022

27/06/22
Author: 
The Energy Mix
Adam E. Moreira/wikimedia commons

Jun 26, 2022

The Joe Biden administration in the United States should be pushing for a transit fare holiday—and a windfall profit tax on fossil revenues—not a gas tax holiday, a measure critics are panning as anti-climate action that will do nothing to help consumers cope with inflation.

24/05/22
Author: 
Taylor C. Noakes
 Montreal Subway - Photo by Ilia Usmanov

Mayor Valérie Plante’s recent statement that Montreal cannot afford to provide free public transit struck me as incredibly shortsighted: she might be surprised to learn how unaffordable terminal climate change is going to be.

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