BNSF http://www.kplu.org en In Wake of Suit, BNSF to Offer Benefits to Same-Sex Spouses http://www.kplu.org/post/wake-suit-bnsf-offer-benefits-same-sex-spouses <p style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Verdana, Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif, Geneva; font-size: 15.454545021057129px; line-height: 15px;">The nation's largest freight rail carriers have announced they will provide health benefits to the same-sex spouses of their employees, one day after legally married, gay engineers filed a federal lawsuit in Seattle.</p> Thu, 05 Dec 2013 00:00:09 +0000 Gene Johnson 11430 at http://www.kplu.org In Wake of Suit, BNSF to Offer Benefits to Same-Sex Spouses Two Same-Sex Couples Sue BNSF over Health Benefits http://www.kplu.org/post/two-same-sex-couples-sue-bnsf-over-health-benefits <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Two workers are suing&nbsp;</span>BNSF<span style="line-height: 1.5;">, one of the nation's largest rail companies, saying their same-sex spouses have repeatedly been denied health benefits even though gay marriage is legal in Washington state.</span></p><p>The lawsuit filed Tuesday in U.S. District Court in Seattle states&nbsp;BNSF refused to add the spouses of locomotive engineer Michael Hall and conductor Amie Garrand to their plans.</p><p> Wed, 04 Dec 2013 01:04:34 +0000 Gene Johnson & Paula Wissel 11403 at http://www.kplu.org Two Same-Sex Couples Sue BNSF over Health Benefits Officials: More Spill Response Capacity for Oil Trains Needed http://www.kplu.org/post/officials-more-spill-response-capacity-oil-trains-needed <p>The rapid rise in crude oil shipping by rail means Northwest states need to bulk up their oil spill response capacity. That's according to members of a task force of Pacific states and British Columbia which met in Seattle Wednesday.</p><p> Wed, 25 Sep 2013 21:08:03 +0000 Tom Banse 10137 at http://www.kplu.org Main rail line south of Chehalis examined for tampering http://www.kplu.org/post/main-rail-line-south-chehalis-examined-tampering <p>OLYMPIA, Wash. &ndash; Sheriff&#39;s deputies and BNSF railroad police are investigating what they say are about a dozen instances of possible tampering with the tracks in southwest Washington. BNSF officials declined to make any connection with an ongoing labor dispute in Longview.</p><p> Tue, 27 Sep 2011 16:04:25 +0000 Tom Banse 2735 at http://www.kplu.org Freight train derails near Tacoma; at least 50 gallons of lye spilled http://www.kplu.org/post/freight-train-derails-near-tacoma-least-50-gallons-lye-spilled <p><em>Updated 12:15 p.m. Sunday, February 27: Authorities report the leak has since been repaired, according to a <a href="http://www.q13fox.com/news/kcpq-train-derails-in-university-place-20110226,0,4921077.story?track=rss">statement from&nbsp;West Pierce Fire &amp; Rescue&nbsp;Sunday as reported by Q13 FOX TV</a>. Authorities confirmed that about 50 gallons of sodium hydroxide spilled. Amtrak passenger service between Seattle and Portland has been suspended because of the accident.</em></p> Sun, 27 Feb 2011 18:01:03 +0000 Gary Crawford & The Associated Press 886 at http://www.kplu.org Freight train derails near Tacoma; at least 50 gallons of lye spilled