WSJ on railroad labor discontent

With BNSF front and center:

…he has been getting more calls to troubleshoot in places beyond his territory, which means driving longer distances and reducing his rest time.

“We are screaming that we need more people,” said Mr. Wilterding, who has been employed by BNSF Railway for 15 years. He added that many of his colleagues have left, either for smaller railroads or for other jobs, in the past year…

…(f)or two weeks in June, he said, he had to share a truck with another signal maintainer whose vehicle wasn’t working, adding to his time on the road.

The article goes on to discuss shipping delays, unhappy customers, a federal panel set up to arbitrate by the White House.… (gated, subscription)