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Contract truck drivers in Charleston, W.Va., are suing CSX Transportation after accusing the railroad company of paying them less than minimum wage.

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You dread going to work. The problem isn’t your job, which you love. And you’re blessed with a great staff. But your boss makes you miserable. Here’s how to fight off intimidation and get support when you need it most …

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You dread going to work. The problem isn’t your job, which you love. And you’re blessed with a great staff. But your boss makes you miserable. Here’s how to fight off intimidation and get support when you need it most …

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With competition for customers and clients keener than ever, your product related presentations can make or break sales. Close the deal by sharpening your pitch with the methods of Apple Computer co-founder Steve Jobs, a widely acknowledged master of presentations.

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Major railroads announced more furloughs of employees in recent days as they try to decide between getting rid of workers completely or keeping them on retainer in hope the economy will improve soon.

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Texas Gov. Rick Perry last week signed a safety law long sought by unions to protect train crews who are transported by vans between job sites. The law requires contract carriers to screen van drivers for drug and alcohol use and to maintain at least $1.5 million in liability insurance.

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A federal appeals court in Washington has upheld a government rule that requires railroad and other transportation workers who have been treated for drug abuse to be observed while they urinate for drug tests. Any workers who refuse to be watched by a same-sex observer could lose their jobs.

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A wave of layoffs and other cutbacks are striking the railroad industry as the economy’s recession continues to drop freight volumes. Railroad chief executive officers say reducing their expenses is the only way to stay profitable amid the current economic upheavals.

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No evidence could be found in the latest rail volume reports of the federal government’s recent predictions that the economy would improve soon. The grim news about rail volumes follows by days a congressional hearing during which Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke said he saw “green shoots” indicating the economy is on the upswing.

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Swine flu is casting a shadow of concern over public transportation agencies as health departments prepare people for the risk of a pandemic. So far, health officials in the United States are saying public transportation still is safe for travelers. The lingering question: How long can public transportation agencies continue to lay claim to operating disease-free transit systems?

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