Rail Labor: 'No' to single-man
BNSF Railway should not be permitted to operate trains with single-person
crews until appropriate safety studies have been completed and regulations
are in place, the Federal Railroad Administration was told by rail labor
on February 23.
Carriers oppose needed rail security
The Association of American Railroads has sent a letter to members of
Congress urging them not to support H.R. 4372, the Rail Worker Emergency
Training Act of 2005.
This bill, introduced by Representative Stephen Lynch (D-MA), would mandate
security training for railroad workers, and would address many of the concerns
expressed by BLET members in the Safe Rails, Secure America surveys conducted
by the Teamsters Rail Conference.
Negotiations at a standstill for
Amtrak's scarce funding allocation coupled with the lingering effects
of David Gunn's anti-labor ideology continues to plague the Amtrak property
today and has resulted in labor/management relations becoming virtually
non-existent, according to General Chairman Mark Kenny.
A message from Jim Hoffa; Safety
Our nation's homeland security has again been a major topic lately with
the scandal over foreign control of our ports, but what has been continuously
ignored is the threatened economic security of America's working families.
Workers are facing unprecedented attacks on their wages and pension, skyrocketing
health care costs and fuel prices and jobs leaving for foreign shores. In
my mind, this assault on the American Dream is damaging our country as much
as any foreign threat.