7061 East Pleasant Valley Road, Independence, Ohio 44131 • (216) 241-2630 / Fax: (216) 241-6516

Membership
Benefits
News and Issues
Departments
Information
Secretary-Treasurer
Merchandise
Communications
FELA
Events
Links
User Info

Homeland Security chief agrees to look into issue of fired workers

(The Associated Press circulated the following article on February 10.)

WASHINGTON -- Homeland Security Secretary Michael Chertoff says he’ll look into a claim that railroad workers lost their jobs unfairly because of background checks recommended by his department.

DHS urges railroads and other private companies to check the backgrounds of employees who have access to critical infrastructure.

At least three dozen workers who say they had good work records were fired after background checks revealed past felony convictions, including drunken driving. Some say they were hired as part of work-release programs.

Their lawyer says the agency hasn’t issued clear standards about what disqualifies a person from working in sensitive areas. And she says her clients "have paid their debt to society for crimes unrelated to terrorism" and "were terminated without cause."

Monday, February 12, 2007

Like us on Facebook at
Facebook.com/BLETNational

Sign up for BLET News Flash Alerts

© 1997-2019 Brotherhood of Locomotive Engineers and Trainmen

 


Decertification Helpline
(216) 694-0240

Sign up for BLET
News Flash Alerts

DAILY HEADLINES

Heavy weather impacting BNSF operations
Union Pacific train traffic halted in Nebraska due to flooding
Flooding impacts Amtrak service in Missouri
UP vehicles help transport Nebraska flooding evacuees to shelter
New Jersey river restrictions aim to ease Portal Bridge stress, commuting trouble
Feds rank Gateway project a “medium-low” priority for funding
ExxonMobil delays $1.9 billion Canada project amid oil-sands woes
Family of NS worker wins $1 million asbestos lawsuit judgment against railroad
CSX train cars derail off Baltimore bridge; no injuries
Netflix agrees to remove Lac-Megantic disaster footage from Bird Box movie
CSX to break ground for N.C. rail hub in April
Q&A: Longevity of Railroad Retirement beneficiaries
Get the latest labor news from the Teamsters

More Headlines