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Teamsters Testify to Congress in support of Rail and Transit Security Act of 2007

(The International Brotherhood of Teamsters issued the following news release on March 7.)

WASHINGTON -- A Teamsters Rail Conference official testified before the House Homeland Security Committee yesterday in support of the Rail and Transit Security Act of 2007, H.R. 1269. Edward Rodzwicz, President of the Teamsters Rail Conference, said the act's provisions are of particular importance to union members, including training and whistleblower protections.

"Rail labor has taken every opportunity since 9/11 to advocate for strong security legislation for the railroad industry," Rodzwicz said. "This bill addresses many of the issues we have raised over the past 5 1⁄2 years."

"The need for recurrent training for front-line railroad workers has long been a major theme for us, and we fully support conducting periodic, unannounced exercises so that the sufficiency of security plans can be tested and in order for our members to better understand the goals and elements of their employers' security plans," Rodzwicz said.

More than 80 percent of rail workers surveyed as part of the Rail Conference's "High Alert" report said that they had not received any or additional security or terrorism related training from their employers since 9/11.

"There have been more than 250 terrorist attacks on railroads worldwide in the past 12 years," Rodzwicz said. "The FBI has warned that our rail system is a likely target for terrorists and still the carriers are allowed to keep their security plans in the dark, not only to their workers but also their investors and the communities in which they operate."

Other parts of bill H.R. 1269 provide for whistleblower protections and due process for employees undergoing background checks. "Whistleblower protections are absolutely necessary in order for our members to feel comfortable in the security environment this bill will create," Rodzwicz said. "Previous background checks have cost a half-dozen workers their jobs. Rail workers are entitled to due process."

The Teamsters Rail Conference represents more than 70,000 locomotive engineers, trainmen and maintenance of way employees on freight, passenger and commuter rail lines across the United States. The Rail Conference is a division of the International Brotherhood of Teamsters.

Wednesday, March 7, 2007

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