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

TTD applauds Ninth Circuit court decision that prioritizes rail safety

(Source: AFL-CIO Transportation Trades Department press release, February 24, 2021)

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Greg Regan, president of the Transportation Trades Department, AFL-CIO (TTD), issues this statement applauding a decision by the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit in Transp. Div. Of Int’l Ass’n-SMART v. FRA that overturns actions by the Trump administration to preempt states from setting their own laws and regulations mandating freight train crew size:

“With this decision, the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit put common sense and safety ahead of profits and political favoritism. By vacating the Trump Federal Railroad administration’s (FRA) action to preempt all state laws and regulations concerning freight train crew size, it overturned one of the most indefensible decisions by the previous FRA.

“TTD has been unequivocal in our position that a qualified engineer and conductor are required for the safe operations of most freight trains, a stance underscored by the daily experiences of thousands of railroad workers across the nation. However, in 2019 the FRA not only withdrew a rule that would have prevented railroads from unsafely reducing crews, but it invalidated crew size laws and regulations in states which had already enacted them. The declaration was devastating for rail employees, and undermined the rights of states to implement safety rules within their own borders.

“The Ninth Circuit rightfully cast aside FRA’s order as arbitrary and capricious, and castigated the administration for its ill-conceived actions and its unsupported logic in its assault on rail safety. We are thankful that state safety laws can go back into effect, but today’s decision is only a first step. Congress and the FRA must act to deploy a strong nation-wide crew size mandate that will keep railroaders and the communities they travel through safe. We look forward to working with them in this effort.”

Thursday, February 25, 2021

Like us on Facebook at
Facebook.com/BLETNational

Sign up for BLET News Flash Alerts

© 1997-2021 Brotherhood of Locomotive Engineers and Trainmen

 


Decertification Helpline
(216) 694-0240

National Negotiations

Sign up for BLET
News Flash Alerts

DAILY HEADLINES

Justice Department urges regulator to nix CP Rail share swap ahead of merger
CP, KCS advocate for waiver “right”
VP Harris, Sen. Rosen applaud Teamsters’ role in vaccine rollout
Biden’s plan could lay down tracks for high-speed rail
Amtrak seeks partnership in Colorado-Wyoming passenger rail service
Rail service disruptions may be “flashpoint” in CP-KCS merger proposal: Consultant
New MBTA trains to remain out of service at least 3 more weeks for testing after March derailment
Western NY legislators push for Amtrak improvements
FRA taking steps to advance minority and women owned business participation in federally funded rail projects
Comparison of benefits under Railroad Retirement and Social Security
Unemployment and Sickness Benefit flexibilities under the Railroad Unemployment Insurance Act (RUIA) during the COVID-19 virus outbreak
Get the latest labor news from the Teamsters

More Headlines