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Nevada Governor honors America’s railroaders

INDEPENDENCE, Ohio, April 26 — Nevada Governor Steve Sisolak has issued a proclamation praising America’s railroaders, declaring Wednesday, April 28, 2021, as “A Day In Honor of Railroad Workers.”

A portion of the proclamation reads: “The safe and efficient movement of the trains transporting... freight and... passengers through Nevada is due foremost to the dedication and professionalism of those employees who are directly involved in train movements, including Train and Crew Dispatchers, Maintenance of Way personnel, Signal Maintainers, Mechanical personnel, and train crews.”

The BLET Nevada State Legislative Board and the SMART Transportation Division Nevada Legislative Board worked jointly to lobby Governor Sisolak regarding the proclamation. The two Boards issued a joint statement, which reads in part:

“Every day, front-line railroad workers report for duty as required and perform the tasks of their jobs in a manner which ensures that the movement of freight and passengers by rail which is needed to keep this nation''''''''s economy functioning is accomplished. In spite of various objectives and circumstances which create hurdles to be crossed in providing this vital service, the work which you do continues to deliver for those counting on it... On this special day, we salute and thank you for the work that you do, while encouraging you to stay focused on safety in the course of your work. We also ask that you join us in remembering those workers who have passed on before us, some in the line of duty, while committing to continue fighting for all still among us with whom we share struggles.”

BLET National President Dennis R. Pierce and SMART-TD President Jeremy R. Ferguson said, “Our unions thank Governor Sisolak for honoring railroaders with this proclamation and for recognizing the important role BLET and SMART-TD members play in keeping our economy strong. We also thank Matt Parker, BLET Nevada State Legislative Board Chairman, and Jason Doering, SMART-TD Nevada State Legislative Director, for their efforts in helping to secure this proclamation and for their dedication to railroad safety.”

A copy of Governor Sisolak’s proclamation can be found here (PDF):
www.ble-t.org/pr/pdf/Nevada_Proclamation.pdf

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The Brotherhood of Locomotive Engineers and Trainmen represents nearly 58,000 professional locomotive engineers and trainmen throughout the United States. The BLET is the founding member of the Rail Conference, International Brotherhood of Teamsters.

The SMART Transportation Division is comprised of approximately 125,000 active and retired members of the former United Transportation Union, who work in a variety of crafts in the transportation industry.

Monday, April 26, 2021
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