FRA issues questionable remote
On March 7 -- nearly two months before the Federal Railroad Administration
issued its preliminary report on remote control trains -- the AFL-CIO's
Transportation Trades Department adopted a resolution calling for an end
to the practice of operating trains by remote control.
As part of the resolution, the TTD predicted that the FRA's upcoming
report would be positive and upbeat because of its dependence on railroad
companies to report their own accident data.
Sure enough, on May 13, the FRA issued its glowing report about remote
control safety in the United States.
Rail Security Day held on June
As this issue of the Newsletter went to press, the BLET and the International
Brotherhood of Teamsters were gearing up to participate in a Rail and Transit
Security Day to highlight dangerous gaps that continue to be overlooked
in American rail and transit security more than two years after the 9/11
BLET scores L&I shortline
The Brotherhood of Locomotive Engineers and Trainmen achieved another
shortline organizing victory as 89.5 percent of eligible voters at the Louisville
& Indiana Railroad (L&I) selected the BLET as their collective bargaining
A message from IBT General President James P. Hoffa