NS trainmen seek to join BLET
Citing poor representation from and disillusionment with the United Transportation
Union's leadership in Cleveland, trainmen and conductors at the Norfolk
Southern are seeking superior union representation from the Brotherhood
of Locomotive Engineers and Trainmen.
FRA research on remote control
confirms significant safety concerns
The Federal Railroad Administration's Office of Research and Development
issued two reports on May 24, confirming significant safety concerns with
remote control locomotives.
In general, the FRA-sponsored research documents many of the concerns
expressed by the Brotherhood of Locomotive Engineers and Trainmen regarding
the hazards of remote control.
Remote control safety bill reintroduced
Representative Gene Green (D-TX) has reintroduced a bill banning the
use of remote control locomotives to carry hazardous materials in the U.S.
House of Representatives. The bill, H.R. 2843, had been originally introduced
in the 108th Congress.
In addition to banning the use of remote control locomotives to transport
hazardous materials, the bill also provides for greater security for the
technology, forcing the rail carriers to keep the transmitters and locomotives
under lock and key when not in use.
BLET, IBT lobby Capitol Hill for
Members of the Brotherhood of Locomotive Engineers and Trainmen who work
on CN's former Illinois Central properties will vote on a tentative contract
proposal on May 23.
The tentative agreement, announced on April 12, provides for more flexible
work rules and an hourly wage structure. Specific details of the agreement
are being withheld pending ratification.