Fatigue relief bill reintroduced
Congressman Steven LaTourette has introduced a rail worker fatigue relief bill, H.R. 2596, in the U.S. House of Representatives, which is identical to H.R. 3091, which he introduced in the last Congress.
H.R. 2596 was introduced before the August recess on July 23 and was referred to the House Transportation & Infrastructure Committee's Subcommittee on Railroads. The bill's purpose is to provide fatigue protection for operating employees by giving rail workers an option to take up to 72 hours off duty after working or being available to work for seven consecutive days.
H.R. 3091 was introduced in the 106th Congress and died in the House Transportation & Infrastructure Committee at the end of the 2000 session. It had 202 cosponsors.
The House of Representatives is now back in Washington, D.C., following the Labor Day recess. BLE members are encouraged to contact their members of Congress in their D.C. offices and urge them to support H.R. 2596.
Contact information for members of Congress can be found in the blue pages of your local phone book, by calling the Congressional switchboard at (202) 224-3121, or by looking on the U.S. House website at: http://www.house.gov
While H.R. 3091 was in the House last year, many General Chairmen were able to obtain favorable work/rest agreements with their respective carriers. Once the Congressional session came to a close without action on H.R. 3091, many carriers have begun to abrogate those agreements.
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