Safe Rails, Secure America

BLET, Teamsters launch nationwide program to boost railroad security

The Teamsters Rail Conference has launched the Safe Rails Secure America campaign designed to obtain firsthand information about the true condition of safety and security along our nation's railroads.

The data collected will provide important information to arm the Teamsters Rail Conference and Brotherhood of Locomotive Engineers and Trainmen in addressing dangerous practices by the carriers and in communicating our concerns to the general public and federal authorities.

Since September 11, 2001, billions of dollars have been devoted to the security of the airline industry. Unfortunately, the Bush administration has ignored FBI warnings about likely future attacks on commuter and freight rail lines and has left railroad security up to their friends in private industry.

"The security of America's railroad infrastructure -- bridges, tunnels, tracks and rolling eqiupment -- is of the utmost importance to our nation's citizens and our national economic well being," said BLET National President Don Hahs. "I ask that all BLET members use the Safe Rails Secure America forms to provide first hand information about unsecure conditions or suspicious activity on the railroad. With your help, we can make a difference."

Railroad employees now have an opportunity to share what they see and know about lapses in rail security by filling out the Safe Rails survey form linked below.

If you are a BLET member, feel free to use this form and fill it out. After you fill it out, please return the form to your local chairman.

The form is available at:



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