Nevada AFL-CIO adopts 'Safe Rails Secure America' resolution

The Nevada AFL-CIO passed a Safe Rails, Secure America resolution at its convention on August 25.

Joe Carter, Chairman of the Nevada State Legislative Board, wrote the resolution as part of an on-going campaign to bring awareness to rail safety and security deficiencies.

"I think it is sad when - here in Nevada - casino parking lots are more secure that our railroads," Brother Carter said. "The railroads have record profits but seem unwilling to make security improvements."

The resolution is critical of the Union Pacific Railroad for failing to "live up to its responsibility to the communities for railroad security in the State of Nevada and the nation at large."

There are five Union Pacific Railroad yards in the State of Nevada. None of them are fenced for security, nor do they have a significant security force, or lighting.

According to the resolution, "These five railroad yards have limited security, two railroad policemen in Las Vegas and one railroad policeman in Sparks. There are no railroad security police stationed in Elko or Winnemucca."

Brother Carter was not at the convention, held in Las Vegas, but he credited several of his Vice Chairmen for its passage, including: John Passi of BLET Division 158 (Sparks, Nevada), Matt Parker of BLET Division 158, and Jerry Coon of BLET Division 766 (Las Vegas).

"These guys really stepped up and did a great job," Brother Carter said.



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