On May 15, organized labor secured a major victory for railroad workers and safety when Nevada Governor Steve Sisolak (D) signed a two-person rail crew bill into law.
Assembly Bill 337 passed out of the Nevada Senate on May 7, 2019, by a 13-8 party-line vote. Previously A.B. 337 was approved by the Nevada State Assembly by a 29-12 vote. The bill requires a two-person crew on Class I and Class II railroads in the state of Nevada.
Matt Parker, BLET Nevada State Legislative Board Chairman, worked closely with Jason Doering, his counterpart with the SMART Transportation Division, to lobby in favor of the bill.
“We let legislators know that A.B. 337 should be passed so when things go wrong, two trained and experienced crew members are in the train cab to help, no matter what,” Brother Parker said. “This is about the safety of the communities we travel through — not just for the train crews, but more importantly for the residents of those communities.”