The BLET has announced that a two-person rail crew bill has been introduced in the U.S. Senate by Senators Edward J. Markey (D-Mass.) and Ron Wyden (R-Ore.)
BLET President Dennis Pierce testified before the House subcommittee on Transportation and Infrastructure today about the need for two-person rail crews.
The Federal Railroad Administration (FRA) had released a notice, withdrawing a 2016 notice of proposed rulemaking establishing a minimum train crew size for most rail freight operations in the United States.
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.
Railroad workers in communities near the Navajo Nation territory received important safety training on April 10-14 in Winslow, Ariz., thanks to Teamsters and other rail union grantees of the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences (NIEHS) Worker Training Program.
Since 2014, OSHA has designated the first full week of May as National Stop Construction Falls week.
Each year on April 28, unions including the Brotherhood of Locomotive Engineers and Trainmen (BLET) and the International Brotherhood of Teamsters (IBT) recognize Workers Memorial Day and remember American workers who were injured or killed in on-the-job accidents.