The AFL-CIO is proud to join with National Nurses United in endorsing a Rally on Thursday, July 30th, 2015, to celebrate Medicare's first 50 years and commit to strengthening, protecting and expanding Medicare for decades to come.
"Freight railroads have been moving forward with PTC for years and remain 100 percent committed to ensuring this complex 'system of systems' gets safely installed and thoroughly vetted and tested. Our railroads have 62,000 miles to equip with PTC and getting that safely completed is a top priority.
Electronic devices such as cellular telephones, notebook computers, electronic notepads, etc. are widely used in today’s culture. These devices can enhance railroad safety, operational efficiency, and communication when used appropriately, but may also introduce an element of distraction.
Any distraction while performing a safety-critical task can be hazardous.
The FRA will take additional steps in coming days to address speed and curves on ALL passenger corridors
The Federal Railroad Administration (FRA) has issued an Emergency Order that will assist in controlling passenger train speeds at certain locations on the Northeast Corridor (NEC).
Starting in June, all U.S. Class Is, commuter railroads and Amtrak will have to tell the Federal Railroad Administration (FRA) what their plans are to assist employees who experience "critical incident stress" on the job.
The BRS served its Section 6 notice (contract proposal) to the National Carriers Conference Committee (NCCC) on December 19, 2014, on those carriers party to National Agreement handling. This is a requirement of the Railway Labor Act. By serving our Section 6 notice, we begin the process of negotiations with the railroads.
Track Related Defects are a Leading Cause of Train Accidents in U.S.
“The key to reducing the frequency of oil train derailments plaguing North America is improved track maintenance,” says Brotherhood of Maintenance of Way Employes Division President Freddie N. Simpson.
Four decades ago, Congress passed the Occupational Safety and Health Act, promising every worker the right to a safe job. Unions and our allies have fought hard to make that promise a reality — winning protections that have made jobs safer and saved workers’ lives.
But our work is not done.
Roadway Worker Fatalities in Controlled Points
Although the implementation of Roadway Worker Protection (RWP) regulations in 1997 has had a positive impact, accidents in which Roadway Workers are killed or injured continue to occur. Of the 43 Roadway Worker fatalities analyzed by FAMES to date, 8 fatalities occurred within a controlled point/manual interlocking.