August 1, 2015

FTA seeks nominations for TRACS

FTAlogo

The Federal Transit Administration (FTA) recently published a Federal Register notice seeking nominations for up to eight representatives from the public transportation safety community for Transit Advisory Committee for Safety (TRACS) membership. TRACS was chartered in 2009 by the U.S. Secretary of Transportation for the purpose of providing a forum for the development, consideration and communication of [...]

Critics say Senate bill would weaken rail safety

Washington, D.C. — A transportation bill introduced by a Senate committee chairman would allow car rental companies to rent recalled vehicles that haven’t been repaired and eliminate any hard deadline for railroads to start using long-sought technology that automatically stops trains to prevent crashes, safety advocates say. The bill was introduced Thursday by Sen. John [...]

TTD: Commerce Committee bill should be scrapped

Wytkind

Washington, DC — Edward Wytkind, president of the Transportation Trades Department, AFL-CIO (TTD), issued this statement on the Comprehensive Transportation and Consumer Protection Act of 2015, introduced by Sen. John Thune (R – S.D.): “At a time when our country’s transportation infrastructure is failing and disenfranchised Americans are desperate for work, bipartisan support is crucial [...]

Mo. transportation commission chair on public transit

stephen_miller

The following letter was written by Missouri Highways and Transportation Commission Chairman Stephen R. Miller. Dear Reader, Genevieve is a young woman pursing graduate work in computer science at a university in Pennsylvania. She is home visiting her family in Kansas City for a month this summer. I met Genevieve at Union Station in Kansas [...]

Rail safety alert: crew-induced emergency brake use

Are you prepared to make the decision? How many times have you been a part of a crew-induced emergency? Conductors, how many times have you alerted your engineer to take action to stop the train? Engineers, do you discuss parameters with your conductors for emergency brake application in your job briefings? Conductors, have you ever [...]

Metra conductor not a simple ticket taker

metra_logo

Don’t joke with Metra Assistant Conductor Don Kiesgen that all he does is “take tickets and open doors.” It’s nothing he hasn’t heard from his family already. Sure, the Metra veteran handles those two jobs. There’s also throwing switches, testing the air brakes, announcing stops, coupling cars, hoisting luggage, filling out paperwork, monitoring rowdy teens, [...]

DOL seeks nominations for ERISA Advisory Council

DOL_labor

WASHINGTON, D.C. — The U.S. Department of Labor’s Employee Benefits Security Administration (EBSA) is soliciting nominations to fill five, 3-year vacancies on the Advisory Council on Employee Welfare and Pension Benefit Plans, also known as the ERISA Advisory Council. The deadline to submit nominations is July 31. The 15-member council provides advice on policies and regulations affecting employee benefit [...]

Statement by NLRB on 80th anniversary of NLRA

NLRB Logo; National Labor Relations Board

In the 80 years since the National Labor Relations Act was enacted, the workplace has changed in ways that President Roosevelt never could have imagined when he declared that the goal of the law was “common justice and economic advance” for all. Yet his signature so long ago guaranteed that one thing would and has [...]

General Chairperson William A. Beebe passes away

Beebe2_Fotor

Amtrak General Chairperson (GO 663) and Connecticut State Legislative Director William A. “Bill” Beebe, 86, died June 29, 2015. Beebe served more than 60 years as a union representative to the Brotherhood of Railroad Trainmen (BRT), the United Transportation Union (UTU) and the SMART Transportation Division. In June 2014, at the first convention of the [...]

Senate Commerce Committee approves rail reforms

Senate Commerce Committee

WASHINGTON, D.C. – The U.S. Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation June 25, on a voice vote, approved the bipartisan “Railroad Reform, Enhancement, and Efficiency Act,” sponsored by Sens. Roger Wicker (R-Miss.) and Cory Booker (D-N.J.), with seven amendments. The measure improves rail safety, reauthorizes Amtrak services and improves existing passenger rail infrastructure. It [...]