August 27, 2016

Nebraskans favor two-person rail crews, poll shows

LINCOLN, Neb. – A union that represents railroaders says its recent survey of Nebraskans shows that more than 80 percent support requiring two-person crews on freight trains. “Because of the potential catastrophic tragedy that would result from a train accident of any nature, having two sets of eyes is a minimum safety requirement,” said Bob […]

Two-person crew bills introduced in Neb., Wyo.

Legislation requiring two-person railroad crews in the states of Nebraska and Wyoming have been introduced in the respective state legislatures. Nebraska State Legislative Director Bob Borgeson reports that state Legislative Bill 192, legislation requiring freight train crews in the state to consist of at least two persons, has been introduced in the Nebraska Legislature by […]

Rail safety, campaign cash on collision course in Neb.

At a time when rail safety is making national headlines, the dangers of train travel and campaign cash are on a collision course in Lincoln. Some state lawmakers are backing a plan to force the state’s two major railroads, Union Pacific and Burlington Northern Santa Fe, to run trains with no fewer than two crew […]

Members invited to join Omaha Labor Day Parade

The SMART Transportation Division’s Nebraska State Legislative Board is once again organizing participation in Omaha’s annual Labor Day parade Monday, Sept. 1, and SMART members from Omaha and surrounding areas are invited to take part. The festivities begin Sunday at 5 p.m., when the board will hold a “membership feed” at the Sheet Metal Workers’ […]