August 29, 2015

Train-crew bill passes Minn. Senate committees

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A bill that would require two-person crews aboard Amtrak and most freight trains operating in Minnesota passed out of two Senate committees last week. The safety measure is a top legislative priority of theUnited Transportation Union, which represents about 70,000 workers in North America. Sen. Ann Rest (DFL-New Hope) introduced the legislation in the Senate, [...]

Two-person train crew bill advances in Minn. Senate

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The Minnesota Senate Committee on Transportation and Public Safety and the Senate Committee on Judiciary have approved legislation requiring two qualified train-crew personnel on all trains in the state with bipartisan support. Senate File 918 is now before the full Minnesota Senate. “The policy language is very narrow to assure that we can prevail under [...]

Nebraskans favor two-person rail crews, poll shows

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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 [...]

Kan. SLD lobbies for two-person crew law

A railroad labor lobbyists asked the Wellington City Council to give its support to a bill in the state legislature that would require trains to have two people in the cabin while a train is running. Ty Dragoo told the council at a worksession meeting Monday, railroad workers feel this is a safety issue. Read [...]

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

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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.

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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 [...]

Time to act on two-person rail crews is now!

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Members of the SMART Transportation Division and all of rail labor are reminded that they have the opportunity to make it federal law to have two qualified persons working on all freight trains operating in the United States a reality. Now is the time to contact your legislators in the House of Representatives and ask [...]