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  • TTD Statement on Inflation Reduction Act
    WASHINGTON – Greg Regan and Shari Semelsberger, President and Secretary-Treasurer of the Transportation Trades Department of the AFL-CIO, issued this statement in response to congressional passage of the Inflation Reduction Act (IRA): “The Inflation Reduction Act (IRA) is a historic win for working people. “The IRA’s landmark investments in our clean energy economy and quality […] The post TTD Statement… Read more »
  • FRA (again) takes on train-crew size
    Reported by Julie Sneider for Progressive Railroading. As anticipated by many in the rail industry, the Federal Railroad Administration last month announced a proposed rulemaking that would require railroads to use a minimum of two-person train crews for all operations, with only a few exceptions. If adopted, the new regulation would also establish minimum requirements for the location of crew… Read more »
  • VIDEO: Virtual Railroad Worker Town HallVIDEO: Virtual Railroad Worker Town Hall
    U.S. freight rail workers are in the third year of fighting for a new national contract with freight railroads. Working on the front lines, freight rail workers have performed heroic work during the pandemic to keep the supply chain functioning so that food, fuel, and other essential goods could get where they needed to go. […] The post VIDEO: Virtual… Read more »
  • Rail workers rally to demand new pact
    Reported by Mark Gruenberg for People's World. As the nation’s railroad worker unions presented their details for a new contract with the freight railroads to a Presidential Emergency Board, rank-and-file workers, upset with no contract since before the coronavirus pandemic, rallied with their leaders in Galesburg, Ill., to demand one. And they picked up wide labor and political support. “What… Read more »
  • Rail workers protest for jobs, pay, right to strike
    Reported by Naomi Craine for the Militant.  More than 150 railroad workers, family members and their supporters joined in the “Galesburg Rally for Rail Labor” here July 30, one of a series of protests being organized by rail workers across the Midwest as part of their fight to win a new contract. This western Illinois town is a major hub… Read more »
  • Members representing each of the 13 rail unions stand shoulder to shoulder in a show of unity at the rally for rail workers in Galesburg, Illinois, on July 30, 2022.
    Reported by Mel Buer for The Real News Network. Last month, for The Real News, I reported on the egregious working conditions that rail workers on Class I freight railroads are facing, including punitive and inhumane attendance policies, chronic understaffing (after rail companies collectively laid off 30% of their workforce since 2015), stagnant wages, and dire safety threats as trains… Read more »
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