Call Congress and Support Two Person CRews! Railroad … RWU has buttons, stickers, T-shirts, hats, and more, available for RWU members and the public. ATDA operates mostly as a craft union representing railroad dispatchers. Transport Workers Union of America - Trade union representing workers in mass transportation, airline, railroad, utility, university, municipalities, service, and allied industries United Transportation Union (UTU) - North America's largest rail labor union, representing 125,000 active and retired railroad, bus and mass transit workers … On January 6th, The RWU Steering Committee sent an Open Letter to U.S. President-Elect Joe Biden. As a result, we worked diligently throughout Spring and Summer 2016 to bring the voice of the rank & file railroader and concerned citizens to the table. On the contract front, the rail carriers have made it clear in their Section 6 notice of November 1, 2019 that they intend to bargain crew reductions this round. To assist in the fight back, RWU has taken delivery of a whole new line of materials - including lapel stickers, buttons, bumper stickers, T-shirts and (soon) yard signs, all designed to raise awareness of the issue and build the fight-back by rank and file workers. We must hold Biden - and all politicians - accountable to do the right thing and support the working people of this country! OR better yet, Join RWU and have a hard copy mailed to you each issue! Click HERE to Read More. We urge union railroaders to continue being active in their craft union AND to join RWU in building solidarity and strength among all rail workers. Read more here. Check out the latest issue of The Highball  each time it is published right here on the website. "Brotherhood of Locomotive Engineers," in Solon DeLeon and Nathan Fine (eds.). Robertson, "Celebration of the Fiftieth Anniversary of the Brotherhood of Locomotive Firemen and Enginemen: A Brief Narrative Telling the Story of the Founding of the Institution and a Brief Historical Outline of Its Growth and Development...," in. However, there are a dozen or so different unions, divided by craft, representing different sectors of the workforce on the various rail properties from coast to coast. Time for all railroad workers to mobilize! General Railway Workers Union (1889) Railway Clerks' Association (1897) Attempts to form a general union were given greater impetus after the various unions worked together to hold the first ever national railway strike in 1911 and the National Union … Also click below to hear Joe Biden’s promises to workers, specifically to rail workers. Or you can sign up for RWU News Alerts and get it emailed to you each issue. RWU says HELL NO! They are a fraud and a farce and are - in fact - dangerous. While the Proposed Rule has some merit, ultimately it provides a road map by which any rail carrier can apply fort he right to ruin trains with a signle crew member on board. To their credit, the BLET and SMART have also come out in opposition to the Proposed Rule. RWU has done our best to collect and document these derailments of the past year. "The advent of new technology together with a decline in union power, coupled with the rail carriers’ arrogant disregard for worker and public safety has seen the standard five-person train crew drop first to three, and then to two crew members. Railroad Workers United is proud to be at the forefront of the emerging labor-community alliance to defend our mutual interests. Until recently, we hosted a large Discussion Group Forum which attracted much attention and interest, but unfortunately also attracted rail managers, trolls, and those opposed to our goals and objectives as well as our Statement of Principles. In effect, these so-called "behavior based safety programs" are little more than a thinly veiled attempt by the employer to shift the blame for accidents, injuries, and fatalities away from management responsibility and lay it at the doorstep of worker behavior. TO MAKE A TAX-DEDUCTIBLE DONATION, CLICK ON THE DONATE BUTTON BELOW. The obsession with lowering the Operating Ratio and with the next quarter’s profit earnings are detrimental to the long term health, vitality, and safety of the railroads of North America. By April 1864 the jubilance of groundbreaking had long … You are in: Home > Africa > Kenya > Trade Unions > Railway Workers Union « Back to Trade Unions. WARNING: The following list of 48 major derailments shows a number of graphic depictions of post-accident wreck scenes. Those articles are archived on the website and can be accessed in their entirety HERE. Today, in the face of "Precision Scheduled Railroading", mass layoffs and furloughs, carrier threats to run trains with a single crew member, attacks on health care and vital work rules, it is imperative that ALL rail crafts and ALL rail unions stand together in bargaining. To get involved, please contact Railroad Workers United at: info@railroadworkersunited.org or call 202-798-3327. Labor Beat - a Chicago based non-profit - was there to film the proceedings and interview the founding members. All materials are discounted (2-for-1 or 50% off production prices!) when rail activists came together from various crafts, unions and rail carriers to build a solidarity organization of all railroad workers in North America. However, on May 23rd, the Federal Railroad Administration (FRA) claimed “preemption”, claiming there were no safety benefits to the two-person crew, and claimed that any and all of these state laws were null and void as a result. If you wish to view back issues of the newsletter, click HERE. We believe the short answer is Precision Scheduled Railroading (PSR). But the rank and file has the power to stop them! This took the wind out of the sails of the rail unions’ efforts, and has rendered the pending legislation potentially dead-on-arrival in various states across the country. What about job briefings and calling signals, copying mandatory directives and reminders of slow orders? Your small but recurring donation will help propel Railroad Workers United to the forefront of the railroad workers' rank & file movement. This is a free service that you can opt into or out of at any time. Finally, if you would like to make a regular recurring monthly donation to either RWU or RWF, simply click on either of the DONATE buttons above, and check the box that says "Make this a monthly donation. 233), a bill that would mandate two-person train crews on freight trains - a certified locomotive engineer and a certified conductor. We do not accept managers or those who oppose our principles. We compile a Listing of All Fallen Rails each year. Teamsters Canada Rail … Is the carrier relaxing the attendance policy? So the FRA’s actions represents a severe setback to the movement. Nevertheless, momentum towards eventual passage appears to be building. Click HERE to send us an email if you would like to help distribute The Highball in your work terminal and/or across your division. Recalling furloughed employees to augment the pools and boards as necessary? The prospects for two-person train crew legislation at the state level had been very encouraging earlier this spring (2019). Check out the 25 minute video -- now up on U-tube -- of the RWU Founding Convention. It is a place for railroaders to go in addition to this website for information about the rail industry, rail labor, and Railroad Workers United. Just ask the shippers on the CSX system, the workers on the Canadian Pacific, or any Amtrak passenger. To view the archives and see all individual article from the Highball since 2008, click HERE. For starters, visit the RWU online Store and get some stuff! Considering how much the economy of the U.S. depends upon the massive amount of freight moved by trains, one would think the unions representing those workers to be very powerful. What happens when the train hits a vehicle or pedestrian? Claiming that the conflict over the issue is a “minor dispute” under the Railway Labor Act, the carriers seek to have it subject to arbitration. In the meantime, click on any of the links below to learn more about the Proposed Rule and RWU efforts to stop single employee train crew operations. The last decade or so has witnessed a proliferation of “Blame-the-Worker” safety programs on Class 1 railroads in the U.S. and appeared promising in a dozen others. The incident, a small chapter in a longer narrative of regional tumult, involved union laborers, strikebreakers, hired railroad guards armed with weapons and violent clashes over race. Click on link above for more information. "United Brotherhood of Maintenance of Way Employees and Railway Shop Laborers," in Solon DeLeon and Nathan Fine (eds.). “It was the Swiss Army Knife of safety programs. You can read all about it in The Highball by clicking HERE. ), D.B. With its insistence on running longer and heavier trains, utilizing fewer locomotives, shuttering diesel shops, expediting train and engine inspections, cutting back on track maintenance forces, implementing "super" pools, trimming of extra boards, and cuts to practically every aspect of the operation, PSR is proving to be a disaster. In a major victory for organized labor, unions will have an easier time signing up airline and railroad workers after the Obama administration Monday changed a 76-year-old rule on union elections. Please consider becoming an RWU SUSTAINER. Please join with Railroad Workers United in our effort to stop the implementation of single employee train crews!". NOTE: Railroad Workers Education & Legal Defense Foundation does not solicit nor accept funding from any employer-related or anti-labor sources. Chicagoans began working on the railroad in 1848, when building began on the Galena & Chicago Union Railroad. The fractured nature of rail labor has led RWU to initiate a program to honor each and every railroad worker killed on the job, regardless of what craft and what union the worker was a member of. States where a two-person crew bill has been introduced included: Maine, Massachusetts, North Carolina, Pennsylvania, Kentucky, Indiana, Missouri, Iowa, Kansas, Utah, Idaho and Nevada (12). to ensure the broadest possible circulation.We encourage all railroad workers - particularly engineers and trainmen - to get involved today. Railroad Workers United now has a 501c(3) Foundation dedicated to educating and defending railroad workers interests across North America and providing them with the tools they need to win. Union officials issued the strike threat as anger among UP and other railway workers reached a breaking point over the corporate indifference to their lives. The contract covering 215,000 train conductors, railway workers … We hope to see you there! These programs have been fairly commonplace in other industries and many other labor unions have been struggling with them for years. In addition, get involved in the struggle. RWU testified publicly at the oral hearing in Washington D.C. in July. The following is a list of unions and brotherhoods playing a significant role in the railroad industry of the United States of America. READ MORE... Popular Science magazine offers one of the best in-depth descriptions of the issues surrounding Positive Train Control. And since the Proposed Rule is predicated on the "safe" operation of trains with a single crew member, we urge the FRA to promulgate a rule that outlaws the practice. The Nigeria Union of Railway Workers is seeking adequate measures for the protection of workers and passengers against coronavirus before resuming train services. We urge all railroaders to keep up to date and to take the necessary precautions to keep yourselves safe and healthy. Is the carrier providing temperature testing? The carriers have fired the first shot in their renewed war on the two-person train crew. You can help us by safely and securely making a donation with your credit card or PAYPAL account today. Looking back over 2019, one is struck by all the derailments that have taken place on Class One railroads. This is a dynamic situation that is unfolding on a daily basis. Each year since 2009 we have conducted Railroad Workers Memorial Day to honor and remember rails killed in the line of duty. We want a government that supports rail and rail labor! On March 15th, 2016 the Federal Railroad Administration (FRA) announced a Proposed Rule on Train Crew Staffing for trains in the United States. 349 talking about this. claiming there were no safety benefits to the two-person crew, Counter the Rail Industry Arguement for Single Person Crews, Check Out the RWU Campaign Against Single Person Crews, RWU Resolution Opposing Single Crews - 3/2/15, RWU Campaign Against single Employee Crews, Check out the RWU newsletter “The Highball”, The Railroad Workers Education & Legal Defense Foundation, Why an Alliance of Rail Labor & the Community is Essential. Amtrak is responding to the largest union of rail workers calling for heightened security in Washington D.C. ahead of Inauguration Day travel. We are literally taking our organization “to the next level”, developing desperately needed staff personnel to assist in building up the organization as we approach our tenth anniversary Convention in April 2018. Over 15,000 Chicagoans worked for railroads in 1900, and almost 30,000 in 1930. Railroad Workers United is an inter-union, cross-craft solidarity "caucus" of railroad workers, and their supporters, from all crafts, all carriers, and all unions across North America. So let’s make them happen! In the US alone there are thirteen unions representing railroad workers with several more unions in Canada. It seems like hardly a week went by that there was not some sort of major crash. Hand sanitizer? We keep on telling the FRA ... NO SINGLE EMPLOYEE TRAIN CREWS! There are now six states with legislation or regulation that requires trains that operate within the state to have a minimum of a 2-person crew: Wisconsin, California, West Virginia, and Arizona, Colorado and Nevada. An effective nationwide boycott of Pullman cars by ARU members was organized by the union to support the strike. Emphasis is strictly ours). Well we have seen politicians come and go and make all kinds of promises … and then end up supporting corporate America, Wall Street and the rich. In fact, our compilation below shows a total of 48, an average of nearly one a week. If the resolve of the workers on both the BNSF and the W&LE are anything to go by, the rail carriers will certainly have a fight on their hands in the coming months. Without action of course, these resolutions are hollow words. rail 772/60-62, rail 772/77, rail 772/79, rail 772/99, rail 772/106, rail 772/121, rail 772/123-125 Appendix 2 – Search terms for railway occupations Occupation Some experts argue that expectations for BBS were unrealistic from the start, while others believe the process has been corrupted at some companies, transformed into an auditing program that assumes a “blame the employee” attitude about safety failures. "Brotherhood of Locomotive Firemen and Enginemen," in Solon DeLeon and Nathan Fine (eds.). The Train Dispatchers belong to the AFL-CIO as one of the organization's smallest members. READ MORE. Here is Brother John Wright's (RWU Co-chair) video report on the conference in Richmond CA. "Brotherhood of Railroad Signalmen of America," in Solon DeLeon and Nathan Fine (eds.). The miners saw this new foreman, as an enemy to the Knights, or in union … Originating as fraternal benefit societies to provide life insurance, sickness benefits, and social interaction for their members, the so-called "Big Four" railroad brotherhoods gradually evolved into trade unions dealing with wages, hours, and safety standards. According to the Chinese Railroad Workers Project, Central Pacific started with a crew of 21 Chinese workers in January 1864. 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