Rail Workers Hazardous Materials Training Program
Peer trainers dedicated to providing quality education & awareness of hazardous materials, empowering rail workers & communities.
The US Department of Energy (DOE) has shipped large amounts and a variety of radioactive material by rail for years. The number of rail shipments is expected to increase in coming years.
Union Plus recently awarded $150,000 in scholarships to 106 students representing 36 unions, including one winner representing the Brotherhood of Railroad Signalmen, in the 2015 Union Plus Scholarship Program.
Railroads would have until 2018 to install positive train control (PTC) technology under a bill introduced yesterday in the Senate.
U.S. Senator John Thune (R-SD) who chairs the Senate Committee on Commerce, Science and Transportation, announced yesterday that the committee will meet July 15 to consider and vote on the Comprehensive Transportation and Consumer Protection Act of 2015 (S. 1732).
The six-year transportation bill includes "key reforms to enhance safety, provide regulatory relief, streamline grant programs, and improve the accountability and efficiency of oversight efforts," according to a Thune press release.
The AFL-CIO is proud to join with National Nurses United in endorsing a Rally on Thursday, July 30th, 2015, to celebrate Medicare's first 50 years and commit to strengthening, protecting and expanding Medicare for decades to come.
"Freight railroads have been moving forward with PTC for years and remain 100 percent committed to ensuring this complex 'system of systems' gets safely installed and thoroughly vetted and tested. Our railroads have 62,000 miles to equip with PTC and getting that safely completed is a top priority.
Electronic devices such as cellular telephones, notebook computers, electronic notepads, etc. are widely used in today’s culture. These devices can enhance railroad safety, operational efficiency, and communication when used appropriately, but may also introduce an element of distraction.
Any distraction while performing a safety-critical task can be hazardous.
The FRA will take additional steps in coming days to address speed and curves on ALL passenger corridors
The Federal Railroad Administration (FRA) has issued an Emergency Order that will assist in controlling passenger train speeds at certain locations on the Northeast Corridor (NEC).
Starting in June, all U.S. Class Is, commuter railroads and Amtrak will have to tell the Federal Railroad Administration (FRA) what their plans are to assist employees who experience "critical incident stress" on the job.
The BRS served its Section 6 notice (contract proposal) to the National Carriers Conference Committee (NCCC) on December 19, 2014, on those carriers party to National Agreement handling. This is a requirement of the Railway Labor Act. By serving our Section 6 notice, we begin the process of negotiations with the railroads.
Track Related Defects are a Leading Cause of Train Accidents in U.S.
“The key to reducing the frequency of oil train derailments plaguing North America is improved track maintenance,” says Brotherhood of Maintenance of Way Employes Division President Freddie N. Simpson.