Brothers and Sisters:
While we work through the steps of the Railway Labor Act (RLA), it is imperative that we continue to communicate and keep you informed as we attempt to reach a positive outcome.
If you are looking for a constructive way to help get the BRS’s message out, we urge you to reach out to your congressional representative and inform them of our struggle and our fight for a fair share of the historic profits made by the railroads. We recommend simply googling your congressional representative or using the following hyperlink: Find Your Members in the U.S. Congress | Congress.gov | Library of Congress. Please send an honest, but tactful, email and urge them to help their constituents if called upon.
As most of you are aware, we are in a 30-day cooling off period; in this period no “self-help” action can be taken by neither the railroads nor labor. If we get to the end of this process and an agreement has not been reached, both parties have the ability under the RLA to seek “self-help,” either by a Carrier lockout or a labor strike. If/when such step becomes necessary, a legal strike can only be authorized by the BRS Grand Executive Council. During the cooling off period, this action or any other concerted job effort against a Carrier or Organization is not only prohibited but unlawful.
While there are many mainstream media and social media outlets providing opinions and spins on the situation, we urge caution when posting or commenting publicly on these outlets about the process or its possible outcome. Comments made and taken out of context could leave our members in harm’s way legally, financially, and with their railroad employer. We recognize in modern times it is very easy to log in and comment or vent about frustrations, but those comments could, in fact, have very serious consequences for you the member.
The BRS has a website and a social media presence, and those places are the only place to find official posts or comments. Any person, site, or media outlet posting or commenting without direct BRS Grand Lodge approval are doing so without authorization and may be held liable for their actions. It is unfortunate but necessary for this Organization to state publicly that it will not be held responsible for comments, posts, or statements made by any individual or group without direct written consent and approval of the Organization.
While we continue to work towards a positive outcome, all the focus should be on the fact that Railroad workers have made these companies extraordinarily profitable and only seek their fair share. Despite comments being made that capitol investment and risk are the reasons for their profits and not the contributions made by labor, we all know the truth — they are made successful and profitable off the backs of labor!