HB 1542 Assigned Final Action Deadline

Who opposes HB 1542, common-sense legislation that can help keep kids at school safe from hazardous substances transported by rail or stored nearby?  Who opposes a bill that could save our children’s lives?   Witness slips make this answer crystal clear.  Not surprisingly, HB 1542 met with opposition from the billionaire-producing chemical and rail industries.   Who cares more about their profits … Continue reading HB 1542 Assigned Final Action Deadline

HB 1542: Witness Slips Needed Today!

LOOK WHO DOESN'T WANT YOU TO KNOW WHAT THEY'RE DOING!! (See Opponents) VIEW: https://www.ilga.gov/legislation/Witnessslip.asp?LegDocId=176743&DocNum=1542&DocTypeID=HB&LegID=130219&GAID=16&SessionID=110&GA=102&SpecSess=&Session=&WSType=OPP Please take a moment to submit a witness slip in support of HB 1542! HB 1542 WITNESS SLIP: https://my.ilga.gov/WitnessSlip/Create/130219?committeeHearingId=19325&LegislationId=130219&LegislationDocumentId=176743 This bill requires emergency response planning officials to partner with school districts in providing information on safety threats related to the transport … Continue reading HB 1542: Witness Slips Needed Today!

ACTION ALERT: After EPA Administrator Tours People of Color Community Poisoned by Creosote Wood Preservative, a Call to Ban It

(Beyond Pesticides, December 20, 2021) Despite a high-profile tour of communities affected by toxic chemicals by Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Administrator Michael Regan, EPA still fails to make connections that could help protect against poisoning of workers, fenceline communities, and others. For example, as Mr. Regan, in November, visited Houston, Texas, where thousands of residents … Continue reading ACTION ALERT: After EPA Administrator Tours People of Color Community Poisoned by Creosote Wood Preservative, a Call to Ban It

ACTION ALERT: Suspension of HMR Amendments Authorizing Transportation of Liquefied Natural Gas by Rail

Tell President Biden to End Fracked Gas Transport by Rail! Thanks to special permits from the Trump administration, liquefied natural gas (LNG) intended for export is now being transported through dense urban areas of Florida via "bomb trains” – trains with up to 100 LNG tanker cars on aging private railways. And the old rules even allow … Continue reading ACTION ALERT: Suspension of HMR Amendments Authorizing Transportation of Liquefied Natural Gas by Rail

ACTION ALERT: Tell PHMSA to Ban Transporting LNG By Rail

We have until December 23rd to tell the PHMSA to ban transporting LNG by rail. Tell PHMSA that fracked gas trains are a public safety hazard and threat in the fight against the climate crisis. Help us end a Trump-era rule allowing dangerous fracked liquified natural gas (LNG) to be transported by train through our … Continue reading ACTION ALERT: Tell PHMSA to Ban Transporting LNG By Rail

ACTION ALERT: Ask Your U.S. Senators to Support Two-Person Crew in the Infrastructure Bill

We need to get the two-person crew provision from the INVEST Act into our Senate's Infrastructure Bill. Now is the time to act!  You can edit this pre-written message to fit your style and circumstances. https://smart-union.org/td/take-action-on-capitol-hill/#/

ACTION ALERT: March of Lac-Mégantic

March (virtually) with the citizens of Lac-Mégantic as they mourn the loss of 47 loved ones eight years after the catastrophic train derailment and explosion in Quebec, Canada. Please take a moment to like this video and comment, “Je t’aime Lac-Mégantic!” (I love Lac-Mégantic!) Support from the U.S. has given residents encouragement and hope. Then, … Continue reading ACTION ALERT: March of Lac-Mégantic

ACTION ALERT: IDOT Seeks Public Input

The Illinois Department of Transportation (IDOT) is conducting a Rail Needs Assessment (https://www.illinoisrailneeds.org) throughout Illinois.  This is an opportunity for you to express your ideas for improving the rail network and concerns regarding rail impacts on our local communities.  The study comes at the heels of a recent merger between Kansas City Southern (KCS) and Canadian National (CN).  The railroad would manage a 20,000-mile … Continue reading ACTION ALERT: IDOT Seeks Public Input

EVENT ANNOUNCEMENT – Oil Trains: Are Profits Worth Our Risk?

This Month, NWSOFA will feature a discussion on railroad transportation of dangerous goods including oil trains and other hazardous goods transported through our rails, roads, and air. Moderator Gerri Songer will host: • Bruce Campbell (formerly with Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives)• Investigative Journalist Justin Mikulka • Railroad Workers United representatives Fritz Edler, Mark Burrows, and … Continue reading EVENT ANNOUNCEMENT – Oil Trains: Are Profits Worth Our Risk?

RWU Special Bulletin

Railroad Workers United has made no endorsement of candidates in the U.S. elections. Their position has always been that the electoral system - currently monopolized as it is by the Democrats and Republicans - serves the interests of the rail carriers, big business, Wall Street, corporate America and the wealthy. You can view their official … Continue reading RWU Special Bulletin