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

In This Election, Your Safety Is On the Ballot

https://youtu.be/j_rPE44oDE4 Only one candidate for President supports two person crews that will preserve the safety of railroaders and local communities. That candidate is Joe Biden.

ACTION ALERT: Dangerous explosives shouldn’t be shipped through our neighborhoods

Please take a moment to sign Environmental Actions's petition. Nobody wants massive tanks of dangerous, explosive fuel in their neighborhood -- but the Trump administration is proposing to transport volatile liquefied fracked gas on railroads across the country.1 This plan is a disaster waiting to happen. There are more than 140,000 miles of freight railroads … Continue reading ACTION ALERT: Dangerous explosives shouldn’t be shipped through our neighborhoods

FRA Waives Regulations, Violating Preexisting Workers’ Rights

View article in its entirety at Railway Age. — Author: William C. Vantuono In response to a Petition from the Association of American Railroads (AAR), American Short Line and Regional Railroad Association (ASLRRA) and American Public Transportation Association (APTA), the Federal Railroad Administration (FRA) has issued a 60-day emergency waiver for certain requirements of FRA’s … Continue reading FRA Waives Regulations, Violating Preexisting Workers’ Rights

Come Join Us!

Hazardous Materials Near Schools Looking for something to do tonight?  Come join NWSOFA-Indivisible from the comfort of your home as we discuss online the local impact of crude-by-rail transport and storage along with the dangers it presents to our schools.  Local activist, Gerri Songer, will be joined by members of Railroad Workers United (RWU) Mark … Continue reading Come Join Us!

ACTION ALERT: SR0982 Hazardous Material Near School (Time Sensitive)

Witness Slips are needed prior to Tuesday, February 25, 2020 for SR0982 HAZARDOUS MATERIAL NEAR SCHOOL - this is very quick and easy to do. SR0982 is an Illinois state resolution urging local emergency response planning officials to partner with school districts in their region in order to disseminate information pertaining to safety threats related to the storage … Continue reading ACTION ALERT: SR0982 Hazardous Material Near School (Time Sensitive)