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!

ASLRRA to USDOT: Allow Greater Use of Tech, Skip Crew-Size Mandates

Written by Marybeth Luczak, Executive Editor View article in its entirety at Railway Age. The American Short Line and Regional Railroad Association (ASLRRA) is among those who have submitted comments on the U.S. Department of Transportation’s draft strategic framework.  Comments on the framework—which will guide USDOT’s work, including implementation of the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law, over the next five years—were due … Continue reading ASLRRA to USDOT: Allow Greater Use of Tech, Skip Crew-Size Mandates

IL Two Person Crew Bill (SB 24) Preempted

The unfortunate, recently issued Seventh Circuit ruling federally preempts the Illinois Two Person Crew law (SB 24), which was passed and signed into law in 2019.  The courts basis for its ruling was the Federal 3R Act, which created Conrail.  The 3R Act was designed to reorganize struggling railroads in the Northeast and Midwest, bringing … Continue reading IL Two Person Crew Bill (SB 24) Preempted

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

Viewpoint: Why is rail being left out of regulatory discussions?

Maritime and trucking sectors get plenty of attention, but rail is apparently an afterthought View article in its entirety at the FreightWaves. — Authors: Jason Doering and Matt Parker This commentary was written by professional locomotive engineers Jason Doering and Matt Parker. The views expressed here are solely those of the author and do not necessarily represent the … Continue reading Viewpoint: Why is rail being left out of regulatory discussions?

Arbitrator Finds That Section 6 Bargaining Regarding Crew Consist Can Begin

View article in its entirety at SMART-TD. On July 28, 2021, a Neutral appointed by the National Mediation Board issued his ruling finding that on certain railroad properties, the current moratoria in those crew consist agreements do not prohibit the railroads from serving a Section 6 Notice regarding crew size. The properties affected or having no current moratorium include certain properties at BNSF, UP, NS … Continue reading Arbitrator Finds That Section 6 Bargaining Regarding Crew Consist Can Begin

Veteran Railroader Fritz Edler Offers Recommendations

“Just because an industry CAN do something doesn't mean an industry SHOULD be doing it!” emphasized Fritz Edler, a veteran railroader with experience as a rail freight car builder and repairer. Edler has worked in many capacities, from maintaining tracks and bridges to running high speed trains. Based in Washington D.C., Edler has broad rail … Continue reading Veteran Railroader Fritz Edler Offers Recommendations

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/#/