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,… Read More ACTION ALERT: March of Lac-Mégantic
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… Read More ACTION ALERT: IDOT Seeks Public Input
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… Read More EVENT ANNOUNCEMENT – Oil Trains: Are Profits Worth Our Risk?
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… Read More RWU Special Bulletin
Only one candidate for President supports two person crews that will preserve the safety of railroaders and local communities. That candidate is Joe Biden.
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… Read More ACTION ALERT: Dangerous explosives shouldn’t be shipped through our neighborhoods
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… Read More FRA Waives Regulations, Violating Preexisting Workers’ Rights
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… Read More Come Join Us!
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… Read More ACTION ALERT: SR0982 Hazardous Material Near School (Time Sensitive)
IL Senator Julie Morrison recently filed and sponsored, and IL Senator Laura Murphy recently co-sponsored, Resolution SR0982 Hazardous Material Near School in Springfield to: Urge 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 and transport of hazardous substances,… Read More ACTION ALERT: SR0982 Hazardous Material Near School