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?
Information compiled by Railroad Workers United (RWU). RWU has documented 41 major derailments in the U.S. and Canada in 2020. Thankfully, these derailments did not result in injury or death in most cases. While not as disastrous as the previous year, this is still of course way too many. NOTE: This list was compiled informally and… Read More Major Derailments of 2020
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
— Post By: Shelly Burke Below is a link to an online presentation of Hazardous Materials Near Schools (March 24, 2020). The presentation was organized by NWSOFA and endorsed by Railroad Workers United (RWU). Local activist, Gerri Songer, and RWU members Mark Burrows and Shelly Burke discuss the hazards associated with transporting and storing hazardous… Read More Hazardous Materials Near Schools
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!
View article in its entirety at The Star. — Author: Brennan Doherty One of the biggest concerns for engineers is fatigue — and it isn’t confined to one particular company. According to an annual watchlist from the Transportation Safety Board, an independent investigator charged with improving safety practices, sleep-related fatigue issues have been a contributing… Read More Recording of CN Ordering Fatigued Conductor to Work
View article in its entirety at Sheet Metal|Air|Rail|Transportation (SMART). — Jeremy R. Ferguson – President, Transportation Division The Federal Railroad Administration (FRA) in a 41-page report released Jan. 13th by its Office of Research, Development and Technology said what railroaders already know. Researchers at the Volpe Center over a period of years performed cognitive task analyses… Read More FRA’s Own Report Blows Hole in Arguments Against Two-Person Freight Crews
Reported By: Rail Workers Weekly News Digest On February 4th, 2019, Canadian Pacific Train #301 rolled away down Field Hill in the Rocky Mountains of British Columbia, Canada. The train’s lead locomotive, mid-train DPU and 99 cars of grain derailed, killing all three crew members aboard. Now, as the anniversary of that tragic wreck approaches,… Read More Railroad Under Fire as Questions Abound Concerning 2019 Runaway Train that Killed Three Crew Members
CN Rail Slashes Jobs as Weakening Economy Cuts Into Freight Volumes Thousands of CN Rail Employees On Strike Amid Contract Talks — The Canadian Press Propane Shortage Appears Largely Manufactured by CN — Teamsters Canada Strike Update Thousands of CN Rail employees are on strike amid contract talks. Workers say they’re concerned about long hours… Read More Railroad Workers United: Special News Alert
In early October, the major rail carriers – under the guise of their National Railway Labor Conference (NRLC) – filed suit to enable them to bargain reduced crew size in upcoming national handling. On November 1st, the National Carriers Conference Committee (NCCC) served their Section 6 Notice to the rail unions that makes their intention… Read More ACTION ALERT: Unite & Fight for Two Person Train Crews!