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Three railroad safety bills – first hearing May 4 in Ohio Senate

Ohio State Senators Kenny Yuko (D) and Michael Skindell (D) are leading the effort to make Ohio railroads safer for crews and communities. The following three railroad legislative initiatives are scheduled for a first hearing Thursday, May 4 at 9:00 am at the Ohio Statehouse in Columbus. Hearings are open to the public.

Click on the following three senate bills to support the legislative efforts introduced by Sens. Yuko and Skindell:

 Ohio Senate Bill 74 – Two Person Crews on all Freight Trains: A minimum of two crew members on all freight trains operating in Ohio.

Ohio Senate Bill 89 – Rail Yard Lighting: To establish standard for lighting in a rail yard; and to establish penalties for railroad companies that are in violation of those standards.

Ohio Senate Bill 90 Use of Walkway Stone in Rail Yards: Establish standards for walkways in rail yards; and to establish penalties for railroad companies that are in violation of those standards.

Take another minute to ask your federal representatives to support H.R. 233, the Safe Freight Act, which would mandate a minimum of two-person crews on all freight trains operating anywhere in the U.S. 

Click here in support of H.R. 233.

Click here for more information on H.R. 233, the Safe Freight Act.

Maryland House passes two-person crew bill

ANNAPOLIS, Md. – On March 17, the Maryland House of Representatives voted in favor of HB 381, a measure that would require at least two crew members on all freight trains operating in the state of Maryland. The bi-partisan bill has moved to the Senate finance committee.

SMART TD members residing in Maryland: Click here to visit the SMART TD Legislative Action Center  to send a message to your federal and state reps in Maryland to support two-person crews on all freight trains.

All SMART TD Members: Click here to visit the SMART TD Legislative Action Center to send a message in support of HR 233 – The Safe Freight Act – which would mandate a minimum crew of two-persons for all freight trains operating in the U.S.

 

Study shows the decline of unions causing rise in economic inequality in Midwest

SMART TD  is sharing a recent study released by the Midwest Economic Policy Institute at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, which highlights the economic impact of declining unionization over the past decades across states in the Midwest.

The study found that as unionization declines, wealth inequality between workers and businesses continues to widen particularly in states that have passed so-called “right-to-work” laws (i.e. Michigan, Wisconsin, etc.).

The real goal of “Right-to-Work” is to lower wages for workers and divert that money to the owners and upper management of the company.

Click HERE for more information about the study.

Strength in numbers is what sustains our union and is the only thing that can turn the tide.

Your voice matters, so please take a minute to send a message to your representatives in Congress.

Click here to send your message in opposition of HR 785, the National Right to Work (FOR LESS) act; and in support of HR 233, The Safe Freight Act, that calls for two-person crews on all freight trains.