Dear Brothers & Sisters:
We are approaching the close of another year, and my thoughts grow stronger about each of you during this forthcoming holiday period.
Your daily lifestyles, both personally and professionally, are demanding and sometimes conflictive. Giving them respect and balance can be a challenge.
In that regard, do not compromise the importance of adequate rest. Exercising sound judgment when it comes to rest will minimize the risk of failure when fulfilling your chosen responsibilities as a transportation worker.
I’ve walked in your shoes and understand the lifestyle of being a professional railroader. Fatigue can lead to a loss of situational awareness, and a loss of situational awareness can often lead to tragedy. The holidays are a dangerous time of year for our industry.
In that regard take care of yourself, be safe and do what is right.
Jeremy R. Ferguson,
President, Transportation Division