Rail industry hopes to roll back safety regulations following Trump victory

(Source: DeSmog Blog, January 21, 2017) NEW YORK — “The policy landscape in Washington, D.C., dramatically shifted on Election Day…” While clearly not news to anyone, it was part of Edward Hamberger’s address to a conference in New York a week after Trump’s presidential victory. Hamberger is CEO of the rail industry lobbying group, the …

BLET, SMART TD members urged to call Congress in support of two-person crew bill

CLEVELAND, January 20 — The Brotherhood of Locomotive Engineers and Trainmen (BLET) and the Transportation Division of the International Association of Sheet Metal, Rail Air and Transportation Workers (SMART TD) are urging their respective memberships to contact members of the House of Representatives about co-sponsoring The Safe Freight Act of 2017 (H.R. 233), a bill …

Heritage Foundation takes aim at Railroad Retirement

(Source: International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers press release, December 20, 2016) On December 24, the Heritage Foundation, a Washington conservative republican think tank, sent out a flyer to its supporters soliciting donations for the work ahead. Among the usual suspects, a new target has been added, Railroad Retirement. See link below. Full story: …

Teamsters applaud introduction of legislation to close executive pay tax loophole

(Source: International Brotherhood of Teamsters press release, January 10, 2017) WASHINGTON, D.C. — The Teamsters Union fully supports the Stop Subsidizing Multimillion Dollar Corporate Bonuses Act as an important step toward ensuring corporations pay their fair share in taxes and curbing the trend of excessive executive pay. Introduced today by Rep. Lloyd Doggett (D-TX) and …