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Name: HR 1748 Safe Freight act 
Employed as: Conductor, for 10-20 years
Posted: 21 March 2020

Dear Brothers and Sisters:

I would like to begin by recognizing those of you who, in the face of
this global COVID-19 pandemic, are continuing to serve the millions of
Americans who depend on us and the services we provide every day.

If not for our bus operators, passenger and transit workers, families
without alternate means of transportation might not have access to
basic necessities such as food, cleaning supplies and medical
attention, while essential staff in urban areas might not be able to
report to work. If not for our freight rail crews operating around the
clock, many of the vital goods and supplies our communities and
healthcare professionals so desperately need and depend on would arrive
late, or perhaps not at all.

It is impossible to overstate the fact that your dedication,
professionalism, and skills support the very backbone of our country
during this moment of crisis. Not only do we feel a duty to provide for
ourselves and our loved ones through this difficult and uncertain time,
but we are bound by our moral obligation to provide essential goods and
services that our nation must have to endure, and later recover, from
this ordeal.

Unfortunately, we have already received confirmed reports that some of
our members have tested positive for COVID-19. Our thoughts and prayers
are with those members, and their loved ones, who have either tested
positive or are in quarantine. If you or someone you know is having
difficulty dealing with the stress or anxiety brought on by this virus,
we want you to know that Optum has established a no-cost, 24/7,
emotional support help line at 1-866-342-6892. Please share this
information accordingly.

It is unconscionable that in the wake of a national emergency, some of
our carriers have refused to suspend draconian attendance policies that
compel us to report for duty when we, or members of our household, are
symptomatic. Many of those same carriers are neglecting to provide the
proper cleaning supplies, personal protective equipment, and workplace
sterilization that would undoubtedly save lives. Their actions, or lack
thereof, are reminiscent of the railroad companies’ safety policies of
more than a century ago, where they viewed such matters as the workers’
responsibility to fend for themselves, and they made the bare minimum
effort by issuing stern, authoritarian warnings. We firmly believe
history will not look kindly on these carriers. The good news is a few
carriers are actually leading the way and setting the bar at
“unbelievable levels,” as reported by Long Island Railroad General
Chairperson Anthony Simon. We hope others will soon follow.

As a result of the above, and as you can see in links to correspondence
provided below, we have turned to our lawmakers and regulatory agencies
with authority to mandate the workplace protections we so desperately
expect and deserve. In his letter dated March 11, 2020, Ronald Batory,
Administrator of the Federal Railroad Administration, claims that, “FRA
has been monitoring this issue closely and confers regularly on its
impacts with railroad service providers….” [emphasis added]. Further,
Mr. Batory advised that… “[t]he Administration has taken a
whole-of-government approach which has paved the way for a
whole-of-America response….” If you find this response as abhorrent as
we do, then perhaps you may join us in seeking further clarification
from Mr. Batory by calling his office at (202) 493-6014.

On March 18, 2020, we made similar demands on behalf of our bus members
in a letter addressed to Raymond P. Martinez, Administrator of the
Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration. While we have yet to
receive a response from Mr. Martinez, it may help if we call his office
at (202) 366-4000 and voice our concerns.

Our National Legislative Department, in conjunction with the
Transportation Trades Department, AFL-CIO and other rail labor
Organizations, have been on Capitol Hill relentlessly demanding many of
these same protections. Through this conduit, we are doing everything we
can to ensure that Congress will not overlook the rail industry and its
employees when legislation is introduced to provide relief to those
affected by COVID-19. Likewise, our General Committees of Adjustment
and State Legislative Boards have been working tirelessly to apply
similar pressure to individual carriers, state and local lawmakers, and
regulatory agencies.

To assist our Legislative Department and General Committees in their
efforts, we strongly encourage you to reach out to your
representatives. It is more important than ever to draw their attention
to the fact that our employers and policymakers are relinquishing their
duties to act as responsible corporate citizens and government
agencies. If you are not already aware, you may find your
representatives’ contact information by simply entering your address
and zip code in the “Find Your Elected Officials” field at the bottom
of the following webpage:


In addition to the above efforts, we have participated in numerous
conference calls and meetings to directly address and escalate these
matters with members of management, Congress, and regulatory
authorities. As you might imagine, the discourse in some of these
conversations would not be appropriate for sharing verbatim.
Nonetheless, you should rest assured they know exactly where we stand,
and what we expect.

Now more than ever, I am honored and humbled to serve as your
President. I have an immense sense of pride and respect for all of you
who continue to place yourselves in harm’s way, doing what many are not
capable of doing. Please accept this letter as my personal commitment
that your union will not cease or slow its efforts until we procure the
workplace safety and security we deserve.

As things develop, we will be posting updates to our website and social
media pages, and sending email communications directly to those of you
who subscribe.

With optimism that our collective perseverance and courage will guide
us through this trying time, and with my sincerest gratitude for your
continued support, I remain

Fraternally yours,

 The safe freight act   Stay strong stay healthy keep the two person
crew alive and going

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Name: Union
Employed as: Employed in other capacity, for Less than 1 year
Posted: 21 March 2020

We are the union! 
Instead of posting here go tell your local chairmen how he can do

Union is not other people. Look in the mirror. That is your union! A
union is-

workers formed for the purpose of advancing its members' interests in
respect to wages, benefits, and working conditions

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Employed as: Locomotive Engineer, for 20-30 years
Posted: 21 March 2020

New Orleans public belt railroad really. You definitely proved me wrong.
I mean if that big railroad asks for it they will get it. Give me a
break. This union sucks ass so bad I’m almost pulling for the company
that’s how worthless I think the union is and the local guys who
represent us. All you have to do to be qualified to be a union rep is
be able to say. Put a claim in and that’s it your qualified.

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Employed as: Locomotive Engineer, for 30+ years
Posted: 21 March 2020

Some Railroads have already requested this! You can comment on the

Here is one request asking for, no eot, no hours of service, no drug
test, and no certification! 

Do some research before you start calling others idiots and claiming we
give the company a reason to abuse us!

From: Jeremy Bush [mailto:Jeremy.Bush@railnola.com]
Sent: Friday, March 20, 2020 10:38 AM
To: Web Inquiries (FRA) <Web@dot.gov>
Cc: M. D. (Mike) Stolzman <Mike.Stolzman@railnola.com>; Bobby Franklin
Subject: Application of Regulation Relief
To whom it may concern,
 In response to the Emergency Relief Docket activated by the FRA, the
New Orleans Public
Belt Railroad would like to apply for relief from the following FRA
Random Drug and Alcohol Testing
This relief would limit exposure between employees and health care
EOT Requirements
We would still provide a flag or flashing light for the rear of each of
our trains.
In anticipation of potential personnel shortages, relief from the
following regulations would
allow the NOPB to direct its resources towards remaining fluid:
Efficiency Testing
Hours of Service Regulations for
Signal Contractors
Monthly Signal Testing
Weekly and Monthly Track Inspections
Locomotive Blue Card 92 & 184 Day Inspections
Class 1 Brake Testing Requirements
All of our trains will still receive Transfer Train Brake Tests
Locomotive Engineer & Conductor Certification Requirements
The NOPB would still only operate with personnel who have demonstrated
proficiency for the respective crafts. We are anticipating DMV closures
and do
not anticipate the ability to receive the hearing and vision testing
required to
maintain current certifications.
Jeremy Stewart Bush
Manager of Operating Practices
New Orleans Public Belt Railroad

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Employed as: Train Master/ supervisor, for 30+ years
Posted: 21 March 2020

U.S. Department 1200 New Jersey Ave., S.E.
of Transportation Washington, DC 20590
Federal Railroad
FRA Administrator’s Declaration of Emergency Situation:
Novel Coronavirus 2019 (COVID-19)
Pursuant to Title 49 of the Code of Federal Regulations (CFR) § 211.45,
Federal Railroad
Administration Administrator Ronald L. Batory has determined that the
imminent threat and
exposure to the Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) poses a risk of
serious illness that
constitutes an “emergency situation” as related to railroad
In making this determination, the Administrator notes the President has
declared a national
emergency related to COVID-19 and the World Health Organization (WHO)
has made the
assessment of COVID-19 and it is now characterized as pandemic, which
can cause serious
illness to high risk populations. Governors of several States have
issued various Emergency
Declarations related to COVID-19 outbreaks. The Centers for Disease
Control and
Prevention (CDC) has reported more than 1,600 cases across forty-six
(46) States and the
number of cases of this respiratory illness is expected to increase.
Therefore, the Administrator has activated the Emergency Relief Docket
for Novel Coronavirus 2019 (COVID-19) as of March 13, 2020, and the
emergency relief
provisions of 49 CFR § 211.45 are in effect

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Name: trucker
Employed as: Other, non-employee, for N/A
Posted: 21 March 2020

Yes hos is suspended for trucks. The hours-of-service laws, which
mandate how many hours a truck driver may work and have been in place
for truck drivers since 1938, are suspended at a federal level for the
first time in history.

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Employed as: Locomotive Engineer, for 20-30 years
Posted: 21 March 2020

I monitor fra emergency relief docket. No hos change for t and e ....yet

Also we don't have time to clean our own engines. We are expected to
move within 30 minutes. 
 I do my job.
 I just want CSX to do what they say they are doing.

Federal Railroad Administration

1300 Now.cracy or SE Washington, DC 20500

March 19, 2020

Mr. Fred Mattison Amtrak System Road Foreman of Engines 1 High Speed
Way Wilmington, DE 19801

Re: Emergency Docket FRA-2020-0002

Dear Mr. Mattison:

This letter is in reference to Amtrak's petition dated March 16, 2020,
requesting temporary emergency relief from the requirements of Title 49
Code of Federal Regulations (CFR) sections 240.217(c)(1) and
242.201(c)1), Time limitations for making determinations, due to the
COVID-19 (coronavirus) pandemic.

On March 13. 2020. FRA Administrator Ronald L. Batory activated the
emergency relief docket (ERD) in response to the coronavirus pandemic
currently occurring throughout States. The Federal Railroad
Administration (FRA) Railroad Safety Board (Board) considered Amtrak's
request under the provisions of 49 CFR § 211.45, Petition for Emergency
Waivers of Safety Rules. A copy of Amtrak's petition is available for
review and comment in the ERD (Docket Number FRA-2020-0002), United

In support of its request, Amtrak stated the pandemic has either
overwhelmed or closed medical facilities that Amtrak utilizes for
employee physicals necessary for engineer and conductor certifications
under 49 CFR Parts 240 and 242, and as a result, Amtrak's employees
have experienced difficulty scheduling appointments as medical
emergencies are appropriately being prioritized. Amtrak also notes that
the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's recommendation for
social distancing." State governments ordering the cancellation of
large public gatherings, and the limiting of non-essential travel has
reduced the facilities Amtrak has available for recertification classes
and training.

On March 18, 2020, FRA Railroad Safety Board (the Board) considered
Amtrak's petition for emergency relief and all associated information.
The Board grants temporary relief from the 36-month certification period
of $$ 240.217(c)(1) and 242.201(c)(1) for any Amtrak locomotive engineer
or conductor currently certified under Part 240 or Part 242, as
applicable, whose certification becomes due and is unable, because of
the impact of the coronavirus, to complete all certification
requirements, subject to the following condition:

Amtrak must retain a continuously updated list of the certified
employees affected and each employee's certification record must be
marked to show that individual's compliance with this waiver.

The Board reserves the right to reopen any docket and reconsider any
decision made pursuant to these emergency procedures based upon its own
initiative or based upon information or comments otherwise received. See
49 CFR $ 211.45(j(1).

This emergency waiver expires 60 days from the date of this letter. FRA
reserves the right to amend or revoke this waiver upon receipt of
information pertaining to the safety of railroad operations, or in the
event of non-compliance with any condition of this waiver.

The point of contact for this action is Christian B. Holt, Stall
Director, Operating Practices Division. Mr. Holt can be reached at
2023660978 or at christian.holt@dot.gov. In any future correspondence
regarding this waiver, please refer to Docket Number FRA-2020-0002.


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Employed as: Conductor, for Less than 1 year
Posted: 21 March 2020

I haven't seen any petition yet for rail hos change but they did it
with trucks!

In an unprecedented move, the Trump administration suspended an
82-year-old road safety law for some truck drivers, showing how much
coronavirus is pressuring retailers and hospitals to maintain cleaning
and medical supplies

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Employed as: Locomotive Engineer, for 20-30 years
Posted: 21 March 2020

You guys are so full of crap. Not one thing on here has come to pass.
This is the reason the company abuses us. That reason being that we as
a whole are a bunch of dumb assess. The crap the previous guy is
talking about that we are going to go back to 6 for 8 and stuff like
that.  Where are you getting that information from buddy. Your head
just made that shit up. Nothing on here is true. Except we are a bunch
of fools and this site proves it over and over again on a daily basis.
Also stop using the term brother when everyone in this union would cut
anyone’s throat because it’s all about the individual out here nothing
about brothers going on out here.

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Name: HELP!!!!
Employed as: Conductor, for 1-10 years
Posted: 21 March 2020


The fRA is getting ready to throw us under the bus. Memos are
circulating that they will be pulling our hours of service laws to
handle the emergency orders that are creating shortages in shipments.
They want the railroads to have the ability to go back to the old rules
of 6/8 and force us to work out of our assigned work areas without union
compensation to move freight in areas with man power shortages.  I read
some of it. I suggest everyone read what the hell is happening. There
is no doubt that trump will back this decision and we will end up being
run into the ground and work in some of the worst safety conditions
ever. This isn't a joke. They are hammering out the details now. Auto
industries are supposed to start shutting down on Wednesdays per orders
set forth by the auto workers unions. This should slow down freight.
Other business that are not shipping should also slow down freight.
There is absolutely no way in hell the railroads should be allowed to
throw us back under their boots and abuse and work the living hell out
of us. Talk to your LC and find out how the unions plan on protecting
us. If trump makes this a national order we are all screwed and our
lives could be in serious danger.

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Employed as: APE, for 20-30 years
Posted: 20 March 2020

FU Trainmaster,     Your precious drone will be shot down if I see it!! 
     And better yet try me face to face it will be all over for you!!!

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Employed as: Locomotive Engineer, for 10-20 years
Posted: 20 March 2020

Social distancing will be achieved with one man crew ! Company will
listen to cdc on this one rule .  That is all !!!!!!!! Out

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Employed as: Locomotive Engineer, for 20-30 years
Posted: 20 March 2020

Has anyone actually seen a sanitized locomotive? 

I haven't!

At CSX we put the shareholders before employee health and safety.

CDC guidelines are not possible in our occupation. 

Access to soap and water while you're on duty? HA!

Social distancing? Good luck.

Remember that when you get into a taxi cab with three or four other

CSX we put the shareholders before employee health and safety!

The economy will not matter when you are dead. 

 Chinese researchers found that while the infection rate among men and
women is the same, the death rate among men is 2.8% compared with 1.7%
for women.

If you don't get sick you can transfer it.

The coronavirus driving the current pandemic can live on plastic and
stainless steel surfaces for up to three days, researchers say in a
study published as a letter to the editor in the New England Journal of

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Employed as: Engine repair, for 10-20 years
Posted: 20 March 2020

Where can the travel restriction exemption letter for CSX be located? I
have seen one from other railroads on social media and people claiming
to have theirs from CSX. Everyone will need one when state or federal
government issues a mandatory shelter in place, heaven forbid, martial
law is enforced. Thanks.

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Name: Blacksmith
Employed as: Car repair, for 30+ years
Posted: 18 March 2020

Plenty of whiskey and beans boys. Plenty of whiskey and beans. Let's
have a two week whiskey and beans solidarity " blow out " ... who is
up too the task ?? I am.

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Employed as: Locomotive Engineer, for 20-30 years
Posted: 18 March 2020

This company is calling all former managers who completely left CSX and
asking them to return,        But yet we have guys who are
furloughed!!!!       Makes total sense!!!!!

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Name: homer harrison trump the 3rd
Employed as: Other, non-employee, for N/A
Posted: 18 March 2020

no need for toilet paper in the crew packs. brownose bob will lick you
clean everytime. easier on the tush and hemmoroids than ballast or
poison oak leaves.use brownose bob instead.

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Name: Old head
Employed as: Locomotive Engineer, for 30+ years
Posted: 17 March 2020

I have found in my experience if theres no crew packs or toilet paper
around, get on the ground and use ballast, it grips good just blow off
each rock before wiping. You can find some nice big green leaves for a
few finishing wipes if you feel like you need it. My hemrrhoids are
pretty bad from sitting on my ass all these years and even so ballast
works for me and it can work for you to.

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Name: HR 1748 Safe Freight act 
Employed as: Conductor, for 10-20 years
Posted: 17 March 2020

1. Protect the TWO MAN CREW BILL (HR 1748 Safe Freight Act) It’s about
public safety and jobs. 
2. Go to SMART-UNION.org/td 
Click on the Red button support two person crews on the right side of
division home page. 
2.  Enter contact info ( this is needed to direct the email to your
member of congress. 
3. Click Send. The pre-drafted my essage will be sent directly to your
member of congress. 
4. This effects railroad retirement, retired railroaders, current
railroaders there’s even a spot for the general public to make there
voice be heard. Please take action there is 175,000 conductors and
59,000 engineers that need this support not to mention public safety at
5. safety of the crews and the public must come first!

Two-person crew bill awaits Governor’s signature in Washington State
INDEPENDENCE, Ohio, March 17 — After more than seven years of hard word
by the BLET’s Washington State Legislative Board and their counterparts
within the SMART Transportation Division, a two-person crew bill has
passed both chambers of the state legislature in Washington. The bill
is currently on the desk of Governor Jay Inslee awaiting his signature.

According to BLET Washington State Legislative Board Chairman Shahraim
Allen, HB 1841 —Establishing Minimum Crews on Certain Trains — passed
out of the Washington State House on a Concurrence Vote (64 yea-33 nay)
on March 10, 2020. It was then signed by Madame Speaker Laurie Jinkins
on March 11, 2020, for its finalization in the House. In its final
review in the Senate, the additional signature of Lt. Governor /
President Cyrus Habib was added on March 12, 2020. 

“However, even at this endpoint the railroad lobbyists continue to make
attempts to stifle the progress of this much needed safety legislation,”
Brother Allen said. “Despite this fact, we are taking counter measures
to ensure once and for all that this bill makes it across the finish
line in the behalf of our membership. As Chairman of the BLET
Washington State Legislative Board, I remain resolute and resolved in
the successful outcome of our two-person crew bill. I would like to
thank all of the members within our great fraternal organization that
have been supportive in our Board’s efforts in establishing this much
needed legislation, which we have been in pursuit of for the last seven

There will be more information forthcoming upon the bill’s final
passage into law.

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Name: Friend
Employed as: Other, non-employee, for N/A
Posted: 16 March 2020

Are you saying employees are punished for being sick with a doctor's
note? I find that hard to believe.

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