Resolution in Opposition to Single Employee Train Crews

Posted: March 12, 2015 in Rail Transport of Oil
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Yolano Climate Action voted to oppose a single employee on oil trains.

Yolano Climate Action voted to oppose single employee  train crews on oil trains.

Yolano Climate Action
Resolution in Opposition to Single Employee Train Crews

  • Whereas, the major rail carriers have made it clear in their words and actions that they wish to conduct operations to the extent possible, “conductor only” in remote control (RCO) yard operations, and “engineer only” on road trains; and

  • Whereas, the major U.S. rail carriers have long stated their intentions to operate road trains with a single employee, when more than decade ago they made their intentions known to both unions of the operating crafts through a “Section 6” notice addressed to the unions dated 11/1/04; and
  • Whereas, in the words of a Joint Petition filed with Federal Railroad Administration (FRA) in June 2009 by both unions of the operating crafts, “No conditions exist where one-person operations are safe;” and
  • Whereas, both unions of the operating crafts support a bill before Congress known as “The Safe Freight Act” (HR #3040), that would outlaw single employee train operations in the U.S.; and
  • Whereas, the FRA itself proclaimed on 4/9/14 that “safety is enhanced with the use of a multiple person crew — safety dictates that you never allow a single point of failure.”
  • Whereas, the implementation of single employee operations will invariably result in a serious degrading of worker safety, security, and quality of work life;
  • Whereas, these unsafe working conditions referenced above would pose a danger to shippers, pedestrians, motorists, trackside communities, the environment and the general public;
  • Therefore, Be it Resolved, that Yolano Climate Action opposes any current use, and any further expansion of, single employee operations anywhere in North America, in the yard or on the road; and
  • Be in Further Resolved that Yolano Climate Action is committed to support the efforts of railroad workers and their organizations to ensure a two employee minimum on every train crew; and
    Be it Finally Resolved that Yolano Climate Action calls on other community organizations, civic groups, environmental organizations and labor unions to join with us in this crucial fight against single employee operation of trains.

Adopted by Yolano Climate Action on March 11, 2015

 

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