Congressman Don Young of Alaska has introduced legislation to require two-person crews on all freight trains – H.R. 1748. This bill is the same as last session's H.R. 233, which would require a federally certified conductor and locomotive engineer on every freight train operating in America.
This federal legislation is a major priority for our union. If passed, it would protect our members against the unsafe prospects of working by themselves on a train and protect the communities from dangerous single person or even no person trains.
I ask that you that you send a message today to your Member of Congress and ask that they co-sponsor H.R. 1748. You can either send the pre-drafted H.R. 1748 message or create your own message about the importance of rail safety.
Your help is critical to passing this important legislation. Sending a message is the first step. Calling their office or even meeting with your Member of Congress when they are back in the state would even be more helpful.
For additional information on H.R. 1748, click here for the SMART TD statement.
National Legislative Director
SMART Transportation Division