Motivated by the need to prevent dangerous and toxic railroad accidents, railroad workers, environmental and community activists met on Sept. 19, 2015 in Chicago for a conference organized by Railroad Workers United. A recurring topic was the 2013 railroad disaster in Lac-Megantic, Canada involving what is known as a "bomb train" of oil tanker cars that wiped out a significant part of that community. That doomed train in fact went through Chicago on its way to Lac-Megantic. This video demonstrates how squeezing increased productivity from rail workers produces negative effects that extend into the community and environment, in addition to the problem of exploiting workers. After years of debating with management, retired locomotive engineer Fritz Edler concluded: "We demanded that they produce the evidence that you could do these [work] schedules and have it not be unsafe. And what they would do is stand up in the room and say 'fatigue is not a safety factor'. This is why we can't have this discussion just inside the railroad. We can't do that because they would never say that out in public." Interviews and speakers featured: Ron Kaminkow, General Secretary of RWU; Dr. Lora Chamberlain, Chicago Oil by Rail; Jeff Kurtz, former BLET Iowa State Legislative Chair; Rozalinda Borcila, Artist, Compass; Ed Michael, RWU; Fritz Edler, BLET Div. 482 Local Chair (ret.); Vince Hardt, Chicagoland Oil by Rail. Please make a Donation to Labor Beat (Committee for Labor Access) and help rank-and-file tv: https://www.paypal.com/cgi-bin/webscr?cmd=_s-xclick&hosted_button_id=2F96NDFQRSF3G
illinois central cab ride on the yazoo sub. video from the cab of the IC 1000 between valley and bentonia mississippi. passing MP189 were a fatal head on between M334 and an empty BNSF runthru grain train. note all the fresh grass. diesel fuel to the tune of around 15,000 gals, as well as a tank car w/ 26,000 gallons of cooking oil incenerated this area. (FROM THE BLE WEBSITE) Anding, Miss. -- July 10, 2005 -- Two BLET members killed in head-on collision BLET Division 203 (Jackson, Miss.) members Mark Cain and Arthur "Buddy" Irby were killed on July 10, 2005, when their CN/IC locomotives collided head-on in Anding, Miss. Two other crew members were also killed in the collision. Conductors Shannon Purvis, 21, of Puckett, Miss., and Samuel Jones Sr., 58, of Jackson, Miss. were both members of the United Transportation Union. Brother Cain, 51, joined the BLE on November 1, 1986. Brother Irby, 58, joined the BLE on October 1, 1973. (http://www.ble.org/memorial.asp)
September 17, 2009: Howard Bisons played at Florida A&M Rattlers in a MEAC Football Conference Game.
Today the INSIDER EXCLUSIVE "Goes Behind The Headlines" in a new TV Exclusive " DEATH ON THE TRACKS- Union Pacific Railroad's $37 Million Dollar "Coverup"to show how Robert Pottroff, Ptr, and Stephen Boyda @ the Pottroff Law Offices..... successfully "uncovered"...as the court wrote.." a pervasive and sinister corporate policy at Union Pacific that put company profits before public safety Read full description here: http://www.insiderexclusive.com/show-content/406-death-on-the-tracks-a-37-million-dollar-union-pacific-railroads-coverup.html