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Safety Alert: Use of Electronic Devices

Electronic devices such as cellular telephones, notebook computers, electronic notepads, etc. are widely used in today’s culture. These devices can enhance railroad safety, operational efficiency, and communication when used appropriately, but may also introduce an element of distraction. Any distraction while performing a safety-critical task can be hazardous.
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Federal Railroad Administration Takes Follow-Up Action to Control Train Speeds on Northeast Corridor

The FRA will take additional steps in coming days to address speed and curves on ALL passenger corridors The Federal Railroad Administration (FRA) has issued an Emergency Order that will assist in controlling passenger train speeds at certain locations on the Northeast Corridor (NEC).
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Responding to Critical-Incident Stress

Starting in June, all U.S. Class Is, commuter railroads and Amtrak will have to tell the Federal Railroad Administration (FRA) what their plans are to assist employees who experience "critical incident stress" on the job.
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NATIONAL NEGOTIATIONS

The BRS served its Section 6 notice (contract proposal) to the National Carriers Conference Committee (NCCC) on December 19, 2014, on those carriers party to National Agreement handling. This is a requirement of the Railway Labor Act. By serving our Section 6 notice, we begin the process of negotiations with the railroads.
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Improving Track Maintenance is Key to Oil Train Safety

Track Related Defects are a Leading Cause of Train Accidents in U.S.

“The key to reducing the frequency of oil train derailments plaguing North America is improved track maintenance,” says Brotherhood of Maintenance of Way Employes Division President Freddie N. Simpson.
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Download: Oil trains press release 3-23-15 FINAL-2.pdf

Workers Memorial Day 2015

Four decades ago, Congress passed the Occupational Safety and Health Act, promising every worker the right to a safe job. Unions and our allies have fought hard to make that promise a reality — winning protections that have made jobs safer and saved workers’ lives. But our work is not done.
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FAMES — Fatalities in Controlled Points/Manual Interlocking

Roadway Worker Fatalities in Controlled Points Although the implementation of Roadway Worker Protection (RWP) regulations in 1997 has had a positive impact, accidents in which Roadway Workers are killed or injured continue to occur. Of the 43 Roadway Worker fatalities analyzed by FAMES to date, 8 fatalities occurred within a controlled point/manual interlocking.
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Spring 2015 — Railroad Retirement Board
Informational Conferences and Seminars

The RRB will host a series of informational conferences throughout 2015. Additional conferences will be added to the list throughout the year as more dates and locations are available.

Pre-Retirement Seminars are also planned for several locations during the spring — Designed for railroad employees and spouses who are planning to retire within 5 years or less.
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FAMES — Fatalities Involving
Roadway Maintenance Machine Strikes

Since the implementation of the Roadway Worker Protection (RWP) regulations in 1997, there have been too many RWP accidents in which Roadway Workers were killed or injured. To date, FAMES has analyzed 41 Roadway Worker fatalities; 7 involved strikes by Roadway Maintenance Machines (RMMs), which includes hi-rail vehicles.
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The 23rd Annual Letter Carriers’
Food Drive is on Saturday, May 9, 2015

Underemployment and joblessness remain high and the need for food assistance remains great. Thankfully, for so many in need of a helping hand, the National Association of Letter Carriers annual Stamp Out Hunger Food Drive is coming back for the 23rd consecutive year.
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