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Transportation Labor Principles for Combating the COVID-19
Public Health and Economic Crisis
The workers who build, operate and maintain our nation’s transportation systems are struggling, along with most Americans, with the scope and effects of the COVID-19 pandemic.
“Workers in every mode of transportation in the U.S. that involves organized labor — from rail to buses to boats — are keeping this country together and moving during this crisis,” said IBEW Railroad Department International Representative Al Russo. “Until we’re told to stand down, we’ll go to work every day, but we’ll need help if we’re expected to stay healthy and whole while doing so.”
Leaders within the AFL-CIO’s transportation-related unions have signed a letter calling on federal policymakers to take decisive action to address frontline railroad and other transportation workers’ concerns over the immediate and long-term health and economic effects brought on by the virus that causes COVID-19.
Read the AFL-CIO’s Transportation Trades Department’s “Transportation Labor Principles for Combating the COVID-19 Public Health and Economic Crisis.” (see below)
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Although jet travel has supplanted railroads as the passenger mode of choice, and the highway system is the principal venue for product transportation, railroads are still alive and well in North America. In the United States, approximately 40% of all freight is shipped by rail, while in Canada, the figure is 71%. IBEW members play a major role in keeping this vital mode of transportation rolling.
Railroad electricians inspect, test, assemble, install, remove, dismantle, connect, disconnect, rebuild, overhaul, adjust, wire, wind, load, calibrate, balance strip, align, clean and lubricate all electrical and electronic equipment and components in all railroad shops, yards and buildings.
IBEW railroad communications technicians perform all types of work generally recognized as communications work per their agreements with various carriers. They work with microwave, radio, telephone and other communications devices, apparatus and equipment in the course of operating, maintaining and repairing these systems in shops, yards and buildings and on locomotives. The IBEW also represents several other classes of railroad workers as certified and per agreements with particular carriers.
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