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Sparks Rally in Support of Rail Labor

By TheNevadaGlobeStaff, December 13, 2022 12:16 pm

SPARKS, Nev. (775 Times, NV Globe) – A rail labor solidarity event was conducted on the corner of Victorian Way and Pyramid Way on Tuesday, December 13 as part of a countrywide rally to support freight train employees.

After the US government forced a contract on members of SMART-TD and three other unions earlier this month, the SMART (Sheet Metal, Air, Train, Transportation) Transportation Division and other organized labor organizations intend to march in favor of freight rail employees.

This informational picket is open to all members of organized labor, other rail labor organizations, and the general public.

“We refuse to take what occurred on Dec.1 and 2 with silence and complacency after the railroads refused to negotiate on good faith and held the country’s economy hostage in the name of greed and profits,” SMART-TD State Legislative Director Jason Doering said. “Enough is enough. Precession scheduled Railroading has ravaged our nation’s supply chain for five years, exhausted our workers, and left an essential sector of our U.S. transportation industry in shambles. The treatment of U.S. rail workers by these rail executives, millionaires, and billionaires, as disposable cogs rather than human collaborators, must end.”

A rally was also staged on Capitol Hill.

Officials claim they are not work actions or strikes, but rather informative pickets to raise awareness of the difficulties caused by Class I railroad carriers.

The activities take place at the same time as a Surface Transportation Board hearing in Washington, D.C. as well as a public hearing on freight train crew size held by the Federal Railroad Administration on December 14.

Credits: 2News

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