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NDEPENDENCE, Ohio, June 30 — Dennis R. Pierce, President, Teamsters Rail Conference announced today that the Teamsters Rail Conference, following a unanimous vote by its Policy Committee, has joined the U.S. High Speed Rail Coalition Executive Committee. The Committee is comprised of passenger and high-speed rail stakeholders, proponents and supporters from all corners of the Nation.

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The BMWED throws our complete support behind the INVEST in America Act of 2021, which has passed the U.S. House of Representatives Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure.

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Peter DeFazio, Chair of the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee, and Donald Payne, Jr., Chair of the Subcommittee on Railroads, Pipelines, and Hazardous Materials have requested that U.S. Government Accountability Office (GAO) examine the impact that the implementation of precision scheduled railroading (PSR) by Class I railroads is having on workers, safety, freight shippers, passenger railroads, and long-term management of the nation’s railroads.

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The legislation would provide added protections to our members while hy-railing through road crossings, most notably providing on-track equipment the same authority provided to trains by mandating motorists yield the right of way at all road crossings.

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The American Rescue Plan Act of 2021, passed in the U.S. House of Representatives yesterday, includes significant victories for rail. Among the most notable are:

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The REEF Act (Railroad Employee Equity Fairness Act) is a bill currently up for vote in the U.S. Senate. It deals specifically with eliminating the sequester of Railroad Unemployment Insurance (RUI) and Sick Benefits.

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Joint Labor Unions Express Support Behind National Mediation Board (NMB) Appointments

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The following is a statement from Teamsters General President Jim Hoffa on President Biden’s decision to fire National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) general counsel Peter Robb after the Trump ally refused to resign.


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