COVID-19: BMWED Seeks Employee Safety and Economic Protections from Nation’s Railroads

Published: Mar 19 2020 11:57AM

BMWED President Freddie N. Simpson sent official letters today to the country’s largest railroads urging them to protect the safety of their employees during the current global and national pandemic.

Public servants, hospitals, grocery stores and other vital industries and programs need to meet their supply chain demands. We understand and greatly appreciate those efforts. BMWED members, as well as all crafts of Rail Labor, understand their critical roles during this unprecedented emergency.

That said, the BMWED remains committed to the health and safety of our members. We have communicated those to the carrier CEOs and we trust their commitment to their employees – as well as their employees’ families – will be just and fair.

The link below contains the letters President Simpson sent to rail CEOs.

Canadian Pacific - Creel
CSX - Foote
Union Pacific - Fritz
BNSF - Ice
Kansas City Southern - Ottensmeyer
Canadian National - Ruest
Norfolk Southern - Squires

Letters to all the major passenger railroads, including Amtrak, are being drafted and will be sent to those carrier executives today.

Amtrak - Flynn
Metra - Derwinski
Septa - Cuneo
NJ Transit - Siano