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Rail Labor Urges Railroads to Join Federal “Close Call” Safety Reporting Program

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WASHINGTON – Yesterday, the Transportation Trades Department (TTD) of the AFL-CIO urged the CEOs of the six major U.S. freight railroads to formally join the federal Confidential Close Call Reporting System. The system enables rail workers to confidentially report “close call” safety incidents to the Federal Railroad Administration (FRA) without fear of retaliation by their employers.

“Following public pressure from rail unions and Secretary Buttigieg earlier this year, the industry pledged on March 2nd that all Class I freight railroads would join the system. However, nearly six months have passed and none of the railroads have delivered on their promise to participate in the safety system.

“Norfolk Southern’s toxic train derailment in East Palestine, Ohio, on February 3rd brought national attention to the freight rail industry’s safety culture and its failures. Rail labor calls on the industry to take this step towards safety improvement and better serve workers and communities.”

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