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June 02, 2015
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US War Spending Since 9/11
How taxpayer dollars were spent on Iraq, Afghanistan, and other war-related activities
Members Strongly Rejected Proposed Contract Allowing One-Man Crews
Positive Train Control can not be a Substitute for Workers
Wealth Inequality in America
Wealth gap has turned america into a seething pit of class resentment
We Will Have Our Oil
and you will be quiet
The 99% Begins to Wake
Don't piss on us and tell us it's raining
Pull Your Head Out of the Sand
Let Your Life Be a Friction to Stop the Machine
The Ghost of Tom Joad
Bruce Springsteen
What's New at BMWED-IBT
Failed Governance
May 13, 2015 - Lessons from previous train crashes led to the development of the "positive train control" safety feature, which could have prevented the Amtrak Train 188 crash were it not for indolent governance of the U.S. rail system. Sometimes, congressional Republicans have an odd sense of timing. Just hours after the deadly derailment of Amtrak 188, GOP lawmakers on the House Appropriations Committee took up transportation spending measures, voting to slash Amtrak’s budget, while also rejecting Democratic proposals to bolster infrastructure and train safety. Read More...
Workers Memorial Day
On Friday April 24, 2015, the Penn Fed participated in the Annual Workers Memorial Day held at the SheetMetal Workers Hall on South Columbus Boulevard. The fact the local media gave no coverage to this important event did not deter our members from marking off and attending. With teary eyes and against the backdrop of the Delaware River and the sound of bagpipes we reaffirmed our commitment to prevent injury, illness and death on the job. We know that when workers confront the boss to demand safe conditions, the other workers will step up to join them, even when they are underpaid, overworked, and terrified of retaliation. Read More...
Just How ‘Socially Advanced’ Is the U.S.? You Might Be Surprised
April 10, 2015 - Although the United States, in the words of columnist Nicholas Kristof, is “the most powerful colossus in the history of the world,” it lags significantly in quality of life for its citizens. In the Social Progress Index 2015 the U.S. does not make the top 10, or even top 15. Read More...
Improving Track Maintenance is Key to Oil Train Safety
March 23, 2015 - “The key to reducing the frequency of oil train derailments plaguing North America is improved track maintenance,” says Brotherhood of Maintenance of Way Employes Division President Freddie N. Simpson. Track conditions are a leading cause of train derailments in the United States, accounting for approximately one-third of all train accidents, according to data published by the Federal Railroad Administration (FRA). Read More...
Amtrak Management Bonuses
March 19, 2015 - by Sarah Westwood | Washington Examiner - Amtrak gives lavish bonuses for only losing $214 million last year. Employees of Amtrak, the publically-funded railroad service, earned themselves a round of bonuses because their agency only lost $214 million last year. A second set of bonuses was scrapped after Amtrak fell far short of its customer satisfaction goals, according to the agency's inspector general. Amtrak handed out $11.2 million in bonuses as part of a short-term incentive program, which was designed to reward staff if they managed to keep operating losses under $305 million in 2014. Read More...

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