Andrew Sandberg, Assistant to the President, IAM , District Lodge 19 came to Capitol Hill to testify before the US House of Representatives Subcommittees on Transportation and Infrastructure Subcommittee on Railroads, Pipelines, and Hazardous Materials.
A massive operational change, called Precision Scheduled Railroading(PSR), is currently upending the railroad industry – threatening the jobs, health, and safety of IAM members. It is also significantly impacting the massive freight network.
“Our union supports efforts to efficiently operate our nation’s railroads. “We want our employers to be profitable – as profits leads to raises and quality benefits for our members,” said Sandberg. However, we are concerned that current PSR schemes are detrimental to the long-term outlook of the rail industry, putting short-term gains ahead of long-term success – furloughing thousands, while degrading safety. PSR schemes are designed to increase short-term profits for shareholders, at any cost.”
IAM District 19 represents 11,000 active machinists across the country, at every Class 1, commuter railroad, Amtrak, and others. Our members primarily maintain and repair locomotives and track maintenance equipment both in shops and on the line of road. We also perform complete overhauls of locomotives and many assemblies and sub-assemblies used in all aspects of railroading.
The Transportation Communications Union/IAM represents approximately 46,000 members in the U.S., most employed in the railroad industry.
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