Railroad Unions Are Key To The Protection of Railroad Workers Health And Safety
Unlike most of American workers, railroad workers including engineers, conductors, carmen, and trackmen are typically part of a union workforce.
This is certainly true on the major carriers like Norfolk Southern and CSX Railroad. The unions provide lots of important services for the men and women who work at these railroads. Although unions have sometimes gotten a bad name or are maligned by management, they provide very important help to railroad workers.
Unions provide for contracts with set good wages and benefits for railroad workers. Unions help force the railroads to take care of safety issues to prevent injuries and limit industrial diseases like mesothelioma, a form of cancer caused by asbestos.
The railroad worker has a grievance process through the union that if something is done unfairly to reduce their pay they have a method of fighting back and trying to get the money that they are entitled to from the company. All of these and other functions make a unionized railroad worker into a more protected and strong worker which has more rights and gets more total benefit from work than if those unions were not in place.
I am proud to be union-designated counsel for the TCU which represents railroad carmen on Norfolk Southern and CSX among other railroad workers. This means that I am ready to answer questions about injury and safety issues for the union’s workers any time they have a question or a problem. It makes me proud to know that I am part of a system that helps workers to improve their situation and make sure that they are protected if they get hurt on the job.
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