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Round One: Victory at BNSF Rail Workers Fight for Jobs, Safety

September 24, 2014: Rank and file rail workers—including Teamsters in the BLET—have won an important round in the fight to maintain two-person crews in America’s rail cabs. In mid-September, conductors on the Burlington Northern Santa Fe (BNSF) soundly rejected a contract that would have allowed one-person crews.   "Rail workers told the BNSF railway, their union leaders and fellow rail workers that they will not support single-person crews,” said Ron Kaminkow, an engineer for Amtrak and member of the Brotherhood of Locomotive Engineers (BLET) affiliated with...

Marching for a Healthy Planet and Good jobs

TDU members and other Teamsters joined hundreds of thousands in a massive march against Climate Change in New York City. A labor contingent of union members led the march under the slogan, “A Healthy Planet and good jobs.” The media reported a turnout of 310,000.  March organizers say it was actually over 400,000. Either way, it was quite a crowd. For too long, it’s been jobs vs. the environment. But on Sunday, we were all...
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