CHICAGO—Taking their campaign for rail safety to the city where it matters the most, at least 75 railroad workers and their supporters confronted rail executives on the issue during the evening rush hour in Chicago, the nation’s rail hub.

Walking into the posh Union League Club in the Loop for a rail executives’ conference on March 12, the honchos had to cross a demonstration by the Brotherhood of Maintenance of the Way Employees/ Teamsters dramatizing unsafe conditions in Chicago’s railyards and a lousy accident record for freight railroads nationwide.

The workers also pushed the execs to abandon their plan for only one person – the engineer – aboard a miles-long freight, and the carriers’ overall opposition to safety improvements, said BMWE Organizer Corey Dall, who crafted the protest.

And just to make sure Chicagoans in general knew about conditions on the roads, the unionists and their allies distributed more than 2,000 flyers to passing pedestrians highlighting rail safety problems.
Rail workers confront execs on safety – People's World