Teamsters statement on Metrolink accident
Published: September 18, 2008
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The following statement is from Ed Rodzwicz, the president of the
Teamsters Rail Conference and National President of the Brotherhood of
Locomotive Engineers and Trainmen (BLET) about the Metrolink railroad
accident in Chatsworth, California:
"A rush to judgment is never beneficial in a situation such as this. We
are actively working with the National Transportation Safety Board to
determine the causes of the tragic accident which occurred last Friday
on the Metrolink line in Chatsworth, California. All of our members know
that railroad jobs are inherently dangerous jobs, but an accident such
as this can be avoided."
"This accident would not have occurred had the Metrolink system been
using positive train control technology. This safety system is designed
to keep trains from colliding by preventing them from inadvertently
passing a stop signal."
"We have long supported the development and implementation of positive
train control technology, and we urge the railroad industry and the
federal government to redouble their efforts to eliminate the risks that
positive train control technology is designed to address."
"Our thoughts and prayers are with the families of those who perished or
were injured as a result of this deadly accident. The Metrolink engineer
operating the train was a dedicated union member and our thoughts also
are with his family and friends at this time."
The BLET represents over 38,000 men and women as locomotive engineers
and trainmen working on freight, passenger and commuter rail lines
across the United States. The BLET and the 32,000 members of the
Brotherhood of Maintenance of Way Employees Division constitute the more
than 70,000-member Teamsters Rail Conference.