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Railroad Workers United (RWU), a national organization of rank-and-file rail workers from all rail unions, is urging rail labor and its allies to join rallies on Tuesday, December 13. RWU has expressed its support for these actions in the post we are sharing below. It includes a link from the rail union SMART-TD, offering information on the time and place of rallies in various cities.
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Call for Rallies
in Support of
All Rail Workers, Allied Workers, and Friends Urged to Take Part!
After missing-in-action the past few weeks, some rail union chiefs have called for a major rally in Washington, DC, at the Capitol Building. In addition, the unions are assisting to build rallies at rail terminals in towns and cities across the country.
RWU urges all railroad workers from every craft, family, members, other working-class friends and allies to take part!
These rallies are intended to draw the public’s attention towards:
- The need for increased rail safety – prioritizing the need to maintain two-person crews
- The devastating effects of so-called “precision scheduled railroading” on the nation’s rail workers, shippers, passengers and economy. NOTE: The Surface Transportation Board (STB) is conducting a major hearing on this very question today.
- The need for paid sick leave
SMART-TD – the lead union organizing the event – urges all Rail Workers to come and invites others to join in as well:
SMART TD Auxiliary groups
Family and friends who support our cause
State AFL-CIO affiliates
Local elected leaders
Obviously, this is being put together on a limited time frame. RWU will do our best to inform you of the location of rallies in your state.
DATE: Tuesday, December 13th, 2022
TIME: Main Rally from 1 PM to 3 PM. Other locations/times to be decided upon locally in the coming days
PLACE: Main Rally at the Capitol Building in Washington, DC. But there is the potential for dozens more at terminals across the country. We will do our best to issue updates as more info becomes available.
CURRENT LISTING OF ALL RALLIES: See the link for a real time up-to-date listing off all locations/times. Do not see one in your area? Check back later at this link
(as of 12:30 p.m., Friday, Dec. 9)
When: 7 a.m. (local time) Tuesday, Dec. 13
Where: Meet at SMART Union Hall, 1515 W. 47th Ave., Denver, CO 80211
Contact: SMART-TD Colorado SLD Carl Smith (at email@example.com)
When: Noon – 2:00 p.m. (local time), Tuesday, Dec. 13
Where: Galesburg Central Park, Galesburg, IL 61401
Contact: SMART-TD Illinois SLD Bob Guy (firstname.lastname@example.org) or Alternate SLD Jordan Boone (email@example.com)
When: 1 – 2:00pm (local time), Tuesday, Dec. 13
Where: Iowa State Capitol, West Capitol Terrace, 1007 E. Grand Ave., Des Moines, IA 50319
Contact: SMART-TD Iowa SLD Christopher Smith (firstname.lastname@example.org)
When: Gather 9 a.m. local time between Washington and S. Center Street in 200 block of 5th Avenue in downtown Royal Oak, MI, for have briefing and to distribute signs. Rally will commence at 10 a.m. and ends at 2 p.m.
Where: On 5th Avenue between Washington and S. Center St. near the Canadian National rail line.
Contact: SMART-TD Michigan SLD Donald Roach (email@example.com) or Nick Greficz (firstname.lastname@example.org)
When: TBD, Tuesday, Dec. 13
Where: Two locations to be finalized
Contact: SMART-TD Minnesota SLD Nick Katich (email@example.com)
When: 11am – 1pm (local time), Tuesday, Dec. 13
Where: 814 Victoria Ave., Sparks, NV, 89431
Contact: SMART-TD Nevada SLD Jason Doering (firstname.lastname@example.org) or Assistant State Legislative Director Gabe Christenson (email@example.com)
When: 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. Tuesday, Dec 13
Where: New Mexico State Capitol, 400 Old Santa Fe Trail, Santa Fe, New Mexico 87501
Contact: SMART-TD New Mexico SLD Donald Gallegos (DAGallegosSr@aol.com).
When: 1 to 3 p.m. (local time), Tuesday, Dec. 13
Where: Ohio Statehouse, 1 Capitol Square, Columbus, OH 43215
Contact: SMART-TD Ohio SLD Clyde Whitaker (firstname.lastname@example.org)
When: 11:30 a.m. (local time), Tuesday, Dec. 13
Where: 350 State St., Salt Lake City, UT 84103
Contact: SMART-TD Utah SLD Danny Brewer (email@example.com)
When: noon to 1 p.m. (local time), Tuesday, Dec. 13
Where: Wyoming Capitol Building, 200 W. 24th St, Cheyenne, WY 82001
Contact: SMART-TD Wyoming SLD April Ford (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Railroad Workers United
Solidarity – Unity – Democracy
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