Thursday, April 16, 2009

Rail Safety Improvement Act of 2008 - A Source of Hope

The Metrolink collisions last autumn were followed by the passage of the Rail Safety Improvement Act of 2008, which (then) President Bush signed into law. It will affect the number of hours that railroad service crew members can work, and the number of consecutive hours that they will be required to have for rest at home. It will force the railroads to provide more at home rest- instead of having them rest in cots at the station or at hotels away from home. The railroad will also have to give them at least 10 consecutive hours of rest before they can even call them. These new requirements will force them to use more crew members, so I'm hoping that it will result in my husband getting called back to work sooner. It goes into effect July 16, 2009. I am on the edge of my seat, waiting to see if my husband will be able to get back to work. Click on this link or more information about the Rail Safety Improvement Act of 2008.

1 comment:

Homeschool Princess said...

I am so hoping that this act will help the workforce increase. We are still on furlough here in Nebraska at one of the largest yards in the United States! I am praying that this act makes them hire a ton of workers so he can get back to work. There is nothing in our community for work for a man to provide for a family. It's so disheartening!