Unions call for ban on RR remote control

Unions call for ban on RR remote control

The Executive Committee of the AFL-CIO's Transportation Trades Department unanimously approved a resolution on March 7 calling for an end to remote control train operations.

"It should now be clear, if there was any doubt, that remote control locomotives are dangerous and must be regulated or eliminated," the TTD resolution states.

"Rail safety standards will not fall victim to corporate shortcuts," said Teamsters President James P. Hoffa, in a media release. "We will continue to fight on behalf of safe locomotive operations for all workers."

The resolution also criticizes the Federal Railroad Administration for failing to develop enforceable safety regulations.

Remote control technology allows a single worker on the ground to operate a train, instead of the traditional two-person crew of an engineer in the cab and brakeman or conductor on the ground.

The Brotherhood of Locomotive Engineers and Trainmen is an affiliate of the Teamsters Rail Conference.