AFGE Calls for Investing in Railway Safety

Categories: Workers Rights

AFGE remembers the Amtrak crash victims and echoes Transportation Trades Department, AFL-CIO, President Ed Wytkind's call for investing in railway safety. Investigators say the crash that killed at least eight people and injured hundreds may have been avoided if an approved automatic brake technology had been installed. 

AFGE and other unions have long called for investment in the country’s crumbling infrastructure, but our repeated calls have been met with resistance from members of Congress who would rather give massive tax breaks to big corporations. Adding insult to injury, the House Appropriations Committee voted to cut Amtrak’s budget by $250 million just hours after the crash.

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