Help us encourage your New Y ork State Senators and Assemblymen to co-sponsor the Two-Person Crew Legislation
Brothers and Sisters:
The BLET National Division in conjunction with the BLET New York State Legislative Board urges you to contact your State Senator and Assemblyman and request they co-sponsor and support the Two Person Crew Legislation that has been introduced in the State of New York. Bills S.7151, sponsored by Senate Transportation Chairman Senator Tim Kennedy, and Assembly Bill A9090, sponsored by Assembly Transportation Chairman Assemblyman William Magnarelli, mandate that all freight trains have at least two-persons on the train, a certified locomotive engineer and a certified conductor.
You may not actually talk with your Senator or Assemblyman, so ask for the staff member that handles Labor or Trade issues and please be respectful to them, just as you would if speaking with your representative personally. We also encourage supportive family members and friends to get involved! If you are unsure how to express your support of this legislation when on the call, an example of sample language for you to use is as follows:
When Calling your Senator (S. 7151):
“Hello, my name is . I am a locomotive engineer living in your state. I would like the Senator to co-sponsor Two Person Crew Legislation, S.7151. Safe freight rail operations depend upon two certified crew members to ensure the safety of train movements and responses to emergencies when they occur.”
When Calling your Assemblyman (A9090):
“Hello, my name is . I am a locomotive engineer living in the Assemblyman’s District. I would like the Assemblyman to co-sponsor Two Person Crew Legislation, A9090. Safe freight rail operations depend upon two certified crew members to ensure the safety of train movements and responses to emergencies when they occur.”
To find your NYS Senator, click on the “Find your Senator” page at: https://www.nysenate.gov/find-my-senator and enter your address, city/town and zip code.
To find your NYS Assemblyman, click on the “Find your Assemblyman” page at: https://nyassembly.gov/mem/search and enter your address, city/town and zip code.
The time is now for you to defend the rights and protections that you have enjoyed throughout your entire careers!