Teamsters, BLET conducting post-9/11 rail
safety and security survey
Published: September 10, 2008
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September 10 — Is the railroad industry safer and more secure today than
it was seven years ago when terrorists attacked the World Trade Center
on September 11, 2001?
That’s what the Teamsters Rail Conference hopes to discover by
conducting a survey of its membership.
Nearly 60,000 surveys were mailed recently to BLET and BMWED members on
select carriers to gauge their first hand experiences regarding the
effectiveness of safety and security improvements along our nation’s
rail network since the terrorist attacks of 9/11.
Members will receive a letter with a request for them to complete and
mail back a rail safety survey identical to the survey they completed in
2005. That survey became the foundation for the Rail Conference’s “High
The Rail Conference is revisiting this survey on select carriers to see
if there has been any improvement in safety and security measures along
our nation’s rail network. This is particularly important given that
rail corporations are relying more and more on technology, contracting
out, remote control, and smaller crews to continue downsizing its
workforce. Such reductions are crippling the first layer of rail defense
— the rail workers onboard the trains and along the tracks.
“Video cameras or posted signs can never replace the eyes and ears of
trained rail employees and we need your help to again evaluate the state
of rail security,” said Ed Rodzwicz, National President of the BLET and
President of the Teamsters Rail Conference.
"High Alert" was based upon the result of over 4,000 surveys completed
by BLET and BMWED members nationwide. Our “High Alert” report revealed
that America’s rail system is no better protected then it was before
9/11, despite repeated warnings from the Federal Bureau of Investigation
that our rail network is a likely terrorist target.
The report doggedly pressed into national awareness our communications
strategy, and was tirelessly pushed by our BLET, BMWED and IBT state and
national legislative representatives. This initiative by the Rail
Conference spawned the first rail safety legislation in a generation,
the ‘‘Railroad Safety Enhancement Act of 2008.”
“It is vitally important that all BLET and BMWED members participate in
this next phase of our Safe Rails, Secure America campaign,” President
Rodzwicz said. “Please take the time to complete it.”
All responses are completely anonymous and our member’s identity will be
A reply envelope will be provided to return the completed survey by
September 19, 2008.
A copy of the 2005 report, titled "High Alert: Workers Warn of Security
Gaps on Nation’s Railroads report," is available on the BLET website at: