Bill would give yardmasters hours of service protection

Trains Industry Newsletter
Get a weekly roundup of the industry news you need.
By signing up you may also receive occasional reader surveys and special offers from Trains magazine. View our privacy policy.
WASHINGTON — A bill that would include yardmasters among railroad employees covered by the Hours of Service Act was recently filed in the U.S. House of Representatives.

Yardmasters often work shifts as long as 16 hours, and more 24-hour shifts are on the rise, according to the bill's sponsor, U.S. Rep. Rick Nolan, D-Minn. Yardmasters traditionally managed one rail yard, but now they have been assigned to oversee several yards.

“Yardmasters in the rail industry work demanding jobs,” Nolan said in a news release. "All of our nation's yardmasters deserve these necessary and common sense protections to ensure their safety.”

The Hours of Service Law limits on-duty time to 12 hours, along with mandatory rest periods. It now covers operating personnel, dispatchers, and signal maintainers.
Nolan's bill was filed June 29, and referred to the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee. Nolan's news release says the bill has been endorsed by International Association of Sheet Metal, Air, Rail, and Transportation Workers, the AFL-CIO and Transportation Trades Department.

See the news release online.

NEWSWIRETrains News Wire

  • Previous Day
  • July 19, 2017
  • Next Day
Leave a Comment
Want to leave a comment?
Only registered members of TrainsMag.com are allowed to leave comments. Registration is FREE and only takes a couple minutes.

Login or Register now.
Please keep your feedback on-topic and respectful. Trains staffers reserve the right to edit or delete any comments.
0 COMMENTS
Big Boy

Big Boy

All about the world's biggest locomotive

SEE INSIDE THIS ISSUE

Learn more about the stories and photos in this months issue

Newsletter Sign-Up

By signing up you may also receive occasional reader surveys and special offers from Trains magazine.Please view our privacy policy
Subscribe Up To 54% off the newsstand price!
Subscribe To Trains Mag Today
+