Association of American Railroads Petition to Open an Emergency Docket for Extreme Winter Weather

Attached is a letter sent by AFL-CIO TTD President to the FRA protesting the claims by all class one railroads that they need a waiver to operate in winter weather. This waiver request is the result of neglected locomotive maintenance.

The Rail Division and our PDGC explained to the TTD for the attached letter, how reduced manpower and the avoidance of maintenance and repairs have caused the possibility of excessive locomotive failures.

The AAR and class one railroads believe the further neglect will help them get through the cold weather. As you can see, we disagree and recommend that a waiver is not granted.