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Lac-Mégantic

If You Care About Railroad Safety You Must Defend Tom Harding

[...from the Winter 2016 issue of THE HIGHBALL]

 

Practically every North American railroader now knows about the tragic train wreck in the town of Lac-Megantic, Quebec in July, 2013.  With its tremendous loss of life and destruction, the disaster made headlines around the world.  In the aftermath of that accident, as we discussed it among ourselves, details became known.  One of those details was that within days of the wreck the locomotive engineer of the runaway train, Tom Harding, was arrested and ultimately charged.  He and his Dispatcher face the possibility of life in prison if found guilty as charged.  No company official of the Montreal, Maine & Atlantic (MM&A) – the railroad upon which the wreck took place - nor the company itself have faced criminal charges... READ MORE

 

Si vous vous souciez de la sécurité ferroviaire, vous devez défendre Tom Harding et Richard Labrie

Quasiment chaque cheminot d'Amérique du Nord connaît maintenant le déraillement de train tragique à la ville de Lac-Mégantic, Québec en Juillet 2013. Avec son énorme perte de la vie et de la destruction, la catastrophe a fait la une dans le monde entier. À la suite de cet accident, comme nous en avons discuté entre nous, les détails sont devenus connus. LIRE LA SUITE

 

For a current timeline of related events before and after the tragedy:  CLICK HERE

Pour la chronologie actuelle traduit en français CLIQUEZ ICI

 

Additionally, there are two upcoming court dates.  They are:

1. The next court hearing in Lac-Mégantic for Harding and Labrie and minor company official Jean Demaitre, on the 47 charges each of criminal negligence causing death levied by the Quebec Crown Prosecutor, is April 4, 2016 in Lac-Mégantic. [Note: Harding and Labrie are members of United Steelworkers Union Local 1976]

2. The next court hearing on the less serious criminal larges levied by the federal government through Transport Canada and Environment Canada for Harding, Labrie and five company officials is May 3, 2016 in Sherbrooke, Quebec.


Obama Crosses the Line

by Brother Bill Perdue, TCU/IAM, Las Vegas NV - December 18, 2012

The ‘fiscal cliff’ is a maneuver to enrich the rich and pauperize workers as a whole by sacrificing retired workers.

It was inevitable once Obama was elected. Attacks on the standard of living of workers and retired workers has always been his goal. Obots, Democrats and other sellouts enabled this sellout. The leadership of the AFL-CIO enabled this sellout. These labor sellouts now join the Democrats as proven enemies of working people in the eyes of growing numbers of workers and retired workers. In the unions we have to fight to replace them with real leaders from the union left, leaders not afraid to strike, to organize or to act independently of the twin parties of the banksters.

Obama is, on behalf of the banks he sold himself to, going to cap COLAs, gut Medicare and Medicaid and raise the retirement age again. That, and continuing declines in the wages and benefits of workers as a whole because of union busting by Democrats and Republicans will further deepen the depression and further fuel the radicalization of working people.

Workers need political independence from the parties of the banksters. That will come as the union left grows and challenges the sellout Trumka leadership by organizing and winning strikes to regain all that was lost under Carter, Reagan, the Bushes, the Clinton’s the Bushes and Obama.

Those struggles will inevitably lead to the creation or workers parties and a workers government.