The Association of American Railroads (AAR), the American Short Line and Regional Railroad Association (ASLRRA), the Transportation Trades Department (TTD) of the AFL-CIO, and the Brotherhood of Locomotive Engineers and Trainmen (BLET) said they are pleased that Congress and President Donald Trump have approved a $2 trillion stimulus package that includes provisions for rail workers’ access to unemployment and sickness benefits amid the coronavirus pandemic.
“This aid package will offer vital relief to hardworking rail employees whose jobs are impacted during these challenging times,” said AAR President Ian Jefferies. AAR represents the Class I railroads, Amtrak, and other freight and passenger rail-related interests. “We thank Congress for ensuring railroaders have access to this lifeline. The industry is committed to working in partnership with its employees as we navigate the COVID-19 pandemic, and railroaders will continue to deliver what America needs.”