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(Source: Written statement of TTD President Greg Regan at a hearing before the House Subcommittee on Railroads, May 11, 2023)

“On behalf of the Transportation Trades Department, AFL-CIO (TTD), and our 37 affiliated unions, I thank Chairman Nehls and Ranking Member Payne for inviting me to testify before the Committee today on the current state of our rail supply chain. By way of background, among the many unions who affiliate with TTD, we proudly represent the totality of rail labor, whose members work on the front lines across the entire passenger and freight rail industry. That includes the rail workers directly engaged in freight transportation at railroads and ports who see first-hand the effects of a broken freight rail industry mired by self-inflicted service, safety, and staffing issues.

“The Class I railroads have strayed from the traditional operating model of a service industry that responds to the demands and needs of its customers. Instead, the Class I railroads began pursuing an operating model known as Precision Scheduled Railroading (PSR) in 2015. Fundamentally, PSR seeks to generate the highest possible profits through the lowest possible operating ratios. To achieve these profits, railroads have stripped rail networks of their physical and human capital.”

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