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(Source: New York Times, April 2, 2024)

The Biden administration announced on Tuesday that it had finalized a new rule that will require the nation’s largest freight railroads to maintain their current staffing of two crew members per train, settling a contentious issue between organized labor and the industry. Edward A. Hall, the national president of the Brotherhood of Locomotive Engineers and Trainmen, said 11 states already required two-person crews. He called the administration’s action “an important step in making railroading safer in every state, rather than a piecemeal approach.”

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