Brothers and Sisters,
The holiday season is upon us. It is one of the best times of the year to spend with family and friends. In an industry where we are often away from our loved ones for long periods of time, it is our sincere hope that you are able to spend time with these loved ones for the Christmas season.
With the end of the holiday season, we will see us in the grips of winter across the country. Winter is a hard time for working in the elements, and most of the membership works outside. It is much more important to take your surroundings into account during this time of year. Snow can cover ice and cause serious slip and trip injuries. Working long hours and night shifts to ensure snow and ice are removed from switches, crossings and responding to broken rail callouts to keep trains moving, make this work more difficult in winter conditions. Winter road conditions make travel to and at work more precarious. Take the time to get where you need to be safely.
The work is never easy and never free of danger. Look out for each other and remember that safety can never be taken for granted.
During the holidays, spend time with family and friends, enjoy this time, as it goes by fast. As you enjoy the Christmas spirit with friends and family, take care to ensure that you have a safe ride home.
Wishing you all the best in 2020, we look forward to working with you all to continue to build our great organization.
In Solidarity from the TCRC MWED executive board and our families, to you and yours.
Anthony Della Porta