1/4 Chicago Rally To Defend Harding and Labrie-Safe Trains Now-No More Lac-Mégantics!

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A rally will be held in Chicago at the Canadian Consulate on Jan 4 to defend framed Canadian railway workers Harding and Labrie and to demand safe railroads in Canada and the US

1/4 Chicago Rally To Defend Harding and Labrie-Safe Trains Now-No More Lac-Mégantics!

Safe Trains Now!

No More Lac-Mégantics!

Harding and Labrie are not guilty!

Rail Workers Did Not Cause the Lac-Mégantic Train Wreck

Drop the Charges NOW!

Chicago Rall
Thursday January 4, 2017 1:00 PM
180 N. Stetson St.
Chicago, Illinois
For more information
Local Contact
Michelle Burke (773)295-6354 or
Mark Burrows 773-486-7001
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Over three years ago, a runaway train carrying dangerous Bakken crude oil crashed in the small Canadian town of Lac-Mégantic, Quebec, killing 47 people and burning half the town. People naturally wanted to why this tragedy happened.

The easy answer is always “human error” – some worker must have done something wrong. That way nobody looks at the complex system of risky corporate management rules and government oversight that determine how safe the railroad really is. So it’s no surprise that rail workers Tom Harding and Richard Labrie are on trial in Quebec, facing 47 counts of homicide for causing the Lac-Mégantic crash.

The trial has been going on for over three months. Over 30 witnesses have been asked who or what caused the crash. Witness after witness tore big holes in the government case. They testified under oath about management policy after policy made the railroad less safe, or about lax or even non-existent oversight by regulatory agencies. One last point: These witnesses, every one of them, were government witnesses.

The trial testimony is clear. No, the actions of rail workers Harding and Labrie did not cause the Lac-Mégantic tragedy. No, Tom Harding and Richard Labrie did not cause 47 deaths. There is no good reason for this case to go on. There is no good reason for a judge to decide on the fate of these two workers. DROP THE CHARGES NOW!

We All Need Real Rail Safety Now!

Just about every time a government witness talked about unsafe railroad management policies and procedures the trial judge jumped in: “The MMA Railroad is not on trial.” Real accountability for the people of Quebec and everywhere in North America requires a full inquiry and prosecution of those who created the risky conditions that still exist today. As long as railroad management calls the shots without accountability, there will be more Lac-Mégantics, more Seattle and Philadelphia crashes. More too long and too heavy trains, work schedules that guarantee exhausted crews, more trains with one crew-member on dangerous mile long trains. Rail workers need more rail safety. So does everybody who lives near a train line or rides a train. That means all of us. Dropping the charges against Tom Harding and Richard Labrie is just the first step.

Endorsed by:

Railroad Workers United (RWU)
Workers Solidarity Action Network (WSAN)
United Public Workers For Action (UPWA)
Transport Workers Solidarity Committee (TWSC)

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WW12-26-17 Campaign For Railroad Workers Facing Trial For Lac-Mégantic Wreck
Pacifica KPFA WorkWeek Radio looks at a railroad workers defense campaign taking place in Quebec , Canada. In 2014 a major train wreck took place in Lac-Mégantic when a run away train with loaded with highly dangerous fuel smashed into the Lac-Mégantic city center killing 47 people. The company Montreal, Maine and Atlantic (MMA) and the Canadian government blamed three workers for this catastrophic wreck.
USW Locomotive engineer Tom Harding is one of three former Montreal, Maine and Atlantic (MMA) railroad employees along with operations manager Jean Demaître and railway traffic controller Richard Labrie who were each charged with 47 counts of criminal negligence causing death in connection with the deadly derailment and explosions at Lac-Mégantic.
With growing rail and transit disasters in Washinton, New York City and throughout the country are the workers really to blame? We look at the deregulation and the attack on rail workers and health and safety conditions by railroad bosses. On January 4th there will be protests at Canadian consulates in the US and around the world to demand freedom for these railroad workers.
WorkWeek is joined with Railroad Workers United RWU and Workers Solidarity Action Network WSAN member Mark Burrows who is a retired SMART 1433 Canadian Pacific railroader and is helping to organize the defense campaign. We also interview Fritz Elder who is a veteran Locomotive engineer, and chair of the Lac-Mégantic rail workers defense committee and a special rep for Railroad Workers United RWU.
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