IAM District 19, Local Lodge 498 Members Meet with Reps. Schakowsky and Garcia in Support of REEF Act

APDGC Andrew Sandberg, GC Heath Jacobs, L.L.498 President Shaun O’Connor, and Local Chairman Dave May recently met with U.S. Reps. Chuy Garcia (D-IL) and Jan Schakowsky (D-IL). The discussion focused on H.R. 2785, the REEF Act, which would permanently exempt payments made by the RUIA from being subject to the current 5.7% reduction. The bipartisan bill is progressing, but members must contact their federal representatives to support this legislation.

Reps. Schakowsky and Garcia had many questions about safety and the effect of PSR on our members. In addition, the accident in East Palestine, OH, was also a topic of discussion. S. 576, the Railway Safety Act of 2023, is progressing in the Senate, and if passed to the House, Schakowsky and Garcia support it. If passed, this legislation ensures that adequately trained mechanics will have the time necessary to perform a quality inspection.

Help protect rail workers and their benefits by sending a letter to Congress telling your representative and senators that you want them to support the REEF Act.

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