IAM Rail Division Statement on Train Derailment in Montana

June 24, 2023 –The International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers (IAM) Rail Division is grateful that no injuries were reported after today’s train derailment on the Montana bridge. We salute the first responders who quickly responded to the incident.

The IAM Rail Division remains committed to highlighting the safety issues and dangers in today’s rail industry. This is why our union continues urging Congress to pass the Bipartisan Railway Safety Act, a common-sense piece of legislation that will create several essential safety improvements to the nation’s railways. This bipartisan legislation will make the rail industry safer for workers and the communities in which they work.

Brotherhood of Railway Carmen representatives from the IAM Rail Division will be on the site for the investigation. We will monitor the investigation by the Montana Rail Link and other authorities on the cause of this derailment and hope that steps are taken to prevent similar incidents from happening in the future.

The IAM Rail Division comprises members from the Transportation Communications Union (TCU/IAM) and IAM District 19. The International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers (IAM) is one of North America’s largest and most diverse industrial trade unions, representing approximately 600,000 active and retired members in the aerospace, defense, airlines, railroad, manufacturing, transit, healthcare, automotive, and other industries.

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