TCU Condemns Terrorist Attacks in London

TCU Condemns Terrorist Attacks in London,
Calls Upon Congress for Greater Transportation Security at Home

The officers and members of the Transportation Communications Union/IAM express their deepest sympathy to the people of London, England, who have suffered such a terrible tragedy with the terrorist bombings on their public transit system on July 7. Our hearts and prayers go out to all who have endured loss and pain. As transportation workers, we commend the courage and quick thinking of our English counterparts who responded with individual acts of heroism. We join with them in calling for the swift capture and condemnation of the criminals responsible.

These despicable acts may have taken place on foreign soil, but they hit close to home: our members are on the job every day working with pride to provide safe and secure transportation to our country’s citizens and visitors. We are charged with being the front line eyes and ears against such attacks occurring on American soil. But the sad fact is that just three days before the bombings, the U.S. Senate voted to cut $50 million in mass transit security funds.

President Bush and Congress must get serious about the security of our nation’s transportation system. Now more than ever, we need to work together to ensure full funding for a safe and secure national passenger rail system, for increased security on our nation’s freight railroads and buses and to safeguard the lives of every day Americans. Nothing is more important than protecting our nation’s ability to move forward.

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