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Oil Trains: Are Profits Worth Our Risk?

By Gerri Songer, Justin Mikulka, and Mark Burrows - Adlai Stevenson Center on Democracy, March 10, 2021

Trains with fewer crew members fatigued from long hours often run through communities carrying flammable oils, explosives, and toxic substances.

At this Stevenson Center webinar, three panelists discuss the need for further regulation of railroads and other practices to protect community safety.

  • Gerri Songer is an educator, local activist and Legislative Director of Northwest Suburban Teachers Union Local 1211 IFT-AFT. She works to prevent accidents which often create hazardous runoff.
  • Justin Mikulka is a freelance writer, audio and video producer and has a Civil and Environmental Engineering degree from Cornell University.
  • Mark Burrows is a retired Canadian Pacific Railroad engineer and an active member of SMART/TD, formerly United Transportation Union, who now works with Railroad Workers United to fight for improved safety for railroad workers and the public.

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