Railroad Workers - History Home Page

One of the many reasons people join unions is so they can band together and bargain more effectively with their employers for better wages, safer working conditions, health benefits, accident insurance, and other benefits.  On average, union workers’ wages are 30 percent higher than their non-union counterparts. They also enjoy the union advantage of better benefits, working conditions, and more of a voice on the job about how the work gets done. Unions are here to help fight for more righteous, fair, and just treatment of workers and their families.

Workers still need unions today, as much as ever—because most corporations often focus on profit at the expense of employees. The nature of our work environment in America continues to change—yet remains the same. Employers are still trying to shed their responsibilities for providing health insurance, good pension coverage, reasonable work hours and job safety protections for their workers. They have not stopped trying to make workers' jobs and incomes less secure through downsizing, furloughs, outsourcing, contracting out, or shifting from full-time to part-time jobs. Working people still need a voice at work to keep employers from making our jobs look like they did 100 years ago, with sweatshop conditions, unlivable wages, unsafe working conditions, and 80-hour workweeks. 

To help understand the importance of unions and what workers had to endure to make life better for all, we need to remember our history— what things were like, how far we've come, and how we got here.  Remember - the unions have been continuously fighting for the 99% for well over 100 years.

This web site provides information about the history of Railroad Unions including some of the major strikes, accomplishments, and 'lessons learned' over time. This site also provides links to various other web sites containing information about the railroad unions, their history, technological advances, and the history of the railroad industry in general. 

America's Railroads

"America was made by the railroads. They united the country and then stimulated the economic development that enabled the country to become the world's richest nation. Yet the epic tale of the growth of the railroads and their influence on the development of the nation is now largely forgotten and ignored."   -  Christian Wolmar, "The Great Railroad Revolution", 2012

YouTube U.S. Railroad History Video

* Make sure you visit the Railroad & Rail Worker News site and the Railroad History & Labor Unions video channel on YouTube

National Rail Contract

Read the latest news from the United Transportation Union (UTU) on the National Rail Contract and related news of interest to railroad union workers. See UTU National Rail Contract News

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