Fight over railroad ‘camp cars’ reaches Congress

By Scott Finn

sfinn@wvpubcast.org

In the last few years, there’s been a mini-boom in coal production. That means more traffic on the region’s railroads – and more of a need to fix and maintain those railroads. The people who maintain the railroads work long hours in isolated areas. A few years ago, those workers slept in converted boxcars. But today, only about 500 employees stay in so-called camp cars. All of them work for one company — Norfolk Southern. 

A railroad workers’ union wants the camp cars outlawed and want railroad workers to stay in motels. Now, the debate over camp cars has left the tracks and reached the halls of Congress. Scott Finn reports.

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