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Railroad Workers Given The Right To Appeal Extermination Due To Background Checks

February 16, 2007 3:30 p.m. EST

Mary K. Brunskill - All Headline News Staff Writer

Chicago, IL (AHN) - A railroad industry spokesman said Friday that railroad employees who are terminated after failing background checks will be able to appeal. The announcement comes after at least three dozen railway workers - most of them from Chicago - complained that they were unjustly fired.

The checks were recommended by the Homeland Security Department, which is trying to increase its efforts to secure critical infrastructure, including ports and railroads.

U.S. Newswire quotes Santos Marinez, a trustee of Local 705 in Chicago, as saying, "Although there is no government mandate, railroads are requiring their rail terminal contractors to screen employees by utilizing a criminal history record check.

"There are also a variety of ways, both inconsistent and haphazard, that the background checks have been applied."

In the past, only employers - not workers - had the right to appeal if a worker was fired.

Ed Hamberger, president of the Association of American Railroads, said before a Congressional panel Friday that the industry would give workers the right to appeal on their own.

Civil rights activist Jesse Jackson said he was pleased with the decision.

"These guys can't afford lawyers," he said, according to AP. "They're just thrown back to the wolves."

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