Proposition Summary

Initiative. Declares state policy on manning trains. Provides that Award No. 282 of Federal Arbitration Board on manning of diesel powered freight trains shall be effective in California, and that no state law or regulation shall prevent a railroad from manning trains in accordance with federal legislation or awards pursuant thereto, or collective bargaining agreements. Repeals initiative provisions on crews required for freight, mixed, or work trains, and right of State Public Utilities Commission to determine number of brakemen on all trains, and repeals other legislation concerning crews on certain kinds of trains.

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Popular Vote Results

Y: 4074648; A: 61.0; N: 2602731; B: 39.0

Election Type

General Election

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Code Sections Affected

Added Cal. Lab. Code sections 6900.1, 6900,5, Repealed Cal. Lab. Code sections 6902, 6902.1, 6902,5, 6903

For Author

Senator, Hugh M. Burns, (D) Fresno President Pro Tem California State Senate; John F. McCarthy, State Senator, 13th Senatorial District; Dr. Muriel B. Duncan, Los Angeles State Women's Club Leader

Against Author

James L. Evans, Chairman, Brotherhood of Locomotive Firemen and Enginemen, AFL-CIO, State Legislative Board; G. W. Ballard, State Representative Brotherhood of Railroad Trainmen. AFL-CIO