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What are the rewards of being an ORB volunteer?

“It’s satisfying to help my fellow brothers and sisters keep their jobs.” —Kalynn Dawson, Western Division ORB captain

How is an ORB volunteer similar to a concerned friend?

“I find that ORB volunteers have a natural inclination to help others - our concern for others is genuine.” —Rory Black, Southern Division peer advocate

What are the rewards of being an ORB volunteer?

“Experiencing a positive outcome for employees with various problems.” —Voncille Holman, New York Division captain

How is an ORB volunteer similar to a concerned friend?

"Just like a friend, a RedBlock volunteer will do just about anything to help someone." —Sean McGrath, steering committee member

Managers support RedBlock

Trainmaster George Ross supports Operation RedBlock as an events coordinator for the New England Division. He distributes educational material to captains and notifies managers of upcoming events.          Planning enables managers to ensure a full staff during RedBlock events. He also advocates the program to other managers.
A passion for helping others

    Sheila Heard, captain, is a reputable New England Division’s Operation RedBlock team member. In 2015, she was honored to receive both a Captain’s Award and a Spirit Award. “She gets out there and has a lot of passion for what she does,” said George Ross, events coordinator. “She really wants to make sure people get the right information.”
Johnson encourages employees to seek help

   Trainmaster Eric Johnson is a longtime Operation RedBlock supporter. He serves on New England Division’s ORB steering committee, but he became a volunteer 16 years ago as a conductor. “I’m involved because I like helping people,” he said. “I do it to save lives.” As a manager, Johnson is key in supporting RedBlock culture.
Q&A with Francine Waldron

   How does Operation RedBlock support Amtrak as a whole? “We are accessible to all Amtrak union employees. We promote a drug- and alcohol-free workplace, and safety is a result of our program.” Do you see a greater need for RedBlock now as compared to 10 or 20 years ago? “Maybe a little more as there are new designer drugs and higher potencies than in the past.”

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Martha Henderson
Labor Coordinator-West
Mike McKenna
Labor Coordinator-Central and Southern
Operation Roadblock volunteers are silent warriors seeking to simply help coworkers through tough spots. Confidentiality is the cornerstone.
Barry Eveland
Labor Coordinator-East
Operation RedBlock
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