As railroad industry corporate executives held their conference at the Union League Club of Chicago, a militant protest took place outside on the sidewalk. It was organized by BMWED – IBT, other railroad workers groups and community activists on March 12, 2018. They alerted the public to the alarming statistics on railroad safety, taking the lives of railroad workers and of people living in communities the trains travel through. Chicagoland, they pointed out, “is the primary rail hub for North America’s sensitive cargo supply chains”. Deaths and injuries could be avoided if the industry were forced to stop skimping on needed maintenance in their gluttony for profits.