Washington Repeal of Freight Train Crew Law, Initiative 233 (1966)

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The Washington Repeal of Freight Train Crew Law Initiative, also known as Initiative 233, was on the November 8, 1966 ballot in Washington as an Initiative to the People, where it was approved. The measure repealed the statutory limitation on the size of freight train crews.[1]

Election results

Washington Initiative 233 (1966)
Approveda Yes 591,051 63.48%

Election results via: Washington Secretary of State

Text of measure

The language that appeared on the ballot:[1]

An ACT regarding train crew requirements in the railroad industry; repealing a statute which prohibits operating freight trains having twenty-five or more cars with a crew of less than six, or light engines with a crew of less than three, outside yard limits and where more than two trains per day operate over the same line or part thereof; prohibiting the state from preventing railroads from manning freight trains in accordance with collective bargaining agreements or any national or other settlement of train crew size; and declaring that the size of passenger train crews shall not be affected thereby.[2]

Path to the ballot

Initiative 233 was filed on March 22, 1966 by Fred H. Tolan, Chairman of the Committee for Transportation Economy. 166,866 signatures were submitted to qualify it for the ballot. The measure was placed on the ballot as provided for by the state constitution.[3]

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  1. 1.0 1.1 Office of the Secretary of State, "1966 Voters Pamphlet", accessed August 27, 2013
  2. Note: This text is quoted verbatim from the original source. Any inconsistencies are attributed to the original source.
  3. Washington Secretary of State, "Initiatives to the People", accessed August 27, 2013