Civil rights leader Jesse Jackson and House Judiciary
Chairman John Conyers, D-MI, say at least 36 railroad workers may have been
fired unfairly because they failed background checks that were recommended by
the Transportation Security Administration.
According to The
Associated Press, the workers were ex-convicts who had worked for
Burlington Northern-Santa Fe for up to 11 years with clean employment records -
but whose convictions showed up on their background checks.
"Without uniform rules and a fair appeals process, we cannot
stand by while these companies take away the lifeline of hardworking, honest
people," Conyers told The AP.