Brian Schultz, President
IBEW Local 747, SC7, IBEW
76 Washington Avenue
East Hartford CT 06118
Phone: (203) 668-7477

Essential Resources

Essential Work Related Links :

Charles Goetsch Law Offices LLC

Charlie Goetsch is an IBEW Designated Legal Counsel with over 30 years experience helping injured workers recover under the FELA and protecting employees who blow the whistle on safety or fraud in the workplace. He has tried over 50 federal jury trials and argued over a dozen federal appeals, including a case against Metro North Railroad before the United States Supreme Court. Charlie tried the first Federal Rail Safety Act jury case in the nation, and in a  published decision upholding that landmark verdict, New Haven United States District Judge Janet Bond Arterton reconized Attorney Goetsch's "nationally recognized specialization in train law" and "exceptional performance in being the first attorney to try a FRSA case to a successful verdict," and stated for emloyees' rights, and his longstanding and highly developed practice makes him more efficient, creative, and effective for his railroad employee clients than an attorney of similar trial experience in federal litigation but without the benefits of his specialization." Barati v. Metro North Railroad Co., 939 F. Supp.2d 153 (D.Conn. 2013)

Many of Charlie’s FELA cases have resulted in multi-million dollar verdicts or settlements, and he created the leading resources for FRSA whistleblower matters, his blog at  and the Rail Whistleblower Library at his web site  He holds a LLM from Harvard Law School and has been selected as a Connecticut Super Lawyer’s  in the fields of Transportation Law and Plaintiff Employment Litigation.  Charlie has offices in New Haven and can be reached anytime at

Charles C. Goetsch

Charles Goetsch Law Offices LLC

405 Orange St.

New Haven, CT 06511

203-672-1370 office

203-776-3965 fax



The IBEW® Founders’ Scholarships honor the dedicated wiremen and linemen

who, on November 28, 1891, organized the International Brotherhood of Electrical

Workers®. Each year the officers of the IBEW® are pleased to offer its working

members scholarships on a competitive basis. It is hoped that the awards will not

only contribute to the personal development of our members but also steward the

electrical industry that our founders envisioned.

This award is for $200 per semester credit hour at any accredited college or university

toward an associate’s, bachelor’s or postgraduate degree in an approved field.

The maximum distribution is $24,000 over a period not to exceed eight years.


United States Railroad Retirement Board

The Official Website of the U.S. Railroad Retirement Board - Administering retirement/survivor and unemployment/sickness benefit programs for railroad workers and their families.


Cahill & Perry, P.C

For more than three decades, Cahill & Perry, P.C. Attorneys at Law, has remained the go-to law firm for injured railroad workers and their families in New York, Connecticut, Boston, Massachusetts, and New Jersey. Our attorneys fight hard for workers, we devote personal attention to each client and we help to level the playing field in struggles between rail labor and rail management. We have collected more than $150 million for people involved in railyard accidents and personal injuries stemming from unsafe working conditions.

Whether you are a railroad worker who has been injured or retaliated against, or a train passenger or outside contractor injured on railroad equipment or property, you need to know your rights. Our railroad accident attorneys have comprehensive experience with Federal Employers Liability Act (FELA) personal injuries and Federal Rail Safety Act (FRSA) retaliation matters. We have helped people with all types of injuries and problems on railroads such as:

  • Amtrak (National Rail Passenger Corp. or NRPC)
  • CSX Railroad (CSX Rail)
  • Norfolk Southern Railroad (NFSR or NSRR)
  • Metro-North Commuter Railroad (Metro-North Railroad or MN RR)
  • Massachusetts Bay Commuter Railroad (MBCR)
  • New Jersey Transit (NJ Transit Rail)
  • Long Island Railroad (LIRR)
  • Port Authority Trans-Hudson (PATH or PATH Rail)
  • Providence and Worcester Railroad (PW Railroad)
  • Pan Am Railways
  • Short line railroads


MTA Metro North Railroad The Official Site! Plan Your Trip on the Metro North Commuter Rail Here!



International Brotherhood Of Electrical Workers (IBEW) represents approximately 675,000 members who work in a wide variety of fields, including utilities, construction, telecommunications, broadcasting, manufacturing, railroads and government.  The IBEW has members in both the United States and Canada and stands out among the American unions in the AFL-CIO because it is among the largest and has members in so many skilled occupations.


Amtrak -The National Railroad Passenger Corporation, Amtrak, is a corporation striving to deliver a high quality, safe, on-time rail passenger service that exceeds customer expectations. Learn all about Amtrak here from every angle.



Union Web Services - Communications Workers of America affiliated organization dedicated to ensuring the highest standards in communications. Tools and services to revitalize the labor movement in the US and beyond. All UWS workers are members of CWA, Local 1180.


IBEW 2nd District homepage -The IBEW's Second District encompasses the states of Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Rhode Island and Vermont and represents approximately 40,000 members throughout these New England states.


The AFL-CIO Homepage The American Federation of Labor and Congress of Industrial Organizations is an expression of the hopes and aspirations of the working people of America.

We resolve to fulfill the yearning of the human spirit for liberty, justice and community; to advance individual and associational freedom; to vanquish ­oppression, privation and cruelty in all their forms; and to join with all persons, of whatever nationality or faith, who cherish the cause of democracy and the call of solidarity, to grace the planet with these achievements.

We dedicate ourselves to improving the lives of working families, bringing fairness and dignity to the workplace and securing social equity in the Nation.


NLRB The National Labor Relations Board is an independent federal agency that protects the rights of private sector employees to join together, with or without a union, to improve their wages and working conditions.


DOL (Department of Labor)  Mission : To foster, promote, and develop the welfare of the wage earners, job seekers, and retirees of the United States; improve working conditions; advance opportunities for profitable employment; and assure work-related benefits and rights.

Health, Safety, Retirement Links :


OSHA The Occupational Safety & Health Administration web site
With the Occupational Safety and Health Act of 1970, Congress created the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) to assure safe and healthful working conditions for working men and women by setting and enforcing standards and by providing training, outreach, education and assistance.


NEBF Throughout the entire history of the National Electrical Benefit Fund, both electrical workers and contractors have dared to dream of a pension plan that would help bring security, dignity, and peace-of-mind to all plan participants.

Today, NEBF is the third largest Taft-Hartley Pension Plan in the United States. It serves over 502,000 participating individuals, with 119,120 of those individuals receiving either a retirement or surviving spouse benefit.  The Plan has over 8,000 contributing employers, resulting in over 370,000,000 hours worked in covered employment.


BLS - The Bureau of Labor Statistics of the U.S. Department of Labor is the principal Federal agency responsible for measuring labor market activity, working conditions, and price changes in the economy. Its mission is to collect, analyze, and disseminate essential economic information to support public and private decision-making. As an independent statistical agency, BLS serves its diverse user communities by providing products and services that are objective, timely, accurate, and relevant.


Employee Free Choice Act A growing, bipartisan coalition of policymakers supports the Employee Free Choice Act, proposed legislation that would ensure that workers have a free choice and a fair chance to form a union.  Simply put, the Employee Free Choice Act will allow workers to once again choose to form unions without the fear of being fired. 

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