October 4, 2015

Operation Lifesaver awards $204k for safety campaigns

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Operation Lifesaver, Inc. (OLI), in partnership with the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA), announced more than $200,000 in grants to 13 State Operation Lifesaver programs for a variety of highway-rail grade crossing safety public education projects, in conjunction with the nonprofit safety group’s ongoing “See Tracks? Think Train!” public awareness campaign. The grants will be awarded to Operation Lifesaver organizations [...]

Taking school bus safety to a new level


Last month at NHTSA, we brought together many of our safety partners to discuss how we might better protect children when they ride school buses. Today, thankfully, school buses are the safest way for children to get around. On average each year, four school-age children lost their lives in bus crashes from 2000 to 2012. Contrast that [...]

Long-term disability insurance for bus members

Beginning June 29, 2015 through September 30, 2015, an open enrollment period was available for Transportation Division members to enroll in the new Voluntary Long-Term Disability (VLTD) Plan.  Although you may have missed the open enrollment period for disability insurance, members can still sign up. Members who missed the open enrollment deadline will be subject [...]

Obama nominates former MBTA head Scott to NTSB

President Barack Obama on Tuesday, July 28, nominated Beverly Scott, the former general manager of the Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority (MBTA), for membership on the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB). Scott served as the MBTA’s general manager until April 2015, when she stepped down following severe weather-related service disruptions. She began her stint at the [...]

Substantial demand shows need for TIGER grants


TIGER 2015 applications totaled $9.8 billion, far exceeding the $500 million for the program Washington, D.C. – U.S. Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx today announced that applications to the U.S. Department of Transportation for its seventh round of Transportation Investment Generating Economic Recovery (TIGER) grants totaled $9.8 billion, almost 20 times the $500 million set aside [...]

TTD says ‘no’ to hair specimen drug testing


In a letter to the Department of Health dated July 29, 2015, President Edward Wytkind of the Transportation Trades Department (TTD) of the AFL-CIO supported the gold standard in drug testing but opposed unsubstantiated hair specimen testing. Read the letter below. On behalf of the Transportation Trades Department, AFL-CIO (TTD), I write to comment on [...]

OSHA warns of heat illness in outdoor workers

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HEAT ILLNESS CAN BE DEADLY. Every year, thousands of workers become sick from exposure to heat, and some even die. Heat illnesses and deaths are preventable. Employers are responsible for providing workplaces that are safe from excessive heat. What is heat illness? The body normally cools itself by sweating. During hot weather, especially with high [...]

Sen. Bernie Sanders addresses SMART


Senator Bernie Sanders (D – Vt.) was invited to speak at the SMART Business Agents’ conference, Tuesday, July 28 held at the Washington Hilton, Washington D.C. Watch the video below to hear Sen. Sanders’ speech about the shrinking middle class, the need for improvements in our nation’s infrastructure, the need for trade unions in the [...]

FTA highlights public transportation accessibility


Bethesda, Md. – Federal Transit Administration (FTA) Acting Administrator Therese McMillan was at a bus stop just north of Bethesda Maryland to highlight the success of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) on the landmark legislation’s 25th anniversary. The Acting Administrator spoke about the great advances that have been made since the Act was passed, [...]

GOP bill would undermine auto, rail safety regulations


Washington, D.C. – At a time of record auto recalls and high-profile train wrecks, Republicans are working on legislation to roll back safety regulation of the auto and railroad industries. A bill approved this week on a party-line vote by a Senate committee brims with industry-sought provisions that would block, delay or roll back safety [...]