October 7, 2015

Leadership Messages

Previsich discusses candidacy with Sen. Sanders


SMART Transportation Division President John Previsich recently conversed with U.S. Senator Bernie Sanders (I – Vt.) about Sanders’ democratic candidacy for President of the United States and the positive impact that the voice of unionized labor can have on the outcome of the race. Sanders is well known for his record of voting for policies [...]

Happy Labor Day from SMART


This Labor Day, we recognize the incredible achievements of North America’s working people and celebrate the men and women whose hard work make our nations prosper. We recognize there are many who are frustrated because despite all the vital contributions we make, too many of us struggle to support our families. Working families in both the [...]

Locals should prepare for officer elections


Under the provisions of Article Twenty-One B (21B), Section 57, of the SMART Constitution, elections of Local Legislative Representatives and Alternate Legislative Representatives will be held by all Transportation Division Locals in November 2015. Permanent vacancies that exist in any other elective positions also should be filled during this election. The election of Transportation Division delegates [...]

Legislative, Alt. Legislative Rep. elections planned


Members and SMART Transportation Division (TD) Local officers are reminded elections for the positions of Legislative Representative and Alternate Legislative Representative are being conducted this autumn by all TD Locals, with nominations to be taken at the October 2015 meetings. Generally, those eligible for these four-year positions include all members in good standing (including those [...]

Disability insurance available to members


Updated: October 1, 2015 Although you may have missed the open enrollment period for the long-term (VLTD) and short-term disability (VSTD) plans, members can still sign up for disability insurance. Members who missed the open enrollment deadline will be subject to pre-existing condition screening, a medical exam and approval.  Additional questions should be directed to [...]

PTC, two-person crews necessary after Amtrak tragedy


By John Previsich, SMART Transportation Division President We are all aware of the recent incident that occurred on Amtrak Train 188 in Philadelphia. Three of our conductor Brothers and Sisters from Local 1370 in New York City and the engineer operating the locomotive have had their lives forever changed by a tragedy that could have [...]

BLET/SMART TD statement on Positive Train Control, crew size following fatal Amtrak derailment in Philadelphia


(The following is a joint statement by Dennis R. Pierce, National President of the Brotherhood of Locomotive Engineers and Trainmen, and John Previsich, President, SMART Transportation Division, regarding questions that have arisen since the fatal Amtrak derailment in Philadelphia on May 12, 2015.) CLEVELAND, May 19 — Members of BLET’s Safety Task Force and SMART [...]

SMART TD applauds DOT’s tank car final rule


Washington, D.C. – Earlier today, the Department of Transportation (DOT) announced its final rule for rail shipments of flammable liquids. The rule calls for enhanced safety standards for High-Hazard Flammable Trains (HHFT), including stricter tank car construction standards, the phasing out of older tank car models, the use of electronically controlled pneumatic brakes (ECP), and [...]

What do we, as a labor organization, want?


By John Risch, National Legislative Director –  What do we want? What do you want? What does your union want? What does labor want? The most common question I get when working Capitol Hill here in Washington, D.C., is – “What’s the ask?” – meaning, what is it you’re going to ask the representative or senator [...]

Previsich: ‘It’s your union and it’s your future’


By John Previsich, SMART Transportation Division President –  Today, people who work in a unionized environment are facing challenges unlike any that have come before. The current political climate is fostering attacks not only on organized labor, but also on the rights and entitlements of workers in every industry. From “right to work for less” bills [...]