February 6, 2016

Leadership Messages

SMART TD supports FRA’s efforts to clarify vision standards

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On Monday, January 25, John Previsich, president of SMART Transportation Division, filed a letter with the Federal Railroad Administration (FRA) in strong support of the FRA’s efforts to clarify vision standards and testing for locomotive engineers and conductors.  Read the complete article here.

SMART TD opposes auto control systems in FRA letter

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In a letter to the Federal Railroad Administration’s (FRA) Associate Administrator for Safety Robert Lauby, SMART Transportation Division’s National Legislative Director John Risch called on the FRA to issue an emergency order prohibiting the use of auto control systems. In his letter, Risch maintained that the FRA should regulate these systems, just as cell phones [...]

SMART endorses Hillary Clinton for President

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SMART, the International Association of Sheet Metal, Air, Rail and Transportation Workers, has endorsed Hillary Clinton as the union’s choice for President in the upcoming 2016 election. Clinton stood out to members based on her strong leadership, experience, competency and unwavering support for working families. The selection process had input from a survey of the [...]

SMART TD sends letter to STB opposing CP/NS merger

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In a letter dated, January 14, SMART TD President John Previsich wrote the Surface Transportation Board opposing a Canadian Pacific Railway proposal to acquire Norfolk Southern Railroad. See the letter in its entirety below or click here to read the letter. “Dear Chairman Elliott, Vice Chairman Miller and Member Begeman: “I am writing to you [...]

PEB 249 report – A win for SMART members and Rail Labor Coalition

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After nearly five years of bargaining, Presidential Emergency Board (PEB) 249, formed in November, 2015 to resolve the contract dispute between the Rail Labor Coalition (Coalition) and New Jersey’s mammoth commuter carrier, New Jersey Transit (NJT), sided with unionized workers in recommending the main points of the Coalition’s proposal, including retroactive wage payments and an [...]

SMART TD, BLET petition FRA for speed signs

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SMART TD and the Brotherhood of Locomotive Engineers & Trainmen (BLET) have submitted a petition to the Federal Railroad Administration (FRA) for rulemaking that mandates uniform warning speed signs in advance of a permanent speed restriction. SMART TD National Legislative Director John Risch said, “Not having speed signs would be like listing all the traffic [...]

Risch: Make sure you’re registered to vote!

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Dear Member, How often have you heard the phrase, “this is the most important election in our lifetime?” Plenty, I’m sure. The truth is, every election is important, with the stakes being higher in a presidential election year — especially for rail, transit and airline workers and retirees who are directly impacted by administration regulations and [...]

New Year’s Message from John Previsich

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As we remember 2015, we recall the moments that have defined the past year and look forward to forging a stronger path in the new year. In these uncertain times, let us remember our Brothers and Sisters who came before us: all of those who stood united in the face of danger and against all [...]

Two-person crew amendment will not move forward

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In a letter to state directors, National Legislative Director John Risch and Alternate National Legislative Director Greg Hynes report the following: “Unfortunately, a two-person crew amendment WILL NOT be offered to H.R. 3763, the Surface Transportation Reauthorization and Reform (STRR) Act of 2015. “Due to the expected rules governing consideration of the legislation and agreements [...]

National negotiations update

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Members of rail labor’s Coordinated Bargaining Group (CBG), composed of representatives from the SMART Transportation Division, the Brotherhood of Locomotive Engineers and Trainmen, the American Train Dispatchers Association, the National Conference of Firemen and Oilers/SEIU, The Brotherhood of Railroad Signalmen and the International Brotherhood of Boilermakers, Iron Ship Builders, Blacksmiths, Forgers and Helpers met with [...]