May 23, 2015

Leadership Messages

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

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(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

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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?

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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’

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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 [...]

Previsich: ‘We achieved great things in 2014′

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By John Previsich, SMART Transportation Division President –  On behalf of the officers and staff of the SMART Transportation Division, I will take this opportunity to thank our members and their families for all of their efforts in 2014 and to extend our best wishes for a safe and prosperous 2015. I am grateful for the [...]

We are thankful, but we must build for the future

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By Joe Nigro, SMART General President –  By In the spirit of the holiday season, I want to focus on what we have to be thankful for as we leave 2014 behind. For one, our First SMART General Convention will go down as the seminal moment when our two former organizations merged into a strong, united [...]

Risch: ‘Another year over. And a new one just begun’

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By John Risch, National Legislative Director –  “So this is Christmas, And what have you done, Another year over, And a new one just begun,” so sang John Lennon. The holidays are a good time for all of us to ponder what we have done to make life better for our families, our brothers and sisters [...]

Despite election results, we can prevail

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By Joseph Sellers Jr., SMART General Secretary-Treasurer –  With the midterm elections over, we now have an impression of what the next two years will look like for legislation affecting working families in the United States. Overall, anti-worker politicians will now control the legislative agenda in both the House of Representatives and the Senate, as well as [...]

Risch: The election is over, let’s get to work

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By John Risch, National Legislative Director –  Thanks to all of you who helped in our Get Out the Vote Campaign. Your generosity with your PAC contributions, emails and direct mail efforts, volunteer phone calling, door knocking, and your conversations with friends and fellow members made a difference in many races. Even where our endorsed candidates [...]

It definitely matters whom we elect to Congress

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Congressional elections do matter. Actions of Congress can make a big difference when it comes to our job security, our wages, our fringe benefits, our retirement and safety in our workplace. In this issue of the SMART Transportation Division News are our official endorsements for the Nov. 4 election. These endorsements are based on recommendations [...]