September 1, 2014

Congressional elections matter to UTU members

Risch, John.2011

By John Risch,Alternate National Legislative Director – Congressional elections do matter. They make a difference when it comes to our job security, wages, benefits, retirement and our safety in the workplace. President Obama and labor-friendly congressional representatives and senators not only believe in supporting public transit, Amtrak and high-speed rail, they assured funding was available [...]

Romney will deliver on his promises

Mike Futhey

By International President Mike Futhey -  There is an old political saying: “If you stop lying about me, I’ll stop telling the truth about you.” When it comes to Mitt Romney, we don’t have to tell the truth about him. He already is telling the truth about himself. Here is what he promises to achieve: [...]

Every tool in use to protect members’ jobs, safety

Mike Futhey

Delivering on the theme of the 2012 regional meetings – “We will not back down” – UTU International President Mike Futhey told more than 1,000 attendees at the Memphis meeting how the UTU is using every tool available – negotiations, legislative and legal — to defend its members’ jobs and workplace safety. * On the [...]

Coal vital to America’s energy future

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By James Stem, UTU National Legislative Director -  Coal is America’s most abundant source of energy, helping reduce our nation’s dependence on imported oil. Coal also means jobs, with almost one in every five freight rail jobs dependent on transporting coal. And coal means high-paying jobs for coal miners, power plant workers and the building trades, [...]

We will not back down

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By UTU International President Mike Futhey and SMWIA General President Joe Nigro –  We are just months from one of the most important Election Days in our careers. Not in our lifetimes has organized labor been under attack as we are today from corporate-funded anti-worker conservatives in state legislatures and Congress who are attacking collective [...]

Arty Martin: “We will protect you”

Martin, Arty.2011

PORTLAND, Ore. — Reflecting on violence against air, bus and rail members, UTU International Assistant President Arty Martin told attendees at the union’s regional meeting here June 20 that protecting the working conditions and safety of members is among the highest of UTU objectives. “Our jobs are notoriously dangerous and we are going to insist [...]

Vigilance key to protecting pension benefits

Mike Futhey

By UTU International President Mike Futhey –  Railroaders should not lose sleep over a rumor that Congress will cut Railroad Retirement benefits. The rumor began after language was inserted in a budget report by conservative Rep. Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) suggesting the federal deficit could be cut by eliminating certain Railroad Retirement benefits. He did not [...]

Vote as if your job, family depend on it

Mike Futhey

By UTU International President Mike Futhey –  It has been said that the comfort of the rich depends upon an abundant supply of the poor. Working families today feel the pain of that comment. Most are struggling to keep their heads above water as the gap between the middle-class and the rich continues to widen. [...]

SMART will boost UTUIA financial strength

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By UTU International President Mike Futhey –  Congratulations go to Art Rayner, the United Transportation Union Insurance Association’s man of the year for 2011. Art Rayner Art was recognized for his sales and leadership performance – attributes that helped propel the UTUIA last year to one of its strongest financial performances. The competition Art faced [...]

Working together to make SMART a reality

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The following is a joint letter from UTU International President Mike Futhey and Sheet Metal Workers’ International Association General President Joe Nigro on the merger of the two organizations to become the Sheet Metal, Air, Rail & Transportation Workers (SMART). Brothers and sisters: The merger of the United Transportation Union (UTU) and the Sheet Metal [...]