April 23, 2014

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

Nigro

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 [...]

Merger update: Moving forward constructively

Mike Futhey

By UTU International President Mike Futhey “Stay calm and carry on” has always been the best advice during challenging times.  It is appropriate advice for UTU members and employees as we move forward following the October 10 merger arbitration award. That arbitration ruling makes the merger look very similar to the merger we were initially promised [...]

Local meetings source of information, inspiration

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By General Secretary & Treasurer Kim Thompson As a young railroad employee, I wondered why we had the wages and benefits that we had, why we had rules for assignments and for the work we performed. I wondered what could be done to make things right when things didn’t seem right. Only then did I [...]

National rail contract delivers ‘more, now’

Mike Futhey; Futhey, Mike

AFL founder Samuel Gompers said the objective of labor is, “more, now.” Our national rail agreement fulfills that objective. In an economic environment that has our brothers and sisters in other industries in a vice grip of difficult times, our agreement delivers more than just a 17 percent wage increase, a 6½-year cap on health [...]

‘At the polls, the job you save may be your own’

Arty Martin; Martin, Arty; Assistant President

Arty Martin NEW YORK — If we don’t vote our paychecks and help to elect labor-friendly candidates, then lawmakers seeking to reduce union-member wages and benefits and weaken workplace safety laws and regulations will be the ones controlling state and federal legislative bodies, UTU Assistant President Arty Martin warned members at the UTU’s eastern regional meeting [...]

State of the union: ‘Stronger than ever’

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International President Mike Futhey SAN ANTONIO — Stronger protections for members, improved finances, successful organizing drives and superior wage and benefits agreements characterize the United Transportation Union in 2011, International President Mike Futhey told some 600 attendees in his state-of-the-union report at the first of two 2011 regional meetings here June 22. “Before this administration [...]

Disciplined finance management has paid off

Kim Thompson

By General Secretary & Treasurer Kim Thompson Just as you balance your personal checkbook and compare income to expenses in making decisions where to spend and where to save, we at UTU International make similar decisions with your dues. Accepting responsibility to protect the interests of our members also includes accepting responsibility to use the [...]