May 26, 2016

Amtrak crash in Pa., two dead, many injured

Amtrak train 89 struck a backhoe this morning in Chester, Pa., just south of Philadelphia. Of the 341 passengers on board around 35 were injured. The two that died were the backhoe operator and a supervisor. Family members of those on board can call 800-523-9101 to inquire about their loved ones. Travel along the Northeast Corridor has […]

Hudson River rail tunnel project gets funding commitment

Progressive Railroading reported that Amtrak’s Gateway program, including the rebuilding of the Hudson River rail tunnel system, recently obtained commitments for the funding of the creation of an executive oversight committee and for preliminary engineering work. Read the entire story here.

Long-term disability insurance for rail members

Effective April 1, 2016, the SMART Transportation Division has entered into a new contract with MetLife Insurance Co. to provide the group voluntary long-term disability (VLTD) plan for all rail members. Member coverage and premiums remain the same with our new provider.  Members who missed the 2015 open enrollment deadline will be subject to pre-existing condition screening, […]

Short-term disability insurance for rail members

SMART Transportation Division is pleased to announce that after careful study and planning, the Voluntary Short-Term Disability (VSTD) Trustees have decided to terminate the Plan’s contract with Anthem Life effective March 31, 2016. The plan will now be self-funded by SMART effective April 1, 2016, and Southern Benefits Administrators, Inc. will be administering the plan. […]

Effective April 1: New administrator for STD & new provider for LTD

Benefits, Premiums stay the same! On Friday, April 1, 2016, a new insurance administrator for Short Term Disability (STD) and a new insurance provider for Long Term Disability (LTD) will be in place for all Bus and Rail members.  Effective on and after April 1, 2016: STD STD for Bus and Rail members will now […]

Reminder: Scholarship application deadline is March 31

The application deadline for scholarships offered by the UTUIA and Auxiliary of the UTU is March 31. The UTUIA offers two types of scholarships. The first scholarship is the UTUIA college scholarship for anyone attending college. Fifty scholarships of $1,000 each will be given out for each year that the student attends college for up […]

OSHA updates eye and face protection standards

WASHINGTON – The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has published a final rule that updates requirements for personal protective equipment for workers in general industry, shipyards, longshoring, marine terminals and construction. The final rule reflects current national consensus standards, and ensures that workers can use up-to-date eye and face protection. The rule updates references […]

Rail workers: deadly tired…but still working

The following article was written by Georgetta Gregory, the railroad division chief of the National Transportation Safety Board’s (NTSB) Office of Railroad, Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Investigations. The rail business is an industry full of tired, stressed workers. It is an epidemic. I know this first-hand because, before coming to the NTSB several years ago, […]

Belgium terrorist attacks spark increased U.S. transit security

Following terror attacks in Brussels, Belgium, this morning killing 31 people and injuring many others, the U.S. has ramped up security at our nation’s transit stations and airports. Although there are no indications of any terrorist activity on U.S. soil, security has been increased as a precaution. Read more from USA Today.

Momentum building in support of two-person crews

Support among railroaders, unions, states and others has come in the wake of last week’s Federal Railroad Administration’s (FRA) proposed two-person crew rule. The proposed rule comes after a completed study by the FRA comparing two accidents: the Lac-Megantic, Quebec, derailment (operated by a one crewmember) and the Casselton, N.D. derailment (operated by three persons). […]