May 3, 2016

Labor unions to hold rally Saturday as NJT strike looms

New Jersey Transit GO 610 General Chairperson Stephen Burkert reports that a labor rally will be held Saturday, March 5 at 11:00 a.m. in support of the Rail Labor Coalition (Coalition) and their fight with New Jersey Transit (NJT) for an amenable contract. The rally will be held across from the Woodbridge, N.J. train station […]

Congressional Rep holds Rail Security Summit in Boston

As far as travel goes, five times as many commuters take to the rails than the skies, and in metropolitan regions like Boston, more than one million commuters get to and from work every day by train. Despite the high number of daily rail travelers, nearly all transit security funding is allocated for air, not […]

NJT and rail coalition to meet in DC on March 4

In the hopes of avoiding a strike that could plunge the northeast corridor into a state of economic chaos, DC officials are calling for a mandatory meeting to find resolution before that happens. Read the entire story here on        

Amtrak’s Boardman: ‘Hudson tunnel top priority’ reports that Amtrak President Joseph Boardman testified before the Senate Commerce Committee’s Surface Transportation Subcommittee about the importance of the new rail tunnels under the Hudson River. In his testimony, Boardman said the tunnels are Amtrak’s top priority. “This committee has heard testimony in the past from numerous officials…about the urgent need for capital […]

Foxx to transit officials: Use FAST Act funds for job creation

According to Mass Transit Magazine, U.S. Department of Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx asked transportation stakeholders to make the most of the $305 billion allocated to the FAST Act in a letter dated Feb. 19. Foxx encouraged the stakeholders to use the money to create transit jobs to maximize the impact of the FAST Act. Click […]

Furloughed members: FAQs about medical benefits

Members who have been furloughed should be aware that their health care coverage benefits from their employer extends through the end of the fourth month after being furloughed. Below are Frequently Asked Questions that may be useful to our furloughed members. Q: How long does my insurance coverage last if I am furloughed? A: Employee and […]

RRB announces 2016 conference schedule

The Railroad Retirement Board has announced the locations and dates of their informational conferences for Spring 2016. All conference registrations begin at 8:00 a.m., with the programs beginning at 8:30 a.m. and ending at 12:15 p.m. These informational conferences are beneficial to newly elected officers, retirees, those planning to retire and spouses. Click here to […]

As strike looms, General Chairperson optimistic for deal

In an article published by the Asbury Park Press, SMART TD General Chairperson (GCA 610) Steve Burkert said that he is still hopeful that a deal will be struck between New Jersey Transit (NJT) and the Rail Labor Coalition. NJT and the Rail Labor Coalition have already had two Presidential Emergency Boards (PEB) assigned by […]

Silver Spring Amtrak crash remembered, 20 years later

Washington’s Top News reported on two firefighters’ recollections of the fatal collision between a commuter train and an Amtrak train in Silver Spring, Maryland 20 years ago. Eleven people lost their lives in the crash. Read the entire story here.

TTD: Congress should endorse Amtrak funding

Edward Wytkind, president of the Transportation Trades Department, AFL-CIO (TTD), issued the following statement in response to Amtrak’s 2017 General and Legislative Annual Report: “Amtrak has submitted a funding request for FY2017 that gives our national passenger railroad and its employees a chance to deliver faster and more reliable train service. Amtrak faces a backlog […]