August 24, 2016

Get your latest news at smart-union.org/td

Attention! The SMART Transportation Division’s official website is now www.smart-union.org/td. The website, www.utu.org, is no longer being updated. While we are still transitioning, utu.org is still available for your use, but will not be updated with anything new. All updates and news stories are available at www.smart-union.org/td. Please excuse any broken links while the transition […]

UTU.org preparing for move to smart-union.org/td

The official website of SMART Transportation Division, www.utu.org, is moving to www.smart-union.org/td. In preparation for this move, both www.utu.org and www.smart-union.org/td will not be updated after close of business July 8 until further notice. During this period, important news updates will be available on our Facebook and LinkeIn pages. While we are working to seamlessly […]

Long-Term Disability open enrollment begins August 1

SMART Transportation Division has partnered with MetLife to bring our Rail and Bus members the most comprehensive and cost-effective Voluntary Long-Term Disability plans. VLTD insurance helps you protect your income if you suddenly have to stop working due to an accident or illness. VLTD helps ensure that you can continue paying your bills and provide […]

Members make all the difference!

Dear  Member: Recently, Republican Congressman Louie Gohmert of Texas – one of the most conservative members of the U.S. House of Representatives – cosponsored our two-person crew legislation, H.R. 1763, the Safe Freight Act. This show of support follows cosponsorship from Congressman Trent Franks of Arizona, a member of the conservative House Freedom Caucus. Both are […]

SMART TD, BLET: Federal regulators must prohibit one-person freight train crews

SMART Transportation Division President John Previsich and Brotherhood of Locomotive Engineers and Trainmen (BLET) President Dennis Pierce, issued a joint statement, following their submission of their comments to the Federal Railroad Administration (FRA) on train crew size. “Operating freight trains with one-person train crews is unsafe and must be prohibited. That is the message we […]

SMART TD, BLET submit joint comments on FRA proposed two-person crew rule

On Wednesday, June 15, SMART Transportation Division and the Brotherhood of Locomotive Engineers and Trainmen (BLET) submitted their joint comments on the Federal Railroad Administration’s (FRA) proposed two-person crew rule. While both unions strongly support the proposed rule, they suggested in their comments that the rule be made stronger before being made final. “We firmly […]

NTSB releases probable cause of Amtrak 188 crash

The National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) held a board meeting (webcasted live) yesterday, detailing the probable cause of the May 2015 Amtrak train 188 derailment outside of Philadelphia. The derailment caused eight people to lose their lives and over 200 injuries. The NTSB found that “the probable cause of the accident was the engineer’s acceleration […]

We need your comments on 2-person crews -Deadline extended to June 15

On March 15th, the Federal Railroad Administration (FRA) issued a long overdue proposed regulation requiring that most trains in America have a minimum of two crewmembers. While SMART TD supports the core requirements of the rule, we believe that it can be strengthened and improved before this proposed regulation becomes final. We also expect the […]

FRA orders Amtrak to retrain workers in wake of crash

The Associated Press reports that the Federal Railroad Administration (FRA) has ordered Amtrak to retrain employees on basic safety rules after an Amtrak train slammed into a backhoe last week, killing two maintenance-of-way (MOW) employees and injuring dozens of passengers. Loram Maintenance of Way spokesman Tom DeJoseph told reporters that the MOW workers on the […]

SMART TD & TTD, AFL-CIO joint Op-Ed on FRA Ruling

The Hill published an op-ed article co-written by John Previsich, President of SMART TD, and Ed Wytkind, President of TTD, AFL-CIO, that underscores the importance of the FRA’s recent ruling, and the vital need for a minimum of two crew members on all freight and passenger trains. The article also shows that a majority of […]