October 6, 2015

Transportation sector gains 3,500 jobs in September

The transportation sector gained 3,500 jobs in September as the national unemployment remained steady at 5.1 percent, according to statistics released by the Department of Labor on Friday. The Labor Department’s Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) said there were 4,797,800 jobs in transportation in September, compared to 4,794,300 in August.   Read more from The Hill. [...]

Treasurers’ workshop scheduled for Oct. 27-28


The SMART Transportation Division will be conducting a Treasurers’ Workshop at the Drury Inn & Suites Kansas City Airport on October 27 and 28, 2015. Attendance will be limited to 35 registrants, so those interested in attending are instructed to contact Dora Wolf in the Updating Department by calling (216) 228-9400, or by email at [...]

Previsich discusses candidacy with Sen. Sanders


SMART Transportation Division President John Previsich recently conversed with U.S. Senator Bernie Sanders (I – Vt.) about Sanders’ democratic candidacy for President of the United States and the positive impact that the voice of unionized labor can have on the outcome of the race. Sanders is well known for his record of voting for policies [...]

House approves six-month FAA funding extension


The House approved a bill on Monday to extend federal aviation funding, which is currently set to expire on Wednesday, until March 2016.  The measure, introduced on Friday by House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee Chairman Bill Shuster (R – Pa.), was approved by the lower chamber on a voice vote Monday afternoon in an effort [...]

Great Lakes Airlines defaults on loan


CHEYENNE, Wyo. – Great Lakes Aviation has defaulted on a $27.5 million loan with Callidus Capital Corp., according to documents filed with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission. As a result of the default, the lending company has the right to “take possession of substantially all” of Great Lakes’ assets, an SEC document dated Aug. [...]

Senate bill extends FAA funding for six months


The Senate’s bill to prevent a government shutdown on Oct. 1 would extend federal aviation funding for six months.  The measure, which was released by Senate appropriators on Tuesday, Sept. 22, contains language that would extend the Federal Aviation Administration’s (FAA) funding until March 31, 2016.  The FAA’s previous appropriations measure, which includes funding for [...]

Dems. roll-out new pro-union bill

Union Yes; Union check yes

Days after the Republican presidential candidate Scott Walker announced his plan to get rid of the National Labor Relations Board, Democratic lawmakers are rolling out a plan to strengthen the government agency. The bill, introduced on Wednesday, will also serve as a litmus test to Democrats vying for union endorsements in the 2016 presidential election. The Wage [...]

Working safely with Diabetes


Diabetes has been called an epidemic in America. A 2014 report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimates that 29.1 million people in the United States – almost 10 percent of the population – have the disorder. Of those, 8.1 million are undiagnosed. The seventh leading cause of death in the nation, diabetes [...]

FAA: drones flew near four planes in three days


Crew members on three commercial flights arriving in New York over the weekend spotted drones near their planes while approaching the airport. A small plane was also forced to change direction to avoid a drone in southern New Jersey on Sunday. Aviation experts said such incidents present a clear safety concern that warrants more attention amid growing interest in unmanned aircraft systems, or [...]

Great Lakes Airlines adds Denver connection


Great Lakes Airlines will resume its service from the Prescott Municipal Airport to Denver, via Farmington, New Mexico, effective Saturday, Aug. 1. Read more from The Daily Courier.  Pilots and flight attendants of Great Lakes Airlines are members of SMART TD Local 40 of Denver.