February 9, 2016

Bus drivers vote no on union; company intimidation cited

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The OC Register reported on Friday, February 5, Southern California bus drivers, mechanics and ticket agents voted against joining the Sheet Metal, Air, Rail and Transportation (SMART) union; Organizer Bonnie Moor stated: “…the union would file unfair labor practice complaints with the National Labor Relations Board….People were scared of losing their jobs, and people can’t [...]

Register now for SMART TD Treasurers’ Workshop

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SMART Transportation Division will be conducting a Treasurers’ Workshop at the International Headquarters located in North Olmsted, Ohio on March 8-10, 2016. 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 dwolf@smart-union.org as soon [...]

Anaheim Coach USA to vote on SMART representation

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The Orange County Register reported that Orange County ticket agents, mechanics and bus drivers for Coach USA will vote later this week on whether to unionize with SMART TD. The vote comes in the wake of conflicts over wages, safety standards, scheduling and job security.  According to SMART International Organizer Bonnie Morr, the Anaheim, Calif., [...]

Registration available for both 2016 regional meetings

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Members planning to attend one or both of the SMART Transportation Division regional meetings this summer can now make reservations for either city.  Click here to register online for the San Francisco regional meeting. Click here to register online for the Chicago regional meeting. Click here for the mail-in registration form. Regional meeting registration is available online now by going to [...]

Are school buses safer with seat belts?

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In an article published Dec. 27, The Advocate speculates whether or not school buses would be safer with seat belts. Recently, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) announced that school buses could be safer with the addition of safety belts. The agency has long-maintained that safety belts in school buses are unnecessary. In their [...]

SMART leads protest, sparks investigation in L.A.

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On Tuesday, December 1, SMART members from sheet metal and transportation locals in Los Angeles joined their brothers and sisters in the Jobs to Move America coalition to lead the protest outside the headquarters of BYD Motors, Inc. – a Chinese-owned electric bus company that failed on a promise to create living wage jobs for [...]

FMCSA requires electronic logging devices

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WASHINGTON – The U.S. Department of Transportation’s Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) announced the adoption of a final rule that will improve roadway safety by employing technology to strengthen commercial truck and bus drivers’ compliance with hours-of-service regulations that prevent fatigue.  “Since 1938, complex, on-duty/off-duty logs for truck and bus drivers were made with [...]

Reform rail/bus equipment purchases, boost jobs

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$5.4 billion — that’s how much public transit agencies collectively spend on buses and trains each year. U.S. public transportation authorities are using taxpayers’ dollars to employ Americans. Well, sort of — there’s a lot of room for improvement. Thanks to weak laws and procurement rules, taxpayer dollars all too often reward low-road companies that [...]

SMART TD praises passage of FAST Act

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On December 3, 2015, Congress passed H.R. 22, the Fixing America’s Surface Transportation Act (FAST ACT) by overwhelming bipartisan votes of 83 to 16 and 359 to 65 in the Senate and House respectively. The legislation is the first long-term surface transportation reauthorization in a decade and provides funding and policy changes for our nation’s [...]

FTA launches transit-oriented initiative

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WASHINGTON – The U.S. Department of Transportation’s Federal Transit Administration (FTA) has launched a nationwide transit-oriented development (TOD) initiative to encourage development near transit systems that boosts the local economy; provides easy access to jobs and services; and creates compact, mixed-use, walkable communities. The initiative supports the Ladders of Opportunity Initiative of the President and [...]