February 1, 2015

Surface transportation bill a hot topic in Senate

The Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works (EPW) held its first hearing of the 114th Congress yesterday, as it prepared to draft a new surface transportation bill to replace the existing MAP-21 extension that expires May 31. In his testimony to the committee, U.S. Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx warned that the United States is [...]

Senator calls for $1 trillion infrastructure investment

Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) Jan. 27 introduced legislation to rebuild America’s crumbling network of roads, bridges, transit systems and other infrastructure projects. The five-year plan would invest $1 trillion in the effort and create or maintain at least 13 million decent-paying jobs, according to Sanders, the Senate Budget Committee ranking member. The legislation is cosponsored [...]

Winter is here, so let’s be safe out there

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By Alvy Hughes, Alternate Vice President –  Although winter hasn’t arrived yet, many states have already seen winter conditions and record snowfall. It’s that time of the year that U.S. roads and highways can be hazardous for transportation. According to the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA), more than 70 percent of the nation’s roads are located in [...]

In remembrance of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

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SMART shares with the late Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. the dream that men and women should be judged not by the color of their skin, their nationality or religious beliefs, but by the content of their character. Below is the text of Dr. King’s speech, delivered on Aug. 28, 1963, from the steps of [...]

Treasurers’ workshop scheduled for Feb. 23-25

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The SMART Transportation Division is conducting a second local treasurers’ workshop at its headquarters in North Olmsted, Ohio, Feb. 23-25. The treasurers’ workshop scheduled for Feb. 18-20 is full. Attendance is limited to 25 registrants. If demand for the workshop is high, another workshop will be scheduled shortly after. Those interested in attending the workshop should [...]

AFL-CIO offers union skills training program

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The AFL-CIO Bonnie Ladin Union Skills (BLUS) Training Program offers weeklong intensive courses for union leaders, staff and activists that combine in-class instruction with discussions of real-world experiences shared by a diverse group of students. The main training areas include: Union administration; Collective bargaining (private and public sector); Organizing (internal and external); Arbitration and grievance [...]

McMillan renominated to FTA leadership post

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President Barack Obama has renominated Therese McMillan as the next administrator of the Federal Transit Administration (FTA) after the U.S. Senate failed to act on her nomination in the last Congress. McMillan has served as the agency’s acting administrator since Peter Rogoff was appointed under secretary for policy at the U.S. Department of Transportation early [...]

OSHA’s guide for winter weather

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Winter weather creates a variety of hazards that can significantly impact everyday tasks and work activities. These hazards include slippery roads and surfaces, strong winds and environmental cold. Learning how to prepare for work during the winter, protect workers from the cold and other hazards that can cause illnesses, injuries, or fatalities, is essential to [...]

Two dead in train-school bus crash in N.D.

LARIMORE, N.D. – A school bus failed to yield to railroad crossing and stop signs and collided with an empty freight train Monday in North Dakota, killing the bus driver and a 17-year-old student and injuring 12 other people, the Highway Patrol said. The accident happened at 3:39 p.m. Monday on a gravel road about [...]

FMCSA to maintain random drug testing rates in 2015

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The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) reported that the annual minimum random controlled substances testing rates for employees in safety sensitive positions, including tractor-trailer and bus drivers, will remain at 50 percent through 2015.  The agency’s decision to maintain the current testing rate was based on data from motor carrier industry controlled substance lab [...]