September 1, 2014

SMART General Convention notice to locals

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International Association of Sheet Metal, Air, Rail and Transportation Workers General Secretary-Treasurer Joe Sellers Jr. has issued the following SMART General Convention notice to all local union presidents, business managers, financial secretary-treasurers and local Transportation Division secretaries. “Dear Brothers and Sisters: “As you know, the SMART General Convention will be held the week of August [...]

N.Y. bill prevents sex offenders from driving buses

The (New York) Senate has passed a bill that would prohibit registered sex offenders from working as bus drivers. The bill (S.1519) would stop the Department of Motor Vehicles from issuing or renewing a commercial driver’s license to operate a passenger or school bus to anyone who is a registered sex offender. Read the complete story [...]

Locals should prepare for officer elections

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SMART Transportation Division locals are advised that in fall of 2014, all locals must hold elections for officers of the local and officers of their local committees of adjustment. General committees of adjustment will also have to hold elections for general chairpersons if the office is filled by a referendum vote. A referendum vote permits all [...]

Obama sends transportation bill to Congress

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The Obama administration on Tuesday (April 29) sent a bill to Congress that aims to cover an expected shortage in money to spend on America’s bridges, roads and transit systems, but Republican opposition could prevent its passage. Funding for the four-year, $302 billion legislation would come partly from ending certain tax breaks for businesses, a [...]

Bus travel gives other modes run for the money

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Buses are starting to give airlines, trains, and even cars a run for their money. With spiffed up coaches, internet reservations, and often significantly cheaper fares, bus travel is becoming an increasingly popular alternative to flying, taking the train and even driving your own car, according to a new study released Monday. “It’s a … [...]

First Transit operators at U. of Tenn. go SMART

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Campus shuttle operators for the University of Tennessee’s transportation service chose the SMART Transportation Division as their collective bargaining representative in a representation election April 16. Of the approximately 50 eligible voters, 26 voted for SMART, 10 voted for no union representation and 13 chose not to participate in the election The operators transport students, [...]

AFL-CIO’s TTD thanks Foxx for engaging labor

WASHINGTON – Edward Wytkind, president of the AFL-CIO’s Transportation Trades Department, issued this statement in support of U.S. Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx’s effort to highlight the importance of investing in America’s surface transportation needs, and applauded the Secretary’s effort to engage transportation labor: “In today’s economy, where there are too few jobs and too many potholes [...]

DNA swab kits to help MTA bus drivers bust spitters

The MTA is about to get a little more CSI. City bus drivers will soon be armed with DNA swabs to gather evidence in the all-too-common event of an unhinged passenger spitting on them. Transit workers catch a loogie 14 times a month, the MTA estimated in 2011. Read more from the New York Post.

Feds revisit safety rules after Calif. bus crash

RED BLUFF, Calif. – Federal transportation authorities are investigating ways to minimize death and injuries in bus crashes following the fiery wreck leaving 10 dead when a FedEx truck slammed into a bus carrying high school students in Northern California. On Thursday (April 10), the truck driver veered across the Interstate 5 median, sideswiped a [...]

10 killed as bus, truck carrying students collide

ORLAND, Calif. – A FedEx tractor-trailer crossed over a grassy median on a Northern California freeway and slammed into a bus carrying more than 40 high school students in an explosive crash that left 10 people dead, authorities said. Among the students on the trip to visit Humboldt State University was Steven Clavijo, 18, a [...]