December 18, 2014

TD’s June paper to be published after convention

The June 2014 issue of the SMART Transportation Division News will be published following the proceedings of the First SMART Transportation Division Convention June 30-July 2. Publishing the newspaper after the convention will allow the Transportation Division to provide its members and readers with fresh and updated coverage of the convention proceedings. The combined July/August [...]

Boston transit toughens staff cellphone policy

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Boston’s public bus drivers and train conductors can now be fired for simply bringing a cell phone to work, according to a new policy that transit officials say is the toughest of its kind in the nation. The rule was announced by the Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority on Monday a month after a public bus [...]

OSHA launches campaign to prevent heat illness

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It is getting hotter throughout the country. The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) launched a National Campaign to Prevent Heat Illness in Workers. Each year, thousands of workers experience heat-related illnesses and many even die working in the heat. This is preventable. That is why we need your help in raising awareness about the [...]

House panel approves transportation bill

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The full House will take up a $52 billion spending bill that would fund transportation and housing programs in fiscal 2015 as early as this month. Appropriators backed the legislation May 21 by a vote of 28-21 during a committee hearing. Read the complete story at Transport Topics.

Interstate bus drivers’ physicals must be done by CME

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WASHINGTON – The U.S. Department of Transportation’s Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) is reminding interstate truck and bus drivers that beginning May 21, all new USDOT physicals must be performed by a qualified health professional listed on the National Registry of Certified Medical Examiners. “Safety is our highest priority and it is vital that [...]

Bus ops, rail prop vote SMART on same day

In representation elections held May 15 on both bus and rail properties, the SMART Transportation Division came out on top, keeping the Organizing Department’s 2014 undefeated streak alive. Yet another division of First Student bus operators has joined the SMART fold as Kansas City, Mo., school bus drivers overwhelmingly selected SMART over both the International [...]

Still time to add delegates for SMART Convention

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Locals entitled to additional Delegates at the SMART General Convention in Las Vegas, Nev., are reminded that there’s still time to elect such Delegates if action is taken quickly. The SMART Constitution’s Article Twenty-One B (21B), Section 55, provides for the scheduling of Special meetings, and through the scheduling of two such meetings, and the [...]

Infrastructure Week 2014 will be held May 12-16

Infrastructure Week 2014 will be held May 12-16 and will explore emerging solutions, innovative approaches and best practices being developed nationwide to modernize aging infrastructure. Daily signature events will focus on major infrastructure challenges, including freight and goods movement, passenger transportation, and drinking water and wastewater treatment. A “Jobs and Infrastructure Rally” will be held [...]

We must understand the meaning of solidarity

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By Bonnie Morr, Vice President, Bus –  The Merriam-Webster Dictionary defines solidarity as a feeling of unity between people who have the same community of interests or goals based on certain objectives and standards. Is this not what our union, and all of organized labor around the world, is truly about? The term “solidarity” became well-known [...]

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 [...]