October 6, 2015

Working in a right-to-work state


Almost half of states in the United States today are right to work states. ‘Right to work’ is a statute or law that prohibits union security agreements between labor unions and employers. These laws govern the extent to which an established union cannot require an employee’s membership, payment of union dues or fees as a [...]

Treat members alike, represent the interests of all


By Calvin Studivant, Vice President – Bus –  On behalf of the Smart Transportation Division officers, and especially the officers of the Bus Department, I would like to wish all of our members and their loved ones a safe, healthy and prosperous 2015. Now that the elections for local officers are behind us, I would like [...]

Officers are here to help, membership comes first


By Adhi Reddy, Transportation Division Vice President – Bus –  The year 2015 is a special one for our organization because we left our First SMART Convention as a united membership. Together, with one voice, we are a stronger body throughout the nation. All of our newly elected representatives from the 2014 conventions have now taken [...]

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


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 [...]

Sleep apnea should not cost operators jobs or pay


Operators employed in the transit industry continue to experience difficult times in relation to obstructive sleep apnea, a potentially serious sleep disorder in which breathing repeatedly stops and starts during sleep. Several types of sleep apnea exist, but the most common type is obstructive sleep apnea, which occurs when throat muscles intermittently relax and block [...]

Thank you for your support, I am here to assist you


To each and every delegate of the SMART Transportation Division, I would like to thank you for electing me to the position of vice president of SMART’s bus department. My request to all SMART members is to please work with all of your newly elected officers at all levels of the organization. Keep all of [...]

We must understand the meaning of solidarity

Morr, Bonnie.2011

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 [...]

Send message to our politicians: ‘Improve our wages’

Morr, Bonnie.2011

By Bonnie Morr, Vice President, Bus –  As I travel around the country working on grievances, arbitrations, negotiations and labor agreements, as well as the health and well-being of our locals and our members, one underlying issue is always present: wages. Our wages are not keeping up with what our lives and our families’ livesare costing [...]

Morr: Stop privatization, keep our tax dollars here

Morr, Bonnie.2011

By Bonnie Morr, Vice President, Bus –  In December, I attended a school bus summit in Washington hosted by the Transportation Trades Department of the AFL-CIO. Though the topics of discussion centered around school bus issues, many were pertinent to our global bus community. Whether we are operating a tour bus, transit bus, school bus, van [...]

Addition of new members brings additional responsibility

Calvin Studivant

I hope this edition of the SMART Transportation Division News finds that all our members enjoyed a safe and happy holiday season. The SMART TD has been successful in recent organizing campaigns, adding new members to our union in general, and the bus department in particular. With the addition of new members comes the task [...]