March 28, 2015

What do we, as a labor organization, want?

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By John Risch, National Legislative Director –  What do we want? What do you want? What does your union want? What does labor want? The most common question I get when working Capitol Hill here in Washington, D.C., is – “What’s the ask?” – meaning, what is it you’re going to ask the representative or senator [...]

Previsich: ‘It’s your union and it’s your future’

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By John Previsich, SMART Transportation Division President –  Today, people who work in a unionized environment are facing challenges unlike any that have come before. The current political climate is fostering attacks not only on organized labor, but also on the rights and entitlements of workers in every industry. From “right to work for less” bills [...]

Regional meeting online registration now open

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Members planning to attend one or both of the SMART Transportation Division/UTUIA regional meetings this summer can now complete their registration online through the Transportation Division website at www.utu.org. The secure pages on the Transportation Division website provide for safe and convenient registration. There’s no need for filling out a paper registration form or finding a postage [...]

Previsich: ‘We achieved great things in 2014′

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By John Previsich, SMART Transportation Division President –  On behalf of the officers and staff of the SMART Transportation Division, I will take this opportunity to thank our members and their families for all of their efforts in 2014 and to extend our best wishes for a safe and prosperous 2015. I am grateful for the [...]

House committee approves Amtrak funding legislation

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The Transportation and Infrastructure Committee Feb. 12 unanimously approved bipartisan legislation that improves the infrastructure, reduces costs, creates greater accountability and transparency, leverages private sector resources, and accelerates project delivery for Amtrak and the nation’s passenger rail transportation system. The Passenger Rail Reform and Investment Act of 2015, or PRRIA (H.R. 749), was introduced by [...]

Transportation fatalities drop, but rail deaths rise

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WASHINGTON – Transportation fatalities in the United States decreased by 3 percent in 2013 from 2012, according to preliminary figures released today by the National Transportation Safety Board. Fatalities in all modes of transportation totaled 34,678 in 2013, compared with 35,796 in 2012. Deaths in marine, aviation, highway and pipeline transportation decreased, although there was [...]

TD officer, vice general chairperson elevated

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A SMART Transportation Division officer and a general chairperson have been elevated to new Transportation Division positions following the retirement of Alternate Vice President R.W. “Red” Dare Nov. 30. The Transportation Division Board of Directors Dec. 19 elevated Executive Board Alternate John D. Whitaker III to fill the vacancy created by Dare’s retirement. At the [...]

BLET, SMART–TD, four others to bargain together

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CLEVELAND, Dec. 17 — Top leaders of the Transportation Division of the International Association of Sheet Metal, Air, Rail and Transportation Workers (SMART–TD) and the Brotherhood of Locomotive Engineers and Trainmen (BLET) announced today that their organizations will be participating with four other rail unions in coordinated bargaining in the upcoming round of national negotiations. [...]

Previsich testifies before senators on passenger rail

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SMART Transportation Division President John Previsich testified before the U.S. Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation’s Subcommittee on Surface Transportation and Merchant Marine Infrastructure, Safety and Security Dec. 10 at the Russell Senate Office Building. The hearing focused on the current state of intercity passenger rail in the United States, the need to invest [...]

Despite election results, we can prevail

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By Joseph Sellers Jr., SMART General Secretary-Treasurer –  With the midterm elections over, we now have an impression of what the next two years will look like for legislation affecting working families in the United States. Overall, anti-worker politicians will now control the legislative agenda in both the House of Representatives and the Senate, as well as [...]