July 23, 2014

Regional meeting online registration now open

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Members planning to attend one or both of the UTU’s regional meetings this summer can now complete their registration online through the UTU website. The secure pages on the UTU website provide for safe and convenient registration. There’s no need for filling out a paper registration form or finding a postage stamp. UTU regional meeting [...]

Texas & Northern employees select SMART

Employees of the Texas & Northern Railway Company this week were successful in their efforts to bring union representation to their property. In separate elections held Feb. 6 and Feb. 7, the operating and non-operating employees at the northeast Texas railroad voted overwhelming for SMART Transportation Division representation. Non-operating employees include maintenance-of-way workers, machinists and [...]

Bus rep victory is UTU’s 23rd in 41 months

PERRIS, Calif. – Bus drivers and mechanics of Southland Transit here have voted “UTU, yes” by an almost four-to-one margin. This is the 23rd organizing victory – air, bus and rail — for the UTU since January 2008, an average of almost one new property organized every seven weeks. “In these difficult economic times, it [...]

Charlotte bus drivers vote ‘yes’ for UTU

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CHARLOTTE, N.C. — The 546 bus operators employed by Charlotte Area Transit System (CATS) have voted by more than a 2-1 margin to return to the United Transportation Union. Calvin Studivant, alternate vice president of the UTU Bus Department, will now assist those bus operators in negotiating a new agreement. Studivant recently assisted in negotiating [...]

Learn leadership skills at regional meetings

Thinking of election to union office in the future? Want to improve your skills representing members? Or maybe you just want to gain a better understanding of labor law, grievance handling, transportation regulation and transportation safety? UTU regional meetings are crafted to meet those objectives, and there is still time to register for the June [...]

Another organizing win for UTU; 21 since 2008

Maintenance-of-way employees on Georgia & Florida Railway — where train and engine workers have been UTU members since 2006 — have voted unanimously in favor of UTU representation. UTU organizer Mike Lewis, who has secured numerous previous organizing wins, led the organizing drive. Lewis thanked UTU International President Mike Futhey for “his continued strong commitment [...]

UTU Iowa Northern members ratify first pact

UTU-represented conductors and engineers on Iowa Northern Railway have ratified their first agreement covering wages, benefits and working conditions. Iowa Northern T&E employees chose the UTU as their collective bargaining agent in November 2008. The agreement was negotiated with the assistance of UTU Alternate Vice President Doyle Turner. “We will continue to look for railroad and [...]

Attend a workplace democracy rally

If you wish to attend a rally in support of public-employee collective bargaining rights and workplace democracy, contact your state legislative director. The UTU National Legislative Office, in conjunction with the AFL-CIO, is keeping each state legislative director updated as to dates, times and locations of rallies. UTU state legislative directors also are being provided [...]

UTU N.Y. school bus local ratifies agreement

SPRING VALLEY, N.Y. — Members of UTU Local 153 here, employed as school bus drivers by Chestnut Ridge Transportation, have ratified a three-year wage, benefits and work rules agreement. The agreement provides the drivers with wage increases retroactive to Sept. 1, 2010, improvements in personal leave-day policy, training pay, and bereavement leave. UTU negotiators blocked [...]

UTU members ratify two FEC agreements

UTU members employed by Florida East Coast Railway (FEC) have ratified two new four-year agreements affecting wages, benefits and working conditions. Conductors, engineers, trainmen and yardmen ratified their tentative agreement by a 75 percent plurality, while Florida East Coast yardmasters represented by the UTU were unanimous in ratifying their new agreement. Both agreements are retroactive [...]