May 6, 2016

2014 Conventions

Local delegates of the SMART Transportation Division will be attending two conventions in 2014. From June 30 to July 2, Transportation Division delegates will be attending a convention in San Diego, Calif., to elect officers of the Transportation Division and to approve recommendations for changes to the SMART Constitution. The Transportation Division convention will be […]

DeQueen & Eastern yardmasters go SMART

Joining their fellow train and engine workers employed by the DeQueen & Eastern Railroad, the company’s yardmasters July 17 chose the SMART Transportation Division as their bargaining representative. By a two-to-one margin, the yardmasters opted for SMART TD. Train and engine workers employed by DeQueen & Eastern Railroad voted June 20 to elect SMART’s Transportation […]

Anaheim regional meeting entertainment set

While the focus of the SMART Transportation Division’s regional meetings has always been on education for its members, attendees are provided the opportunity for a little relaxation as well. Those attending the Anaheim regional meeting scheduled for July 29-31 are in for a entertaining time starting with Sunday night’s welcome reception. Gifted Latin guitar soloist […]

DeQueen & Eastern employees return home

Train and engine workers employed by DeQueen & Eastern Railroad voted June 20 to elect SMART’s Transportation Division as their collective bargaining representative. The employees were formerly represented by the UTU, but their collective bargaining agreement was terminated in 2010 when the railroad’s former owner, Weyerhaeuser, sold the company to Patriot Rail. “It is great […]

Sprinter train ops race to SMART TD

The train operators at the Sprinter Rail Facility in Escondido, Calif., chose SMART Transportation Division representation in a May 28 vote. In a unanimous vote, the Sprinter operators opted for representation under the SMART umbrella. The Sprinter line is a 22-mile long light rail train system between Oceanside, Vista, San Marcos and Escondido, Calif., serving […]

Chicago Terminal employees vote SMART

Operating employees of Chicago Terminal Railroad May 20 were successful in their efforts to bring union representation to their property. The National Mediation Board has certified that 70 percent of eligible employees voted for representation by the SMART Transportation Division. CTR operates three segments of track in the city and its suburbs, serving a variety […]

Tentative agreement reached on Kyle Railroad

The negotiating team representing SMART Transportation Division members on the Kyle Railroad has reached agreement with the carrier on a proposed contract for all crafts under its jurisdiction. The Transportation Division represents engineers, conductors, brakemen, maintenance of way employees, signal employees, mechanics, helpers and apprentices, carmen and welders. General Chairperson Brent Leonard, who was assisted […]

Appalachian and Ohio contract vote unanimous

SMART Transportation Division-represented train and engine workers employed by Appalachian and Ohio Railroad have ratified a new five-year agreement by a unanimous vote. SMART Transportation Division International Vice President Dave Wier said the agreement provides for substantial wage increases with full back-pay, provides certification pay for both conductors and engineers, freezes health and welfare contributions […]

Avantair pilots land at SMART Transportation

In their final approach for union representation, the pilots of Avantair, Inc., successfully touched down on the SMART Transportation Division runway. The Feb. 14 vote brought 224 Avantair pilots under the SMART umbrella. Among the pilots who participated in the representation election, 77 percent voted in favor of SMART. “Our ability to represent transportation employees […]

Regional meeting online registration now open

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 […]