May 29, 2016

Newly renovated hotel for SMART TD visitors

…and right across the street! SMART TD recently negotiated a great deal with Extended Stay American Hotels, located at 24851 Country Club Blvd. in North Olmsted—a short walk to SMART TD headquarters. These roomy suites have been completely renovated and cost only $64 per night (plus tax) for SMART union members and officers. All suites […]

Risch, Harrison testify at Sleep Apnea hearing

National Legislative Director John Risch and Local 759 (Newark, N.J.) Secretary and Treasurer Craig Harrison testified at a public hearing today before the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) and the Federal Railroad Administration (FRA) about Obstructive Sleep Apnea. Harrison, who works for Coach USA, testified about his hardships as a result of being diagnosed […]

City of Lac-Megantic, Quebec studying plan to reroute railway

In the wake of the devastating oil train disaster nearly three years ago that killed 47 people in Lac-Megantic, Quebec, city leaders are in the first phase of studies to determine the feasibility of rerouting the train tracks to avoid train transit through the city’s downtown area. Citizens have been asked to participate in the proposed […]

DOT threatens to shut down D.C. Metro for safety reasons

USA Today reports that U.S. DOT Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx threatened to shut down the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority (WMATA or D.C. Metro) if the company does not improve safety. Foxx’s announcement comes after Metro employees refused DOT’s Federal Transit Administration (FTA) access to a tunnel following an explosion of a third-rail insulator last […]

RRB releases final rule doubling fraud penalties

The Railroad Retirement Board (RRB) has released an interim final rule doubling penalties to health providers who submit false claims on a railroader’s behalf. Under the rule, the minimum penalty per false claim increases from $5,500 to $10,781. The maximum penalty per false claim increases from $11,000 to $21,563. The rule takes effect August 1, […]

RRB: Railroad Retirement age reductions Q&A

Railroad retirement benefits are subject to reduction if an employee with less than 30 years of service retires before attaining full retirement age. While employees with less than 30 years of service may still retire at age 62, the age at which full retirement benefits are payable has been gradually increasing since the year 2000, […]

DOT announces $10 million TIGER grant to extend Amtrak

Project includes new passenger platforms in Middlebury, Vergennes and Burlington, Vermont BURLINGTON, Vt. – U.S. Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx and Federal Railroad Administrator Sarah E. Feinberg joined Vermont Governor Peter Shumlin, U.S. Senator Patrick Leahy and U.S. Congressman Peter Welch at an event today to announce that the U.S. Department of Transportation will provide $10 […]

TTD: Making America great again means rebuilding America

By Larry I. Willis, AFL-CIO Transportation Trades Department Secretary-Treasurer I had the honor last week of speaking to IBEW members at their Railroad Department and Government Employees Conference. I had a chance to talk about what is at stake in this election and the challenges we face as a country. Unfortunately, the anti-growth, anti-government movement […]

Donald Trump: All talk, no plan for Appalachian coal

Charleston Gazette-Mail reported that although Donald Trump asserted that he will get Appalachian coal miners back to work, he has yet to provide details on exactly how he will revitalize the Appalachian coal industry. Read the entire story here.

SMART TD at round table with Hillary Clinton in Ashland, Ky.

On May 2nd, SMART TD Kentucky State Legislative Director Jared Cassity and SMART TD Vice President Doyle Turner participated in a round table discussion in Ashland, Ky. with presidential candidate and former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton. The Lexington Herald Leader reported that Clinton promised federal assistance for Eastern Kentucky, which has been negatively impacted […]