September 19, 2014

SMART needs your photos for Alumni calendar

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The SMART Transportation Division is seeking quality railroad, bus and airline photos, taken by its members, for placement in its annual calendar and other uses. The calendar is mailed annually to members of the UTU Alumni Association as one of the benefits of Alumni Association membership. High-resolution digital photographs should be emailed to news_TD@smart-union.org. Printed photographs should [...]

12th annual rail reunion and retirement dinner info

Local 240 Chairperson Harry Garvin Jr. reports that the 12th annual rail reunion and retirement dinner for employees of UP, SP, Pacific Electric, Metrolink, Amtrak and AT&SF (Locals 32, 240, 1422, 1770, 1813 and 1846) will be held Nov. 7, from 3-9 p.m., at Sierra Lakes Golf Course, 16600 Club House Dr., in Fontana. The [...]

Minnesota boosts number of railway inspectors

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More trained eyes should be on the tracks in Minnesota in coming months, state and federal authorities say. The Minnesota Department of Transportation is hiring more rail inspectors as required by a new state law. Federal authorities also have bolstered the ranks of their rail inspectors in Minnesota. Read the complete story at the St. [...]

BNSF Railway ordered to pay $12K to worker

KANSAS CITY, Mo. – BNSF Railway Co. has been found in violation of the Federal Railroad Safety Act by the U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration for disciplining an employee at its Murray Yard complex for following a physician’s treatment plan. The company has been ordered to pay the conductor $12,000 in [...]

STB: Five Class I’s revenue adequate in 2013

The Surface Transportation Board announced Tuesday, Sept. 2, 2014, that it has found five U.S. Class I railroad properties to be “revenue adequate for the year 2013, meaning that five of the Class I railroads achieved a rate of return equal to or greater than the Board’s calculation of the average cost of capital to [...]

Oil train regulation passes in California

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California lawmakers on Friday (Aug. 29) passed legislation requiring railroad companies to tell emergency officials when crude oil trains will chug through the state. The bill would require railroads to notify the state’s Office of Emergency Services when trains carrying crude oil from Canada and North Dakota are headed to refineries in the most populous [...]

Rail safety measures due in Va. after oil-train wrecks

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The same day a CSX train carrying almost 3 million gallons of crude oil derailed in downtown Lynchburg, federal investigators took a sample of oil at a rail transfer terminal 1,750 miles away in North Dakota. The oil sampled in North Dakota was owned by Plains Marketing, the same Texas company that owned roughly 30,000 [...]

Happy Labor Day!

On this Labor Day, we can be thankful for the resiliency each and every member of this union has shown in dealing with the after-effects of this past recession. While there is still much work left to do, we are on the right track to a better and brighter future for members and their families. [...]

Employees of RCP&E Railroad return to SMART

In a swift and decisive vote held Aug. 27, employees of Rapid City, Pierre & Eastern Railroad selected the International Association of Sheet Metal, Air, Rail and Transportation Workers as their voice on their property. Among 53 eligible voters, 37 employees marked their ballots for the SMART Transportation Division and five voted for no union [...]

Lac-Megantic: Lawyers want charges dropped

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MONTREAL – The union and lawyers representing two railway employees accused in the Lac-Megantic disaster are urging the Crown to drop the charges in light of recent findings by the Transportation Safety Board. Engineer Tom Harding, railway traffic controller Richard Labrie and Jean Demaitre, the manager of train operations, each face 47 counts of criminal [...]