February 6, 2016

Mother of UTUIA President Ken Laugel dies

Bernice Laugel

Bernice “Bunny” Sovine Laugel, 88, of Mooresville, N.C. died Monday, Jan. 18, 2016, at Brookdale Assisted Living. Laugel was a homemaker who loved to travel, enjoyed crocheting, had a great sense of humor and loved to make people smile. She was preceded in death by her husband Louis Frank Laugel and her daughters Debbi Hart [...]

‘Close call’ hotline available for Metro-North workers

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The Connecticut Post reported that, through a recently signed agreement, Metro-North employees who see unsafe conditions can now say something about it by reporting them, without fear of retribution, on a confidential close call hotline.  Read the entire article here.

Billy Cisneros, stepson of UTUIA FS, dies

Billy K. Cisneros, of Monte Vista, Colo., age 42, passed away suddenly January 15, 2016. He was a beloved father, son, brother and friend to many. Although he had many interests, including working on cars with his father, riding motorcycles and following the Pittsburgh Steelers, his main life passion was consistently focused on his family, [...]

SMART endorses Hillary Clinton for President

Hillary Clinton Offiial Portrait

SMART, the International Association of Sheet Metal, Air, Rail and Transportation Workers, has endorsed Hillary Clinton as the union’s choice for President in the upcoming 2016 election. Clinton stood out to members based on her strong leadership, experience, competency and unwavering support for working families. The selection process had input from a survey of the [...]

FRA stepped-up enforcement to collect fines


Enforcement push is part of broader effort to increase overall rail safety WASHINGTON – The Federal Railroad Administration (FRA) today announced that its stepped-up enforcement of railroad safety regulations led to the highest-ever civil penalty collection rate in the agency’s 50-year history.  For Fiscal Year (FY) 2015, the agency will collect 75 percent of all civil penalties [...]

Class I’s release fourth quarter and annual earnings

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CSX Corporation announced a solid fourth quarter and full-year financial performance for 2015. The railroad announced declines for the fourth quarter and mixed financial results for the full year. CSX reported in a press conference that net earnings declined five percent to $466 million or $0.48 per share (down two percent), down from last year’s [...]

Activists blocking tracks convicted of trespassing


The Seattle Times reported that the five activists who blocked BNSF tracks in Washington during September 2014 were recently convicted of trespassing. Read the entire article here.

Fatigue at CP threatens rail safety


The CBC News reported that Transport Canada recently ordered Canadian Pacific Railway to change its fatigue-management practices and freight train line-ups in British Columbia since they pose “an immediate threat to safe railway operations.”  Read the entire article here.

In honor of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

Dr. King

On Monday, January 18, 2016, every member of the SMART union will stand with our entire nation in honor, solidarity and remembrance of the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Dr. King’s brilliance, vision, leadership and ultimate personal sacrifice shifted the course of American history forever by shedding light and bringing hope [...]

SMART TD sends letter to STB opposing CP/NS merger


In a letter dated, January 14, SMART TD President John Previsich wrote the Surface Transportation Board opposing a Canadian Pacific Railway proposal to acquire Norfolk Southern Railroad. See the letter in its entirety below or click here to read the letter. “Dear Chairman Elliott, Vice Chairman Miller and Member Begeman: “I am writing to you [...]