July 29, 2016

TD Local 60 plans motorcycle ride for charity

SMART Transportation Division Local 60 at Newark, N.J., has scheduled a motorcycle bike run for Saturday, July 16. Proceeds from the bike run will go to support the charity, Railmen for Children. The ride is open to anyone who wishes to participate. The cost is $20 per rider, $15 per passenger and $15 for non-riders. Registration […]

UTU.org preparing for move to smart-union.org/td

The official website of SMART Transportation Division, www.utu.org, is moving to www.smart-union.org/td. In preparation for this move, both www.utu.org and www.smart-union.org/td will not be updated after close of business July 8 until further notice. During this period, important news updates will be available on our Facebook and LinkeIn pages. While we are working to seamlessly […]

Member, former members, died in June 28 BNSF crash

Conductor Kenneth Paul “KP” Smith Jr., 59, of Local 1313 at Amarillo, Texas, died last week (June 28) when two BNSF trains crashed just outside of Amarillo. Two others, Cody Owens, 52, and Lara Gayle Taylor, 45, also died in the crash. Owens and Taylor were former members. A fourth, unidentified conductor, jumped from the […]

Long-Term Disability open enrollment begins August 1

SMART Transportation Division has partnered with MetLife to bring our Rail and Bus members the most comprehensive and cost-effective Voluntary Long-Term Disability plans. VLTD insurance helps you protect your income if you suddenly have to stop working due to an accident or illness. VLTD helps ensure that you can continue paying your bills and provide […]

SMART TD Mobile App for year-round use!

SMART TD Mobile App: Updated, Easy and Free, and is a “must have” for Regional Meetings and much, much more… The SMART TD Mobile App has the same features as before, with new features added that make locating, scheduling and rating Regional Meeting workshops super quick and easy. Just like last year, the SMART TD Mobile App provides […]

Ten safety tips for this 4th of July

CHICAGO – Ensure your Independence Day weekend is filled with celebration and not regret with these 10 fire safety tips, from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) Region V office in Chicago: Be sure fireworks are legal in your area before using or buying them. Always have an adult supervise fireworks activities and never allow […]

Member Health and Welfare contributions to increase

Effective July 1, 2016, rail employees covered under The NRC/UTU Health and Welfare Plan and The Railroad Employees National Health and Welfare Plan will see their monthly Health and Welfare contribution increased from the current $198.00 per month, to $228.89 per month. Why the increase? Since July 1, 2012 and pursuant to provisions of the […]

BNSF freight trains collide near Amarillo, Texas

Amarillo.com reported that BNSF freight trains collided head-on this morning in the town of Panhandle, Texas, near Amarillo, creating a massive fireball and explosion that prompted a swift  evacuation of Panhandle residents. Injuries and missing persons have been reported; at this time, no details have surfaced regarding those missing, or the number or severity of injuries. […]

Members make all the difference!

Dear  Member: Recently, Republican Congressman Louie Gohmert of Texas – one of the most conservative members of the U.S. House of Representatives – cosponsored our two-person crew legislation, H.R. 1763, the Safe Freight Act. This show of support follows cosponsorship from Congressman Trent Franks of Arizona, a member of the conservative House Freedom Caucus. Both are […]

Santa Cruz Metro drivers narrowly avoid layoffs

Santa Cruz Metro bus drivers narrowly avoided being laid off, when a new budget was reached Friday, June 24, saving the drivers’ jobs. The budget hinges on a pending sales tax ballot measure to be voted on by taxpayers in the November elections. Metro approved a two-year budget on Friday that preserves the 146 full-time […]