February 13, 2016

SMART SLD gives Ga. lawmakers in-person view

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On Tuesday, January 26, SMART TD’s Georgia State Legislative Director (SLD) Matt Campbell, led Georgia lawmakers on a tour of the CSX railroad yard and Atlanta training center.  “This was a great opportunity to teach our legislators about the duties and responsibilities of railroad workers. It opens the door for us to communicate our needs [...]

Freight cars derail in Minn.

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News8000.com reported this morning that six mixed-freight cars of a Canadian Pacific train derailed last night near Reno, Minn.  No injuries were reported.  Click here to read the entire article.

Amtrak considers reintroducing Gulf Coast service

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Progressive Railroading reported that Amtrak and the Southern Rail Commission will consider the possibility of reintroducing passenger rail service on the Gulf Coast by operating, next month, an “inspection train” between New Orleans and Jacksonville, Fla.  Read the entire article here.

Missouri board to hold “Surviving Layoff” workshop

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The Missouri State Legislative Board is holding a “Surviving Layoff” workshop as a part of the Missouri AFL-CIO’s Dislocated Worker Program, Jan. 29, 2016, at 10:00 a.m. The workshop will be held at the Sheet Metal Workers Local 2 Hall, 2902 Blue Ridge Blvd., Kansas City, MO 64129. The workshop is open to all rail [...]

SMART TD supports FRA’s efforts to clarify vision standards

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On Monday, January 25, John Previsich, president of SMART Transportation Division, filed a letter with the Federal Railroad Administration (FRA) in strong support of the FRA’s efforts to clarify vision standards and testing for locomotive engineers and conductors.  Read the complete article here.

Remembering labor advocate Kenneth Rogers

Brother Kenneth Lloyd Rogers, age 67, passed away December 21, 2015 at his home in Rocklin, Calif. Services were held in Roseville, Calif. December 28, 2015. Rogers is survived by his wife, Mooling Rogers, his three daughters, Kristen, Gwendolyn, and Amy, and many extended family members, friends and colleagues. Rogers was a graduate of the [...]

Mother of UTUIA President Ken Laugel dies

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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, [...]

FRA stepped-up enforcement to collect fines

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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 [...]