December 22, 2014

Opinion: Nice things happen on trains

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Imagine you’re in charge of a company that serves the public good; imagine your company, unlike others in the same business, has to ask for money every year to keep itself, an arterial of the country’s transportation system, running. Imagine that fracking, another part of America’s “essential business,” is gumming up your works. Imagine that [...]

Thank you for your support, I am here to assist you

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To each and every delegate of the SMART Transportation Division, I would like to thank you for electing me to the position of vice president of SMART’s bus department. My request to all SMART members is to please work with all of your newly elected officers at all levels of the organization. Keep all of [...]

NTSB investigating deadly Tenn. school bus crash

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Two young girls and one female adult aide were killed and 27 others were injured Tuesday after two Knox County school buses collided on Asheville Highway in East Knoxville. The wreck, which flipped one bus onto its side, happened near Governor John Sevier Highway just before 3 p.m. Read the complete story at Television Station [...]

Gun raffle to benefit Mich. SLD’s daughter

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Kelsey Gibson, daughter of Michigan State Legislative Director Jerry Gibson, was in a near-fatal accident in January 2013 when she was broadsided by a pickup truck in heavy fog. Kelsey’s injuries were extensive and included a long hospitalization. It was reported in May 2013 that Kelsey was awake, but she had a long road to [...]

Despite election results, we can prevail

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By Joseph Sellers Jr., SMART General Secretary-Treasurer –  With the midterm elections over, we now have an impression of what the next two years will look like for legislation affecting working families in the United States. Overall, anti-worker politicians will now control the legislative agenda in both the House of Representatives and the Senate, as well as [...]

Are rail ‘special duty’ jobs really that special?

What should union members know before accepting an offer from the railroad to work on a “special duty” assignment? For starters, “special duty” assignments are generally not positions covered by the agreement with your union. If “special duty” assignments are not covered under your agreement, then you should understand that you do not have the [...]

Bus driver attacked with brick in Cleveland

CLEVELAND – An RTA bus driver was attacked with a brick in a sock early Sunday (Nov. 30) morning. The attack happened at around 12:43 a.m. on the 11 bus line near East 40th Street and Community College Avenue in Cleveland. Read the complete story at Newsnet5.com.

Member from Los Angeles Metro attacked Nov. 17

On the night of Nov. 17, a member of the SMART Transportation Division employed by Los Angeles Metro was brutally assaulted while operating a bus in the West San Fernando Valley. On Nov. 24, Los Angeles Metro and the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department held a joint press conference at 1 Gateway Plaza in Los [...]

FRA issues advisory on roadway worker authority

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WASHINGTON – The U.S. Department of Transportation’s Federal Railroad Administration (FRA) Nov. 25 issued a safety advisory to the rail industry to better protect rail employees working on active tracks, or right-of-ways, under the supervision of a dispatcher. “Clear communication is critical to keeping employees out of harm’s way,” said U.S. Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx. [...]

Amtrak delivers strong FY 2014 financial results

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Amtrak Nov. 25 reported unaudited record revenue totaling approximately $3.2 billion for the fiscal year ending Sept. 30, 2014, representing the fifth consecutive year of revenue growth, and the eighth out of the past nine years. In FY 2014, America’s Railroad® covered 93 percent of its operating costs with ticket sales and other revenues, up [...]