September 3, 2015

SMART, BLET to seek two-person crew laws by state


As part of a joint state-lobbying campaign to secure laws mandating a minimum of two crew members in the cab of all locomotives, the Brotherhood of Locomotive Engineers and Trainmen (BLET) and the Transportation Division of the International Association of Sheet Metal, Air, Rail and Transportation Workers have provided their state legislative boards with model [...]

Ask your lawmakers’ support for two-person crews


Members of the SMART Transportation Division and all of rail labor have the opportunity to make it federal law to have two qualified persons working on all freight trains operating in the United States a reality. Now is the time to contact your legislators in the House of Representatives and ask them to co-sponsor and [...]

UTUIA now accepting scholarship applications


The UTUIA is now accepting scholarship applications for the UTU/UTUIA Scholarship Program. Information regarding the scholarship and the application process is below. The application form printed in the January edition of the UTU News is the official scholarship application form and is the only one that will be accepted. If you need an application form, [...]

Alumni Association: The best $9 investment out there

Carl Cochran; Cochran, Carl

By Carl CochranUTU Alumni Association Coordinator So you’ve invested 40 years of your life working on the railroad or with a bus or transit agency. You paid your dues – figuratively and literally – to your employer and to your union. Maybe you were an officer in your local, or just involved. Maybe you even [...]

Preserving Medicare: We have a role to play


Would you accept a job paying $1 million to count out $2 billion in $1 bills? Think again, because working a 40-hour week and counting out $1 per second, you would require 266 years to count out the $2 billion total. Now that you have an idea how much $2 billion is, consider that in [...]