May 29, 2016

Organizing and Training

A union is a group of workers who join together to achieve certain goals and objectives. They may want to improve wages, working conditions, and benefits. Workers also want a way to ensure fair treatment from employers in matters of job assignments, layoffs, promotions or other matters including protection from discrimination and favoritism.

Employers like to tell individual workers that they are already protected by employment law, but just try to pursue an unfair termination or bring a case before the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) on your own. It just doesn’t happen without help.

Belonging to a union provides you that extra protection that can only come from being covered by a collective bargaining agreement negotiated with the help of experienced labor negotiators.

Membership in the SMART Transportation Division gives you that added security and keeps the power where it belongs — with the members. Members elect officers to coordinate local affairs and delegates to act on their behalf in International elections and on changes to the International Constitution. As a SMART Transportation Division member, you help establish union policy through elections and local voting on referendum and contractual issues.

For more information about the SMART Transportation Division, review the links below.

Contact an Organizer Training Know Your Rights Why Union?

Click on the link below to meet and contact one or more of our UTU organizers.

UTU Organizers

Message from Director of Organizing Richard Ross

Links to new tools to assist in organizing campaigns will soon be available.


George Meaney Legacy

National Labor College

The law protects your right to organize.

Your Union and the Law

Answers to Some Questions You May Have

Why You Should Join a Union (Bus/Transit)


U.S. Department of Labor

National Mediation Board

Want more information about the UTU and its beginnings. Select a link below.

Why Should the UTU Be My Union?

About the UTU

The History of the UTU and the American Labor Movement

UTU Publications and Videos