July 22, 2014

UTU Fla. SLD in thick of fight to end gerrymandering

In Florida last week, the people prevailed as a federal district court ruled Florida voters have every right to restrict the state legislature’s ability to redraw the election map willy-nilly to favor incumbent members of Congress and the state legislature. UTU Florida State Legislative Director Andres Trujillo and his state legislative board were in the thick [...]

Florida Tri-Rail members approve new contract

MIAMI – By a four-to-one margin, UTU-member train and engine workers employed by Veolia Transportation — operator of South Florida Tri-Rail — have approved a new agreement. The UTU represents both sides of the cab on Tri-Rail. The agreement includes pay increases retroactive to July 1, 2010, an increase in certification pay for engineers, certification-pay [...]

Upcoming UTU meetings

Aerial View of Downtown Memphis and AutoZone Park

The dates and locations of UTU regional meetings in 2012 are: 2012 UTU Western Regional MeetingHilton Portland Hotel, Portland, Ore.June 18-20 2012 UTU Eastern Regional MeetingMemphis Peabody Hotel, Memphis, Tenn.July 23-25 Online registration for the UTU regional meetings is now available. Links are also available for those attending the 2012 regional meetings to make their [...]

World’s longest train has new Florida station

SANFORD, Fla. – A new Amtrak station – seating 600 and four times the size of its predecessor – has opened near Orlando for the more than 244,000 annual Amtrak Auto Train passengers, reports an Amtrak press release. The $10.5 million to enlarge and improve the station – severely damaged by a 2004 hurricane — [...]

Seimens looking for Florida HSR contracts

Siemens, an international engineering firm with its U.S. headquarters in Washington, D.C., and plants throughout the United States, is hungry to build high-speed train sets for a proposed Florida high-speed rail line. Tampa Bay online (tbo.com) reports that Siemens, which has built high-speed trains in Austria, Belgium, China, France and Germany, has erected a billboard [...]

Railroaders to picnic in St. Petersburg, Fla.

Retired member Joe Alenduff is again organizing an annual picnic for railroaders in the St. Petersburg, Fla., area. The event, scheduled for Saturday, March 20, will run from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Shelter 15 in Ft. DeSoto Park in St. Petersburg. Coffee and iced tea will be furnished. Participants are urged to bring [...]