August 30, 2016

SMART, others fight proposal that eliminates Seattle rail yards, manufacturing

The Seattle Times reported that backers of a Seattle bylaw, which prohibits the use of city funds to finance sports venues, plan to push for a strengthened ballot measure to help block a proposed arena in Sodo District. SMART TD Washington State Legislative Director Herb Krohn, who is against the proposal because it could eradicate […]

Former Wash. State Director Thomas Retterath dies

Former SMART TD (UTU Local 1348) Washington State Legislative Director Thomas R. Retterath died Monday, November 2, 2015 at the Hospice Care Center following a battle with cancer.  Retterath was drafted and served in the U.S. Army from 1964 to 1966. In 1971 he began his railroad career with Burlington Northern Railroad where he worked […]

Wash. House passes its version of oil-transport bill

The state House on April 14 passed its version of a bill that would impose new safety regulations on oil shipped through Washington by rail, boat and pipeline. The modified version of a bill that cleared the Senate in March passed the House with a 58-40 bipartisan vote. Read the complete story at the Seattle […]

Train-crew bill progressing in Washington state

OLYMPIA, Wash. – Washington’s Republican-controlled Senate could set a national precedent with a bill passed Monday night (March 9) that would require up to two railroad workers in the rear of trains carrying crude oil and other hazardous cargo. Currently, BNSF Railway, the largest freight hauler in Washington, is not required to carry rear brakeman […]

Wash. SLD Krohn appears on PBS coal show

SMART Transportation Division Washington State Legislative Director Herb Krohn Nov. 7 appeared on Northwest Now, a Public Broadcasting System program that airs in Washington on Television Station KBTC. Northwest Now is an Emmy®-award winning weekly public affairs show that goes beyond the headlines to provide perspective on the issues that have western Washington talking. In this episode, […]

WSLC endorses two-person rail crew legislation

Attendees to the Washington State Labor Council Convention in Wenatchee, Wash., July 22-24, unanimously endorsed a resolution supporting legislation for two-person rail crews on train operations throughout the state, SMART Transportation Division Washington Legislative Director Herb Krohn reports. The council also passed a resolution calling for additional legislative efforts related to railroad workplaces and public […]

Wash. SLD Krohn appears on Showtime documentary

SMART Transportation Division Washington State Legislative Director Herb Krohn appeared on the cable television station Showtime’s documentary series “Years of Living Dangerously” Monday, May 12, in an episode entitled “The Governor. According to Showtime, the documentary event series explores the human impact of climate change. In “The Governor,” correspondent Olivia Munn profiles what the show […]