April 17, 2014

We pledge allegiance, in solidarity

Nigro

By SMART General President Joe Nigro –  We are one! Not only as a result of our recent merger, but also by the pledge we make to one another as union brothers and sisters. The strength of organized labor lies in the hearts and minds of every union member who understands the meaning of allegiance. [...]

Working together to make SMART a reality

Nigro

The following is a joint letter from UTU International President Mike Futhey and Sheet Metal Workers’ International Association General President Joe Nigro on the merger of the two organizations to become the Sheet Metal, Air, Rail & Transportation Workers (SMART). Brothers and sisters: The merger of the United Transportation Union (UTU) and the Sheet Metal [...]

We are now SMART

Click here for a joint letter from UTU International President Mike Futhey and Sheet Metal Workers’ International Association General President Joe Nigro on the merger between our two organizations to become the Sheet Metal, Air, Rail & Transportation Workers (SMART).

Merger update: Moving forward constructively

Mike Futhey

By UTU International President Mike Futhey “Stay calm and carry on” has always been the best advice during challenging times.  It is appropriate advice for UTU members and employees as we move forward following the October 10 merger arbitration award. That arbitration ruling makes the merger look very similar to the merger we were initially promised [...]

Update on UTU-SMWIA arbitration

A decision by an arbitrator to determine whether the merger agreement between the UTU and the Sheet Metal Workers International Association is an enforceable agreement is not expected before September. The UTU and the SMWIA made presentations before arbitrator Michael H. Gottesman in early and mid-June. Briefs by both sides are to be delivered to [...]

UTU, SMWIA arbitration set for June

Arbitrator Michael H. Gottesman will hear presentations by the UTU and the Sheet Metal Workers International Association during five days of arbitration in June to determine whether the merger agreement between the UTU and the SMIWA is an enforceable agreement. Gottesman, a law professor at Georgetown University in Washington, D.C., was named to arbitrate the [...]

Arbitrator named in UTU-SMWIA merger dispute

Pursuant to a March 4 ruling of a federal district court judge, an arbitrator has been named to determine whether the merger agreement between the UTU and the Sheet Metal Workers International Association (SMWIA) is an enforceable agreement. Georgetown University law professor Michael H. Gottesman has been named by AFL-CIO President Rich Trumka as the [...]

Federal judge rules in merger cases

WASHINGTON — Late Friday, March 4, U.S. District Court Judge John Bates issued several rulings regarding the pending cases regarding the UTU and the Sheet Metal Workers International Association — SMWIA v. UTU and Murphy et al. v. SMWIA. Initially, Judge Bates granted the motion to consolidate the cases before him. He also ruled that [...]

UTU-represented shortline has new owner

LONGVIEW, Wash. — UTU-represented train and engine employees of Columbia & Cowlitz Railroad here have a new employer in Patriot Rail Corp. after Patriot completed purchase of the shortline from paper manufacturer and forest products supplier Weyerhaeuser. Also included in the sale is Weyerhaeuser Woods Railroad (a non-UTU property) that connects with Columbia & Cowlitz. [...]

Carriers reject SMWIA dues demand

The National Railway Labor Conference (NRLC), in an April 1 letter to the Sheet Metal Workers International Association and its General President Mike Sullivan, has recognized the requirements of status quo under the Railway Labor Act and said all carriers will continue remitting UTU member dues to the UTU. “The deduction and remittance of dues [...]