November 23, 2014

Mo. SLB releases list of endorsed candidates

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SMART Transportation Division’s Missouri State Legislative Board has released the names of candidates that it is endorsing for the 2014 midterm elections. The state of Missouri is holding primary elections Tuesday, Aug. 5. For a list showing all candidates and the board’s recommendations, click here. Candidates that are marked as “no” on the list have repeatedly voted [...]

We will not back down

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By UTU International President Mike Futhey and SMWIA General President Joe Nigro –  We are just months from one of the most important Election Days in our careers. Not in our lifetimes has organized labor been under attack as we are today from corporate-funded anti-worker conservatives in state legislatures and Congress who are attacking collective [...]

Charlotte bus drivers vote ‘yes’ for UTU

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CHARLOTTE, N.C. — The 546 bus operators employed by Charlotte Area Transit System (CATS) have voted by more than a 2-1 margin to return to the United Transportation Union. Calvin Studivant, alternate vice president of the UTU Bus Department, will now assist those bus operators in negotiating a new agreement. Studivant recently assisted in negotiating [...]

On 4 more railroads, workers vote ‘UTU, yes’

Employees of four railroads in Alabama and Florida have chosen the UTU as their bargaining representative. On South Florida Tri-Rail, a commuter railroad where the UTU already represents both sides of the cab, employees of the operations center have chosen the UTU as their bargaining representative. In Alabama, train and engine workers on Conecuh Valley [...]

What election results mean to UTU members

By International President Mike Futhey What do the Nov. 2 congressional election results mean for UTU members and their families? Consider these facts that are not always obvious: While it is true that organized labor has more friends among Democrats, many of the Republicans elected Nov. 2 are friends of working families, and they received [...]

Vote your paycheck on Election Day

By Bonnie MorrAlternate Vice President – Bus Department Right now in our country, economics is spelling out what transit and transportation will look like now and in the future. The UTU Bus Department has been following the trends for funding that are necessary for passenger and public transportation to meet the needs of an aging population and growing automobile [...]

Your vote is crucial. Vote Nov. 2

By James StemUTU National Legislative Director Alfred E. Newman, the not-very-bright Mad magazine character, had an expression shared today by too many Americans: “I am not sure who is running, and my vote won’t make a difference anyway.” It is doubtful those harboring that opinion would give up their right to vote. Our war for [...]

Elect lawmakers who support public transit

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By Bonnie Morr, Alternate vice president, Bus Department Right now in our country, economics are spelling out what transit and transportation will look like, now and in the future. The UTU Bus Department has been following politics and the trends for funding that are necessary for passenger and public transportation to meet the needs of [...]

The danger of a ‘no’ vote on the agreement

Brothers and Sisters: In a few weeks, the tentative national rail agreement with the major carriers on wages, rules and working conditions will be distributed to affected members for a ratification vote. The negotiating committee recommends a “yes” vote, and on March 25 — before the mailing of the agreement — general chairpersons representing members [...]