SMART, the International Association of Sheet Metal, Air, Rail and Transportation Workers, is one of North America’s most dynamic and diverse unions with 216,000 members. SMART’s members ensure the quality of the air we breathe, promote energy efficiency, produce and provide the vital services that move products to market and passengers to their destinations. We are sheet metal workers, service technicians, bus operators, engineers, conductors, sign workers, welders, production employees and more. With members in scores of different occupations, we advocate for fairness in the workplace, excellence at work and opportunity for all working families.

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Man hit by train, saved by member

In a heroic show of foresight and bravery, SMART Transportation Division Local Chairperson Rob Forrest (Local 202 at Denver) saved the life of a pedestrian Wednesday, July 20. Forrest, who – according to SMART TD…

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SMART Reaches Accord With Electric Bus Builder

SMART (Sheet Metal, Air, Rail and Transportation Workers), one of America’s most dynamic and diverse unions representing 208,000 members,and BYD Coach and Bus, a division of BYD, the world’s largest electric vehicle manufacturer,are proud to announce the signing of…

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OSHA’s safety tips for working in the heat

HEAT ILLNESS CAN BE DEADLY The body normally cools itself by sweating. During hot weather, especially with high humidity, sweating isn’t enough. Body temperature can rise to dangerous levels if you don’t drink enough water…

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TTD: Trump & Pence, formula for jobs disaster

“Donald Trump says he’ll make America great by being tough on trade, building things and creating jobs. Sure, it sounds good, but Trump is forgetting one thing: actions really do speak louder than words. Not…

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FRA approves plans for passenger rail in New England

The Federal Railroad Administration (FRA) announced a Finding of No Significant Impact on the Northern New England Intercity Rail Initiative (Initiative). This will enable states in the New England region, in partnership with the federal government,…

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2-person crew rule: Risch testifies before FRA

On Friday, July 15, John Risch, National Legislative Director with SMART TD, testified before the Federal Railroad Administration (FRA) in Washington, DC, in strong support of a minimum two-person crew mandate for freight and passenger…

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Unions In WI and WV Challenge RTW

Eleven unions filed petitions in a local WV court arguing that the state’s new “Right-to-work” law amounts to an illegal seizure of their property and resources. The bill was vetoed by Governor Earl Ray Tomblin,…

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A True Badge of Honor

In May, 2015, Kerrie Orozco, an Omaha, Nebraska, police officer one day away from maternity leave, was shot and killed by a fleeing suspect she had been attempting to serve with a warrant. Orozco had…

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