SMART TD, BLET to FRA: Ban one-person freight train crews

SMART Transportation Division President John Previsich and Brotherhood of Locomotive Engineers and Trainmen (BLET) President Dennis Pierce, issued a joint statement, following their submission of their comments to the Federal Railroad Administration (FRA) on train crew size. “Operating freight trains with one-person train crews is unsafe and must be prohibited. That is the message we […]

Local 441 Gives Back to Local Youth In Mobile

A skateboard half-pipe was built and installed by SMART SM Local 441’s fourth- and fifth-year apprentices in Mobile, AL, as a community service project for the city’s Parks and Recreation Department. SM Local 441 Business Manager Robert Payne said, “we are proud that our apprentices took on this project and did a great job fabricating and […]

Court Sides With NLRB Election Ruling

On June 10, a federal appeals court sided with the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) rule which speeds up the union election process. The Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals ruled that the NLRB did not exceed its authority in issuing the rule. The NLRB, in its original ruling, held that employees can vote on union […]

FRA clarifies “Smartwatch” Rule – Fitbits restricted

The question? May an employee wear a device like a “Garmin Vivofit” or “Fitbit” wristband that acts like a watch, and counts the steps that an individual takes each day?  The devices are not searching for the internet, or Wifi, to do this and must be synchronized with Bluetooth on a separate device. The devices […]

UP oil train derails and catches fire in Oregon

According to The Oregonian, a Union Pacific oil train traveling through the Columbia River Gorge derailed and caught fire Friday afternoon. Although no injuries were reported, local schools evacuated students and nearby state highways were shut down. The train originated from North Dakota and was carrying the volatile Bakken crude oil to Washington state. Eleven […]

SMART Railroad Mechanical & Engineering Department Bargaining Update

  The SMART Mechanical/BMWED coalition held negotiations on Tuesday, May 24, 2016, with the National Carriers’ Conference Committee (NCCC) at Norfolk Southern’s corporate office in Atlanta, Georgia. SMART Mechanical/BMWED expert economist, Tom Roth, gave an in depth presentation regarding the “Big Four” Class 1 freight railroads’ financial status.  In summary, the demand for coal has […]

Sleep apnea focus doesn’t solve fatigue issue in transportation industry

Singling out sleep apnea doesn’t solve the critical problem of fatigue in the transportation industry, stated Joseph Ciemny, SMART TD assistant Illinois legislative director, at a joint comment session of the Federal Railroad Administration and Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration, held recently in Chicago. Read the complete article here.