The Coordinated Bargaining Coalition again calls on NMB to proffer arbitration

While waiting for a response to our recent request to the National Mediation Board that a proffer of arbitration be issued by the Board to move our contract dispute to the next level, CBC unions participated in two additional days of mediated bargaining sessions with NCCC this week. Once again, the nation’s class 1 rail […]

Women in Construction Week 2022

From March 6–11, SMART once again celebrated Women in Construction Week, hosting a series of virtual events and distributing various videos to recognize the SMART sisters who make our union strong. The women of our union consistently strive to empower SMART and advocate on behalf of women and all workers — whether fighting against discrimination […]

Bill’s passage would place Santa Cruz Metro under PERB

A bill under consideration in the California Legislature would place employees of the Santa Cruz Metro under the umbrella of the state’s Public Employment Relations Board (PERB) to foster improved relations between public employees and management. S.B. 957 was introduced in the state Senate by state Sen. John Laird (D) on March 17. The bill’s […]

SMART-TD, BLET gather allies at TTD Executive Committee meeting

CLEVELAND, Ohio (April 6, 2022) — The nation’s two largest railroad unions continue to gather allies and momentum as they oppose the imposition of precision scheduled railroading (PSR) tactics by Class I carriers that put safety and the health and lives of working people at risk. At the April 4 Executive Committee meeting of the […]

GOP reps encourage BNSF to re-think Hi-Viz

CLEVELAND, Ohio (April 5) — Five Republican U.S. representatives have contacted the BNSF Railway and encouraged its CEO to reengage with its operating unions to alter the highly-restrictive and punitive “Hi-Viz” attendance policy. In a letter to Brotherhood of Locomotive Engineers and Trainmen (BLET) President Dennis Pierce, SMART Transportation Division (SMART TD) President Jeremy Ferguson […]

UMWA marks year since initiating strike

A large rally is planned in support of the United Mine Workers on Wednesday, April 6, in McCalla, Ala., to demand justice for the UMWA miners who have been on strike with Warrior Met Coal for an entire year. “This strike MUST END NOW and we are going to remind Warrior Met that there is […]

RRB: Railroad Retirement age reductions

While railroad employees with less than 30 years of service may retire at age 62, their railroad retirement benefits are subject to early retirement (“age”) reductions if they retire before attaining their full retirement age. The following questions and answers explain how full retirement age is determined, and how age reductions are applied to railroad […]

VIDEO: SMART Sheet Metal and TD Members Vital to Success of New UBS Arena Project

Last fall, SMART General President Joseph Sellers traveled to UBS Arena, then still in progress, to tour and meet members working on the brand-new, $1.5 billion multipurpose home of the New York Islanders, which opened on November 20, 2021. Watch the video of their trip to see how our entire union – including sheet metal, […]

SMART signatory brewery continues to thrive in Olympia, Washington

Since opening its doors in 2018, Headless Mumby Brewing Company has defined itself by defying expectations. For one, Headless Mumby exclusively brews lager-style beers – no IPAs, Pilsners or artisanal stouts. Secondly, according to Thurston Talk, those lagers are currently produced by an all-woman brew crew. And perhaps most unique, Headless Mumby is the only […]