SMART Transportation Division Local 61 members working at Southeastern Pennsylvania Transportation Authority recently ratified a new agreement governing the rates of pay and working conditions of conductors and assistant conductors on the regional commuter railroad.
With nearly 79 percent of eligible members casting ballots, a vast majority of those voting – 87 percent – approved the agreement.
The five-year pact includes a signing bonus, general wage increases, conductor certification pay, enhanced bereavement allowance, increased uniform allowance and enriched continuation of health and welfare benefits among its provisions.
Transportation Division Vice President John E. Lesniewski, who assisted with negotiations, expressed his gratitude to GO STA General Chairperson Freddie Williams and his negotiating committee consisting of Vice General Chairpersons Francis McDermott, Martin Strom, Michelle Duncan and General Committee Secretary Nelson Pagan for their enduring commitment to finding an equitable agreement for the benefit of Local 61 members.
SEPTA is a metropolitan transportation authority that operates various forms of public transit – bus, subway and elevated rail, commuter rail, light rail and electric trolley bus – that serves 3.9 million people in and around Philadelphia, Pa.
- SMART-TD forms new committee to address assaults on bus and transit operators
- SMART News episode 10 features Local 19 member on Biden endorsement, coverage of railroad victories, GP Coleman’s visit to Tenn. megaproject and more
- Veto means Nevada governor picked politics over safety
- Members of GO-953 ratify historic tentative agreement with Union Pacific
- Watch: Local sheet metal unions win back pay for wage theft and worker misclassification
- ProPublica reports: “As Rail Profits Soar, Blocked Crossings Force Kids to Crawl Under Trains to Get to School”
- Defense of our bus operators is needed
- SMART News episode eight features member voices on right-to-work repeal, rail safety, jobs in Ohio and more
- Green, UNION jobs: SMART members continue to build our green future on Earth Day 2023
- Sheet metal worker-owner earns “Contractor of the Year” honorable mention