Transportation

Members’ toolbox

Want to get involved? Have you been notified you are under investigation? Wish to file a grievance? Do you have membership rights question? Below are some FAQs you might find helpful.

If you have a question that is not answered below, send it in and it will be added.


Membership Questions

Q. I have been notified that I am under investigation. What should I do?
 
 
Q. Where can I view a copy of the latest national railroad agreement?  
 
Q. To what local do I belong and when and where does it meet?
 
 
Q. Who is my local chairperson and how can I contact him or her?  
 
Q. Who is my general chairperson and how can I contact him or her?  
 
Q. Who is my state legislative director and how can I contact him or her?  
 
Q. Who is my UTUIA field supervisor and how can I contact him or her?  
 
Q. Who are the officers of the SMART TD headquarters and how can I contact them?  
 
Q. Who is the staff at the SMART TD headquarters and how can I contact them?  
 
Q. What is the SMART TD Transportation Safety Team and how can I contact its members?  
 
Q. What is the SMART TD Railroad Safety Task Force and how can I contact them?  
 
Q. What is the SMART TD Human Rights Committee and how can I contact them?  
 
Q. Who do I contact to file a complaint against a local union official?
 
 
Q. I would like to apply for membership in the SMART-TD or have my prior membership reinstated. How can that be accomplished?  
 
Q. Where can I view the SMART Constitution?  
 
Q. Where can I view the UTU Constitution?

Representation Questions

Q. I have been notified that I am under investigation. What should I do?
 
 
Q: I have concerns about unsafe working conditions. To whom do I express my concerns?
 
 
Q: I was injured on the job. What should I know?  
 
Q: What are SMART TD Designated Legal Counsel? Why would I need their services?  
 
Q: What are my rights with regard to employer retaliation? How will I be protected if I report allegations of fraud, waste or abuse by my employer?
  • You are protected by federal law from employer retaliation when you make such reports. These “whistleblower” protections are described in this article.
 
 
Q: I have a grievance against my employer. What do I do?
 
 
Q: I am a local officer and need help to support a grievance. How can SMART TD headquarters help me?
 
 
Q: I would like to search railroad agreements by text. Is that possible?  
 
Q: Can I view information on pay rates, fringe benefits, the Railway Labor Act and yardmaster agreements on this site?  
 
Q: I have questions about drug and alcohol testing. Where can I learn more?

Benefit Questions

Q: What is the United Transportation Union Insurance Association (UTUIA)? What insurance and investment products are offered?  
 
Q: What is the Discipline Income Protection Program? What are the benefits of enrollment?  
 
Q: How can I contact a UTUIA field supervisor to receive information on insurance and investment products offered by the UTUIA?  
 
Q: What are the types of disability insurance available through SMART TD? How do I make a claim?

Miscellaneous Questions

Q: I know of a group of workers who would benefit from membership in SMART-TD. How do I contact a union organizer?  
 
Q: I would like to start contributing or increase my contributions to my union’s political action committee (TD PAC). How do I do that?
  • Visit the TD PAC page. More information about TD PAC or a pledge form can be obtained from your local secretary or treasurer or email TDPAC@smart-union.org.
 
 
Q: My payroll deduction is incorrect. Who do I contact to get it straightened out?
 
 
Q: How are my union dues divided and spent?  
 
Q: I am a local secretary/treasurer and need assistance with my billings. How can SMART TD headquarters help me?