SMART TD’s Yardmaster Department

The Railroad Yardmasters of America organized on Dec. 2, 1918, in response to managerial abuses, and affiliated with UTU (now SMART TD) in 1985.

The SMART TD Yardmasters Department represents members in 13 yardmaster locals working under 43 contracts covering employees working on Class I, Class II and Class III railroads, as well as terminal companies, commuter lines and Amtrak. On some smaller shortline railroads, the SMART TD Yardmasters Department often represents clerical employees in addition to yardmasters.

A yardmaster’s duties include general supervision of all employees in yard service at their terminal locations, and responsibility for expediting the safe and on-time movement of freight through the terminal.

The carriers’ requirements of continuing education and computer literacy for yardmasters and clerks presents an ongoing challenge met consistently and professionally by highly skilled and motivated SMART TD members.