Formerly known as the UTU, SMART TD has one of the most extensive legislative organizations in the labor movement, with a national director, assistant national legislative director and staff headquartered in Washington, D.C.

In the U.S., 49 of 50 states, plus the District of Columbia, have legislative boards made up of local legislative representatives and headed by a director. This efficient legislative organization allows SMART TD to mount effective, coordinated campaigns at the federal and state levels.

Among the important laws passed or amended because of SMART TD action are the Railway Labor Act, the Railroad Unemployment Insurance Act, the Railroad Retirement Act, the Federal Employers’ Liability Act, the Federal Hours of Service Act, the Rail Safety Act, the Motor Carrier Safety Act and the Mass Transportation Act.

The SMART TD’s national legislative director in Washington acts as the union’s chief legislative and political officer and coordinates the activities of state legislative directors, acts as a liaison with national lawmakers, keeps voting records on legislators and furnishes recommendations and reports to the SMART TD International President and the membership.

Use the links below to find out more about current legislation that affects you and your job, contact your lawmakers, register to vote, or to contact SMART TD’s national legislative director.

Washington News
and Updates
Legislative Office
the Congress
Click the link below to view news articles from SMART TD and other sources regarding current legislation affecting you, your family and your job.

Washington updates

SMART Transportation Division’s 2016 congressional endorsements

SMART Transportation Division’s 2014 congressional endorsements

UTU’s 2012 congressional endorsements

UTU’s 2010 congressional endorsements

Contact SMART TD’s National Legislative Office in Washington, D.C.

Email National Legislative Office

For tips on writing to your Congressional representatives, see SMART TD’s recommendations at Communicating With Congress.

Click on Contacting the Congress to visit a website that provides information about U.S. senators and representatives in Washington, D.C. The site also allows users to reach senators and representatives via electronic mail (email).

Register to vote

2013-14 congressional voting records:
House of Representatives

Support state and national lawmakers who support you! To find out more about the union’s political action committee, click on the link below.


The Legislative Department protects members’ rights and safety through interaction with Congress, government agencies and state legislatures. To find out more, read:

How to Be an Effective Local Legislative Representative