Transportation News

SMART-TD, BLET joint statement on Labor Day 2022

The following is a statement from SMART-TD President Jeremy Ferguson and BLET President Dennis Pierce. CLEVELAND, (September 2) — As we approach Labor Day 2022, our Unions stand at a crossroads. While our normal messages heading into one of the most important days for Organized Labor would be about Labor’s proud history of improving the […]

TD Local 18 member killed in derailment

Mario Navarro, 49, a SMART-TD member out of Local 18 (El Paso, Texas), died late Aug. 29 after a pair of rail cars derailed in an accident in Union Pacific’s Alfalfa Rail Yard during a shoving movement. An online fundraiser has been established to help his family through their time of unimaginable grief and loss. […]

Update on PEB 250 recommendations to national agreement negotiations

The following is a joint statement from SMART TD President Jeremy Ferguson and BLET President Dennis Pierce: CLEVELAND, Ohio, August 27, 2022 — On Monday, August 22, the SMART TD and BLET, along with the other remaining United Rail Unions, met with the Rail Carriers via Zoom to determine if PEB 250’s recommendations could serve […]

Class Is release 2nd quarter 2022 financial results

2nd Quarter 2022 Net Earnings: Increased 10% to $1.7 billion from $1.5 billion  Earnings Per Share: n/a – BNSF is not publicly traded  Revenue: Increased 14% to $6.6 billion from $5.8 billion  Operating Income: Increased 7% to $2.4 billion from $2.2 billionOperating Expenses: Increased 19% to $4.3 billion from $3.6 billion Operating Ratio: Worsened 2.8% to 63.2% […]

Fundraiser established for GC’s cancer fight

General Chairperson Craig Patch (GCA-TMM) is facing a diagnosis of brain cancer and a fundraiser has been established to help him and his family through a difficult time. LCA-TMM Secretary Michael Jenkins said Brother Patch faces a treatment period of a year to 18 months. He will begin chemo treatments Aug. 29. GC Patch has […]

Safety alert issued after tripwires found in Missouri

A safety alert was issued this week after the discovery of tripwires by a Class I worker Aug. 19 stretching from rail spikes to a sign across the ballast near Harrisonville, Mo. “The affixing of these wires – difficult to find even when looking for them, much less see while performing professional duties along the […]

SMART TD seeks photos for annual Alumni calendar

The SMART Transportation Division is seeking high-quality bus and rail photos for the annual Alumni Association calendar. If your photo is chosen, you will receive five copies of the calendar featuring your photo. All photos should be taken from a clear point of safety. Your high-resolution, horizontal photos should be submitted to news_td@smart-union.org by no […]

TD President Ferguson’s statement on PEB 250’s recommendations

SMART Transportation Division President Jeremy R. Ferguson issued the following statement on Aug. 18, 2022: On Tuesday, August 16, 2022, Presidential Emergency Board 250 (PEB 250) provided the White House with its recommendations for settlement between the National Carriers’ Conference Committee (NCCC) and the United Rail Unions coalition. And while the recommendations of PEB 250 […]

PEB a.m. update: Aug. 17, 2022

SMART Transportation Division leaders have multiple discussions scheduled today as they continue to evaluate the recommendations made by Presidential Emergency Board 250. As the release of the PEB recommendations is the first step in the final stage of the Railway Labor Act process, SMART-TD will act judiciously as the PEB’s findings are examined. While other […]

Announcement to come regarding PEB

Presidential Emergency Board 250 has released its recommendations regarding the dispute between the United Rail Unions and the National Carriers Conference Committee over National Railroad Contract negotiations. Meetings are scheduled at 4 p.m. (Eastern) Aug. 16 among the United Rail Unions leadership and later with the SMART-TD negotiating team regarding the PEB’s findings and what […]