Transportation News

Washington members: Rail sick leave bill needs support!

Quality of life has been front of mind for railroad employees and SMART Transportation Division for years. It was the heart of the most contentious fights in last year’s national rail negotiations and continues to be the ultimate goal for everything your union is working to a [...]

Illinois State Legislative Director helps announce major rail project

DECATUR, Ill — SMART Transportation Division Illinois State Legislative Director Bob Guy was on hand March 30 as state Gov. J.B. Pritzker announced a $200 million investment in about two dozen state projects to improve the flow of freight on rail and road. Among the 22 projec [...]

SMART General President Joseph Sellers, Jr. to retire in May 2023

Joseph Sellers, Jr., general president of the International Association of Sheet Metal, Air, Rail and Transportation Workers (SMART), announced his retirement on January 24, 2023. Sellers will retire on May 31, 2023, and will be succeeded by current Assistant to the General President Michael Coleman.

From the Ballast: ‘Getting railroaded’

“From the Ballast” is an open column for SMART Transportation Division rail members to state their perspective on issues related to the railroad industry. Members of the union are encouraged to submit content by emailing to Columns are published at th [...]

Union Pacific reaches labor agreement with largest union

Agreement with SMART-TD provides greater flexibility for railroad, improves service for customers and enhances quality of life for employees  OMAHA, Neb., (March 25, 2023) — Union Pacific has reached a tentative crew consist agreement with General Committee 953 [...]

TCU & Shop-Craft Coalition reaches tentative agreement with Amtrak

On Thursday, March 23 – after 15 months of negotiations – the TCU & Shop-Craft Coalition reached a tentative agreement with Amtrak to settle each organization’s respective Section 6 notices for this round of bargaining. The coalition is comprised of the SMART Mechanical D [...]