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2016 Regional Meetings

Members planning to attend one or both of the SMART Transportation Division regional meetings this summer can now make reservations for either city. Details are available at the Transportation Division website at www.utu.org. Regional meeting registration is available…

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SMART TD opposes auto control systems in FRA letter

In a letter to the Federal Railroad Administration’s (FRA) Associate Administrator for Safety Robert Lauby, SMART Transportation Division’s National Legislative Director John Risch called on the FRA to issue an emergency order prohibiting the use…

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Billy Cisneros, stepson of UTUIA FS, dies

Billy K. Cisneros, of Monte Vista, Colo., age 42, passed away suddenly January 15, 2016. He was a beloved father, son, brother and friend to many. Although he had many interests, including working on cars…

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SMART TD, BLET petition FRA for speed signs

SMART TD and the Brotherhood of Locomotive Engineers & Trainmen (BLET) have submitted a petition to the Federal Railroad Administration (FRA) for rulemaking that mandates uniform warning speed signs in advance of a permanent speed…

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Risch: Make sure you’re registered to vote!

Dear Member, How often have you heard the phrase, “this is the most important election in our lifetime?” Plenty, I’m sure. The truth is, every election is important, with the stakes being higher in a presidential…

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SMART TD members ratify agreement with NY MTA

On December 16, 2015, members of SMART Transportation Division’s Local 1440 (Staten Island, N.Y.) ratified a tentative agreement with the New York Metropolitan Transportation Authority (NY MTA). The ratified agreement includes a 15.88 percent pay…

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2016 Omnibus Amtrak funding bill

Congress must do better for passenger rail and roadway safety By John Previsich, President, SMART Transportation Division While we look favorably on efforts made by members of congress to implement stronger and more wide-spread transportation…

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