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  • STATEMENT ON THE NOMINATION OF ELAINE CHAO AS TRANSPORTATION SECRETARY

    STATEMENT ON THE NOMINATION OF ELAINE CHAO AS TRANSPORTATION SECRETARY

    Washington, DC — Edward Wytkind, president of the Transportation Trades Department, AFL-CIO (TTD), issues this statement on the nomination of Elaine Chao as Secretary of Transportation by President-elect Donald Trump:   “I congratulate Elaine Chao on her nomination by President-elect Donald Trump as the next Secretary of Transportation. Secretary-designate Chao’s many years of public service Read More ...Read More »
  • LACMTA INCREASES SECURITY AFTER BOMB THREAT

    LACMTA INCREASES SECURITY AFTER BOMB THREAT

    The Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority (LACMTA) increased security after having received a bomb threat Monday, Dec. 5. The threat warned of a possible attack at the Red Line subway’s Universal Station in Studio City, Calif. LACMTA is working with the FBI and police to investigate this threat. Read more from Progressive Railroading.Read More »
  • RAIL LABOR SEEKS FEDERAL MEDIATION IN NATIONAL NEGOTIATIONS

    RAIL LABOR SEEKS FEDERAL MEDIATION IN NATIONAL NEGOTIATIONS

    On December 5, 2016, Rail Labor’s Coordinated Bargaining Group (CBG) released the following statement, requesting that a federal mediator assist in negotiations: “Despite our best efforts, collective bargaining with the major U.S. Class 1 railroads completely stalled late last week. Therefore, pursuant to the terms and conditions of the Railway Labor Act, we have today Read More ...Read More »
  • STB SIGNS MEMORANDUM OF UNDERSTANDING WITH CANADIAN GOVERNMENT

    STB SIGNS MEMORANDUM OF UNDERSTANDING WITH CANADIAN GOVERNMENT

    Chairman Daniel R. Elliott III of the Surface Transportation Board (STB) visited the Canadian Transportation Agency (CTA) in Ottawa, Canada, and signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) to facilitate information sharing between the agencies. The CTA is the economic regulator of the freight railroads and other modes of transportation in Canada. Chairman Elliott signed the Read More ...Read More »
  • RAILROAD RETIREMENT AND UNEMPLOYMENT INSURANCE TAXES IN 2017

    RAILROAD RETIREMENT AND UNEMPLOYMENT INSURANCE TAXES IN 2017

    The amounts of compensation subject to railroad retirement tier I and tier II payroll taxes will increase in 2017, while the tax rates on employers and employees will stay the same. In addition, unemployment insurance contribution rates paid by railroad employers will continue to include a 1.5 percent surcharge in 2017. Tier I and Medicare Read More ...Read More »
  • LACMTA INCREASES SECURITY AFTER BOMB THREAT

    LACMTA INCREASES SECURITY AFTER BOMB THREAT

    The Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority (LACMTA) increased security after having received a bomb threat Monday, Dec. 5. The threat warned of a possible attack at the Red Line subway’s Universal Station in Studio City, Calif. LACMTA is working with the FBI and police to investigate this threat. Read more from Progressive Railroading.Read More »
  • TRUMP SLAMS UNION LEADER FOR SPEAKING THE TRUTH

    TRUMP SLAMS UNION LEADER FOR SPEAKING THE TRUTH

    President-elect Trump wasted no time in slamming a union leader for speaking the truth. Chuck Jones, president of United Steelworkers Local 1999 at the Carrier plant in Indiana, stated that the actual number of jobs that will remain at the Indiana plant is near 800, not the nearly 1,200 jobs that Trump recently promised to Read More ...Read More »
  • Watch Bill Bryant advocate for our 2-3-4 train crewing proposal

    Watch Bill Bryant advocate for our 2-3-4 train crewing proposal

    Republican nominee Bill Bryant advocated for our 2-3-4 train crewing proposal during his debate with Gov. Inslee: Read More »
  • Firm that shuttles railroad crews fined $170K for more than 300 repeat safety violations

    Firm that shuttles railroad crews fined $170K for more than 300 repeat safety violations

    Originally published June 29, 2016 at 3:23 pm Updated June 29, 2016 at 6:55 pm   The violations cited by the state Utilities and Transportation Commission include the fraudulent altering of the medical-certification cards of two drivers as well as 111 instances where drivers with expired cards drove passengers.   Professional Transportation, a company that Read More ...Read More »
  • SMART TD News March issue available now

    SMART TD News March issue available now

    The March 2016 issue of the SMART Transportation Division News is now available online only. Submissions for the May 2016 issue are being accepted now through April 15. Submissions can be emailed tonews_td@smart-union.org. Submissions are also accepted through U.S. mail:      SMART Transportation Division,      SMART TD News,      24950 Country Club Read More ...Read More »