Rail News

SMART/UTU Tansportation Division announce new Designated Legal Counsel Coordinator March 10, 2013
"Designated Counsel Steve Young has graciously agreed to accept the position of Coordinator. Steve's background and commitment to our organization is legendary and we look forward to the expertise that he will bring to the DLC program." (John Previsich President, Transportation Division)

Unions Advance Federal Crew Size Legislation The Transportation Division of the Sheet Metal, Air,
Rail and Transportation International Association (SMART) and the Brotherhood of Locomotive Engineers and Trainmen (BLET/IBT) have jointly announced that legislation requiring at least two crew members on all freight trains in the U.S. has been filed in Congress.

Initial sponsors for the legislation are Representatives Michael Michaud (D-ME) and Chellie Pingree (D-ME), and the bill, which has not yet been assigned a number, is expected to be assigned to the House Transportation and Infrastructure ("T&I") Committee for consideration.

The legislation reflects heightened concerns over crew size arising from the tragic July 6 derailment of a Montreal, Maine & Atlantic (MM&A) fuel train in Lac Mégantic, Quebec, which killed 47 and destroyed the center of the town. The MM&A train was crewed by a single person.

Anthem Short-term Disability Insurance Change for SMART Effective July 1, 2013, the 26-week benefit period has been increased to 34 weeks with no change in premium. The new benefit period will apply to all disabilities that begin on or after July 1, 2013. Any disabilities that began prior to July 1, 2013, will be paid under the 26-week benefit provision.

Driver In Massive Oklahoma Train Crash Had Complained He Couldn't Distinguish Between Red And Green. Read The NTSB Final Report Here

FRA's letter to Union Pacific regarding cell phone usage detection. Read The FRA Letter Here

Union Pacific announces plan to implement Detection of System Access (DSA). Bottom line is that when an employee is on duty and the employee's computer user identification and password are used from other than a company terminal it will trigger an automatic Violation of Rule 2.21. Read The UP Announcement Letter Here