|Posted by Thad Krawczyk on August 13, 2017 at 4:10 PM|
Dear Brother & Sisters,
I am pleased to announce that the Federal Railroad Administration (FRA) and the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) will withdraw their efforts to issue a rule regarding obstructive sleep apnea in the transportation industry. While sleep apnea is an issue that should not be ignored, federal rulemaking should focus on addressing fatigue in a comprehensive and meaningful way.
Last year, I submitte...Read Full Post »
|Posted by Thad Krawczyk on September 23, 2014 at 12:35 PM|
SMART TD supports Senate rail crew provision
September 11, 2014
U.S. Sen. Richard Blumenthal (D-Conn.), chairman of the Senate Subcommittee on Surface Transportation, and U.S. Sen. Charles Schumer (D-N.Y.) introduced railroad safety legislation Sept. 10 that continues dialogue on the nation’s rail safety laws.
S. 2784, the Rail Safety Improvement Act of 2014, contains language that requires freight trains be crewed...Read Full Post »
|Posted by Thad Krawczyk on April 12, 2014 at 1:30 AM|
FRA to issue proposed rule on minimum train crews
April 9, 2014
FRA_logo_wordsWASHINGTON – The U.S. Department of Transportation’s Federal Railroad Administration April 9 announced its intention to issue a proposed rule requiring two-person train crews on crude oil trains and establishing minimum crew size standards for most main line freight and passenger rail operations. The FRA also intends to advance a rulemaking on train securement and...Read Full Post »
|Posted by Thad Krawczyk on January 15, 2014 at 2:50 PM|
SMART presents its first constitution and ritual
January 14, 2014
We are pleased, as your general president and transportation division president, to present the first SMART Constitution and ritual to our membership.
This is a milestone for both the former Sheet Metal Workers’ International Association and the United Transportation Union, that have merged to become the International Association of Sheet Metal, Air, Rail a...Read Full Post »
|Posted by Thad Krawczyk on December 10, 2013 at 8:10 PM|
Whistleblowers can now file complaints online with OSHA
Agency launches online form to provide workers a new way to file retaliation complaints
WASHINGTON – Whistleblowers covered by one of 22 statutes administered by the U.S. Department of Labor's Occupational Safety and Health Administration will now be able to file complaints online. The online form will provide workers who have been retaliated against an additional way to reach ...Read Full Post »
|Posted by Thad Krawczyk on November 19, 2013 at 5:20 PM|
Ask your lawmakers’ support for two-person crews
November 19, 2013
Members of the SMART Transportation Division and all of rail labor have the opportunity to make it federal law to have two qualified persons working on all freight trains operating in the United States a reality.
Now is the time to contact your legislators in the House of Representatives and ask them to co-sponsor and support H.R. 3040.
Introduced in the House A...Read Full Post »
|Posted by Thad Krawczyk on November 19, 2013 at 3:45 PM|
Previsich Now President of Transportation Division
October 1, 2013
John Previsich has been elevated to the position of president of the Transportation Division of the International Association of Sheet Metal, Air, Rail and Transportation Workers following the retirement of Mike Futhey.
Previsich becomes the second president of the SMART Transportation Division and the eighth leader of what was formerly the United Transportation Union. He is a member...Read Full Post »
|Posted by Thad Krawczyk on November 17, 2013 at 6:30 PM|
Cooperation Will Bring Stronger, Brighter Future For All
November 7, 2013
By Joe Nigro, SMART General President
Last month, delegates from both the SMART Transportation and Sheet Metal Divisions stood together united as one on the floor of the AFL-CIO convention. SMART’s message to our brothers and sisters in the labor movement was simple. We demanded that organized labor, as a whole, hold national, state and...Read Full Post »