Update from RRB Labor member on NRRIT investments

Railroad Retirement Board Labor Member John Bragg released the following message on Aug. 4: Brothers and Sisters: RRB Labor Member John Bragg In my last update on July 9, 2020, I informed you of correspondence that the Railroad Retirement Board (RRB) received from the White House alleging that the National Railroad Retirement Investment Trust (NRRIT)…


August 6th 2020
SMART-TD, unions, transit agencies call on congressional leaders to provide emergency aid to public transportation

The SMART Transportation Division was among the 36 signatories in a letter sent Aug. 4 calling on leaders in Congress to provide $36 billion in emergency aid to public transportation agencies as the economy continues to be staggered by the COVID-19 pandemic. The letter delivered a stark warning to lawmakers: without at least $32 billion…


August 4th 2020
SMART-TD, BLET and ARLA urge Supreme Court to protect FELA

The SMART Transportation Division (SMART-TD), Brotherhood of Locomotive Engineers and Trainmen (BLET) and the Academy of Rail Labor Attorneys (ARLA) have filed a joint motion and brief urging the United States Supreme Court to prevent railroads from seeking property damages from their employees who are involved in railroad accidents. The joint amicus curiae brief was…


August 1st 2020
Coordinated Bargaining Coalition National Negotiations Update: July 31, 2020

Bargaining teams from 10 unions that make up the Coordinated Bargaining Coalition (CBC) for this round of national freight rail negotiations participated in a Zoom conference with National Railway Labor Conference (NRLC) Chairman Brendan Branon and participating Carrier representatives on July 28th. This meeting was held for the sole purpose of reviewing PowerPoint presentations relative…


July 30th 2020
Phone service being restored at TD offices

A phone service outage is being addressed after a loss of power affected network hardware at the SMART Transportation Division’s office in North Olmsted on Tuesday, July 28. Service is expected to be restored sometime on Thursday, July 30. Until then, please consult this email directory to get in touch with personnel at the TD…


July 29th 2020