Online fundraiser established for survivors of slain Local 171 member

Dexter Perkins An online fundraiser has been set up for the survivors of Dexter Perkins, a member of Local 171 (Aurora, Ill.), after he was slain in an act of violence Dec. 22 in Wheaton, Illinois. Brother Perkins, 37, had been a member of our union since September 2022 and worked as a conductor for…


December 28th 2023
Biden administration joins union’s fight to protect bus and transit workforce

Phone: (216) 228-9400Department Email: news_td@smart-union.org INDEPENDENCE, Ohio (Dec. 27, 2023) – The International Association of Sheet Metal, Air, and Rail Transportation Workers Transportation Division (SMART-TD) has been calling for years for the Federal Transit Administration (FTA) to address the epidemic of violent assaults facing our bus and transit members in their workplaces. As an organization,…


December 27th 2023
Registration open for Albuquerque RTS

The SMART Transportation Division’s next Regional Training Seminar (RTS) is scheduled to take place March 4 through 7, 2024, at the Embassy Suites by Hilton Albuquerque. Attendee check-in begins the afternoon of March 4, and those attending should plan to arrive then. Classes and workshops kick off the morning of March 5. Attending an RTS is…


December 19th 2023
Victory in the Empire State: N.Y. two-person crew bill signed

Given a second chance to act, New York Gov. Kathy Hochul has chosen to side with safety. In late 2022, a bill requiring two-person crews on freight trains in the state reached her desk and she vetoed it. But something changed this year — perhaps it was seeing legislatures and governors in both Ohio and…


December 13th 2023
President Biden announces $6B to realize high-speed rail connecting Las Vegas and Southern California 

As the expression goes, there is strength in numbers. The SMART Transportation Division is about to get a whole lot stronger thanks to yesterday’s announcement by President Joe Biden in Las Vegas, Nevada.   On Dec. 8, President Biden and SMART-TD President Jeremy Ferguson announced a $6 billion investment Biden’s administration is making in this country’s…


December 9th 2023