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(Source: Column by SMART-TD Vice President Brent Leonard, April 20, 2020) CLEVELAND, Ohio —While America and the world struggle to combat the worldwide COVID-19 pandemic, new heroes have emerged. While much of America has long celebrated its athletes and celebrities as its heroes, this pandemic has shown us who the real heroes are in our society. At…

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(Source: SMART Transportation Division press release, April 8, 2020) CLEVELAND, Ohio — Joseph Hansen, a conductor out of Local 60 (Newark, N.J.) who worked for New Jersey Transit (NJT), passed away recently to become the first reported active SMART Transportation Division member to succumb to COVID-19, the novel coronavirus. Hansen was 62 years old and had…

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(Source: Progressive Railroading 02/13/2020) The National Railway Labor Conference (NRLC) yesterday announced that a federal court in Texas has issued an order allowing freight railroads to begin negotiations over train crew staffing with the union that represents conductors. The court’s decision confirms that the union’s objections to collective bargaining must be arbitrated and, in the meantime, negotiations…

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(Source: Progressive Railroading 04/08/2019) The SMART Transportation Division has announced that John Whitaker has been named vice president to succeed David Wier, who retired April 1. Most recently, Whitaker served as an alternative vice president for SMART TD, according to a press released issued by the union. He began his railroad career in 1997 when he joined…

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