SMART-UTU Local-1168


Your Medical Rights - How to Use and Protect Them - 3/3/2015

The Attached is a Great Article sent by Hunegs, LeNeave & Kvas, Designated Legal Council, on how to use and protect your medical rights.

Just click on the icon in the box to the left to view the article.

National Mediation Board Grievance Arbitration Gets Makeover - 2/26/2015

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New Officers - 11/27/2014

Congratulations to the Newly Elected Officers.  The New Officers will take assuem their positions at the beginning of the New Year, with the exception of Frank Gutierrez who was eleceted as the New Local Chairman for the Conductors, and he took Art's Position as Local Chairman effective immediately, and Jeremy Kline will assume the vacated position of Vice President immediately.  There will be a run off for the yard Local Chairman since it came out as a tie.  So the individuals who were working in the yard and on the Switchman's extra board will be receiving another ballot to vote for the Yard Local Chairman.  The Choices will be between Danny Damron and Rick Lekovich.  The other officers who were nominated are as follows:

Jeff Christensen  President

Jeremy Kline       Vice-President

Frank Gutierrez   Conductor Local Chairman

Mike Coffman     Vice Local Chairman

Danny Damron    UTU-E Local Chairman

John Book          Vice UTU-E Local Chairman

Charlie Johnson  Sec/Tres for UTU-E Committee

Jacob Eilenstine   Vice Yard Local Chairman


The run off for Yard Local Chairman will be determined on December 09, 2014 at the meeting.

TY&E Mobility Overview-FAQ - 12/13/2013

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TY&E Mobility Overview-Power Point Presentation - 12/13/2013

Click on the Icon in the box to the left in the box to review the TY&E Mobility Overview Frequently Asked Questions.

The TY&E Mobility Overview is a power point presentation that is coming out on December 18, 2013, and is an App that you can access over your smart phone. 



This Site is Constantly Under Construction!!



We are the United Transportation Union (UTU) Local 1168, a division of SMART, headquartered in Clovis, NM. We are a broad-based, transportation labor union representing 200 + active members.  We are under the General Committee of Adjustment GO-009 of the United Transportation Union (UTU, Division of SMART) which represents Conductors, Brakemen and Yardmen from the former Atchison Topeka & Santa Fe Railway Company (ATSF), now the Burlington Northern & Santa Fe Railway Company (BNSF), and also General Committee of Adjustment GO-020 that represents, Firemen and UTU Engineers and the Locomotive Engineer Training Program (LETP), which is also from the former Atchison Topeka & Santa Fe Railway Company (ATSF), now the Burlington Northern & Santa Fe Railway Company (BNSF).


LOCAL 1168

Regular Meetings are at the Elks Lodge, 218 North Sycamore, the Second and Fourth Tuesdays of each month, at 9 am:



This week there will be 6 turns cut from Clovis board 21 leaving total of 105 turns, effective at 0700, on 07-01-15.

Current Mileage Totals From 06/23/15 to 06/29/15 are 3800 to 4835 with Current Average of 4536.6 Miles With a Suggested cut of 6 turns, the Mileage Totals From 06/20/15 to 06/23/15 are 3800 to 4835 with Current Average of 4512.0 Miles With a Suggested cut of 7 turns so 6 turns will be cut.

Remember you are what makes up the Union and it is only as strong as you make it!


Stay In touch with YOUR Officers

All Local 1168 Sisters & Brothers: If you have recently changed your Mailing Address, Email Address, or Phone Number please let the Secretary/Treasurer know as soon as possible. This is necessary to keep our records up to date with the National Division and we will also be able to pass information along from the Division to all of it's members.
Those members who have questions about, or wish to contribute to Local 1168 but cannot attend the monthly meetings you can email any of the Local Officers.


Notified you are under investigation? Wish to file a grievance? Membership rights question? Click on the “Membership Toolbox” for your answer. …

utu member toolbox; red toolbox

Questions or Concerns about unsafe work conditions or work practices;

Contact the UTU Rail Safety Task Force and express your safety issues and concerns with one of the Task Force Members to help resolve the problem and bring it to the attention of others. Get onboard with Safety in the Work Place and benefit not only yourself but others also!!


This is a disclaimer about the following information that was put out by Steve Young who is now retired but at the time that this information was put out by him he was a Partner in the Law Firm Tavormina and Young Attorneys at Law, there is no attachment, relation or endorsement to this law firm other than being Designated Legal Council, and the information presented here is how Mr. Young published it at the time.  The entire section is for informational purposes only on the changes to your medical insurance.  We appologize for any misunderstanding that may come from this, but it is important information and when it was placed on this web site it was and is beneficial to all our members.


"As you know there were many changes made to your medical insurance in recent months.  There is now a co-pay, co-insurance payment and annual deductible for the GA 23000 plan.  Some changes were made by the recent Health Care Act which was recently upheld by the Supreme Court. 


I have prepared an updated outline/summary of the benefits (attached) provided by the NRC/UTU- GA 23000 plans; GA 46000 (retiree plan); plans GA 23111 A B C; Medicare; the BLET disability plan; the Anthem Disability plan; Off Track Vehicle coverage; and the life insurance that is provided.  This contains all of the changes and the current costs of the supplemental plans and COBRA."


You may click on the following link to view and/or download the summary:  then click on the Tab Rail Rights Library, then select, Information on RRB, Medical Insurance and Short Term Disability, or copy and past the following link on your address line;



"Your union has done an outstanding job to negotiate these wonderful health and welfare benefits.  These health and welfare benefits are truly the Cadillac plans in America and the cost to the member is still much lower than any other plans of this type.  Take a look at this summary to see just how good they are!


I trust you find the summary both beneficial and helpful."




Steve Young

1300 Post Oak Blvd. Ste 1750

Houston, Texas 77056


  For Insurance Needs Check Out the Link Under UTU Insurance or Click on The Follow Link:


Charlie Skidmore Field Representative

and He Can Get You Fixed Up With What Ever Insurance Needs You May Have.

Life Insurance

Income Replacement

Other Health










We can be more powerful than a

locomotive only through unity