SMART-UTU Local-1168


New Legislative Rep and Alternate - 12/9/2015

Congratulations to our newly elected Legislative Representative and Alternate Representative.  An election was held for the positions of Local Legislative Representative and Alternate Representative, and Julie Hobbs was elected to the position of Local Legislative Representative and Jeremy Kline was elected as Alternate.  Both will assume their new positions beginning January 1, 2016 and are ready to start thier new positions and assist our members with any and all Safety Concerns and any other matters related to thier positions.  Their contact information is listed as follows:


JULIE HOBBS-Legislative Representative



JEREMY (JJ) KLINE-Alternate Legislative Rep.


OSHA Explains Whistle Blower Process - 9/24/2015

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Railroad Sickness and Unemployment Benefits to be Reduced - 9/24/2015

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Congress May Act on RR's Blocking Road Crossings - 9/24/2015

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Participation In Safety and Pride Committee - 8/21/2015

Everyone Please take a minute to review the attached letter from Local Chairman Frank Gutierrez on UTU members participating in Safety and Pride.  This is a great letter on the stance the General Chairman is taking for the members of Local 1168 and General Committee 009, on why we have to have the solidarity of all the members in order to force the Carrier to the bargaining table to adopt an agreement for all the membership, one that is fair, impartial and good for everyone involved.

Just click on the attached letter to enlarge to read what is being asked of the membership to accomplish what needs to be done to make the Carrier set down with the Union to adopt a fair and impartial Agreement on Safety.  Also please attend the next local Union meeting to discuss the matter.


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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:


Don't Forget to get your Time Books they are at the COC.

This week there will be 5 turns cut from Clovis board 21 leaving total of 64 turns, effective at 0700, on 12-23-15.  10 day report showed to add 2, 7 day showed to add 0.

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. …

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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!!



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Railroad Worker Injury Claims – FELA

Federal Employers’ Liability Act

Railroad workers are exposed to hazards every single day while on the job and sometimes they do sustain injuries. When injured on the job, railroad workers have certain rights that they can exercise in order to ensure they are taken care of in the event of an accident.

If you are an injured railroad worker or you are the family member of an injured railroad worker, Hunegs, LeNeave & Kvas can help you. With over 75 years of experience helping clients who have been injured on the job or due to the negligence of others, we have the skill and the resources to help injured railroad workers get the results that they are looking for.

Helping Injured Railroad Workers

Railroad workers can sustain injuries in different ways. Some of those ways include:

  • Dangerous work conditions
  • Work accidents
  • Injuries from heavy lifting, bending over, and other tasks
  • Injuries caused by violating safety codes
  • Train and vehicle collisions
  • Greasy and slippery work surfaces, resulting in slip and fall accidents
  • Exposure to excessive noise, leading to hearing loss
  • Exposure to chemicals and fumes, causing occupational illnesses

If you have been injured in any of these ways or another way, we can help you. We are committed to helping you obtain the compensation you need to move toward healing.

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Know Your Rights And Protections By FELA

Railroad workers are not given the same protection as other workers that can obtain workers’ compensation when they are injured on the job. Instead, railroad workers are subject to the Federal Employers Liability Act, or FELA.

To obtain compensation through a FELA claim, the injured railroad worker must prove that the railroad has at least some fault in the injury that occurred. If the railroad has been negligent in any way, however, it is responsible for financial damages to be paid to the worker in proportion to the percentage of responsibility it has in the accident.

FELA claims allow injured railroad workers to acquire compensation that is usually greater than what they would obtain with regular workers’ compensation, but this does not eliminate the need for a railroad accidents attorney. These claims can still be difficult to file and result in denials. Nonetheless, a worker that receives FELA receives the following benefits:

  • Past and future medical expenses
  • Past and future lost wages
  • Past and future pain and suffering

To obtain these benefits, you can rely on our attorneys for the advice and assistance that you need to recover what you deserve. We can put our experience to work for you.

Whistleblower Protection – Federal Railroad Safety Act

Individuals working for railroad carriers are protected from retaliation for reporting potential safety or security violations.

Hunegs, LeNeave & Kvas has successfully represented railroad workers who have wrongfully suffered disciplinary action against them in violation of this protective law.  We have helped workers receive back-pay with interest and punitive damages from their employer.

Contact An Experienced Railroad Accident Attorney

Most train accidents, such as derailments, can be fatal accidents and, many times, they are the direct result of some kind of negligence. Perhaps the track was faulty or there was a mechanical problem with the train. Whatever the reason, you may be able to file a personal injury lawsuit for the damages done to you. To learn about how Hunegs, LeNeave & Kvas can help you, call the Wayzata, MN or Omaha, Nebraska offices at 612-339-4511 or 800-328-4340 to schedule a free consultation.

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