Who We Are

SMART Transportation Division is the largest railroad operating union in North America, with more than 500 Transportation locals. The SMART Transportation Division represents employees on every Class I railroad, as well as employees on many regional and shortline railroads. It also represents bus and mass transit employees on approximately 45 bus and transit systems and has recently grown to include airline pilots, dispatchers and other airport personnel.

Membership is drawn primarily from the operating crafts in the railroad industry and includes conductors, brakemen, switchmen, ground service personnel, locomotive engineers, hostlers and workers in associated crafts. More than 1,800 railroad yardmasters also are represented by the SMART Transportation Division. The SMART Transportation Division’s 8,000 bus and transit members include drivers, mechanics and employees in related occupations. Widely recognized as the leader among transportation labor unions, the SMART Transportation Division sets the pace in national and state legislative activity, collective bargaining, and in efforts to improve safety and working conditions on the railroads and in the bus, transit and airline industries.

Through experienced representation and its legislative strength, the SMART Transportation Division has been instrumental in the preservation of Amtrak (the national rail passenger network), the enactment of numerous safety laws and the promotion of employee assistance programs. The SMART Transportation Division has been successful in the past and continues to strive for progressive and innovative contracts that ensure excellent wages and benefits and a healthy pension system for the railroad, bus, mass transit and airline employees who have devoted their lives to service those industries.

The SMART Transportation Division also continues to lead in efforts to combat drug and alcohol abuse among its members, in the promotion of mass transit and an efficient rail passenger service, and in protecting its members and the public from the unsafe shipment of hazardous materials.

The SMART-TD Wisconsin State Legislative Board (WLB) represents over 1,500 active and retired members from 10 different Locals chartered in Wisconsin.  We are conductors, engineers, and brakemen, working for the freight and passenger railroads running through Wisconsin.  These hardworking members are employed by the Union Pacific (UP), Canadian Pacific (CP), Burlington Northern Santa Fe (BNSF), Canadian National (CN), Amtrak, and Metra respectively.

The Legislative Department protects members’ rights and safety through interaction with Congress, government agencies (FRA, OSHA, TSA, DNR, etc.) and state legislatures.  We also work tirelessly to protect our rights under FELA-Federal Employer's Liability Act as well as our benefits under the RRB-Railroad Retirement Board.  We also work closely with our National Legislative Director's office in Washington D.C. to ensure our active and retired members are protected and informed.