United Transportation Union
|Full name||United Transportation Union|
|Founded||January 1, 1969|
|Key people||Malcolm B. Futhey, president|
|Office location||Cleveland, Ohio, United States|
The United Transportation Union (UTU) is headquartered in Cleveland, Ohio. It is a broad-based, transportation labor union representing about 125,000 active and retired railroad, bus, mass transit, and airline workers in the United States.
The UTU is the largest railroad operating union in North America, with more than500 locals. The UTU 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 grown to include airline pilots, flight attendants, dispatchers and other airport personnel. The UTU is very interested in the airline sector and hopes to expand its representation with pilots and flight attendants. The UTU believes it is a viable alternative to other aviation labor unions because the UTU is, and has been, proficient in interpreting and enforcing provisions of the Railroad Labor Act (RLA), under which airlines operate.
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 UTU. The UTU's 8,000 bus and transit members include drivers, mechanics and employees in related occupations.
In 1968 exploratory talks among the four brotherhoods’ interested in forming one transportation union proved fruitful and plans were formulated for merging of the four operation unions into a single organization to represent all four operating crafts.
In August 1968, the union presidents announced that after nine months of planning, a tentative agreement had been reached on all phases of unity. It was further announced that the name of the new organization would be the United Transportation Union and the target date for establishing the UTU was January 1, 1969.
In Chicago on December 10, 1968, the tabulation of the voting revealed an overwhelming desire by the members of the four crafts to merge into a single union, and the United Transportation Union came into existence on January 1, 1969.
- UTU's Home Page
- Guide to Brotherhood of Railroad Trainmen records, 1883-1973. 5149. Kheel Center for Labor-Management Documentation and Archives, Martin P. Catherwood Library, Cornell University.
- Guide to Brotherhood of Railroad Trainmen. General Committee Files and Publications, 1883-1958. 5446. Kheel Center for Labor-Management Documentation and Archives, Martin P. Catherwood Library, Cornell University.
Other Railroad Labor Unions
- Brotherhood of Maintenance of Way Employes Division of the International Brotherhood of Teamsters - Home Page
- Brotherhood of Railroad Signalmen - Home Page
- Brotherhood of Locomotive Engineers and Trainmen - Home Page