SMWIA futile journey ignores reality
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The UTU on March 31 received a copy of a letter sent by the Sheet Metal Workers International Association to the National Mediation Board asking the NMB to transfer all UTU certifications to the Sheet Metal, Air Rail and Transportation (SMART) Workers.

This latest SMWIA effort, following threatening letters to UTU officers and various carriers, is similarly misguided and wrong.

The SMWIA letter to the NMB, light on detail and without any legal authority, tries to assert that a merger between the UTU and SMWIA actually took place. The SMWIA once again is ignoring reality.

There is no merger and will be no merger. The SMWIA wishing it so, does not make it so.

This SMWIA letter to the NMB furthers the SMWIA’s futile journey. The fact is that the NMB has no jurisdiction to deal with such matters as the SMWIA raises; therefore the SMWIA continues to head down a dead-end alley. 

"The UTU will continue to protect the autonomy of its locals, general committees of adjustment and state legislative boards," said UTU International President Mike Futhey.

To read the SMWIA letter to the NMB, click here.


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