Transportation Alumni


Retired SMART TD (formerly UTU) members in the U.S. and Canada, as well as those individuals nearing retirement or are interested in pension and other issues affecting transportation-labor families, are invited to participate in a voluntary program designed especially for them, the SMART TD Alumni Association. With annual dues set at only U.S. $12 per year, membership in this fast-growing program doesn’t cost — it pays!

See the list below of benefits that SMART TD Alumni Association members enjoy.

Members: you must be logged into the member portal to access links and codes to discounts.

SMART Transportation Division News

Continue receiving the SMART Transportation Division News, the official publication of the SMART Transportation Division, after you retire. The TD News covers items of interest to retired and active workers from the transportation industry, including developments affecting Railroad Retirement, Social Security and disability pensions.

The Final Call

Alumni Association members in good standing are automatically put in “The Final Call” section, the notice of recent deaths carried in the SMART Transportation Division News.

Embroidered baseball cap

New Alumni Association members receive a high-quality, navy blue baseball cap with the Alumni Association logo in blue and silver.

Alumni Association lapel pin

New Alumni Association members receive a die-struck color-filled silver lapel pin upon signing up. The pin is 1 7/16″ long and features a military clutch for easy fastening.

10-year service pins

Membership pins are given to active SMART TD members starting at the 10-year service mark, and with membership in the Alumni Association, you will continue to receive service pins after you retire for every 10 years of membership in the union up to 70 years.

Alumni Association decal

Upon signing up for the Alumni Association, members receive a blue and white sticker to show off their Alumni Association pride.

Annual calendar

Alumni members receive an annual SMART TD full-size calendar featuring a variety of photographs taken by active and retired SMART TD members. This calendar, which features photos from the transportation industry, will help you to keep track of important dates.

Hotel discounts

SMART TD Alumni Association members can take advantage of percentage discounts on standard room rates.

Car rental discounts

Alumni Association members can receive discounts on car-rental rates at National Car Rental. A current SMART TD Alumni Association membership card is required.

AT&T discount

AT&T Wireless is offering special rates. SMART TD Alumni Association members can get a substantial discount off AT&T Wireless cellular-service bills.

Enrollment in the Alumni Association chapter nearest you

Click here for a list of Alumni Association chapters. Don’t see one close to you? Contact Alumni Association National Coordinator Carl Cochran for information on how you can start your own chapter. Cochran can be reached by calling 305-821-7015 or by email at

To join the SMART TD Alumni Association, fill out an application with your name and address (including local number, if applicable) along with a check or money order payable to “SMART TD Alumni Association” in the amount of $12 (U.S. funds only, please) for one year’s membership to:

SMART TD Alumni Association,
6060 Rockside Woods Blvd., Ste. 325,
Independence, OH 44131-2378

Please allow six to eight weeks for memberships to become activated and for the new-member kit to arrive.

If you would like to receive email updates from the SMART TD regarding important news and other information affecting both active and retired SMART TD members, please send your name, local number, home address and email address to the SMART TD Alumni Association by clicking on the link below. Be sure to double check the information for accuracy before sending your email registration. Your email address will be kept confidential. It will not be sold, traded or given to anyone else.

Member Voices

Hear about the union directly from SMART members themselves.

Meet Carol Jones

Longtime Amtrak conductor Carol Jones — who is also a local chairperson with SMART-TD Local 1361 out of New Haven, Conn. — shares her story of coming up in the transportation industry and working as a pioneering woman in the passenger rail sector.