The Maryland State Legislative Board is a subsidiary of the United Transportation Union (UTU), which is a subsidiary of Sheet Metal Air, Rail & Transportation Union (SMART).
The UTU legislative departments consist of a National Legislative Department located in Washington, D.C and 49 of the 50 states have individual State Legislative Departments.
These legislative departments are recognized as some of the most effective legislative organizations in the labor movement. They focus on passing legislation beneficial to organized labor and working families in addition to defeating legislation that is deemed detrimental.
Two Class I Carriers serve Maryland, CSX and NS; the short line Canton Railroad operates in Baltimore City; and passenger and commuter rails Amtrak and MARC operate throughout the state.
Representing the employees of these railroads in state and local government and in the arena of organized labor, in addition to assisting at the national level when called upon, is the job of the UTU Maryland State Legislative Board.
The Board is made up of 6 Local Legislative Representatives, one from each UTU Local in the state. We reorganize every four years by electing the Executive Board made up of a State Legislative Director, an Assistant Legislative Director and a Secretary.
The MD State Legislative Director works in Annapolis, MD during sessions of the Maryland General Assembly and at the main office during the interim. The Director maintains an open dialogue with the members of the General Assembly year round in an effort to educate them on the issues affecting union members and their families.
The Director maintains a working relationship with the Commissioner of Labor and Industry who oversees the State Railroad Inspection Division and also maintains communications with the Federal Railroad Administration.
The many laws and regulations under the jurisdiction of these agencies are monitored for compliance within the railroad industry.
The UTU is a recognized leader and is well respected in legislative and organized labor circles in Maryland.