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On New Year’s Day, the United Transportation Union (UTU) will be under new leadership when the organization becomes part of a newly merged union.
Last month, UTU members elected Malcolm “Mike” Futhey Jr. president and Arty Martin, assistant president of the Transportation Division of the International Association of Sheet Metal, Air, Rail and Transportation (SMART) Workers, which will begin operating Jan. 1. Current UTU International President Paul Thompson and Assistant President Rick Marceau previously announced plans to retire on Dec. 31.
The UTU is merging with the Sheet Metal Workers International Association to form SMART, which will include a transportation division representing UTU’s current rail, air and bus industry members.
In addition, UTU members elected Kim Thompson as general secretary and treasurer to succeed Dan Johnson, who retired Sept. 1, and re-elected National Legislative Director James Brunkenhoefer.