July 23, 2014

Leadership Messages

Safe, secure rail operations require two-person crews

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A message from President John Previsich, SMART Transportation Division: This office is receiving numerous inquiries regarding two tentative agreements recently proposed by a general committee for its members on a portion of Burlington Northern Santa Fe Railway. One of the agreements addresses crew consist issues and the other is a wage proposal contingent upon successful [...]

Nigro: Unity envisioned in merger coming to fruition

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By Joe Nigro, SMART General President –  Recently, SMART Sheet Metal Division Local 9 and Transportation Division Local 202 came together to honor the memory of the victims of a massacre that occurred 100 years ago. On April 20, 1914, the Colorado National Guard joined with security guards hired by a local mining company to launch [...]

Organizing is good for SMART and good for America

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By John Previsich, SMART Transportation Division President –  Organizing – it is good for you, for our members, for our union and also for America. Those of us who enjoy the benefits of working as organized labor are acutely aware of the value that our membership in the union provides for us and for our families. [...]

SMART General Convention notice to locals

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International Association of Sheet Metal, Air, Rail and Transportation Workers General Secretary-Treasurer Joe Sellers Jr. has issued the following SMART General Convention notice to all local union presidents, business managers, financial secretary-treasurers and local Transportation Division secretaries. “Dear Brothers and Sisters: “As you know, the SMART General Convention will be held the week of August [...]

Our union will only be as strong as we make it

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By Joe Nigro, SMART General President –  The SMART General Executive Council met in Maryland the week of March 31 to April 4 to identify opportunities and challenges in developing a five-year plan to move SMART forward. Representatives from the Sheet Metal and Transportation Divisions participated in the strategic planning sessions facilitated by FMI consultants, who [...]

SMART TD delegates must attend both conventions

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In the March issue of the SMART Transportation Division News, we celebrate the 100th birthday of former President Al Chesser, the very first elected president of the United Transportation Union. This is a remarkable achievement for a remarkable man! Brother Chesser’s history of commitment and dedication to this organization and all of organized labor is [...]

Let’s work together to put Fast Track on slow track

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By Joe Nigro, SMART General President – Recent news reports have been bleak when it comes to the status of working families in the United States. While much of the news focuses on unemployment, and rightly so, there’s a relatively unknown, legal way that corporations are going to impact the job market and the wealth of manufacturing [...]

SMART Constitution complete, we are moving forward

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By John Previsich, SMART Transportation Division President –  2014 is shaping up to be a remarkable year in the history of our union. The SMART constitution is now finalized and we are moving forward with the ongoing effort to merge our two organizations into one. For those who have not yet viewed the arbitration decision or [...]

SMART presents its first constitution and ritual

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We are pleased, as your general president and transportation division president, to present the first SMART Constitution and ritual to our membership. This is a milestone for both the former Sheet Metal Workers’ International Association and the United Transportation Union, that have merged to become the International Association of Sheet Metal, Air, Rail and Transportation [...]

My goal is to keep the membership aware, informed

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(John Previsich’s column below was reprinted from the November 2013 SMART Transportation Division News. See page 4.) In this communication, my first to you as president of this great organization, I will begin by saying that I am honored by the opportunity to serve in this capacity. One of my goals for this administration is [...]