August 24, 2016

Leadership Messages

Risch: ‘Another year over. And a new one just begun’

By John Risch, National Legislative Director –  “So this is Christmas, And what have you done, Another year over, And a new one just begun,” so sang John Lennon. The holidays are a good time for all of us to ponder what we have done to make life better for our families, our brothers and sisters […]

Despite election results, we can prevail

By Joseph Sellers Jr., SMART General Secretary-Treasurer –  With the midterm elections over, we now have an impression of what the next two years will look like for legislation affecting working families in the United States. Overall, anti-worker politicians will now control the legislative agenda in both the House of Representatives and the Senate, as well as […]

Risch: The election is over, let’s get to work

By John Risch, National Legislative Director –  Thanks to all of you who helped in our Get Out the Vote Campaign. Your generosity with your PAC contributions, emails and direct mail efforts, volunteer phone calling, door knocking, and your conversations with friends and fellow members made a difference in many races. Even where our endorsed candidates […]

It definitely matters whom we elect to Congress

Congressional elections do matter. Actions of Congress can make a big difference when it comes to our job security, our wages, our fringe benefits, our retirement and safety in our workplace. In this issue of the SMART Transportation Division News are our official endorsements for the Nov. 4 election. These endorsements are based on recommendations […]

Nigro: Dialogue is a two-way street

By Joe Nigro, SMART General President –  The First SMART General Convention represented a new beginning for all of us. So, now is the time to take advantage of the opportunity and begin forging a path to ensure the dialogue between the leadership and convention delegates at our convention extends to an open communication between our […]

Education, strength and unity – we’ll fulfill our mission

Thanks to all of the delegates, members, guests and staff that made the First SMART General Convention a resounding success. I have been involved in this union for 45 years. There has never been a more outspoken, honest, and hardworking General Executive Council than the one we have now. They do what is right for […]

James Stem: ‘The times…they are a changing’

As I prepare for retirement, there are many things on my mind about the future of our industry and transportation workers that I have had the honor to represent during my career. The most important item on my agenda today, and every day during the past 31 years that I have been a legislative officer, […]

President Nigro presents vision for SMART future

SMART General President Joseph Nigro opened the proceedings of the First SMART General Convention Aug. 6 at Caesars Palace in Las Vegas with a message stressing education, strength and unity. Following the presentation of the Colors by the Palo Verde High School Junior ROTC and the singing of the Canadian and U.S. national anthems by […]

Safe, secure rail operations require two-person crews

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

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 […]