March 20 2020 Leadership Loop

Welcome to the biweekly distribution of the SMART Leadership Loop. 


Listen: Talking SMART with General President Sellers On Retirement Security  The inaugural episode of the Talking-SMART podcast looks at a new proposal from Senate Republicans that poses a serious threat to your retirement security. The episode is also available on Itunes, Spotify, Android and anywhere else you may listen to podcasts.

Rail Unions Urge FRA Action On Spread of Coronavirus SMART and the Brotherhood of Locomotive Engineers and Trainmen jointly petitioned the Federal Railroad Administration (FRA) on March 6 to take action in responding to the rapidly spreading COVID-19 (coronavirus) in the United States.

SMART Sheet Metal Directory Changes have been made to Locals 19, 31, 71 and 256.

2019 GEC Actions  At the 2009 General Convention, a Resolution was passed to publish the actions of the General Executive Council following the approval of the minutes.

SMART Sheet Metal Service Awards As a reminder, the International’s Membership Department needs 2-months’ notice prior to scheduled service award presentations so that lists of eligible members may be researched and exchanged between our office and yours. To allow for accuracy and shipping time, our orders for wallet-card engraving need to be finalized no later than 4 weeks prior to the date of your presentation dates and certificates need to be printed no later than 2 weeks prior to your presentations. We want your eligible members to receive their awards timely and our records to match yours. If your local is planning a group service award presentation, please contact our Membership Department 2 months before the presentation date and you will be directed to the appropriate person for processing your request.

New SMART Constitution and Ritual The SMART Constitution and Ritual was passed by delegates at the 2nd SMART General Convention in Las Vegas, Nevada this past summer. It is now available via digital copy.

SMART Army Month of Community Action The 3rd Annual SMART Army Month of Community Action will be held this April of 2020. Please send information about your events to We are looking to reach out to local news outlets to encourage coverage of what local unions and members are doing in local areas, but are requesting at least two weeks notice for this and also for SMART Army shirt and pledge card requests.

SMART TD National Legislative Director Hynes In Trains Magazine  In an interview to appear in the April edition of Trains Magazine, SMART-TD National Legislative Director Greg Hynes was interviewed about key issues and industry trends including Precision Scheduled Railroading (PSR), two-person crews, autonomous trains and the effect presidential elections have on the railroad industry.

Mark Your Calendar: 40th Annual Edward F Carlough Golf Tournament The 40th annual tournament will be held on September 21, 2020 at the Courses at Andrews Air Force Base