In this video, Arielle Womack of SMART SM Local 66 in Western Wash. shares the story of how her union sisters and brothers had her back after she experienced family tragedy.
“You can tell someone all day that you’re gonna be there for them. But when you show up is when it matters. ‘I Got Your Back’ is showing up when it counts.”
– Arielle Womack, SMART SM Local 66, Western Wash.
I Got Your Back: Be the Difference
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Gregg B. Weaver, a retired member of SMART-TD Local 898 who rode with former Vice President Joe Biden many times during the longtime senator’s commute from Delaware to Washington D.C., was featured in a video presented Monday, Aug. 17, during the first night of the Democratic National Convention.
In the video, the former vice president’s respect and empathy toward the SMART members who served him as he traveled on Amtrak were highlighted.
“I think he’s most comfortable around everyday, working-class people,” Weaver said. “He makes you feel like you belong.”
SMART-TD member Gregg Weaver, right, introduces Vice President-elect Joe Biden at the Wilmington, Del., Amtrak station in January 2009.
Another instance of Biden’s concern came after he heard that Weaver had had a heart attack, Weaver recalled in the video.
“I was in a barber shop in New York City and the phone rings,” Weaver said. “And sure enough, it’s Vice President Biden asking how I’m doing — wanted to know the whole story. Kind of funny that you’re talking to the Vice President of the United States, but if I would have told the people in the barber shop, I don’t think they would have believed me.
“I’m not saying like it was me and I’m anything special. Everyone was special to him. We have heroes all over this country … the average guy is important to him.”
SMART Transportation Division Alternate Vice President J. Scott Chelette, general chairperson of GO 927, was featured in a television news report about the rail industry’s intention to eliminate the conductor from the cab of freight trains in the wake of Class I freight carriers implementing Positive Train Control (PTC).
Chelette was featured alongside West, Texas, Police Chief Darryl Barton on the report, broadcast Jan. 30 on KWTX-TV in Waco, Texas.
“The industry wants to take it a step further and thinks that because they have Positive Train Control that we don’t need a conductor on the locomotive anymore. That’s not the case,” Chelette said. “It’s just a failsafe. It’s just like your vehicle having an alert system.”
Hear questions your fellow members sent in and the General President’s responses. The event was a success, with a steady stream of questions asked online by SMART members from across every part of the organization. Click here to view.
In this video, General President Sellers discusses SMART operations directed at hurricane relief for members affected by recent hurricanes.
This includes the dispersal of approximately $500,000 (to date) in cash and material relief contributions to affected sheet metal and transportation members;
an immediate mobilization of volunteer members and local unions across the U.S. and Canada to deliver needed material to affected members (Thus includes box fans, dehumidifiers, bleach, food and diapers among other items);
SASMI trustees came together to allowed the Plan to make a special benefit payment to members who lost wages due to Hurricane Harvey and then a week later Irma. The resolution allowed SASMI to make a benefit payable for up to 40 hours of pay, and;
A dedicated grief and trauma counselor for affected SMART members at (877) 884-6227. For further updates regarding our disaster relief efforts, visit our disaster relief page.
Please contact your Business Manager or General Chairman immediately if you have suffered a loss or been affected by these natural disasters.
SMART Transportation Division Washington State Legislative Director Herb Krohn Nov. 7 appeared on Northwest Now, a Public Broadcasting System program that airs in Washington on Television Station KBTC.
Northwest Now is an Emmy®-award winning weekly public affairs show that goes beyond the headlines to provide perspective on the issues that have western Washington talking.
In this episode, Northwest Now takes a closer look at coal trains and the two proposed terminals that would be used to export coal and oil through Washington. Krohn discusses these issue with host Tom Layson and Sightline Institute policy director Eric De Place.