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Video in DNC’s first night highlights relationship between Biden, SMART retiree

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.

Weaver has had a long relationship with the former senator and vice president, even introducing Biden and former President Barack Obama as they took a train ride to their first inauguration in January 2008 as featured in the February 2009 issue of the SMART-TD News.

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.”

Alt. VP Scott Chelette speaks on two-person crews

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.”

Our members know that PTC is not a cure-all and that its operational performance has been sporadic. If technology such as PTC impedes your ability to operate a train, then a Technology Event Report should be filed with SMART-TD.

Video of Chelette’s appearance is available above. The entire article from KWTX can be read on the station’s website.

Video: GP Sellers Town Hall Forum

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.

Video: Mobilizing For Hurricane Relief

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.

Previsich, Risch speak at San Antonio Regional Meeting

Q&A with SMART TD President Previsich at San Antonio Regional Meeting, June 14, 2017

SMART TD President John Previsich answers members’ questions during the closing session.

 


 

SMART TD President Previsich honors retiree Ken Menges at San Antonio Regional Meeting, June 14, 2017

SMART TD President John Previsich presented a certificate of appreciation to retiree Ken Menges for his work on improving the SMART TD Alumni Association.

 


 

SMART TD National Legislative Director John Risch speaks about legislation concerning our membership, June 14, 2017

SMART TD National Legislative Director John Risch gave an update to our membership on what’s going on legislatively in Washington D.C.

Wash. SLD Krohn appears on PBS coal show

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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.

To view the episode, click here.