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Video: GP Nigro Addresses SMART TD Convention In San Diego

Homepage thumbnigroOn the last day of the SMART Transportation Division Convention, held in San Diego, Calif., General President Joseph Nigro addressed the delegates and discussed transparency, solidarity between construction and transportation workers, along with giving a look at the upcoming SMART Convention to be held in Las Vegas, NV the week of August 11 through the 15th.

Videos embody theme of ‘Strong, Proud, United’

smart_vid_clipThe theme of the SMART Transportation Division’s Convention in San Diego, Calif., June 30-July 2, was “Strong, Proud, United,” and videos were presented to the delegates and attendees each day during the convention that embodied those concepts.

SMART Transportation members from around the country appear in the videos and, in their own words, express their opinions regarding these principles and their membership in the union. Members from SMART Transportation Division Locals 23, 40, 506, 1409, 1741 and 1933 appear.

Also below is a video tribute to former UTU President Al Chesser that was shown at both the SMART Transportation Division Convention and the First SMART General Convention.

At the request of the delegates in attendance, the videos are being made available here to the SMART Transportation Division’s general membership.

Please take a few minutes to hear what your fellow members have to say about union membership and feel free to share this content with other members of your local.

SMART Transportation Division thanks all SMART officers and members who assisted and participated with the videos and Cloverlea Entertainment and Long Story Short Media for their assistance in producing them.

Video footage from the SMART General Convention has also been added. The footage includes a speech by AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka and delegates and SMART officers discussing two-person crew legislation and general committee autonomy.




Chesser: A Purpose Filled Life



First SMART General Convention, Aug. 11-15, 2014

Richard Trumka, Aug. 14, 2014


SMART Delegates Discuss Two-Person Crews and Autonomy 


Risch appears on America’s Work Force radio

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SMART Transportation Division’s Alternate National Legislative Director John Risch appeared on America’s Work Force daily labor radio program Dec. 23 to discuss the country’s support for Amtrak and other issues.

America’s Work Force is the only daily labor-radio program in America and has been on the air since 1993, supplying listeners with useful, relevant input into their daily lives through fact-finding features, in-depth interviews, informative news segments and practical consumer reports.

Through the support and participation of the labor community, America’s Work Force radio program features regional, national and international labor leaders and advocates, as well as politicians, civic leaders and industry professionals discussing issues important to the labor movement.

To listen to Risch’s interview, visit

To learn more about John Risch, view his biography here.

View ‘UTU: Stronger Than Ever’ video

A short video explaining the benefits of UTU membership, which was presented at the 2011 UTU regional meetings and the 2011 quadrennial convention, is now available online at

The video notes the history of labor unions in the United States, which originated in the railroad industry, and the positive role the UTU plays in the transportation industry and in government.

“UTU: Stronger Than Ever” also examines the UTU’s role in public policy and its efforts to protect collective bargaining rights through the union’s Collective Bargaining Defense Fund. The Collective Bargaining Defense Fund was instrumental in working against political extremists in Wisconsin and Ohio, where politicians were recalled and anti-worker legislation was overturned.

The video is available through the UTU’s homepage at by selecting “About UTU” at the top of the page, then choosing the “UTU Publications and Videos” link.

To view the video, click here.


Local officer on labor radio show

DECATUR, Ill. — Carl Draper, the legislative representative of Local 768 at Decatur, Ill., was a guest on radio station WZUS’ Labor’s Voice radio show Friday, Feb. 25.

The show is dedicated to working people and their issues and discusses everything from community outreach to charity to workers’ rights.

It is hosted by Mike Nixon, a union member, and is funded by union-friendly sponsors.

The show may be downloaded by visiting and clicking on the Tara Nickerson at Noon link.

For more information about the program, visit “Labor’s Voice Radio Show” on Facebook.