Diversity and inclusion strengthens our membership, benefits our communities and makes the unionized sheet metal industry stronger and more competitive by reflecting the communities where we operate and the people we serve. Our goal is to recruit, welcome and retain the most competent and skilled workforce available while embracing differences in age, ability, ethnicity, sex, gender identity, national origin, language, marital status, political affiliation, race, religion, sexual orientation and other characteristics that make individuals unique. SMART has no tolerance for bullying, harassment or discrimination.
To this end, SMART, SMACNA and the ITI have established the Belonging and Excellence for All (BE4ALL) effort. SMART recognizes that not all individuals and groups are situated the same, with the same access to resources and opportunities. Therefore, the Belonging and Excellence for All (BE4ALL) effort is tasked with working to ensure that all members, particularly those from historically underrepresented groups, experience all the opportunities that come from being a union member.
SMACNA’s leadership shares our vision for transforming the industry. Over the last year we have engaged in numerous discussions with SMACNA’s leadership, as well as International Training Institute (ITI) representatives, to build alignment and a shared sense of purpose: creating an environment for welcoming, belonging and excellence that attracts and retains anyone who has the skills and desire to meet our culture of excellence. As part of this vision, SMART, SMACNA and the ITI have retained Dushaw Hockett, our outside belonging and excellence expert, to provide facilitation and technical support for our joint BE4ALL effort.
You can learn more about the BE4ALL effort here.
Click here to read the SMART SMACNA Diversity, Equity and Inclusion statement released in the summer of 2021.
TD Diversity & Inclusion Committee
The Transportation Division also has a long commitment to issues involving diversity and inclusion with its Human Rights Committee, which has evolved into a Diversity and Inclusion Committee dedicated to hearing and addressing the concerns of TD members.
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Longtime Amtrak conductor Carol Jones — who is also a local chairperson with SMART TD Local 1361 out of New Haven, Conn. — shares her story of coming up in the transportation industry and working as a pioneering woman in the passenger rail sector.