RAILROAD SM MECHANICAL & ENGINEERING UNITS RAISE EFFICIENCY SMART Sheet Metal General Committees 1 and 2 held a training session for 20 participating Financial Secretary-Treasurers (FSTs) in Baltimore on April 19. It was first structured training for local leadership since the formation of the Railroad Sheet Metal Mechanical & Engineering General Committees. General Chairman Joseph Fraley said, “This training will heighten the efficiency we bring to the job to better represent members with an eye towards stretching every dues dollar as much as possible.” General Chairman John McCloskey added, “our organization will always seek to reach the highest standards of professionalism when it comes to representing members.” Legal, Union duties covered The intensive session covered a full range of FST activities and duties under U.S. Labor law as well as under the SMART Constitution. International Representative Larry Holbert commented that the Railroad Sheet Metal Mechanical & Engineering Department has taken great strides restructuring itself in the last couple of years. Holbert noted that “this particular seminar was a great success. Participation and support from the International staff ensured all attendees had the knowledge, tools and skills necessary to perform their elected duties more effective and efficiently. “I am confident that all attendees brought back to their locals a greater understanding of not only the requirements of all local officers, but most certainly of their required duties under the Constitution and Ritual and due under Federal, State and Department of Labor laws and regulations.” Seasoned FST Pat DeBord of Local 462 (Huntington, WV) noted the value of investing resources in improving knowledge and skills. “This training was extremely informative. The subsidies from the General Committee provide locals the opportunity to participate.” Senior IA staff covered full list of administrative work Ben Harris of Local 398 appreciated the details on SMART procedures and systems, saying, “As a new and first-time Financial Secretary Treasurer, I thought that this seminar was very educational. “The presentations from SMART Controller David Darcy, Office Manager Katie Willie and IA Representative Larry Holbert were very helpful and, I believe, will help any new and current FST going forward.” Paul Bathje of Local 367 praised coverage of both basic and advanced issues, saying, “Dave Darcey gave me better understanding of what the FST is supposed to be doing. Larry Holbert’s presentation makes running the numbers a lot less of a headache and will make it easier to show members exactly where the local’s money is being spent. “Bringing people from the [International] was also a big help in the sense of how to fill out withdrawal and transfer cards and also how to keep members current if they take an extended leave. “And bringing in the UTUIA was also good in the sense that I can’t remember the last time anyone has been in our shop to inform members of the different insurance options we have. “I plan on making copies of the informational sheets and posting them so members can see what’s available to them. I appreciate all of the time and effort all of [the presenters] have put in to ensure I have a better knowledge of the FST position.” International Representative Tony Iannone made it clear that “our Union’s commitment to continuous education and training is real. And personal thanks go to those who participated. Sacrificing time away from families to attend our FST training is a true example of what we do for our locals and our members.” “ ” The International staff ensured all attendees had the knowledge, tools and skills necessary to perform their elected duties more effective and efficiently. — INTL. REP. LARRY HOLBERT
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