The SMART Recruitment and Retention Council’s purpose is to help create an action plan for locals to recruit, retain, and include diverse groups in our organization; to ensure workplace equality within our industries; and to promote respect, inclusion, and safe, non-hostile work environments at all levels within SMART.
To recruit, retain and promote diverse groups in our Organization and to ensure workplace equality within our Organization. To promote respect, inclusion and safe, non-hostile work environments at all levels within SMART.
The Council has the following Mission Statement Goals:
- Ensure that all members are treated equally and given equal opportunities to succeed.
- Break down gender, ethnicity, and other bias that divide us.
- To encourage, educate and support diverse members to participate in leadership roles.
- To encourage, educate and support diversity in the workplace.
- Identify reasons for low recruitment and retention of diverse groups and systematically address these issues.
- Identify reasons we have been successful in retaining diverse groups and build on that.
- To educate and inform our industries about issues related to equality.
We envision a SMART union movement where all members are empowered to reach their fullest potential.
Charles Greer – President
SMART Local Union 12
Vanessa Carman – Treasurer
Chair, SMART Women’s Committee, Western Washington JATC Trustee
SMART Local Union 66
Jan Chappell – Recording Secretary
Journeyperson, BE4ALL Committee Member, Local Vice President
SMART Local Union 85
Matthew Fairbanks – Building Trades Vice President
SMART Local Union 10
Isaiah Zemke – Building Trades Vice President
SMART Local Union 49
Salvatore Rotolo – Production Vice President
District 2 Assistant Business Manager
SMART Local Union 104
Stephanie Bottke – Production Vice President
SMART Local Union 480
Markeisha Haynes – Bus/Transit Vice President
SMART-TD Local Union 1785
James Sandoval – Bus/Transit Vice President
International Vice President – Bus
SMART Transportation Division
John Pitts – Rail Vice President
GO-169 Vice General Chairperson and Local 1910 Local Chairperson
SMART Local Union 1910
Chad Yokoyama – Rail Vice President
Local 1687 Local Chairperson
SMART Local Union 1687
Shannon Kilgar – Canada Vice President
SMART Local Union 30
Natasha Caparelli – Canada Vice President
SMART Local Union 30 Women’s Committee
Arturo Hurtado – At-Large Vice President
Executive Board/FST Local Charity Fund
SMART Local Union 73
Arthur Tolentino – At-Large Vice President
Business Manager/FST, 2nd General Vice President
SMART Local Union 293
Shamaiah Turner – Trustee
Business Development Representative
SMART Local Union 17 – NERC
Edward Gonzalez – Trustee
Southwest Gulf Coast Regional Council
Lorenzo Miles – Trustee
SMART Local Union 206
McKenzie Quinn – Trustee
SMART Local Union 24
The Recruitment and Retention Council Meets in-person twice a year. Please see dates and locations below; this page will be updated:
Fall 2023 Meetings
San Antonio, TX
Embassy Suites San Antonio River Walk
December 11, 2023
Spring 2024 Meetings
Kansas City, MO
May 20, 2024
Fall 2024 Meetings
Palm Springs, CA
Double Tree Gold Resort Palm Springs
December 2, 2024
Spring 2025 Meetings
Embassy Suites Atlanta at Centennial Olympic Park
May 5, 2025
This Council is an intermediate organization affiliated with the International Association. Council membership is open to all chartered SMART Local Unions and Regional Councils throughout Canada and the United States for both Sheet Metal and the Transportation Division, as well as State Legislative Boards in the United States. Affiliation fees are $35.00, and monthly dues are $35.00, payable quarterly in advance.
Please submit the affiliation form, along with the $35 affiliation fee and required monthly dues, to:
SMART Recruitment and Retention Council
P.O. BOX 1321 Renton, WA. 98057
This is a critical moment in the movement for equality, equity, and justice in both of our countries, and SMART can lead the way. When we welcome and support members from communities that are currently underrepresented in our membership, our union only becomes stronger. The Council provides us with an opportunity to come together as one organization, have these necessary conversations, and collectively work on these important issues. We hope you will take this opportunity and be part of this moment. We look forward to working closely with the Council and its esteemed leadership to promote and advance SMART’s values of diversity, equity, and inclusion at all levels of SMART.