Member of Local 807 dies from COVID-19

Brother Tony Carbajal, a member of Local 807 (Tucson, Ariz.), passed away Oct. 27, 2021, from COVID-19 at the age of 51. He joined the union in 2004 and worked as a conductor for Union Pacific for more than 17 years. “Tony was well-liked and respected by his co-workers in Tucson,” said Chris Cheely, legislative […]

Unions join to fight Union Pacific on COVID orders

CLEVELAND, October 15, 2021 — The Transportation Division of the International Association of Sheet Metal, Air, Rail, and Transportation Workers (SMART-TD) and the Brotherhood of Locomotive Engineers and Trainmen (BLET) are jointly taking on Union Pacific Railroad (UP) over a series of unilateral and unlawful actions taken by the carrier recently. SMART-TD President Jeremy Ferguson […]

SMART-TD mourns another COVID-19 loss

Terri Poole Taylor Kerns, 52, of Local 1971 (Atlanta, Ga.) lost her life to COVID-19 on Friday, September 10. Diagnosed with COVID-19 on August 24, she was hospitalized Sunday, August 29 with severe chest pains. After suffering from cardiac arrest, she passed in the early hours of Sept. 10. Graduating from high school in 1987, […]

Local 23 member Jaime Garcia-Perez passes from COVID

Jaime Garcia-Perez, 48, a member of our union for more than 15 years out of Local 23 (Santa Cruz, Calif.), passed away Sept. 3 from complications of COVID-19. He was an operator for the Santa Cruz Metro ParaCruz. “Jaime, who worked at ParaCruz for nearly 17 years, had an unwavering work ethic and the utmost […]

Canadian Building Trades Unions Join ‘Faster Together’ Campaign to Encourage COVID Vaccinations

français suit. French follows. Canada’s Building Trades Unions have joined with other labour organizations, businesses, industrial and education sectors to launch Faster Together, a campaign focused on encouraging Canadians to get their COVID-19 vaccine. Faster Together is a voluntary effort of a wide variety of people working together to promote COVID-19 vaccine acceptance and help […]

Union contractors on the front lines during COVID-19

Whether the general public realizes it or not, the heating, ventilation and air conditioning industry has been center stage during the COVID-19 pandemic. Testing, Adjusting and Balancing Bureau (TABB)-certified HVAC contractors in particular have been on the front lines, testing and balancing airow for healthcare facilities so they can treat COVID patients, while also providing […]

Two TD members pass from COVID-19

The SMART Transportation Division is mourning two union brothers who have died in recent weeks because of COVID-19. Member Thurman Wheeler, 47, of Local 1348 (Centralia, Wash.) passed away on April 30 after being hospitalized for nearly two weeks with the virus. He was a Union Pacific conductor on the Portland east to Hinkle, Ore., […]

Local 73 Partners with IL Township and Jewel-Osco to Provide COVID-19 Vaccination Site

Photos by Dave Sylvester, Local 73 Hillside, Ill. – SMART SM Local 73 is partnering with Proviso Township and Jewel-Osco to provide added capacity for COVID-19 vaccine distribution efforts, with its union hall functioning as a vaccine injection site. More than 1400 vaccines were administered today between 9am and 4pm at the local hall in […]

Signing of COVID aid bill enables SMART-TD bus, transit members to get rolling

President Joe Biden today signed his $1.9 trillion American Rescue Plan intended to stabilize the nation’s economy as it continues the task of rebounding from the COVID-19 pandemic that has killed more than 525,000 people in the United States. The plan has $30.5 billion in emergency funding reserved to assist transit in the country rebound […]