The 2016 Regional Meetings held in July in San Francisco and Chicago was deemed a success by SMART Transportation Division (SMART TD) members who attended.
In San Francisco, 298 members attended the meetings, with a total of 507 (including spouses, children, vendors, etc.) people that checked-in at the SMART TD registration desk. In Chicago, 397 members were in attendance, with a total of 571 people who checked-in.

New! Certificate of Achievement Training and Education Program

Local 954 Chairperson Jason Murillo participates in the certificate of achievement program by having his badge scanned by SMART TD Director of Supply Joe Shivak.

SMART TD rolled out a voluntary Certificate of Achievement program this year in an effort to promote and recognize training and education for SMART TD bus and rail officers and members. To become certified, attendees scanned their ID badges at the end of eligible workshops. Of the 36 workshops offered, 26 were made eligible for the Certificate of Achievement program.
There were a total of three levels of achievement: Bronze (five workshops attended), Silver (six to seven workshops attended) and Gold (eight to nine workshops attended).
Training courses spanned a number of continuing education topics for both rail and bus officers and members, including: Local Officer Training & Grievance Handling; Investigations & Discipline: “The Art of a Formal Hearing”; S&T Tax workshops; Railway Labor Act workshops; Legislative workshops; Local Chairperson training and Live Arbitration workshops.
Of the 298 members in attendance at the San Francisco regional meeting, 272 participated in the Certificate of Achievement program. Of the 397 members that attended the Chicago meeting, 395 participated in the program.
Thank you to all of the members who participated in the program and made it a success.

Mobile App upgraded for year-round use!

This year, SMART TD mobile app is no longer just for regional meetings. It is now available for year-round use and can be used to keep updated on the latest news from your union. The app is available in the App store and Google Play by searching “SMART-Transportation Division.”

Regional Meeting presentations available on iLink

1st GCA Vice Chairperson Rob Warth gives a presentation to a packed crowd in the Local Officer & Member Training Part I workshop.

Missed a workshop? Or, do you want to share a presentation with your local or want to review the presentation of a specific workshop? All of the presentation documents from the workshops are now available via iLink. Just login to your iLink account and the documents are available by clicking on the “View Region Meeting Presentation Documents” link under the “What’s New with iLink” heading.

Looking forward – 2017 Regional Meetings

SMART TD is already planning for the 2017 Regional Meetings and looking to make improvements based on members’ feedback. The 2017 eastern Regional Meeting is planned for New York City. Locations for the western Regional Meeting are still being reviewed and will be announced soon.

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Members planning to attend one or both of the SMART Transportation Division regional meetings this summer can now make reservations for either city. 

Click here to register online for the San Francisco regional meeting. Click here to register online for the Chicago regional meeting. Click here for the mail-in registration form.

Regional meeting registration is available online now by going to the Meetings page and clicking on the respective city. Hotel information can be accessed by visiting and clicking on the “Meetings” box on the bottom of the homepage. Links to the host hotels, city visitor bureaus, and online car-rental are also available.

Regional meetings will be held July 4-6 in San Francisco and July 25-27 in Chicago.

Each regional meeting will run for 2.5 days, ending early on the afternoon of the third day. The evening of the first day has been left unscheduled so you, your family and friends will be free to explore and enjoy the many offerings of the regional meeting cities.

All those attending the regional meetings must be registered in order to attend any planned social function. Children ages 11 and under who are pre-registered are complimentary.

The pre-registration fee for the 2016 regional meetings is $150 per member, spouse or child over age 11, the same fee charged the last eight years. Additional fees apply for the golf outings and family tours. You must make your own room reservations, and certain deadlines apply.

The $150 registration fee covers all workshop materials; a welcoming reception the night before the meeting; three lunches and one evening meal. Those wishing to attend only the workshops do not need to pay the registration fee. No one-day registrations are offered.

You may cancel your meeting registration 10 days prior to the first day of the meeting or the golf outing without penalty. Call the SMART Transportation Division at (216) 228-9400 or email immediately regarding any changes or cancellations.

If you choose to register by mail, you must submit a completed registration form listing each attendee, regardless of age. Complete payment in U.S. funds must be received at the SMART Transportation Division, 24950 Country Club Blvd., Suite 340, North Olmsted, OH 44070-5333, by June 19 for the San Francisco meeting or by July 3 for the Chicago meeting, or the registrant will be charged an on-site registration fee of $200.