Attendees participate in an educational session in Topeka, Kan., on June 23. (Photo courtesy Zach Nagy)

The leadership of GCA-953 (Union Pacific) have kicked off a slate of educational sessions for local officers and members.
The first of six sessions took place June 22 and 23 in Topeka, Kan., with General Chairperson Luke Edington, Associate GC Ian Reynolds and Sr. Vice GC Zach Nagy hosting and teaching the classes.
The curriculum included training on serving as a union officer, an overview of officer duties, website training, filing a proper time claim, writing a discipline appeal and a mock arbitration session.
Transportation Division President Jeremy Ferguson made a guest appearance through Zoom, Vice President Brent Leonard spoke in person and Larry Romine from Reliable Retirement spoke through Zoom.
“We had attendees including local presidents, local chairpersons, vice local chairpersons and secretary/treasurers from four states in attendance,” Nagy said.
The GCA  has plans for five more sessions in Omaha, Cheyenne, Salt Lake City, Portland and Waukesha, Wis., as the summer progresses.
For more information about time and locations, email Nagy at

The fifth annual SMART Day at the Races will be held at Fonner Park Race Track in Grand Island, Neb., Friday, April 17, at 3 p.m., Union Pacific General Committee of Adjustment GO 953 reports.

In previous years, attendees included members from a number of locals in Kansas, Illinois, Nebraska, Colorado, Iowa and Wyoming, from both the Sheet Metal and Transportation Divisions.

Food and beverages will be available at the track and free clubhouse seating will be provided for those who reply in advance.

Transportation Division Local 506 at Herington, Kan., will be donating a horse blanket emblazoned with the SMART logo to be presented to the owner of the winning horse in a specified race.

Please R.S.V.P. by contacting Local 7 Chairperson Cliff Gordon at (308) 530-5766 or at, or Local 286 member Ed Mueller at (308) 530-6711 or by email at, if you’re planning to attend. Special room rates are available at the Midtown Holiday Inn in Grand Island by calling (308) 384-1330. Mention code “UTU” or “SMART” when making a reservation.