A workers summit for union members from all over Nebraska is scheduled to take place on Monday, May 6 in North Platte, Nebraska.
Jim “Doc” Moore, a retired associate professor of labor history at Cornell University’s School for Industrial and Labor Relations, will moderate the meetings at 1 and 5 p.m. at the Ramada Inn and Suites, 2102 S. Jeffers St., North Platte, NE 69101.
Among scheduled presenters at the summit, which is open to all union members and their spouses, are Sue Martin, president of the Nebraska AFL-CIO; John Kretzschmar, director of the William Brennan Institute for Labor Studies at the University of Nebraska at Omaha; and SMART TD Nebraska State Legislative Director Bob Borgeson.
The summit is again being organized by Terry Sigler, a retired legislative representative of SMART TD Local 286 in North Platte who remains active in union matters, especially when it comes to safety. Among topics discussed at the successful inaugural meeting in April 2018 were the state’s two-person crew bills and OSHA funding.
“The purpose of the Workers Summit is to unite all the unions to better inform the membership of the issues that are important for their safety and welfare,” Sigler said.

The success of an initial workers summit held in the spring is leading to a second meeting to be held Aug. 3, reports Terry Sigler, a retired legislative representative of SMART TD Local 286 in North Platte, Neb.
Sigler said an April 6 meeting he organized drew about 100 members from various unions to during two sessions at the North Platte Quality Inn and Suites, 2102 S Jeffers St.
The second summit is scheduled for 1 p.m. Aug. 3 at the same location. Members from all unions are invited.
Confirmed to attend is state Sen. Mike Groene (R – Dist. 41). Invitations also have been extended to state Sens. Tom Brewer (Dist. – 43) and Steve Erdman (Dist. – 47) and U.S. Rep. Adrian Smith. Groene and Brewer were sponsors of a two-person-crew bill in the Nebraska Legislature.
“This will be a great opportunity to talk directly with them as we prepare to submit another two-person-crew bill with these senators’ help,” Sigler said.