The SMART-Transportation Division will host its Eastern Regional Meeting in Chicago, Illinois on July 25-27, 2016. Chicago is an ideal location for this year’s regional meeting because it is the largest city in the Midwest and arguably the most important railroad center in North America. More lines of track radiate in more directions from Chicago than from any other city. Chicago has long been the most important interchange point for freight traffic between the nation’s major railroads and it is the hub of Amtrak, the intercity rail passenger system. Additionally, Chicago ranks second (behind New York City) in terms of the volume of commuter rail passengers carried each day.
The SMART-TD regional meeting is an ideal and unique forum for union officers throughout the nation to come together and share ideas on how to better represent and advocate for their members at home. It is truly a “State of the Union” event designed not only to further educate elected local union officers but also to inform all members of the general health of SMART-TD.
Transportation and Rail Workshops, Training and Continuing Education Courses
For those in attendance, the regional meeting provides over two full days of workshops, training and classroom education on a range of vital subjects. The education provided during the meeting pays direct dividends to SMART-TD members nationwide in the ongoing effort to level the playing field between the transportation workforce and the railroad carriers. The continuing education seminars and presentations at the 2016 meeting include:
- Presentations from Designated Legal Counsel
- Presentations from the Railroad Retirement Board
- Treasurer’s workshops
- Specific railroad general committee meetings
- Discussions on how to best represent your member at investigation hearings
- SMART-TD’s invaluable “No Rules” seminar
- And more
Make New Contacts and Meet New Industry Friends
The Eastern Regional Meeting of SMART-TD also provides opportunities to explore Chicago and socialize with other union officials, local officers, and their families in attendance. The camaraderie gained at a Regional Meeting is truly worth the time of any union official looking to sharpen their skills and make a few new friends in the process!
A Special Presentation from Our Railroad Attorney Team
Over the past 35 years attorneys from the railroad accident lawyer firm of Harrington, Thompson, Acker & Harrington, Ltd. have attended nearly every Eastern Regional meeting of SMART-TD. Our FELA lawyer team will also be present at this year’s 2016 meeting and available throughout the conference to answer any questions members would like input on from a personal injury attorney. Our team will make a special presentation during the Designated Legal Counsel seminar and will facilitate further discussions in the nearby break-out rooms.
The Designated Legal Counsel program endeavors to educate SMART-TD members and put them in touch with a railroad injury lawyer to answer questions and offer free advice. Our team will be available throughout the meeting to educate, inform and guide you on the proper steps to file an on-duty injury claim or whistle-blower retaliation claim so that you can help your members understand the importance of Designated Legal Counsel and the merits of potential future representation by a railroad accident attorney.
We hope to see everyone who can make it to Chicago at the Regional Meeting!