We are pleased, as your general president and transportation division president, to present the first SMART Constitution and ritual to our membership.
This is a milestone for both the former Sheet Metal Workers’
International Association and the United Transportation Union, that have
merged to become the International Association of Sheet Metal, Air,
Rail and Transportation Workers. While our merger has been complete for
some time, this document solidifies this great union and its membership
under a single constitution.
It is impossible to speak to the success in completing this
constitution without acknowledging both the hard work and the
frustration of those who participated in the creation of the document
and the membership who have waited patiently throughout this long and
The path has led both of us to take positions on interpretation of
our separate constitutions and the merger agreement. In getting there,
as would be expected of your leadership, we examined and debated every
constitutional section thoroughly before agreement. At times, it
required the help of an outside arbitrator to clarify a particular
issue. While this slowed the process, it must be remembered the parties
were tasked with blending 100 years of separate cultural and operational
methods into a single constitution that would govern our organization.
Throughout this process, both of us have recognized that, in the end,
what matters is the importance of having a document that serves the
best interests of all the membership of SMART.
So, we are jointly resolved to move forward as an organization under
one constitution and ritual, with a single focus. We, as your
leadership, are dedicated to working collectively to provide a
transparent and accountable organization that will strive to provide
fair and reasoned representation to our membership and the efficiency of
operation necessary to expand work opportunities for our members.
To view the SMART Constitution cover and index, click here.
To view the SMART Constitution, click here.
To view a letter to all delegates attending the 2014 SMART
Transportation Division Convention and First SMART International
Convention, click here.
Fraternally and in solidarity,
Joseph J. Nigro,
President, Transportation Division