International Representative – Railroad, Mechanical and Engineering Department (FT – Exempt) : District of Columbia
International Association of Sheet Metal, Air, Rail and Transportation Workers
Railroad, Mechanical and Engineering Department
(FT – Exempt)
This position is Remote
based out of Washington, DC
Employer: International Association of Sheet Metal, Air, Rail and Transportation Workers (SMART)
Position Title: International Representative – Railroad, Mechanical and Engineering Department (FT – Exempt)
Reports to: Assistant to the General President
The International Association of Sheet Metal, Air, Rail and Transportation Workers (SMART) is seeking to fill the International Representative – Railroad, Mechanical and Engineering Department position. This position is remote.
SMART is a broad-based labor union representing over 200,000 sheet metal workers, service technicians, bus operators, engineers, conductors, sign workers, welders, production employees, and more across the United States and Canada. The Railroad, Mechanical, and Engineering Department is responsible for SMART sheet metal worker members who build and maintain railroad equipment and railroad facilities. Our members design, install, and maintain water treatment operations throughout the industry; install and maintain restroom facilities on railroad equipment and in railroad facilities; and install and maintain air conditioners on locomotives and passenger rail cars. In addition, the Department also includes transit operators and train dispatchers for passenger rail and transit operations.
The SMART International Representative – Railroad, Mechanical and Engineering Department provides support and assistance to the Department’s Local Unions and General Committee and works on projects and initiatives to support and advocate for the members of the Department.
The International Representative’s responsibilities include the following:
- Assist the General Committee and Local Unions in the United States through implementation of directives, assignments, positions, policies, and all matters deemed pertinent to the best interest of SMART, as determined by the Office of the General President.
- Assist with negotiations and collective bargaining. Perform training for the General Committee and Local Unions in these areas.
- Have sufficient knowledge of all National Agreements and collective bargaining agreements to assist General Committee and Local Unions as necessary.
- Assist with the administration of all agreements and with representation issues.
- Assist the General Committee and Local Unions with grievances, claims, and discipline under the agreements, including reviewing grievances and submissions. Perform training for the General Committee and Local Unions in these areas.
- Serve as a member on the National Railroad Adjustment Board (NRAB) when assigned.
- On a regular and routine basis, have personal contact with the General Committee and Local Unions to assure all services provided by SMART are maintained.
- Provide orientation training on union leader responsibilities for new leadership.
- Develop and coordinate with General Committee and Local Unions on Department and membership messaging.
- Assist with Local Union elections.
- Assist the General Committee and Local Unions in establishing and maintaining relationships within the rail industry.
- Develop a database of personal contacts within the rail industry. Assist and encourage General Committee and Local Union leadership to develop a database of personal contacts within the rail industry.
- At the direction of the Director of Organizing and the Assistant to the General President, assist the Department, General Committee, and Local Unions in the promotion and implementation of organizing efforts and programs.
- Assist the Organizing Department with organizing campaigns involving this Department and ensure that any long-term organizing plans, strategies, and goals are followed and met.
- Act as a point of contact for the Organizing Department, General Committee, and Local Unions on organizing questions, efforts, and campaigns.
- Monitor and coordinate General Committee and Local Union organizing efforts and request assistance from the Organizing Department in creating and maintaining an organizing campaign in each Local.
- Make available to the General Committee and Local Unions demographic information as needed to assist in monitoring Local Union membership levels.
- Monitor and provide assistance to the General Committee and Local Unions to assure a sufficient treasury is maintained for the operation of an effective and efficient General Committee and Local Union.
- Assist with General Committee and Local Union audits as necessary.
- Deliver training on union financial responsibilities to the General Committee and Local Unions based on material developed by this Department and the SMART Department of Education.
- Provide assistance to the General Committee and Local Unions to ensure the claimed work jurisdiction of this Department is protected. Assist the General Committee and Local Unions with jurisdictional disputes filed under the agreements.
- Acquire full knowledge of the current jurisdictional claims of SMART and report to the Assistant to the General President all information they may learn about new and emerging products and technologies which should be considered as work jurisdiction of this Association.
- Maintain familiarity with all agreements affecting the jurisdictional claims of SMART.
- Communicate with and assist General Committee and Local Union leadership regarding the jurisdictional claims of SMART to assure to the greatest extent possible that affiliates are claiming our traditional trade jurisdiction.
- Communicate with General Committee and Local Union leadership regarding new technologies and industries that are within the claimed jurisdiction of SMART. This procedure shall include a process of notification by the International Representative to the affiliates regarding new work and opportunities, as well as the conveyance to the International of information from the affiliates regarding new products or technologies in use within their jurisdiction.
- Attend meetings of the Transportation Trades Department (TTD), Federal Railroad Administration (FRA) and Railroad Safety Advisory Committee (RSAC), National Mediation Board (NMB), Surface Transportation Board (STB), Cooperation Railway Labor Organizations (CRLO), and other organizations as relevant to the work of this Department as assigned.
- Assist with any legislative, regulatory, and policy efforts that benefit this Department.
- Attend classes developed by the SMART Department of Education or elsewhere as required by direction of the General President.
- When assigned by the General President, be prepared to perform and assume all the duties and authority in placing a Local Union under supervision or trusteeship.
- Have advanced knowledge of the Railway Labor Act and medium-to-advanced knowledge of the National Labor Relations Act.
- Have advanced knowledge of the SMART Constitution and Ritual.
- Have familiarity with the organizing process.
- Have advanced ability to communicate and work with diverse staff and individuals within the Department, Local Unions, the General Committee, Councils, the International, and other Unions to accomplish the goals of the Department and the International.
- Each person holding the position of International Representative shall comply with all directives and assignments of the General President and the Department, and shall request assistance, if necessary, in fulfilling their duties.
- Other duties as assigned.
The position will require long hours, extensive travel, and time away from home.
Education, Experience, and Qualifications:
Ideal candidates will have:
- A commitment to the organization’s mission.
- Minimum 5 years’ experience working in organized labor. More experience is highly desired.
- Familiarity with the railroad industry.
- Strong verbal and written communication skills.
- Excellent interpersonal skills and the ability to work effectively with leadership, staff, and members.
- The ability to prioritize assignments, policies, and directives.
- Proficiency with Microsoft Word, PowerPoint, Outlook, Adobe Acrobat, and similar programs.
- Outstanding organizational skills with strong attention to detail and the ability to exercise a high level of discretion, confidentiality, and professional integrity.
- A demonstrated track record of success in fast paced work environments, with the ability to work efficiently, manage multiple projects simultaneously, and meet tight deadlines.
- The ability to work in a team environment.
The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. In compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), the following criteria must be met:
- Use of computer and keyboard; and
- Sitting/standing for long periods and ability to travel by various means, such as train, plane, and automobile.
Compensation is established in accordance with the SMART Constitution. Benefits include excellent health care, dental, and vision; a defined benefit pension plan; 401(k); and generous paid time off.
How to Apply:
Please submit a résumé to Paul Sandhu at: email@example.com, with the subject line: International Representative. Résumés should contain your background, accomplishments, skills, relevant experience, and education/training. The deadline to apply is Friday, July 14, 2023.
SMART is an Equal Opportunity Employer. SMART encourages applications from all qualified individuals without regard to race, color, religion, national origin, sex, gender, age, marital, parental, or family status, personal appearance, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, disability, veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by applicable law.
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