KAITLYN “GOOSE” MACHMER from Local 196 (Sayre, Pennsylvania), a first-time delegate to the 33rd Consolidated Convention, said her first three days have been a rewarding experience. Machmer, who works as a carman at Union Tank Car in Altoona, Pennsylvania, came to the convention after she was nominated when her local’s president was unable to attend.
“The first day here was intimidating,” she said. “It’s an eye-opener. Some of the speakers are very motivating.”
Machmer said the passion she’s seen in the delegates surprised her, because she hasn’t seen that on the local level. “I’m excited to go home and tell everyone about the experience, and that we’re not nearly as passionate about the union as some of these people are.”
If given the opportunity, she’d come to convention again. “There’s so much compacted into a little time. It’s hard to pick one thing that stands out. I learned that the Boilermakers are huge. I had no idea the different kinds of shops they represented,” she said. “That was cool.”