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SMART-TD Updates

The FRA along with Amtrak have been asking NJT employees for their certification cards and are inspecting required publications. Everyone must have their books with them, you can be moved at up anytime to a conduct or assistant conductor assignment. You must have at sign-up, the latest versions of all books particularly the most recent Amtrak GO 601 and Newest Edition of NJ Transit TRO-5. If you do not have them request it from a Trainmaster and if they don’t have what you need, let an officer know we will try and assist.

The crew dispatchers have been instructed by the FRA to strongly encourage members to not take less than thirty minutes’ deadhead to an assignment. If you do take less than thirty, they will investigate to confirm your travel time is in fact correct, using your home address on file.

Minimum travel times are being researched by labor relations and should be in effect soon as per DN-8-1103. We are still waiting for guidelines and clarity on how they will be used.

There were tweets received from a neighbor of the NJCL mentioning NJ Transit and their equipment. The NJ Transit police department is aware and actively investigating, crews affected will be updated by supervision. As always report anything unusual immediately to the dispatcher, supervision or the NJTPD.

Rollover will be in May, the date has not been finalized, when we get that information we will post

Our next meeting will be Sunday March the 5th 10:00am at the VFW Linden NJ

Information available from SMART-TD

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GP Sellers February Video Message: Our Meeting With President Trump

Special Instruction (SI) NE-1000-10

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Message from our National Legislative Director

Dear Stephen,

I wanted to share a video with you by former U.S. Secretary of Labor Robert Reich that explains why so-called “right to work” laws are wrong and are only intended to undermine labor unions. Currently, 28 states have enacted “right-to-work” laws and that number is only expected to grow including recent efforts in the United States Congress to pass a national “right-to-work” law that would threaten the Railway Labor Act.

While “right-to-work” sounds good on paper, it lets your co-workers enjoy a union contract and representation without paying any dues at your expense. This weakens your ability to negotiate with your employer and threatens wages, benefits, and your right to a safe workplace.

Click HERE to watch “Robert Reich: Why “Right to Work” is Wrong for Workers”

In solidarity,
John Risch
National Legislative Director
SMART Transportation Division

Arrangements for Brother Richert

Services for Mike are as follows;

Our Lady of Peace Church

1740 US-130

North Brunswick Township NJ

Wake tomorrow night Friday February the 3rd 5:00pm to 9:00pm

Funeral Saturday February 4th at 10:30am and interment to follow at

St . Gertrude’s Cemetery located at 53 Ian Ave. Colonia NJ 07067