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Archives for November 22, 2017

General Chairman Burkert’s Weekly “HOT TOPICS” News

In an effort to better communicate information as quickly as possible to the Local 60 Membership, here is the ” HOT TOPICS” for this week.

A) This past Saturday I attended the Local 60 monthly meeting in Linden. We had SMART TD Auditor Justin Fougerousse give a very detailed report on what the account balances are as of today. We had Ron Sabol NJSLD give a detailed report on election results and what will be coming in the near future. We also had SMART TD VP Doyle Turner on hand to answer questions as they arose from Members concerning multiple issues.

B) Don Albertson is the new Local 60 Treasurer, congratulations.

C) I attended an emergency meeting at NJT HQ on Monday concerning WORK PLACE VIOLENCE. The Carrier is very concerned about the uptick of incidence between employees on the property. I explained that staff shortages, overworking and overcrowding is leading to elevated stress levels. The Carrier will be on the property in the very near future to further discuss the situation.

D) I attended the MORRIS COUNTY Central Labor Council on Monday night in Parsippany. The meeting was well represented by numerous unions of all types of crafts. Nurses, police, carpenters, sheet metal and telecommunication workers were all represented. This CLC is being established for the last 4 counties in the state, Morris, Sussex, Hunterdon and Warren, to use one voice in dealing with politicians on issues that effect our unions. This CLC will also promote union members who are running for political office in these 4 counties. Once established we will work in concert with all of the other NJ CLCs in the state, for an even bigger voice on matters that are important to Union members.

E) I want to wish all Members and their families a Happy and Safe Thanksgiving Holiday.

Please email me feedback or suggestions, I am here for you the Members.


Stephen J. Burkert

General Chairman