Progress Through Unity

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) After many discussions with the Carrier over the last 3 years we have a clear equation on what is the probation period for students in the CONDUCTOR TRAINING PROGRAM. The Carrier has agreed with my suggestion and instituted a 6 month time period which begins on the first day of CTP class. So as an example, if they started class on January 1st their probation would end on July 1st.

B) I have requested an additional meeting with the Carrier concerning the payment process of GAS MILEAGE SHEETS. Due to the holidays it would appear that the meeting will take place in the second week of January so all managers are available to attend. Please review all payments from this weeks batch of payments. I foresee another GAS MILE AMNESTY PERIOD to get all Members properly paid.

C) I attended a meeting this week concerning the CTP OJT MENTOR PROGRAM. We have again made adjustments to the program in light of some mentors being moved up after being assigned students. I ask all of the Member mentors to please fill out the daily questionnaires about the students with as much information as possible. The trainers at Ferry street review the sheets and assist the CTP students where necessary.

D) I, along with Ron Sabol NJSLD, were invited to attend the monthly meeting and holiday party of SMART TD Local 1413 from PATH. (Pictured above with plaques for service.) I was invited to speak to our fellow Brothers and Sisters about political meetings that I have attended. I also spoke about our last round of Collective Bargaining and the process that was involved from Mediation to PEBs(2) and finally ratification. I want to thank General Chairman Carlton Williams for the invite and the chance to speak with his Members. PATH will be without a new Collective Bargaining Agreement for 8 years this coming July. I have offered my assistance in all areas in gaining a new CBA that their Members rightfully deserve.

E) The Carrier will be making payments for CONDUCTOR CERTIFICATION as per our Collective Bargaining Agreement starting with CTP Class 16-01. The Carrier is collating all the necessary documentation and will forward to payroll for completion.  All CTP classes from 16-01 going forward, who were paid as Conductors while qualifying on the physical characteristics of the railroad will be included. This will settle all of the claims I have been submitting monthly for all of the CTP students since our last CBA was signed.

F) I will be out of the office next week for the holidays. I wish all Members a happy and safe holiday season.

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


Stephen J. Burkert

General Chairman