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Archives for January 6, 2018

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) Happy New Year, try to stay warm and please be safe while clearing the snow from your homes.

B) I met with the Carrier this past week on older work issue claims that were waiting for an arbitrator from the National Mediation Board. The Carrier has agreed to pay out on some of the claims instead of waiting. Those Members will be receiving a check from the Carrier in the near future.

C) The gas mileage checks are still an issue, while progress is being made, other issues have arisen and must be fixed. I urge all Members to please keep an accurate record of what was paid or still missing. I will again be asking for an amnesty period so members can be properly compensated.

D) I have been diligent in having the Carrier address the heating issues at sign up locations when I become aware of them. Please email me as soon as possible if there is an issue at any facility that our Members use.

E) The LOCAL 60 UNION MEETING will start at 9am tomorrow at the VFW in Linden next to the train station.

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


Stephen J. Burkert

General Chairman

Brother William Gilmartin

Brother William Gilmartin’s son is having surgery soon and is in a unique circumstance that may require help, if you or a friend can help please take some time Sunday January 7, 2018 to do so

A message from brother Gilmartin’s wife;

“He may need a blood transfusion when he has his surgery in a few weeks (we need blood sooner than later so that’s why we need to do Sunday since Blood has to be tested just in case someone isn’t a match or sick and don’t feel it etc.)

If you are either A OR O (William is A+) you can donate blood for William Sunday between 8am & 2pm In Parsippany address below.

Parsippany Donor Center

1259 RT. 46 east Bldg. #4E Suite 410

Parsippany NJ 07054


Please eat before, if you have Tattoos they must be healed & NOT done at a house party, NO ONE Who is sick, on antibiotic’s, or feels like they are getting sick.

Long story short: As most of you know he suffered from 2nd & 3rd degree burns on his Hands-Feet-Butt & Private area. Unfortunately, an everyday bathtub routine turned horrible wrong when he accidentally grabbed handled & pulled the hot water all the way up. Thank GOD it was only seconds before I walked in & swooped him out😔

When you show up please tell them you are there for William Gilmartin (It’s a direct blood donation) 💙They have the script you do not have to bring anything JUST YOUR LICENSE.

*IF they can’t use you blood or get a overload THEY will put in a general bank & your blood with be helping someone else out

Thank you for your help,

SMART-TD Local 60