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) I met with the Carrier this week to formulate a revised OPEN DOOR POLICY that meets the safety needs of train crews. I hope to see the revised policy put in effect in the near future,

B) The Carrier is in need of engineers and has inquired if anyone from our roster would consider a change in their craft. Please email me asap if you have interest in training to be an engineer. Please include full name and employee number in a short email.

C) If any Member is having a problem with attaining their prescription safety eyewear from a vendor, please contact me with details including Vendor name, location and date of incident. Please email me at

D) If any Member has information about sign up locations that do not have a supply of safety glasses in CLEAR or SUNGLASSES please contact me so we can advise Carrier. Email me at

E) I will be in the NY PENN STATION crew base on Monday January 22nd about 1pm. I welcome all Members, if they have any questions, please do not hesitate to ask while I visit the crew base.

F) The Gas Mileage payments are now up to late October/early November. Again please keep track of any shortages and list them on our website, under the payroll shortage form. I have already spoken to the Carrier, that due to current events I will require another grace period on submission of mileage that has been short or denied. I will announce those details in the next few weeks.

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


Stephen J. Burkert

General Chairman