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Archives for February 1, 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) I met this week with Labor Relations about claims that were already listed for arbitration with the National Mediation Board. These claims had to deal with dual service or irregular service at end of shift. These claims were settled in favor of the Members and will be paid in the coming weeks. these claims were from 2013 and 2014. These claims were retracted from the NMB pool so more urgent claims could be heard.

B) All Members who have already sent me an email about being taken OOS for sleep apnea I would like you to call David Leibensperger. David works for Matt Darby DLC and is spearheading our sleep apnea cases. He can be reached at 410-769-5406. Please call ONLY if you have already sent me the first email.

C) If there is any Member who has been taken Out of Service for Sleep Apnea, whether positive or negative, and HAVE NOT sent an email please send me an email with the following details included. Name, address, phone number,job title,date taken OOS,date returned to service, whether positive or negative,date of diagnosis, complete doctor information, your hire date and total lost expenses including deductibles.

D) I would suggest that all passenger crews wear disposable gloves while performing your daily assignments. The CDC has put out alerts that state the less contact with the virus on surfaces such as our tickets will lessen your chance of contracting an illness. Any of the box stores such as Home Depot, Loews or Harbor Freight carry gloves in a color of black to abide to our rules. Please take precautions, this issue is very severe this year.

E) If you have a rest day on Monday February 5th and want to work please let the crew callers know early on Sunday the 4th. I hope all members enjoy the Superbowl and get home safely from their destinations. Monday February 5th is a normal train schedule and all crews should report as their assignments are listed.

F) Our Local 60 monthly meeting will be this Sunday at 10am at the Linden VFW. The VFW is on the East bound side street from Linden platform.

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


Stephen J. Burkert

General Chairman