Progress Through Unity

Railmen For Children Bike Run

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Retroactive payment information

Retroactive payments for SMART-TD Members will be included with the August 3, 2017 pay period

For employees who desire to have a larger or smaller amount of their back pay deposited into the 457 account you must contact Great West Retirement by logging on to  or by calling 800-25-GONJT and making change by July 15, 2017. Please note all pay periods in the month of August will be subject to the requested percentage withdrawals.

You must make changes by August 15, 2017 to revert back or change percentages of contribution for the month of September

Employees over 50 who are eligible for 457 catch up would need to contact Great West Retirement by logging on to  or by calling 800-25-GONJT and making change by July 15, 2017. The IRS maximum is $6,000.00 and would be fulfilled by the retroactive amount or would be partially fulfilled and subsequent pay would be subtracted till max is reached. Contact GWR for more information

Please remember retroactive payments are subject to the IRS federal supplemental tax rate of 25%

General Chairman’s Report June 2017

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C3RS Newsletter

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Teamsters Protest Worker Lockout By Shore Point Distributing

Freehold, N.J.) – Teamster members, union allies and supporters are protesting Shore Point Distributing’s lockout of its workers, as are Shore Point’s retail customers.

On April 30, Shore Point, Freehold, New Jersey, locked out 113 of its workers in an attempt to force them to give up their pension, accept a 3-year wage freeze, and agree to give the company permission to change their health insurance plan and co-pays at any time.

These workers are members of Teamsters Local 701 in North Brunswick, New Jersey. Local 701 had been in negotiations for a new contract with Shore Point since Feb. 28, 2017. The workers and their union wanted to continue negotiations, but Shore Point locked them out instead.

Payroll Information

Reminder due to the Memorial day holiday all time cards for the pay period ending May 23, 2017 must me at verification/ROC by Thursday May 25th by 11:00am.

Payroll needs to be completed and submitted Friday this week.

Thanks and have a safe holiday


Empower/Great West Retirement

Recently employees have received a letter concerning the non-agreement 457 plan, this letter was sent out to all members in error.

There will be a retraction letter sent out from Empower, please disregard as this does not effect our 457 or 401 accounts.


GC Report May 2017

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House of Representatives passed an anti-worker bill

Brothers and Sister,

Earlier this week, the House of Representatives passed an anti-worker billed misguidedly labeled as the “Working Families Flexibility Act” (H.R. 1180). This harmful legislation would let employers give workers paid time off instead of being required to pay one and a half times their regular rate of pay for hours worked beyond 40 in a work week.

H.R. 1180 encourages employers to require excessive hours because overtime work would become cheaper and allow the employer to determine when the compensatory time off is allowed. This anti-worker bill would result in longer hours, less pay and more unpredictable work schedules for those who are not fortunate enough to have a union contract to protect them.

During a time when our nation’s elected leaders should be focused on creating good paying American jobs, H.R. 1180 does nothing more than provide employers with an opportunity to cheat their employees out of their earned overtime pay.

Attached is a letter I sent to every Member of Congress urging them to vote NO on this anti-worker bill. You can find out how your elected representatives voted by clicking the link below.

In solidarity,
John Risch
National Legislative Director
SMART Transportation Division


Day At The Races

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