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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) On Monday January 8th, I was served with a subpoena, to testify in front of NJ Senators and Assembly Members. There were a wide range of topics discussed. The main topic was on NJ Transit’s failure to properly staff trains, that leave revenue uncollected and creates an unsafe condition for crews and passengers. I did reference the Airline Industry is regulated at 50:1 meaning for every 50 passengers there is a required crew member. On NJ Transit trains that have ALL Ticket Collectors are at 400:1. When there are only a Conductor and Rearbrake it is an average of 1000:1 and when NJT runs a Conductor only crew it can be as high as 2000:1. The safety of passengers and crew are paramount and by NJ Transit knowingly allowing these astronomical numbers to continue is absurd.

B) I did attend the NJ Transit Board of Directors Meeting on Wednesday. The meeting was actually postponed after starting time due to the fact that there was no quorum of Board members in attendance. I do not know why they did not show but the assembled audience was not happy with the annulled meeting.

C) On Saturday I was with Governor Elect Phil Murphy and Hoboken Mayor Ravi Bhalla at Hoboken City Hall for a meeting on certain NJT issues. We went to Hoboken Terminal to meet crews and passengers. I along with Ron Sabol SMART TD NJSLD and Carlton Williams GC PATH escorted First Lady Tammy Murphy on the Path system to Newark Penn Station. We then took train rides on the NEC and NJCL speaking with crews and passengers. The trip ended in Bay Head where First Lady Murphy thanked SMART TD and all of the other Labor members in attendance at her rally. ( pictured is Ron Sabol, myself, First Lady Murphy and Carlton Williams at Red Bank Station)

D) I wish all Members a safe and peaceful Martin Luther King Day.

Please email me feedback or suggestions, I am here for you the Members. sburkert@utulocal60.com

Fraternally,

Stephen J. Burkert

General Chairman

Union Rally Saturday Bay Head Station with First Lady Tammy Snyder Murphy

On Saturday, as part of the Inaugural 2018 celebrations, incoming First Lady Tammy Snyder Murphy will be traveling across the state on NJ Transit. Please join us at the Bay Head Station at 3pm to welcome her at her final stop. We know that in Phil Murphy labor will have a governor that supports working men and women — let’s let the First Lady know that working families support her and our new governor! Please arrive early, I look forward to seeing you at the event. Thank you and travel safe.

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. sburkert@utulocal60.com

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. sburkert@utulocal60.com

Fraternally,

Stephen J. Burkert

General Chairman

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. sburkert@utulocal60.com

Fraternally,

Stephen J. Burkert

General Chairman

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) The Carrier is going to start a test program of the new electronic HOS keypads in Atlantic City this coming week with select crews. Those crews will be instructed when to report for the extra training. The extra training will be reflected in your wages above and beyond your normal assignment.

B) The Carrier has mailed out 3 new batches of GAS MILEAGE Checks to Members. Please review the accuracy of the checks and all the information.

C) The NJTPD Officers are all wearing BODY CAMERAS while on duty. The camera will capture all activity when they respond to our train crews request for assistance. The cameras record video and sound, including all conversations that take place during the interaction.

D)This past week we had a CTP new class, # 17-04, start the Conductor Training Program. I met the new class and welcomed them to our family. I explained what our job duties entail and our expectations of them.

E) I have met with the Carrier over Morrisville yard assignments and will do so again after the holidays. There will be no changes made until after the New Years Holiday, this will allow our members to rest easy about family plans already established.

F) I met with Executive Director Santoro, NJT Chief of Police Trucillo, Ron Sabol SMART TD NJSLD and Bob Lavell over the recent assaults. We will meet once a month going forward to review all incidents and get progress reports. I am going to request that NJT claims department gives a monthly report for unpaid medical bills.

G) The Carrier has informed me that they will be using the same uniform company, THIS & THAT Uniforms next year.

Please email me feedback or suggestions, I am here for you the Members. sburkert@utulocal60.com

Fraternally,

Stephen J. Burkert

General Chairman

 

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 a request that I put forth to the Carrier, President Jerome Johnson, will be allowed to perform his duties as Local Chairman in the aspect of Hearings and Waiver consultations effective as of today. Brother Johnson may be dismissed as per NJT but his Union officer duties are still in effect and I made sure that the Carrier respected his elected position.

B) There are 3 new batches of gas mileage checks processed and in the mail to Members. If you have a problem with the amount of the check or any missing information please file it electronically on our Local 60 website as you would a payroll shortage.

C) I attended Labor Relations meeting this week to deal with members claims and to clean up outstanding issues. There will be claims paid, and mailed out to Members before the end of the month.

D) I was in the NY Penn Station crew base on Thanksgiving Day speaking with crews working the holiday. I met with Members in NY again on Wednesday after an appeal hearing. I listened to the members concerns and answered their questions. I want to thank the members for taking the time to speak with me and let me know what are the current issues that concern them.

E) I want to thank all of our Members from both Divisions, and other departments that assisted the RAILMEN for CHILDREN Santa Train that took place this morning. I was in Hoboken at 530AM this morning and there was already finishing touches being done to the equipment. There will be 330+ children in need, along with over 200 adult chaperones, that got to meet Santa and Mrs Claus today along with a large group of other costumed characters. Every child received the special gift that they requested from Santa. NJ Transit provided the train for this very special event. Job well done by all departments for making a child’s holiday very special.

F) This week we also made substantial progress in the Monocular Vision Acuity Testing. Matt Darby, SMART TD DLC, took a deposition from NJT Medical Review Officer at NJT HQ. This was in conjunction with the FRA process of trying to get a field test for monocular vision for our members. I will keep you informed as we go forward in this endeavor.

G) There is a Local 60 Union meeting this Sunday at the Linden VFW Hall adjacent to the station, start time is 10AM.

Please email me feedback or suggestions, I am here for you the Members. sburkert@utulocal60.com

Fraternally,

Stephen J. Burkert

General Chairman

 

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) This past Saturday I attended the Local 60 monthly meeting in Linden. We had SMART TD Auditor Justin Fougerousse give a very detailed report on what the account balances are as of today. We had Ron Sabol NJSLD give a detailed report on election results and what will be coming in the near future. We also had SMART TD VP Doyle Turner on hand to answer questions as they arose from Members concerning multiple issues.

B) Don Albertson is the new Local 60 Treasurer, congratulations.

C) I attended an emergency meeting at NJT HQ on Monday concerning WORK PLACE VIOLENCE. The Carrier is very concerned about the uptick of incidence between employees on the property. I explained that staff shortages, overworking and overcrowding is leading to elevated stress levels. The Carrier will be on the property in the very near future to further discuss the situation.

D) I attended the MORRIS COUNTY Central Labor Council on Monday night in Parsippany. The meeting was well represented by numerous unions of all types of crafts. Nurses, police, carpenters, sheet metal and telecommunication workers were all represented. This CLC is being established for the last 4 counties in the state, Morris, Sussex, Hunterdon and Warren, to use one voice in dealing with politicians on issues that effect our unions. This CLC will also promote union members who are running for political office in these 4 counties. Once established we will work in concert with all of the other NJ CLCs in the state, for an even bigger voice on matters that are important to Union members.

E) I want to wish all Members and their families a Happy and Safe Thanksgiving Holiday.

Please email me feedback or suggestions, I am here for you the Members. sburkert@utulocal60.com

Fraternally,

Stephen J. Burkert

General Chairman

LOCAL 60 SUMMMARY OF AUDIT REPORT

I was asked to publish the letter from SMART TD Auditor Justin Fougerousse which was discussed at Saturday’s Local meeting.

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Fraternally,

Stephen J. Burkert

General Chairman

General Chairman Burkert’s Weekly “HOT TOPICS” News

In an effort to better communicate information as quickly as possible to the Membership here is the ” HOT TOPICS” for this week.

 

A) Gas Mile Check computer issues have been resolved and actual checks have begun to be mailed out to Members earlier this week.

B) Our Local 60 meeting is this Saturday at 10AM in Linden at the VFW Hall adjacent to the train station. I have fielded numerous calls about the Local’s financial issues. I urge any member who has questions concerning dues refunds, insurance refunds or any other matter on money please come  to the meeting. The International Auditor will be at the meeting answering all the questions. I have no information on these accounts, they are the Local accounts not the General Committee account. Please come to the meeting and ask your questions directly to the auditor. I can not answer the question about whether your MONTHLY LOCAL DUES will go up, this is a question/answer for the meeting on Saturday.

C) The Carrier will be starting a new audit on submission of 1155 forms on a daily basis. Weekend crews along with weekday crews are required to submit the forms. Please list all mechanical defects and delays on the form and submit daily.

D) This past Monday I attended a morning meeting with Congressman Bill Pascrell in Saddlebrook. The Congressman is fully behind the effort to bring NJ Transit back to the #1 status in the nation. He has continually been by our side on issues that affect our Members.

E) Next week payroll time cards must be in box by 11:00 am Wednesday account Thanksgiving Holiday

Please email me feedback or suggestions, I am here for you the Members. sburkert@utulocal60.com

Fraternally,

Stephen J. Burkert

General Chairman

General Chairman Burkert’s Weekly “HOT TOPICS” News

In an effort to better communicate information as quickly as possible to the Membership here is the ” HOT TOPICS” for this week.

A) Phil Murphy is the winner in the NJ Governor race and is already investigating the proper course to bring NJ Transit back to the #1 railroad in the nation. Funding and proper leadership in key positions are his top priorities. I, along with Ron Sabol NJSLD were in attendance in Asbury, on Tuesday night, for his acceptance speech.

B) The Carrier has informed me, the GAS MILE computer issue is fixed. They will be working over the weekend to process our forms and are hopeful checks will be going out on Monday.

C) On Wednesday I represented 3 of our Members at their SPECIAL BOARD of ADJUSTMENT hearings. The hearings were conducted in front of an arbitrator from the NATIONAL MEDIATION BOARD. The decisions in these cases could take 120 days to be returned.

D) If you have not received a ballot as of today please call the Netcong office at 973-527-7018 to request a duplicate. If you have gotten a ballot please vote. Remember to place your return address on envelope and mail it asap.

E) There seems to be a misunderstanding about the SMART TD Green travel cards that were given out by Local 60 Treasurer Greg Taylor. The cards are to be used by the Local 60 Member when visiting other SMART TD property’s to identify yourself as a SMART TD Member. This card is not intended for any type of transportation allowance.

Please email me feedback or suggestions, I am here for you the Members. sburkert@utulocal60.com

Fraternally,

Stephen J. Burkert

General Chairman