Local 2001, 2017 Sub-Division Chairmen Nomination/Election Rules

Local 2001 Railroad Division
Transport Workers Union of America AFL-CIO
Sub-Division Nomination and Election Rules

  1. Nomination for Sub-Division Officers will be held in March of 2017 at Sub-Division meetings as advertised on bulletin boards.
  2. Election of Sub-Division Officers will be held in the month of April 2017 at Sub-Division meetings as advertised on bulletin boards unless the Election Committee conducts the election by Mail Ballot. Candidates elected as Sub-Division Chairmen may also serve as Delegates or Alternate Delegates to any Regular or Special Transport Workers Union International Convention.
  3. Nominees must be present at their nominations or must tender a written authorization of their acceptance if they cannot attend the meeting for a valid reason.
  4. Nominees must be a member in good standing in accordance with Article XIII Sections 3, 4, and 5 of the International Constitution. Nominees must be a member of the Sub-Division in which nominated for office.
  5. Members making nominations and members seconding nominations must be a member in good standing in accordance with Article XII I Sections 3, 4, and 5 of the International Constitution and the Local By-laws. In the event that more than one session of the Sub-Division Meeting is held on the same day, the nominee (unless excepted as set forth in Rule 3 above), the nominator, and those seconding the nomination must all be present at the same session of the meeting that the nomination takes place. Nominators must be a member of their respective Sub-Division.
  6. There must be three (3) members in good standing seconding of those nominated who are members of their respective Sub-Division.
  7. The present incumbent shall appear on the ballot first. Other candidates will be placed on the ballot in order of their nominations.
  8. Dues Check-off lists as submitted by Amtrak, Conrail, CSX, Norfolk Southern, New Jersey Transit, PATH, and MetroNorth Railroad Companies, "Over the Counter" lists as submitted by the Financial Secretary­Treasurer as shown on the Union Records shall govern eligibility.
  9. Names of nominees for elections and those making nominations must be submitted to the Election Committee so that their eligibility may be checked.
  10. It will be the duty of the Election Committee to insure that only one ballot is given to each eligible voter who must sign register book before receiving ballot. The Election Committee will verify that a ballot returned in a Mail Ballot election was properly issued and properly returned.
  11. Tabulation will take place immediately at close of the April meeting, unless election is conducted by mail ballot.
  12. Where there are no eligible nominees, it shall be the duty of the Executive Board to name a member in good standing to office.
  13. Any member in good standing may observe the handling of ballots by the Election Committee and may witness the counting thereof subject to the rules of order established by the Election Committee.
  14. A nominee may not place either his own name in nomination or second his own nomination.
  15. No one on the Election Committee shall be eligible for Sub-Division office.

The Election Committee consists of:
John R. Feltz, President
Patrick Flannery, Executive Vice President
Patrick Howard, Secretary-Treasurer

New Jersey Transit Rail Labor Coalition

On March 10, 2016, NJ Transit Vice President and General Manager R.M. Lavell issued a notice to all NJ Transit employees represented by the Union Coalition.  In his notice Mr. Lavell states that in the event of a strike the Carrier will take the following action:  All existing positions will be suspended; all employees on sick leave will no longer receive sick leave compensation; and all striking employees will have their insurance benefits discontinued effective the first day of the strike.  NJ Transit also submits an implied threat against Coalition represented probationary employees.

It is apparent that NJ Transit’s notice to the Coalition members represents retaliatory action and harassment of the Coalition members. This draconian action taken by NJ Transit while the Parties are engaged in the negotiation process illustrates NJ Transits unreasonable position and unwillingness to reach an amiable solution which is fair to both Parties.

The Union Coalition has engaged in ongoing negotiations with NJ Transit with the objective of reaching a settlement without the necessity of engaging in a strike.  Two Presidential Emergency Boards have issued recommendations which are consistent with the Coalition’s proposals; and of which the Coalition has fully agreed to comply with.  Yet NJ Transit refuses to acknowledge these recommendations and continues its assault on our members.

We object to NJ Transit’s conduct in this matter while the Parties are fully engaged in the negotiating process.  Such action on NJ Transit’s part is counterproductive to reaching an amiable solution through the negotiating process.

New Jersey Transit PEB 248 Recommendation

Presidential Emergency Board 248 has issued its recommendations to settle the four year contract dispute between New Jersey Transit and the Rail Labor Coalition of fourteen unions representing 4,300 union workers.

The recommendations on the major issues of wages and health insurance contributions fall much closer to the terms proposed by the Coalition than those proposed by New Jersey Transit, although the Board did backload its wage recommendations to accommodate the railroad's budgetary concerns.
The PEB found that the Coalition proposals were appropriately based on settlements in the commuter industry, while the company's unprecedented reliance on a state worker concessionary contract was not persuasive.

Coalition spokespersons said, "The Presidential Emergency Board, composed of three veteran, distinguished neutrals, has proposed terms that represent a reasonable compromise approach to settlement. We sincerely hope that New Jersey Transit will now take this opportunity to bring this protracted dispute to an end."

Read the full recommendation here: PEB 248 Recommends New Jersey Transit Contract Terms

New Jersey Transit Contract Negotiations

NMB Releases Unions on New Jersey Transit Unions Say Presidential Emergency Board Is Next

June 16, 2015

The National Mediation Board yesterday released from further mediation every commuter union on New Jersey Transit (NJT).

The unions, working together in the New Jersey Transit Rail Labor Coalition, immediately announced their intention to invoke a Presidential Emergency Board (PEB), which will make non-binding recommendations to settle the four year old contract dispute.

The Coalition includes every rail union on NJT, representing more than 4,000 commuter workers.

Coalition spokesmen said, "By announcing our intention to invoke a PEB, we want to remove any fears the riding public may have that a strike could occur in July. Our goal is to reach a voluntary agreement. We are optimistic that a neutral PEB will find reasonable our proposals to follow the pattern settlements reached on New York commuter railroads. There is simply no justification for the workers we represent to fall further behind their counterparts on Long Island and Metro-North railroads."

Negotiations for new contracts opened on July 1, 2011 . NMB efforts at mediation failed to produce agreements, prompting today's releases. Under the governing Railway Labor Act, a strike would be possible at 12:01 AM, July 16, 2015, unless one of the involved Governors, the commuter agency or unions request the President to appoint an Emergency Board . Once appointed, the PEB will have thirty days to hold hearings and issue non-binding recommendations to settle the dispute. Creation of the PEB will start a 120 day cooling off period during which neither side can resort to self-help.

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