Minutes of Meeting of

Local 880 General Membership

Tuesday, August 11, 2015

10 AM Meeting

 

Officers Present:

Secretary-Treasurer – John Campanella

Vice President – John Cooper

Mechanical Delegate – Brian Parks

 

 

Call to order: Vice President John Cooper opened the meeting at 10 AM and announced that President Romeo was away on vacation.

 

A motion was made by Brother Brian Parks and seconded by Brother Danny Borrero to suspend with regular business and proceed directly to the arbitration case.  Motion passed without objection.

 

Arbitration Case:  Vice President John Cooper explained the circumstances of Brother Julio Borrero’s case and turned the floor over to Brother Borrero.  Brother Borrero explained his case to the members and all questions were answered.  A motion to vote was made by Brother Brian Parks and seconded by Sister Tracey Waters.  Motion passed.  Vice President Cooper told the members that the ballots will be counted at the evening meeting with the rest of the ballots.  The ballots from the morning meeting were sealed in an envelope and Brother Borrero signed across the seal.

 

New Business:  Vice President John Cooper opened the floor for questions.

 

Brother Antwan Lindsay asked if the union was planning to have union picnics, bus trips or special events.  Brother John Campanella said President Romeo and Delegate Brian Parks have been discussing bringing back the picnics.  They have contacted Clementon Park and a private campground/lake to inquire about prices.  Having union picnics again will hopefully bring the members from the different locations closer together and instill unity.  Brother Campanella said that a few years ago a member suggested selling Local 880 T-Shirts.  A large number of t-shirts were purchased but the demand for union shirts was minimal.  Brother Danny Borrero suggested making the shirts available online where members can log on to a website and purchase Local 880 shirts.

 

Adjourn:  A motion to adjourn was made by Brother Antwan Lindsay and seconded by Brother Richard Lloyd.  Motion passed.  Meeting adjourned at 10:25 a.m.

 

Sincerely,

 

John Campanella

Secretary-Treasurer

 

Note: The next general membership meeting will be held on Tuesday, September 8, 2015.  Hope to see you there.

 Minutes of Meeting of

Local 880 General Membership

Tuesday, August 11, 2015

7:30 PM Meeting

 

Officers Present:                                                                               Officers Excused:

Secretary-Treasurer – John Campanella                                            President – J. Romeo

Vice President – John H. Cooper Jr.                                                  Steward – B. Davis

Delegate – Jami Lyles                                                                                    Steward – F. Rogers

Delegate – Brian Parks                                                                       Steward – S. Rollins

Delegate – David Nickodemus                                                          Steward – T. Simmons

Steward – Jean Castor                                                                                   

Steward – Bruce Chew                                                                      

Steward – Corey Gallman                                                                 

Steward – Robert Jackson                                                                 

Steward – Deonne Moore                                                                  

Steward – Anthony Morgan                                                              

Steward – Jerome Page                                                                     

Steward – Marvin Taylor                                                                  

 

Call to Order: Vice President John Cooper said that President Romeo was away on vacation.  Vice President Cooper opened the meeting at 7:30 p.m. and asked for a moment of silence for the following: Brother Sam Vaccarella, a pensioner who passed away; Sister Marie Shumaker, a pensioner who passed away; Brother Charles Mogar, a pensioner who passed away; Brother Dwight Thompson, whose mother passed away; Sister Bernadine Council, whose brother passed away; Brother Virgil Bivins, whose brother passed away; Brother Wil Sanders, whose mother passed away; Brother Brian Dunkley, whose father passed away, and our troops.

 

Minutes: Vice President John Cooper said that the minutes were posted in all locations and asked for questions.  There were none.  A motion to approve the minutes for July was made by Brother Gabe Sullivan and seconded by Sister Jami Lyles.  Motion passed.

 

Financial Report: Secretary-Treasurer John Campanella read the financial report, which was also posted on the bulletin board, and asked for questions.  There were none.  A motion to accept the financial report for July was made by Brother Jerome Page and seconded by Brother David Nickodemus.  Motion passed. 

 

Secretary-Treasurer John Campanella also reported that the union received $4,805 in the month of July from the assessment leaving a balance of $13,295.31 to be collected.

 

Arbitration Cases: Vice President John Cooper explained the circumstance of Brother Julio Borrero’s case and turned the floor over to Brother Borrero.  Brother Borrero explained his case and all questions were answered.  A motion to vote was made by Sister Patsy Jackson and seconded by Brother David Nickodemus.  Motion passed.  The results of the vote were 80 yes votes and 7 no votes with 1 void.  This case is approved for arbitration.  (Note: Eleven ballots from the morning meeting vote for Brother Borrero were included in totals of the evening meeting.)

 

Vice President John Cooper explained the circumstances surrounding Brother Rodney Epps’ case and turned the floor over to Brother Epps.  Brother Epps explained his case and all questions were answered.  A motion to vote was made by Brother Danny Borrero and seconded by Sister Tina Flax.  Motion passed.  The results of the vote were 76 yes votes and 4 no votes.  This case is approved for arbitration.

 

Vice President John Cooper called Brother Adam Wilson’s name with no response.  Vice President John Cooper called Brother Adam Wilson’s name again with no response.  Brother Wilson was on the agenda to present his case for arbitration but was not in attendance.  There were no calls or messages from Brother Wilson prior to the meeting notifying the union that he could not attend.

 

New Business: Vice President John Cooper said that bus operators should not post anything on Facebook while they are on duty.  The discipline for cell phone violations is very severe.  Also, bus passengers are using their cell phones to record bus operators who are using their cell phones while driving.  Passengers are e-mailing pictures and videos to the company and media of bus operators driving in an unsafe manner.  Be Careful!

 

A bus operator said that she would never risk her job by posting something on Facebook, but would like to know how the company can monitor Facebook.  Vice President John Cooper said that the company has ways to see what is on Facebook.  Brother John Campanella said that a member was discharged today for his third cell phone violation.  The union recommends that you do not take your cell phones on the bus; it is not worth losing your jobs.

 

Vice President John Cooper said that the contract is going to arbitration beginning on August 26th.  The company has agreed to go to arbitration.  The union is hoping that the contract will be decided by November of this year.  A member asked what the union is asking for in the contract arbitration.  Vice President John Cooper said that next week the State Council delegates will sit down with the attorneys and make a decision on what items are important in the contract arbitration.  The company will also be finalizing what items are important to them.  Brother Campanella said that the union negotiators will decide what information the union should dispense during the arbitration process.  There are some things that the union wants to keep private from the company for as long as possible. 

 

A member asked if the members will get retroactive pay.  Brother Campanella said that the union is requesting a raise and retroactive pay for every year that we have been without a contract. 

 

A member asked if the contract arbitration is binding.  Vice President John Cooper said that the arbitrator has the power to mix and match items that both sides are requesting.  Vice President John Cooper said that both sides have the right to appeal the decision. 

 

Vice President John Cooper said that he believes that the threat of a rail strike is helping the union’s position.  It seems that NJT now wants to settle our contract first.

 

A member asked why the members cannot vote to strike.  It seems that the other states that have the right to strike get things done.  Vice President John Cooper said that legislation would have to be changed in order to strike.  Sister Jami Lyles said that the reason why we cannot strike is because NJT was established by law; not by contract.  We would have to get our legislators to change the law.  It is not that Local 880 can vote to change the no-strike clause.  A member said that if we cannot strike then why don’t we have a three-day call-out.  Sister Lyles said that is a sick-out.  Brother Campanella said that a sick-out is illegal and the union cannot authorize a sick-out.  The union can be sued and the officers who authorize a sick-out could be arrested.  Another local union did a sick-out.  The Sheriff’s Dept. knocked on everyone’s door that participated in the sick-out and told them if they do not report to work the following day, they will be arrested.  The union members went back to work.  Brother Campanella said that the only way to change the no-strike law is to convince enough legislators in all 40 districts in New Jersey that the law should be changed.

 

Adjourn: A motion to adjourn was made by Sister Jami Lyles and seconded by Sister Lynette Hood.  Motion passed.  Meeting adjourned at 8:25 p.m.

 

Sincerely,

John Campanella

Secretary-Treasurer

 

Note: The next general membership meeting will be held on Tuesday, September 8, 2015.  Hope to see you there.