Tuesday, September 13, 2016
10 AM Meeting
President – Joseph M. Romeo
Secretary-Treasurer – John Campanella
Delegate – Brian Parks
Delegate – David Nickodemus
Steward – Ben Davis
Steward – Robert Jackson
Steward – Jerome Page
NJ State Joint Council Chairman – Ray Greaves
NJ State Joint Council Vice Chairman – Rich Stark
Call to Order: President Romeo opened the meeting at 10 a.m. and asked for a moment of silence for the following: Brother Ben Hester, a pensioner who passed away; Brother Frank Cifoni, a pensioner who passed away; Brother Dave Hendry, a pensioner who passed away; Brother Joseph Barthelus, the Local 823 bus operator who passed away in the line of duty; Brother Steve Outterbridge Sr., whose sister passed away; Sister Anne Duble, whose father passed away; Brother Bob Abbott, a pensioner whose wife passed away; Brother Bryan Johnson, whose grandfather passed away; Brother John Herrmann, a pensioner whose wife passed away; our members who are ill; our troops.
Suspension of Business: A motion was made by Brother Jerome Page and seconded by Brother Robert Jackson to suspend all union business and proceed directly to the issues that State Council Chairman wanted to address. Motion passed.
Motion to adjourn: A motion to adjourn was made by Sister Kathy Lannon and seconded by Brother Kenneth Singer. Motion passed. Meeting adjourned at 11:09 a.m.
John G. Campanella
Tuesday, September 13, 2016
7 PM Meeting
Officers Present: Officers Excused:
President – Joseph M. Romeo Steward – J. Castor
Secretary-Treasurer – John Campanella Steward – B. Chew
Vice President – John H. Cooper Jr. Steward – B. Davis **
Delegate – Jami Lyles Steward – R. Jackson**
Delegate – Brian Parks Steward – J. Page**
Delegate – David Nickodemus Steward – S. Rollins
Steward – Corey Gallman Steward – T. Simmons
Steward – Deonne Moore Steward – G. Sullivan
Steward – Marvin Taylor ** Attended AM Meeting
Call to Order: President Romeo opened the meeting at 7:00 p.m. and asked for a moment of silence for the following: Brother Ben Hester, a pensioner who passed away; Brother Frank Cifoni, a pensioner who passed away; Brother David Hendry, a pensioner who passed away; Brother Joseph Barthelus, a member of Local 823 who passed away in the line of duty; Brother Steven Outterbridge Sr., whose sister passed away; Sister Anne Duble, whose father passed away; Brother Robert Abbott, a pensioner whose wife passed away; Brother Bryan Johnson, whose grandfather passed away; Brother John Hermann, a pensioner whose wife passed away; our members who are ill; our troops.
Minutes: President Romeo said that the minutes were posted in all locations and asked for questions. There were none. A motion to accept the minutes for August was made by Brother Corey Gallman 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 August was made by Brother Dave Nickodemus and seconded by Sister Jami Lyles. Motion passed.
Arbitration Case: President Romeo introduced Brother Carlos Barnes to the members and explained the case. Brother Carlos Barnes explained his case and all questions were answered. A motion to vote was made by Brother Thomas Fisher and seconded by Brother Marvin Taylor. Motion passed. The results of the vote were 32 yes votes and 4 no votes. This case is approved for arbitration.
New Business: President Romeo thanked Sister Dawn Williams for being the chef for tonight’s barbeque. He also thanked Brothers Brian Parks and Dave Nickodemus for their help with the barbeque. Applause.
Brother John Campanella told members that Local 880 is having a meeting on September 20th for our provisional bus operators regarding the Affordable Care Act. We will have an insurance representative at the union hall to explain options for health care. A member recommended that the union mention the Affordable Care Act to new members. President Romeo said that we do.
A member asked why provisional operators are not entitled to holiday pay and part-timers are entitled. Brother Dave Nickodemus said that after six months, provisional bus operators are entitled to 4 hours holiday pay if they work on a holiday. This member said that he will check to see if his garage is following the contract. President Romeo said to let the union know if they are not.
Nominations: President Romeo opened the floor for nominations for the vacant shop steward’s position in the Washington Twp. Garage because Brother Felix Rogers transferred to management.
· Sister Tina Flax nominated Brother Calvin Petteway
· Brother Brian Parks nominated Brother Omar Higgs
· Sister Karen Price nominated Brother Steven Outterbridge Sr.
President Romeo asked if there were any other nominations. There were none. Nominations were closed. Brother Campanella explained that the candidates have seven days to notify the union if they do not accept their nomination. The election will be done by mail and only WT bus operators in good standing will receive a ballot. President Romeo said that it is very important to notify the union if you move. Please call the union hall with any questions regarding the election.
New Business cont.: President Romeo said that someone is tampering with the bus cameras in the Washington Twp. Garage by putting grease on the camera lenses. Brother Nickodemus said that he was shown some of the cameras and it appears that someone is rubbing grease on the lenses. President Romeo said that if anyone is caught tampering with the cameras, NJT will discharge them. Do no tamper with any of NJT’s equipment. A member said that the shades on the new 4000 series buses block the camera when pulled down. President Romeo said that someone was bending the shades to block the cameras. Again, do not tamper with the camera; it will cost you your job. The company has also set up members to see if they are tampering with the cameras.
Brother Campanella said that President Romeo has been preaching to report all accidents, yet we still have members not reporting accidents. Report all accidents.
President Romeo said that another operator has received a fine for excessive idling. NJT threatened to discipline the member if the fine was not paid. The operator paid the fine, but the union is grieving the issue. A member asked about exemptions due to extreme heat or cold. Brother Campanella said that there are exemptions but he does not know the exact temperatures. President Romeo said that bus operators are responsible not to idle our buses, but the union is challenging the amount of the fines. Brother Corey Gallman said that many operators do not know that the fast idle switch overrides the three minute idling automatic shutdown. Brother Gallman informed members that regional supervisors are monitoring excessive idling at the WRTC and writing up violators. President Romeo said that the union is not in agreement and we are challenging the fines and violation of discipline progression.
Brother Campanella said that Tom Licata from the NJT police department is responsible for getting the railroad crossing on Federal St. near River Rd. exempt from stopping. In fact, the crossing has been paved over. Mr. Licata has been successful getting five railroad crossing exempt over the years and we appreciate his assistance. Applause.
A member asked for the procedure when a passenger falls asleep on a bus. President Romeo said that bus operators are required to check their buses at the end of the line before returning to the garage. This member said that a bus operator found a sleeper and put the passenger on another bus because he already paid his fare. This operator was told by a regional supervisor to come to him next time it happens. President Romeo said that he needs more information regarding this incident to determine if it was handled properly.
President Romeo said that there have been complaints about the way the control center speaks to bus operators. President Romeo said that he addresses every complaint. He listens to the tape and takes action if necessary.
Adjourn: A motion to adjourn was made by Sister Jami Lyles and seconded by Brother Corey Gallman. Motion passed. Meeting adjourned at 7:54p.m.
Note: The next general membership meeting will be held on Tuesday, October 11, 2016. Hope to see you there.