* TWU Local 234 SEPTA Reaches Tentative Agreement.
* Sick Leave Cash Out.
* MTA Bus Contract Silence
* Samuelsen Gang Readies For Elections.
SEPTA Members Reach a Settlement
Congratulations to our Brothers and Sisters in TWU Local 234, Philadelphia. Word coming out of Philly is they’ve reached a tentative agreement which averted a strike. The details will be coming out shortly, but preliminary information says they will receive;
A 2 year contract with a 5% increase (2% Dec. 2014, 3% Dec 2015).
$150.00 per member increase to their dental.
$175.00 per year of service retirement bonus ex. 30 years of service = $5250.00 bunus.
No medical benefits givebacks.
No medical contribution increases.
No pension concessions.
No new member concessions. (Management wanted new members to go into a 401k instead of a guaranteed pension).
Our Brothers and Sisters in Philly used their political and collective bargaining leverage to make gains with no give backs. The tentative contract will be sent to the executive board for approval and sent to the members for ratification.
Sick Leave Cash Out
Reminder! The TA/OA contract (2002 Contract MOU) allows for a sick leave cash out of up to two days if you haven’t used any sick time in a calendar year, or a one day cash out if you only used one sick day.
According to the 2002 MOU, the cash out bonus must be paid to you by the first pay check in December. You must apply for it. The applications will be arriving to your location time keepers shortly for distribution to those who qualify. If you don’t receive it by tomorrow, be sure to alert your Union representative. There is a short deadline on this.
MTA Bus, No News is Bad News
MTA Bus. When it comes to being treated like second class members, they find this current Samuelsen Administration to be no different. Samuelsen/Utano/Downs hailed the TA/OA contract as a huge victory and claimed it “reinvigorated our Unity”. The TA/OA voted for this contract because they knew Samuelsen couldn’t do any better and they wanted their retro pay now. That pathetic excuse for a contract was the worst contract in over 20 years. That being said, and as bad as that sell out contract was, the thing that Samuelsen/Utano/Downs forgot to do was bring home a contract for MTA Bus. It would be laughable, if not so tragic, that Samuelsen keeps telling MTA Bus members that he hasn’t forgotten them but at the same time ignores them. So it begs these questions;
What the heck is going on with the MTA Bus contract talks? Have there been any negotiations sessions? Who is negotiating the contract? When will Samuelsen call a meeting with MTA Bus officers and brief them as to where they stand? Will MTA Bus elected officers ever be allowed to be in the room?
Samuelsen and the gang were great at coming around to ask for your vote. And he said he would not forget to come back. So where has he been? Except for parades and parties, no one knows. But one thing is for sure, he will be back to ask for your vote again. That he won’t forget.
Samuelsen and the Gang Wants Your Vote!
The Samuelsen/Utano gang is gearing up for the elections next year. They are telling everyone who will listen that they are going to win, and sometimes they tell people who aren’t listening that they’re going to win. What they are engaging in is a campaign tactic called Opposition Suppression. To say “Join us, we’re going to win” is akin to saying “resistance is futile”. Its purpose is to keep people from, either, continuing their opposition to the administration or to prevent future leaders from getting involved, unless you join them. This is how Lombardo/Samuelsen rolled through the TWU International elections saying, “Join us, we’re going to win” with the connotation suggesting that if you don’t join them and they win, you’ll be sorry…. textbook Opposition Suppression.
So many of you have either experienced passive aggressive behavior from Samuelsen and his goons, or outright bullying demanding your vote, or else.
Only you have the power to make change. Your vote is your business and no one else’s. This self-serving administration has got to go. Everyone knows it. The only way to make that happen is to step up and take a leadership role. Nominations are in a little less than a year from now.
Qualifications for Section/Division Officer
*5 meetings. (Can be a combination of Section and Division Meetings).
*Must be a member in good standing for at least one continuous year.
*You cannot be on any supervisor’s list (Samuelsen did find a way to let his cronies run while being on a supervisor’s list so that provision will come up for discussion when election rules are discussed. Don’t let it stop you from attending meetings).
Samuelsen engaged in many different forms of voter suppression last election. Don’t let them steal your vote or your voice. They are counting on a low voter turn-out (Only 12,000 members voted last election). They are counting on you being too disgusted to care. Stand up! Get involved now! Get your meetings in. Prepare for leadership.
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