Union Member Rights and Officer Responsibilities Under the LMRDA The Labor-Management Reporting and Disclosure Act (LMRDA) guarantees certain rights to union members and imposes certain responsibilities on union officers. More >>
As Congress heads home for the month of August they are again “kicking the can” – this time on the Surface Transportation (“Highway”) bill. While the Senate passed its version of the bill, the House of Representatives has refused to bring up the legislation before going on vacation. Now, instead of passing a 6-year authorization (with 3-year funding), the two chambers have voted to extend current funding levels for three months – hoping to give themselves time to come to an agreement on a long-term bill....
“The appointment of this PEB is a major step in ensuring that our members achieve a fair agreement,” said District 19 General Chairman Gary Naylor. “I am confident that our case for a settlement patterned after the other commuter railroads in the Northeast is stronger than NJT’s case for a concessionary contract.”
President Obama has appointed Presidential Emergency Board (PEB) 248 to make recommendations to settle the outstanding contract negotiations between the eleven unions in the New Jersey Transit Rail Labor Coalition, including TCU, and New Jersey Transit commuter railroad.
In an unprecedented show of unity and solidarity, every union on New Jersey Transit has joined together in the Coalition. The eleven unions represent 17 different crafts and classes and more than 4,000 workers on the commuter railroad. TCU Carmen, Clerks and Supervisors are all represented. TCU Special Assistant to the President Joel Parker was chosen by the Coalition to serve as bargaining spokesman, and will testify at the PEB.
The Railroad Retirement Board (RRB) administers the Railroad Unemployment Insurance Act, which provides two kinds of benefits for qualified railroaders: unemployment benefits for those who become unemployed but are ready, willing and able to work; and sickness benefits for those who are unable to work because of sickness or injury.