Monthly Archives: March 2015
TWU is now accepting applications for the Michael J. Quill Scholarship Fund's 2015 cycle. Since 1969, TWU has awarded 15 four-year college scholarships each year to college-bound dependents of TWU members. Each award recipient receives $1,200 annually, for a total of $4,800 over the four-year college period.
Quill Scholarship awards have benefitted hundreds of families throughout the TWU. Sons and daughters of our members in city passenger transit, railroad and air transportation, utilities, public employment, space installations, and allied industries are among those who began their college educations with the help of the TWU’s signature scholarship, bearing the name of our founder.
The scholarship will be paid out, per year in the amount of $1200.00 to winners who continue to be eligible over their four (4) year course. Union Benefit Planners has again gladly agreed to sponsor an additional eight (8) scholarships worth $2500.00 each.
In addition, we have two new sponsors, who have requested to give to this cause. M3 Technology will sponsor five (5) scholarships worth $2000.00 each and Vincent Pitta from Pitta & Giblin LLP will sponsor two (2) scholarships worth $2500.00 each. All of the above sponsored scholarships will be paid out in the first year, as a single scholarship.
The deadline for all applications will be April 17, 2015; no applications postmarked after this date will be accepted – there will be no exceptions. Winners of the scholarships will be determined by a public drawing to be held in May. Winners will be notified by mail 5-7 days thereafter.
The Quill Scholarship Program is supervised by International Executive Vice President John Samuelsen with the able assistance of Executive Secretary Tinisha Thompson.
For eligibility requirements, the scholarship FAQs and to download the application, visit www.twu.org/Members/2015QuillScholarship.aspx.
DURING THE 2008 NEGOTIATIONS, THE UNION AND COMPANY AGREED TO MUTUALLY DEVELOP AN ELECTRONIC TRANSFER AND BID PROCESS (SEE ARTICLE 12-ATTACHMENT 12.3-TRANSFER CHANGES). THE EFFECTIVE DATE OF THESE CHANGES IS MARCH 7, 2015.
PLEASE SEE THE ATTACHED SIGNED LETTER AND DETAILS OF THE NEW ELECTRONIC TRANSFER AND BID PROCESS.
The Transit, Universities, Utilities and Services Division held the first ever Transit Reauthorization Legislation Education and Training Conference on March 9th & 10th in NJ.
There were over 80 participants representing Transit, Air and Rail Divisions from across the country. The conference focused on all aspects of the Surface Transportation Reauthorization Bill, a vital piece of legislation that directly affects over 55,000 TWU members and all of the communities that rely on public transportation.
The International Leadership, Division Staff, Local Officers, State Conference Chairs, Activist and The Government Affairs Department came together to kick off an aggressive campaign to engage our locals and members in support of passing a long term and well funded Transportation Bill.
The conference attendees enjoyed presentations on the legislative process, privatization, 13c protection, comfort breaks, operator assaults and internal organizing. There were special presentations by acting FTA Administrator Therese McMillan and Jersey City Mayor Steve Fulop. International President Harry Lombardo and International Administrative Committee Officers addressed and participated throughout the conference as well. President Lombardo encouraged the conference attendees to aggressively participate in this campaign and stated that “The real work begins when we leave this conference.”
Moving forward, TWU’s Transit Reauthorization Campaign will involve: phone banking, letters to elected officials and district lobbying visits. Additional tasks will roll out as the campaign progresses. According to Transit, Universities, Utilities and Services Director Jerome Lafragola, “one goal of this conference is to create a synergy between the staff, local officers, members, divisions and departments to harness the full power of the TWU, to affect a more positive outcome.”
TWU has just concluded an intensive 6 day contract negotiation and training conference in Baltimore, MD. International Staff and TWU Local Presidents representing members at American Airlines and US Airways honed their skill sets and strategized on more effective ways to approach negotiations at the new American Airlines.
Our first course of action is to establish subcommittees, ensuring all crafts and classes have representation at the bargaining table. This step will be finalized by Friday, March 20, 2015. The subcommittees will research and prepare the contract proposals TWU will advance when we meet with the IAM to finalize the TWU/IAM Association contract demands.
We are committed to negotiate an agreement that recognizes the sacrifices you and your families have made and will keep you informed every step of the way.