Tuesday, April 11, 2017
Officers Present: Officers Excused:
Secretary-Treasurer – John Campanella President – J. Romeo
Delegate – Jami Lyles VP – J. Cooper
Delegate – Brian Parks Delegate – D. Nickodemus
Steward – Ben Davis Steward – J. Castor
Steward – Corey Gallman Steward – B. Chew
Steward – Jerome Page (Attended am meeting) Steward – R. Jackson
Steward – Marvin Taylor Steward – D Moore
Steward – C. Petteway
Steward – S. Rollins
Steward – T. Simmons
Steward – G. Sullivan
Call to Order: The meeting could not be called to order due to a lack of quorum. Official union business cannot be conducted without a quorum of 25 members.
Moment of Silence: Secretary-Treasurer John Campanella asked for a moment of silence for the following: Brother Robert Curley, a pensioner who passed away; Brother Michael Terlingo, a pensioner who passed away; Brother David Rodriguez, an active union member who passed away; Brother Steve Van Sant, whose sister passed away; Brother Matt Van Sant, whose aunt passed away; Sister Clara Clarkson, whose sister passed away; Sister Jenny Payne, whose daughter passed away; Brother Cecil Payne, whose daughter passed away; Brother Deen Jones, whose sister passed away; Brother Kevin Muhammad, whose mother passed away; Sister Phyllis Myers, whose sister passed away; Sister Jennifer Dixon, whose mother passed away; President Romeo, who is recovering from a surgery; Vice President John Cooper, who is ill.
Discussion: Brother Campanella told members to report all broken radios to the union hall. Report it on the defect cards as well. The union is trying to track broken radios to see that they are repaired. Bus operators need to have working radios, especially in the case of an emergency.
Brother Campanella said that the contract wish lists have been reviewed by the State Council delegates and we are preparing our contract proposal. We will continue to review any wish lists that are submitted.
Brother Campanella said that NJT has banned a male passenger from riding NJT buses for a period of six months. This male passenger has a history of harassing female bus operators. The union appreciates this extraordinary action by NJT. The male passenger is African-American, about 30 years old, 5 ft. 11 inches, walks with a cane, and usually carries a backpack.
Brother Campanella said that a box of new ATU International constitutions have been sent to each garage. Please see your shop stewards for a copy.
Brother Campanella said that many union members are complaining about the service from Transamerica. We are actively addressing these complaints. However, if anyone wishes to cancel Transamerica, they can enroll in AFLAC through the credit union.
Brother Campanella said that NJT is sending undercover riders out to check on bus operators. They will be looking at safety violations and customer service.
Brother Campanella said that a bus operator recently had a problem activating the emergency alarm. The system was defective. We are addressing this with the company. However, please report any defective radios and emergency alarms to the union hall.
Note: The next general membership meeting will be held on Tuesday, May 9, 2017. Hope to see you there.