Nomination Results

There was a nomination meeting for officers of the Executive Board of TWU Local 290 held on Sunday, November 22, 2020.  The nominees were:

 

Office                           Nominee                  Nominated by:           Seconded by:

 

President                     Michael Keyes         Craig Holmes              James Kolb

 

1st Vice President       John Plummer          Deron Miller                April Taylor

                                    Melody Allen            James Kolb                 George Booker

 

2nd Vice President      Harvey Talley           Melody Allen               Veronica Jerry

 

Treasurer                     Veronica Jerry         Marcus Jones              Melody Allen

 

Recording Secretary    Ericka Deeds           Melody Allen               John Plummer

 

Executive Board          John Plummer          Marcus Jones             Craig Holmes

 

Executive Board          John Johnson, Jr.     Mike Keyes                 Craig Holmes

 

 

John Plummer turned down the nomination for 1st Vice President and accepted the nomination for a position on the Executive Board.  All other nominees were unopposed.  They will be sworn in by Willie Brown, Vice President of the International on Thursday, December 3, 2020.

 

Communication

Communication is vital.  We want to be able to keep in touch with our members.  If you move, change your email address, or have not yet given us your personal email address, please provide us with that information by phone (215-543-9800) or email (transport.local290@verizion.net).  We do not receive any information from SEPTA regarding your personal information.

If you get promoted or change positions within the company, please notify SEPTA payroll if you are no longer eligible for membership in Local 290 and request that they no longer deduct dues from your check, and let us know as well.  We are not informed  by SEPTA regarding promotions, etc. and we cannot request changes to anyone’s check.  When you joined the union you signed a form which we in turn send to payroll.  Requests for any changes must come from you.

Guidelines for COVID-19 Attendance Recognition Paid Personal Leave

Dear Brothers and Sisters,

Please find a compensation plan which was agreed upon by Local 234.  We wanted to ensure that SAM was afforded the same compensation that the hourly employees were receiving.  

We at Local 290 continue to fight for hazard pay for the front line supervisors who are present every day to make sure that things run smoothly.

We hope that all of you continue to take steps to protect yourselves by practicing social distancing, wearing masks, and washing your hands frequently, and that you and your loved ones stay safe and healthy.  Please pray for the families and friends of our co-workers who have lost their lives to this pandemic.

We will continue to keep you updated as soon as we have any new information.

Fraternally yours,

Craig V. Holmes
President


Guidelines for COVID-19 Attendance Recognition Paid Personal Leave

To be eligible for the special paid leave:

  • Employee must report on-site for the entire period and not telework
  • Employee must work a 40 hour schedule for the entire period
  • Employee must have perfect attendance and actually work any given 40 hour workweek

 

An employee who meets above criteria 1 and 2 for the entire period of April 5 through May 16 can earn the following amounts of leave for each of week of perfect attendance:

  • week of April 5 – April 11   – employee earns 8 hrs for perfect attendance (note – employees schedule off for Good Friday Holiday will not be disqualified for not working Friday, April 10)
  • week of April 12 – April 18 – employee earns 8 hrs for perfect attendance
  • week of April 19 – April 25 – employee earns 4 hrs for perfect attendance
  • week of April 26 – May 2   – employee earns 4 hrs for perfect attendance
  • week of May 3 – May 9     – employee earns 4 hrs for perfect attendance
  • week of May 10 – May 16   – employee earns 4 hrs for perfect attendance

Maximum hours any employee can earn for entire April 5 through May 16 period = 32 hours

Perfect Attendance – employee worked their entire 40 hour work week and was not absent for any reason other then above refenced Good Friday Holiday on April 10, 2020

The paid leave:

  • should be recorded in separate “Covid-19 Attendance Recognition Leave” bank / spreadsheet
  • Must be used by June 30, 2021
  • May be used in blocks of no less than 4 hours
  • Must be requested by the employee no less than 48 hours in advance
  • May only be used at a time agreeable to the employee and the Authority
  • When used should be coded for pay purposes as Personal Time (Work Order #77039)
  • Once used, time should be deducted from employee’s “Covid-19 Attendance Recognition Leave” bank / spreadsheet

Union Meeting

Transport Workers Union Local 290
Mass Meeting

Due to COVID-19 restrictions the mass meeting is being postponed until we can meet safely.

Memorandum of Understanding between TWU Local 290 and SEPTA

(Standing left to right – Mike Liberi, SEPTA Chief Officer, Transportation; Joe Brennan, SEPTA Chief Officer, Maintenance Operations; Chad Cuneo, SEPTA Director, Labor Relations; Sue Sanderson, SEPTA Labor Relations Manager; George Booker, Recording Secretary, TWU Local 290 – seated left to right – Craig Holmes, President, TWU Local 290; Melody Allen, Vice President, TWU Local 290)

On December 18, 2019 an updated Memorandum of Understanding between TWU Local 290 and SEPTA was agreed to and signed.  The Memorandum of Understanding is mainly comprised of SEPTA policy, but we were able to negotiate picking rights for bus maintenance managers.

Local 290 is always fighting for its members.  The new MOU is being printed and will be sent out to our members.