Contact Information Update Request

If you have changed your address over the past year, please notify our office at We are getting ready to mail out the daily planners and we want to be sure you get yours.

It would also be helpful if you send in your personal email address.  We want to be able to communicate with our members efficiently.

Thank you.

Phone Banking

On Saturday, November 3 from 11 AM to 6 PM the Conference will be holding a phone bank at Local 234’s Union Hall 500 North 2nd Street. This is a get out the vote campaign and we will be calling Pennsylvania residents to urge them to vote.  We must support candidates who will ensure that the rights of the working man and woman are protected.  We are asking for your help.  If you are able to give some time to volunteer to work the phone bank please respond to this email or call us at TWU Local 290 at 215-543-9800 and leave your contact information.

TWU Local 290 Bookbag Event

On Thursday, August 9th TWU Local 290 donated 217 bookbags filled with school supplies to the students of West Philadelphia Achievement Charter School located at 6701 Callowhill Street.  We provided snacks for the event.  As can be seen in the photos taken that day, the kids were happy, and we were pleased to be able to give back to our community.

Our Vice President, Melody Allen, did the heavy lifting by purchasing the bookbags and supplies and getting them ready, and she was assisted at the event by our President, Craig Holmes, and Executive Board members George Booker and Mike Pearson.

The students and the school administration were very appreciative of our efforts to help launch the new school year.



Report to members on June 23 2018 Mass Meeting

The meeting was called to order at 12:25 PM starting with the pledge of allegiance followed by a moment of silence in honor of our members who are no longer with us:  Paula Stone, CCT and Sandra Miles, Surface Transportation.


Presidents’ Council Conference in Boston

May 21, 2018

Dear Brothers and Sisters,

International Transport Workers of America, AFL-CIO held a Presidents’ Council Conference in Boston May 16 through May 19, 2018. Local 290 was represented by myself, Craig Holmes, President, and our First Vice President, Fred Hoffman.

Presidents of Locals from all over the United States as well as the Executive Council Committee of the International were in attendance. This was one of the most informative meetings I have ever attended. We heard reports on the Janus Bill and how this Bill is trying to destroy labor as we know it. Some of the classes and workshops we attended:

1. How to hold an effective union meeting.
2. A report from the veterans committee and on HR 506 Bill.
3. The changes in drug and alcohol testing and previously prohibited drugs that are now allowed.
4. A report on the Human and Civil Rights Committee.
5. A report on the Women’s Council Committee
6. All local unions were given the opportunity to report on the state of their respective locals and their currently pressing issues, i.e. contract talks.
7. A public speaking class for engaging with our membership.
8. A workshop on handling grievances.

These are just some of the classes and workshops that were held. The International made it clear that under our new International President, John Samuelson, they are willing and able to assist the locals on any issue that should arise. Fred and I were able to talk to other presidents and see that we all share in some of the same problems.

A full report will be given at the June 23rd mass meeting. Please visit our website.

Fraternally yours,

Craig and Fred