TWU Local 234 President Willie Brown COVID-19 Update 5-11-2020
U.S. Secretary Elaine Chao Thanks America's Public Transit Workers
TWU Local 234 President Willie Brown's Coronavirus Update 4-29-2020
TWU Local 234 Wins COVID-19 Safety Demands
Transport Workers Union Local 234 President Willie Brown on
Decision to Postpone Announced “Job Action”
Scheduled for Thursday April 23 at SEPTA
This week our union drew a line on health and safety. We said that it was urgent that SEPTA comply with state directives designed to keep workers safe, not only for the health and safety of TWU 234 members, but for the safety of those we transport. Like our members, a large number of our riders are essential workers.
We said that we would take a job action on Thursday, April 23 if SEPTA did not agree to do what was necessary, which included:
- Temperature screenings of employees
- Contact tracing
- Daily air quality testing
- Enforcement of social distancing by limiting the number of bus riders and re-scheduling maintenance operations
- Quarantine, with pay, for workers who suffer from underlying medical conditions
- Workers’ compensation and contractual death benefits for any TWU Local 234 member who dies from exposure to COVID-19.
Today, Mayor Kenney met with SEPTA and also with the leadership of our union regarding our requirements. The mayor is sympathetic to our needs and to those who rely on us for transportation. He has asked us to postpone our actions planned for Thursday and to grant him a few days to work with SEPTA to raise standards to a level our members would find acceptable.
As a sign of good faith, we are postponing our job action, but this is not as SEPTA management said in a message this evening “a cancellation.”
If there is no improvement we will very shortly be taking a job action.
I want to personally thank the mayor for his leadership.
TWU Local 234's Coronavirus Safety Demands
- Require temperature screening for all employees upon entering the premises. Anyone testing 100.4 degrees or higher to be sent home with pay.
- Establish transparency in contact tracing for anyone exposed to individuals who show symptoms (i.e. fever, cough, or shortness of breath) or test positive for the virus.
- Enforce public health distancing guidelines by scheduling maintenance employees to four days on and three days off, at full pay.
- Conduct daily air quality testing on all vehicles prior to being placed in revenue service.
- To ensure required social distancing, limit to fifteen the number of riders permitted to board SEPTA vehicles and reduce the headway on routes where necessary to accommodate rider demand.
- Quarantine employees with pay who suffer from underlying medical conditions that can lead to death if they contract the virus.
- All deaths of workers as a result of the coronavirus should be deemed to have suffered a work-related injury, entitling their eligible heirs to workers’ compensation benefits.
- SEPTA should pay the families of all workers who die as a result of the coronavirus the death benefit provided for under Section 802 of the labor agreement.
TWU Local 234 President Willie Brown's Call To Action Video
Town Hall Meeting With TWU Local 234 President Willie Brown
TWU Local 234 remains committed to FIGHTING for the safety of ALL of our Brothers & Sisters and is working to ensure a safe environment.
Please be advised that NJ TRANSIT, Amtrak, the Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA), the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey, and other regional bus and ferry operators, have launched #SoundTheHorn - a coordinated effort to simultaneously sound vehicle horns tomorrow, Thursday, April 16 at 3:00 PM EST to honor heroic transportation and other essential workers across the country. As a tribute to the essential workers on the front lines of this public health crisis, including transportation workers, all trains and buses running in service across the region will give two one-second horn blasts in solidarity with partner agencies. Heroic transportation workers continue to provide critical service for heroic healthcare workers, first responders, childcare workers, grocery store employees and other heroes who are performing critically essential work during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Local 234 President Willie Brown today, 4/8/2020 at 1:00pm on
WWDB - AM TALK 860
TWU Local 234 President Willie Brown
TWU Local 234 Hit by Coronavirus Cases Continues
Department Of Labor Employee Rights
Local 234 Hit by Two Coronavirus Cases
Double Time for Coronavirus Hazard Duty Pay
Message From The Leadership of TWU Local 234
TWU Local 234 Women's Commitee 2020 March Madness
Consistent with the recommendation to avoid gatherings of large groups, The TWU Local 234 Women's Committee has decided the best course of action is to postpone the planned March Madness event until a later date. Please look for an upcoming flyer with more information. Thank you for your understanding.
Coronavirus Sparks Health and Economic Crisis
TWU LOCAL 234 DARYL F. MACK SCHOLARSHIP PROGRAM
Operator Faces Rude Awakening about SEPTA Management
TWU Local 234 Women's Committee March Madness 2020
Union Tackling Cashier Issues Head On
TWU Local 234 Women's Committe Meeting
APPLY FOR THE 2020 QUILL SCHOLARSHIP
The union has been honoring our founder with these scholarships since 1969. Quill Scholarship awards have benefited hundreds of TWU families. Children of our members in 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.
Applications are now being accepted for the 2020 Michael J. Quill Scholarship Fund. This scholarship will offer fifteen (15) college-bound dependents of TWU members with a scholarship worth $4800.00. This 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.
The deadline for all applications will be April 24, 2020; no applications postmarked after this date will be accepted. No applications will be accepted by fax or email – 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.
For scholarship rules click HERE
For Official Application click HERE
Willie Brown-Unity Team Breaks New Ground with 68% Of The Vote
SEPTA Shoots, Itself in the Foot, Twice
Darren M. Monroe, Sr. Memorial Fund
The Transport Workers Union Local 234 and SEPTA management are working to support the family of Darren M. Monroe, Sr. as they go through this very difficult time. SEPTA General Manager Jeffrey D. Knueppel and Transport Workers Union Local 234 President Willie Brown ask that you keep the Monroe family in your thoughts and prayers and consider making a contribution to the gofundme account established to help support the family as they deal with this tragedy.
Death in the Family
SEPTA and IG Playing Games While Rome Burns
Daryl Mack Scholarship Winners Announced
TWU Local 234's New Benefit Hub Is Now Live
Please Use Our Unique Referal Code: 857HGQ
The "Local" Newsletter Issue 2
President Brown Meets with Officials in the State Attorney General’s Office
TWU Local 234: New Exclusive Benefits Only During Open Enrollment
SEPTA Lawyers Talk Tough Following Union Busting Supreme Court Decision, Plus Much More
Republicans on the Supreme Court Join War Against Working People and Their Unions
Paycheck Protection is an Attack on Labor
Click here to Tell Your State Rep to Vote No on Senate Bill 166
CALL 1-844-284-9249 TO REACH YOUR STATE REP'S OFFICE IN HARRISBURG
TWU Local 234 COPE Apparel
You Won’t Believe What’s Being Said By An Attorney In SEPTA’s Equal Opportunity Department
Labor Under Attack By Right-Wing Politicians At The State And Federal level, Trump’s Supreme Court Nominee a Disaster For Public Employees
“Local 234, Former Governor Rendell and area politicians support union rail maintenance jobs at Philadelphia’s Hyundai Rotem plant.”
Click here to view pictures of TWU Local 234 members & staff at Hyundai-Rotem