589 News Archive

  • Passing of Kevin J Holder, brother of Michael Holder

    01.05.17/General News
      We are deeply saddened to announce the passing of Kevin J. Holder, brother of Michael Holder (BIG MIKE) Electrician in the Motor Shop.   Services   Wake will be held Friday, January 6, 2017 2:00PM - 4:00PM and 7:00PM - 9:00PM   At   Moloney’s of Happauge Funeral Home 840 Wheeler Road (Rte. 111)...
  • Happy Holidays 589

    On behalf of your elected officials, I would like to wish everyone a very Merry Christmas, a joyous Holiday Season and a Happy New Year! The holidays are a time to reflect on the past year and to celebrate the gifts of the season - peace, joy and hope.  I want to thank the members who took an...
  • Labor 411: Holiday Shopping Guide

    12.21.16/General News
    This holiday season, make sure that the gifts you give your loved ones responsibly made with union labor, right here in the USA.  UCOMM Blog and Labor 411 have teamed up to create a list of toys, tools, alcohol, cars, apparel and so much more that your family will love and American workers will...
  • Safety in the workplace

    12.19.16/General News
    The rail road industry is a dangerous place to work no matter what yard, shop, section of track, or department you may be in. It is not just your own life you are responsible for, but you are also responsible for any other person that may be working in your area with you or not. There are many...
  • Engineering Department & Maintenance of Equipment Department Safety Committees

    12.19.16/LIRR
    We our in need of Safety Committee volunteers from the Engineering Department and Maintenance of Equipment Department to participate in the implementation of the new 49 CFR part 270 regulation. This new regulation goes into effect next year and will be phased in. The FRA recently presented an...
  • Newark Air Train a First

    I would like to thank Local Chairman Ramone Lopez and Representative Richarde Robinson for taking the time to come to November's General Membership Meeting. It was the first time anyone from Newark Airtrain has attended the meeting. These monthly meetings are for ALL members and we urge everyone to...
  • Airtrain JFK: Training and Meetings

    12.19.16/JFK Airtrain
    Anyone training another employee is entitled to the Lead Tech pay rate. Remind your supervisor. Anyone not receiving the proper rate should notify your union representative. All JFK members are encourage to attend the monthly meetings held on the second Tuesday of the month at the JFK Hilton Hotel...
  • LIRR Drug Testing

    12.18.16/LIRR
    Random drug and alcohol testing is required by both the DOT and FRA for certain members performing safety sensitive jobs. While the regulation is quite complex, it is important for all of us to know some aspects of the procedure in order to protect ourselves if selected: 1-Notification: The...
  • Newark Airtrain Near Miss

    A recent near miss with a Maintenance Recovery Vehicle has once again brought the spot light back to guideway safety. If the proper people are not assigned (Safety Spotter, Area Coordinator) to do the job, do not do it until the proper people are in place. Anyone directed to do otherwise by...
  • LIRR Hours of Service Cards

    12.17.16/LIRR
    We have been successful recently by convincing the Carrier to simplify its Hours of Service compliance policy. Cards no longer need to be filled out. A new form is being supplied by the Manpower Offices that M of E members simply need to review and sign. M of E members in Richmond Hill/ Morris Park...
  • Promotion Training

    We are working with the Training Department to restructure the training program to improve how members get the necessary skills and knowledge needed to facilitate promotions to the next level. We are still encouraging all members to file written request for training with supervision and to keep a...
  • Happy Thanksgiving 589

    Message from President, Jeffrey Klein   On behalf of your Elected officials I would like to wish all of you and your families a very happy Thanksgiving. I would like to take the time to thank the Executive Board and our Union Reps for their hard work and dedication. I know that at times it can seem...
  • Post-Election Message

    "Donald Trump has been elected the 45th president of the United States, and I offer my congratulations to the president-elect. "I also offer my thanks to Hillary Clinton on her hard-fought campaign. "This was a long, and at times, divisive, election, but as brothers and sisters in the IBEW, there...
  • Condolences to the Oakland Family

    11.09.16/General News
    We would like to express our deepest condolences to Vehicle Technician David Oakland who lost his wife Kelly Ann. There will be a viewing this Friday, November 11 from 2-4pm and 7-9pm at Lieber Funeral Home (266 North Central Ave. Valley Stream NY 11580).
  • Support Candidates Who Support Unions

    Message from General Chairman, Ricardo Sanchez   Dear Brothers and Sisters,   The most important part of my job as your General Chairman is to protect and improve the working conditions and wages we have fought hard to achieve. I, along with your Executive Board and Union Representatives take that...
  • Bombardier JFK Union Meeting - Nov 8th

    Brothers and Sisters,   It has come to my attention that managers at the site are once again misinterpreting our contract to make up for their lack of management skills. It shouldn't surprise me that this is happening, because every year during the fall season we have the same issues. Next...

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