The BLET has been made aware of an Asbestos in the Arrow III rail cars. Bellow is the “Safety Advisory” that NJT has posted. Also below is a letter from the General Chairman to NJT:
July 27, 2017
Dear Brothers and sisters
There has been talk circulating around the property that NJT has contacted Amtrak and Metro North requesting assistance by supplying engineers to operate our trains. I have confirmed this to be true. I have contacted our National office in Cleveland and I am awaiting a determination on whether this is considered to be a major contract violation. If it is a major violation severe action can be taken. If anyone sees an engineer from another carrier operating NJT equipment. Contact a division officer immediately. I will keep you up to date on any information I receive. STAND STRONG!!
James P. Brown
General Chairman BLET NJT
Dear Brothers and Sisters,
As you know the BLET GCA met with the carrier yesterday regarding the recent annulment of trains. The GCA position is the carrier has been negligent in their hiring practices. Several options to correct the manpower shortage were discussed but nothing was finalized. The BLET is awaiting dates for next week to continue talks. When I receive more information I will pass it along to the membership.
James P. Brown
Message from Executive Director Steven H. Santoro
Please Post This Message In A Central Location
In an abundance of caution, NJ TRANSIT hired an industrial hygienist to take indoor air samples of the General Office Building (GOB) in Maplewood following Saturday morning’s fire that destroyed several units of a condominium complex being constructed adjacent to the GOB and Hilton Garage.
The company monitored 21 locations throughout the GOB with a focus on areas with walls closest to the condominium fire and found the indoor air quality was satisfactory and within acceptable air parameters. To help reduce any remaining odor from the fire, building services is also changing out all the HVAC filters.
In addition, there were several outside windows that sustained some heat damage. Plywood is being installed until permanent windows can be put in.
Members of the Office of System Safety also inspected the parking deck and found it was safe to occupy and remains operational. Employees can also park across the street in the Maplewood Pool Lot without restrictions at this time.
If anyone has any questions or concerns, please contact your immediate supervisor.
Enjoy the rest of your weekend, and be safe.
Don’t forget that this is a short week, so get your time cards in early.
There will be not payroll meeting this week, all issues will be handled on the 29th.