Harry Lombardo, TWU International President, Made a commitment at our 24th Constitutional Convention to empower the membership and support the locals.
The survey is being mailed out to you in the next several days by the International. This survey which Harry believes is critically important and is meant to gain feedback on how the International communicates and prioritizes the needs of the members as well as gauge the issues and interests of importance to you.
Harry is requesting that all members fill out and return the survey once they receive it. In addition, the survey can also be completed online at www.twusurvey.com. Their goal is for each Local to have at least a 25% participation rate and he is confident we can see those results. As an incentive to participate, those filling out the survey will become eligible to win merchandise from www.ShopTWU.com.
I would like to begin by saying “thank you” to each and every one of you, for your continued support, and a job well done. The accomplishments in 2014 could not have been a success without the team effort from all of you.
I would also like to be the first to share with you that the Executive board have elected to move forward with Metro to start Contact Negotiations early. Should you desire additional information or have any questions, please do not hesitate to call me.
Because our ambition is to focus on the needs and concerns of the Union Membership, we would like to hear your inputs concerning Contract Negotiations for 2015. You may voice your inputs by visiting with your Facility Stewards and/or contacting the Union Office.
Become, an informed Union Member, by attending regularly scheduled Meetings every 4th Saturday. The next scheduled Union Meeting is tentatively scheduled for January 24, 2015 and the next Stewards Training Class will be Saturday January 10, 2015. Please make plans to attend our first Meeting of the year!
Again, I sincerely thank you all, and I look forward to an even grander year in 2015! Happy New Year and may we all be prosperous, together!
Horace J. Marves
Local 260 President
On Saturday, August 23, 2014, The TWU Texas State Conference went to the Houston Food Bank (HFB) to volunteer as a part of our commitment to making a difference in our community through community service. As a state conference, it is important to stay politically active, and make a difference in working families households. To make a difference also means to give back to our communities.
The HFB is a nonprofit organization that collects and distributes food to hunger relief charities. The food that is distributed usually comes from various sources and wholesalers that have thousands of food to give away that would normally be thrown away. The HFB uses this partnership to further their mission to end hunger in the areas they serve. Their belief is that no one should ever go wanting for food in a country so rich in resources. In the fiscal year 2013-2014 the HFB distributed 59 million nutritious meals, food, and other necessities. By the year 2018, the mission is to distribute 100 million meals and necessities to those in need.
Thank You, Brother John Bland, Terry Daniels, and Andrew Rangolan for your support and hard work at the HFB. The support received from TWU Local 260, Local 556, and their families and friends is greatly appreciated.
Thank You TWU International for your support!
TWU Texas State Conference Chair
The Local 260 Express is finally here and you are all invited to get onboard.
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The TWU's top five Officers visited members of Local 260 at their shops on Monday, along with Transit Division International Staff. Local 260 represents approximately 2,400 employees of Houston's Metropolitan Transit Authority in almost every job title across the public transportation system, from Bus Operators to Welders. International President Harry Lombardo, Executive Vice President John Samuelsen, Secretary-Treasurer Alex Garcia, Administrative VP John Bland, Administrative VP Gary Maslanka, and Transit Division Director Jerome Lafragola heard from members, answered their questions, and pledged the International's support in their contract battle.
Houston's public transit system is seeing a number of expansions, particularly in light rail. "It's significant that the leadership went to Houston to learn about the work that our members do," said Transit Division Director Jerome Lafragola. "The IAC got to know the membership, and the members were very happy that someone is taking an interest in their challenges, not just at the Local level but at the national level."
"The members' reaction at first was surprise to see the International leadership," said Local 260 Secretary-Treasurer Robert Garrett. "It's not in my recent memory that the International visited us."
At the MTA's Rail Operating Center (ROC) in South-Central Houston, the International Officers were greeted by management and Local 260 President Horace Marves was able to pull all TWU members off the floor to engage with International leadership. "The International has been a co-partner with the local leadership in their contract fight," said Int'l Administrative VP John Bland. "The membership asked a bunch of questions, and they were excited that they have the full support of me and Harry and the whole Staff."
"I took away and I think the membership took away that it's important that they see the top leadership," said Garrett. "And for us to know that we have big brothers on our side, and that they are ready and able to provide the resources needed to help in our fight here locally."