Tony Ortiz
Recording Secretary
Outlook March / April 2019
Just Talking
I would like to thank the Membership of Branch 36 for having confidence in our team and for electing us for the 2019-2022 term of office. I do enjoy helping every member of Branch 36 and will continue to fight management whenever they violate the contract and/or harass the carriers. We must stand behind our union 100% because we are fighting for our survival. Our very existence is in jeopardy. Now is the time to be fully united and to put aside all differences for the greater cause by showing union solidarity.

Every three years in October there are elections to reelect or replace the incumbent shop steward or shop stewards who represent your station. The carriers at certain stations want to change stewards and you can do so by using the power of the vote. Make sure you pick the right person to represent you. Time will tell. The steward does not have to be a radical carrier nor the loudest. They should have the ability to solve problems, however, and get the job done. The reason I am writing about Shop Steward Elections that were five and a half months ago is because too many carriers vote for the most popular person and not the most qualified, then the carriers turn around and accuse the Branch of choosing those same disapproving shop steward/stewards.

There are a lot of things a shop steward has to do such as lead by example and attend meetings and seminars so you will be informed about the current issues. The seminars provide pertinent information needed to be a more effective steward. To the carriers who would like to have a run for the position, do not take it lightly. A shop steward must understand the position so the station they represent and the union benefit from their service. If someone is only running for self-serving reasons, DON’T, because we will fire you.

As always, the recent Comedy Show was awesome and everyone had a great time. The tentative date for the next Comedy Show is on Saturday, October 5, 2019. Hoping to see you all there!

The tickets for the Mets game are available. The game is on Sunday, June 16, 2019 (Father’s Day) at 1:10 p.m. The price of the ticket is $25.00 per person plus you get a t-shirt. If you would like to purchase tickets, call me at the branch. The phone number is (212) 239-3901.

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