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It is with our deepest regret that we must inform you of the passing of Brother John Stewart. John leaves behind Cathy and five year old son John Kyle. John was an Assistant Signalman at the point of qualification. As we all know when we first started here as a member of the LIRR family that finances are tight, and he did not have the luxury of added insurance. Cathy has her hands full with a young child and will need all of us to help her through these hard times. We are appealing to you to help her. A minimal donation withdrawn from your credit union account monthly will help her. If we all allotted $5 a month, that's $1 a week, she will be financially stable until she can get on her feet. Brothers, please think how your family would survive if it were, this is a brotherhood, let's show it. Forms will be distributed and collected by all union officers.

Thank you for your support.

Services will be as follows:

Aberdal Funeral Home :    71 Beach Lane     Coram NY

Viewings :    Friday 2:00 pm to 4:00 pm     and 7:00 pm to 9:00 pm

Services :   1st Baptist Church     Teller Ave     Coram     11:00 am

Contract Ratified!

It is our pleasure to inform all brothers that the contract has been ratifiedby a vote of 164 to 99. 

Details of Agreement

Term: January 1,2003 through December 31, 2006

Wage increases: Pro rated lump sum payment of $1000 for all members who performed service in 2003.

January 1, 2004 3%

January 1, 2005 3%

January 1, 2006 3%

New pension plan for members hired after January 1, 1998

Effective January1, 2004, all members hired after January 1, 1998 will be placed in the MTA defined benefir pension plan. This is a defined benefit plan in which you are provided with a specific dollar amount upon retirement. It is based on length of service and final average compensation.

The plan is designed as follows:

1) age 62 with at least 5 years of credited service.

2) age 55 with at least 30 years of service.

This plan also has an early retirement provision on a reduced basis if you are age 55 and have at least 10 years of credited service.

Sick leave changes and enhancements

EffectiveJanuary 1, 2004, members who call off sic will be paid from the first day.

Members will not be required to submit sick leave forms unless their absence under the contract requires a doctor's note.

In the event of a catastrophic illness there will be no cap on the amount of available days you can use in a calendar year.

Second chance sick leave buy out.

The first three days for an on the job injury will be charged to your sick bank.

Stabilization of forces

Job stabilization is increased by 48 months to January 1, 1995.




There will be a regular meeting of BRS local 56 on Tuesday February 24, 2004 at the hibernian hall at 5:00pm

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