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On June 1st TCU Member of 42 Years Joe Kelly will Retire

Joe Kelly

Joe Kelly, TVM Terminal Agent is scheduled to retire June 1, 2018 after almost 42 years of dedicated service to NJ Transit and Conrail.

Joseph Kelly begun his career December 10, 1976 with Conrail Immediately after he graduated from Dover High School at the tender age of eighteen. He was especially excited to become a proud union member of the Brotherhood Railway and Airline Clerks (BRAC), currently known as the TCU Transportation Communication International Union. He was hired as a Tower Operator, which meant that he was responsible for the safe movement of trains within interlocking under the direction of the train dispatcher. Joe held many positions with Conrail such as, Freight Agent, Ticket Agent, Tower Operator etc.

Then, in 1983 NJ Transit was established to handle the passenger service of Conrail, while Conrail continued to provide freight service. Conrail employees were given the choice to remain with Conrail or transfer to NJ Transit. Joe enjoyed serving the public, so he decided to transfer to NJ Transit and put his interpersonal skills to use. Joe again worked many positions within his craft until eventually being awarded the TVM Terminal position at the South Orange station in 1995.

During his career Joe had many opportunities to bid for a higher wage or relocate to another work location closer to home, but Joe considered his South Orange customers as family. He said that he will not miss waking up at 4am in the morning, but after 23 twenty-three years of developing wonderful relationships with the South Orange customers, he would definitely miss his work family.

Joe is one of five children and he grew up in Dover, NJ. Joe is most proud of his beautiful intelligent daughter Cassandra. Joe Kelly’s, father, Joseph Kelly Sr. was also a railroader. His Dad started with DL&W Railroad in 1952, and retired with NJ Transit as a conductor in 1982. Joe’s mother Elfriede Kelly is so delighted to witness the retirement of her son. Joe enjoys working out at the gym, fishing, cooking, and fine wine. His plan is to travel the world with his lovely wife Karyl.

Joe is well respected amongst his friends, colleges and the Management staff. he will be missed dearly, but never forgotten. Well done!

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MOVEAMERICA BLOG – Honoring the Life and Preserving the Legacy of Martin Luther King Jr.

By recognizing social and economic justice as one and the same, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. understood the immense power working people have when they come together. He saw union representation as the clearest path out of poverty and into the middle class, and fought for the rights of all people to have good jobs and a voice at work.

Those beliefs led King to Memphis, Tennessee in the spring of 1968 where 1,300 sanitation workers were on strike fighting deplorable working conditions, poverty-level wages, and overt racism. Determined to improve their quality of life and build a better future for themselves, their families and their community, these workers demanded recognition of their union – and their humanity. Seeking the freedom to negotiate together for fair wages and dignity and respect on the job, they marched with now iconic signs that read, “I am a man.”

It was here, expressing solidarity with the striking workers and drawing parallels between social, racial and economic justice, that King was assassinated as he stood on the balcony of the Lorraine Motel.

As our nation pauses to reflect upon the 50th anniversary of King’s tragic and untimely passing, we must do more than just commemorate past events. The anniversary of King’s death must be a call to carry his legacy forward, and continue working toward his dream of a more fair and just society.

Transportation labor is proud to stand with those who have pledged to honor Dr. King’s life and dream by committing to carrying his legacy into the future. Today we also recommit our efforts to ensure Dr. King’s legacy lives on by fighting for policies that empower working people to join together in union. It is through our collective efforts that misery and despair will be transformed into hope and progress.

Click here to read the full blog from Move America.

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