The Spartan Pledge

The TWU Veterans Committee met in TUL for the third quarter meeting.  While there we all were honored to have the Spartan Sword displayed and we came together as a group to say the Spartan Pledge.  To find out what the Spartan Pledge is or to take the pledge visit http://www.spartanweekend.org/  We have completed the May Day Raffle and were able to raise a total of $6,692.54 for Building Homes for Heroes.  Thank you to all members who bought tickets to help such an awesome cause.  Please continue to reach out to your local elected representatives with issues you have or feel should be addressed. 

We are beginning to collect items for the 2016 Operation Free PX.  If you have items that you would like to donate, reach out to your local's Veterans Committee Chairperson for additional information. 

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Veterans Committee 3rd Quarter Meeting

The Veterans Committee 3rd Quarter Meeting was held by Local 514 in Tulsa, OK this month.  We were honored to have the Spartan Sword at the meeting to make the Spartan Pledge.  Since the Sword is so new, it did not have a designated shipping container.  The Chairman of the committee, Pete Meyer, asked Local 514 member Dale Lantz if one could be made.  Without hesitation he jumped on the idea and with approval the mission was set.  Vern Smith took the reigns and created a beautiful and permanent shipping container for the Spartan Sword as its journey's continue.  Thank you to these men and to Local 514 in helping to ensure the safe travels of the Spartan Sword and what it represents. 

TWU Veteran’s Committee Charges Forward

The TWU Veteran’s Committee (TWUVC) convened their quarterly meeting in Chicago this week, hosted by Locals 512 and 572, with attendees from 15 other locals around the country. As part of TWU’s promise to invest in our veterans and strengthen the committee structure, the Veteran’s Committee has been hard at work pursuing an ambitious agenda aimed at broadening member communications, increasing legislative activity and continuing to support important charitable causes.

One issue facing the committee is employer compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), a critical issue for a number of wounded warriors returning to work and requiring accommodations at their work sites. Members devised an action plan that locals can implement to hold management accountable for notifying employees of ADA procedures. The committee also coordinated final preparations for the Hank Trujillo Memorial Operation Free PX drive, an annual charity event recently renamed in honor of the late TWUVC chair. Finally, they developed a plan to organize additional fundraising and construction support for Building Homes for Heroes, a national organization that helps construct homes for service members returning from overseas.

The TWUVC believes strongly in the concept of members coming together across divisions, industries and braches to help veterans, and is guided by the TWU United Invincible motto: standing committed to serve those who need us most. As Brother Jesus Zamarron from Local 571 put it, “It was great to see the committee continue to grow, and I was personally inspired by what the members are doing back at their locals to carry out this mission.”