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ATU TO cONgREss:
‘sAVE TRANsIT NOW’




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                         Official Journal of the Amalgamated Transit Union
                                            AFL-CIO/CLC
AMALgAMATED TRANsIT UNION
  INTERNATIONAL OFFIcERs                     MEssAgE DU PRésIDENT INTERNATIONAL PAR WARREN s. gEORgE
          WARREN s. gEORgE
           International President           PORTEZ NOTRE DEMANDE DANs LEs RUEs
        RONALD J. HEINTZMAN                    En baseball, trois coups et vous êtes hors jeu. Si vous jouez au Monopoly, passez par la case départ et recevez 200 dollars. Et, traitez toujours
 International Executive Vice President      vos parents avec respect. Ce sont les lois ou règlements que la plupart d’entre nous connaissons.
             OscAR OWENs                        Mais avez-vous entendu parler de la clause des 200.000 ? C’est une petite clause archaïque de la loi qui stipule que les systèmes de transport
      International secretary-Treasurer      en commun dans les agglomérations de plus de 200.000 habitants ne sont pas autorisés à utiliser les fonds fédéraux pour le fonctionnement
                                             des parcs d’autobus. Bien sûr, ils peuvent acheter autant de trains, bus, abris, rails ou autre équipement qu’ils peuvent. Le problème est que
     International Vice Presidents           beaucoup de ces nouveaux bus étincelants restent immobiles dans l’entrepôt parce que les systèmes de transport sont sans un sou. Leurs fonds
                                             fédéraux ne peuvent pas être utilisés pour sauvegarder un service indispensable ou pour éviter des mises au chômage,
             JOsEPH WELcH                       Si vous ne connaissez pas la clause des 200.000, vous n’êtes pas seul. C’est une clause spécifique dans toute sa splendeur. Quatre vingt
                syracuse, NY
                                             dix neuf pour cent des hommes de loi du Capitole qui réellement créèrent cette clause nuisible à l’époque de Gingrich n’en n’ont même pas
          RODNEY RIcHMOND                    bien pris connaissance. Mais, ils commencent à en voir les conséquences aujourd’hui. Plus de 3.000 employés de l’industrie des transports en
     New Orleans, LA – rrichmond@atu.org     commun ont été renvoyés ces douze derniers mois et plusieurs milliers d’autres vont être renvoyés bientôt. La plupart des systèmes de transport
                                             en commun ont dû réduire leurs services et augmenter leurs tarifs.
          DONALD T. HANsEN
        Tenino, WA – dhansen@atu.org            Au cours de cette dernière année, nous avons pu obtenir de l’aide. Grâce à nos efforts, 10% des dollars disponibles pour les transports en
                                             commun régis par la loi américaine sur le redressement financier et réinvestissement peuvent être utilisés pour le fonctionnement des systèmes
           ROBERT H. BAKER                   de transport. Sans cette provision, des milliers de personnes qui conduisent ou réparent des bus aujourd’hui seraient maintenant sans travail.
       Washington, Dc – bbaker@atu.org
                                             Nous avons également travaillé pour qu’une nouvelle législation permettant d’obtenir un flux permanent de fonds fédéraux pour aider à
           LARRY R. KINNEAR                  l’exploitation des systèmes soit soumise au Congrès avec suffisamment de soutiens. Notre action a mis la lumière sur cette question.
        Ashburn, ON – lkinnear@atu.org
                                               Cependant, maintenant, notre campagne se déplace en dehors de Washington, D.C. Nous nous sommes alliés avec des syndicats confrères
            RANDY gRAHAM                     de l’industrie des transports en commun  : Transport Workers Union (TWU), United Transportation Union (UTU) et d’autres groupes.
      gloucester, ON – rgraham@atu.org       Ensemble, nous allons mener notre campagne dans les rues. Suite au rallye très réussi présentant une haute visibilité sur la colline du Capitole
                                             pour les transports en commun, nous avons d’autres rallyes prévus dans tout le pays dans un proche avenir et nous faisons équipe avec le
         JAVIER M. PEREZ, JR.                Révérend Jesse Jackson qui nous a déjà aidé à faire passer le mot et à nous ouvrir les portes pour réaliser des manifestations avec succès à
       Kansas city, MO – jperez@atu.org
                                             Chicago et New York. Si un rallye ou une manifestation a lieu dans votre région, joignez vous à nous pour protéger votre emploi !
         RIcHARD M. MURPHY                      Oui, nous en sommes à terre en ce moment. Les temps sont durs. Mais, comme le révérend Jackson déclare souvent, «il est temps de se
                Braintree, MA
                                             battre, car être à terre n’est pas digne d’un champion».
           BOB M. HYKAWAY                      Mes parents m’ont toujours enseigné qu’ils y a un certain nombre de lois que l’on doit respecter. Mais, malgré tout le respect que je leur
       calgary, AB – bhykaway@atu.org
                                             dois, la loi des 200.000 n’en fait pas partie.
             cHARLEs cOOK
        Petaluma, cA – ccook@atu.org
          WILLIAM g. McLEAN
         Reno, NV – wmclean@atu.org          UN MENsAJE DEL PREsIDENTE INTERNAcIONAL POR WARREN s. gEORgE
        JANIs M. BORcHARDT
       Madison, WI – jborchardt@atu.org      LLEVANDO NUEsTRA VOZ A LAs cALLEs
              PAUL BOWEN
         canton, MI – pbowen@atu.org            En el juego de béisbol, si el bateador falla en tres oportunidad en hacer contacto con la pelota, es declarado “ponchado.” En el juego
                                             llamado Monopolio, si pasa el letrero titulado “adelante”, usted puede cobrar $ 200. Y, como siempre trate a sus padres con respeto.
         LAWRENcE J. HANLEY
      staten Island, NY – lhanley@atu.org       Estos son los reglamentos que la mayor parte de nosotros bien conocemos.

            KENNETH R. KIRK                      ¿Pero ha oído usted alguna vez del Reglamento “200,000?” Esta es una minúscula y arcaica cláusula contenida en la ley que dice que los
         Lancaster, TX – kkirk@atu.org       sistemas de transito en los Estados Unidos, en áreas urbanas con una población que exceda el número 200,000, no pueden utilizar sus fondos
                                             federales de transito para mantener la operación de los autobuses. ¡Sí, señor! Ellos pueden comprar tantos trenes, autobuses, refugios contra la
              gARY RAUEN                     intemperie, vía férrea, o cualquier otro equipo que sus fondos les permitan. El problema es que muchos de esos nuevos y relucientes autobuses
         clayton, Nc – grauen@atu.org        están estacionados en el garaje sin ser utilizados porque el sistema de transito está arruinado. Su dinero federal no puede ser utilizado para
         MARcELLUs BARNEs                    rescatar un servicio crítico para la comunidad, o prevenir el desempleo temporal.
       Flossmore, IL – mbarnes@atu.org          Si usted no está familiarizado con el reglamento 200,000, usted no es la única persona que no lo conoce. Esto representa el mejor ejemplo
               RAY RIVERA                    del juego “béisbol de adentro.” Noventa y ocho por ciento de los legisladores en el Congreso Nacional, quienes actualmente crearon esta nociva
         Lilburn, gA– rrivera@atu.org        ley durante la era controlada por Gingrich, ni siquiera están familiarizados con dicho reglamento. Pero ellos ahora están comenzando a notar
                                             los resultados de dicha acción. Más de 3,000 trabajadores en la industrial del transporte público han sido temporalmente despedidos de sus
     International Representatives           empleos durante el último año, y miles más enfrentan despidos similares en un futuro próximo. La mayoría de los sistemas has sido forzada a
                                             reducir drásticamente el servicio de transito y a aumentar las tarifas.
            YVETTE sALAZAR                      Durante el pasado año, nosotros hemos podido conseguir algún alivio al respecto. Como resultado de nuestros esfuerzos, un 10% de los
       Thornton, cO – ysalazar@atu.org       dólares del transito han estado disponibles bajo la Ley de Reinversión y Recuperación Económica Nacional, y dichos fondos pueden ser
       ANTHONY WITHINgTON                    utilizados para gastos de operaciones. Sin esta disposición, miles de personas que actualmente conducen, reparan o mantienen un autobús
     sebastopol, cA – awithington@atu.org    estarían desempleadas. Nosotros hemos trabajado arduamente para promover la introducción de proyectos de ley en el Congreso Nacional,
                                             con apoyo substantivo, las cuales permitirían la disposición de una fuente permanente de fondos federales para ayuda en las operaciones del
          gARY JOHNsON, sR.                  transito, y esto ha venido a causar que este tema haya sido puesto en relieve nacional de primer plano.
      cleveland, OH – gjohnson@atu.org
                                               Ahora, sin embargo, nuestra campaña se está moviendo hacia las afueras de Washington, D.C. Nosotros hemos logrado coalición de trabajo
         DENNIs ANTONELLIs                   con otras organizaciones sindicales hermanas en la industria del transito; el Sindicato de Trabajadores del Transporte – Transport Workers’
      spokane, WA – dantonellis@atu.org      Union (TWU), el Sindicato Unido del Transporte – United Transportation Union (UTU) y otros grupos. Unidos, nosotros estamos llevando
         KAREN MILLER-LEWIs                  nuestra voz a las calles.
        Memphis, TN – kmiller@atu.org           Después de una muy exitosa concentración pública sobre el transito en frente del Capitolio, la cual recibió cobertura de alto perfil, nosotros
                                             estamos planificando otras concentraciones y mítines públicos en varias partes del país en un futuro próximo. También hemos adoptado
            canadian council                 planes coordinados con el Rev. Jesse Jackson, quien ya ha rendido gran ayuda a nuestras actividades, dándole publicidad comunitaria a esos
                                             eventos. También ha abierto otras puertas y senderos de apoyo a través de eventos exitosos celebrados en las ciudades de New York y Chicago.
             ROBIN g. WEsT                   Si una de estas concentraciones o mítines toma lugar en el área donde usted reside, ¡únase a nosotros en los esfuerzos de proteger su empleo!
              canadian Director
     61 International Boulevard, suite 210      Sí! Actualmente las cosas no son buenas para nadie. Este es un período bien difícil para todos nosotros. Según declara con frecuencia el Rev.
            Rexdale, ON M9W 6K4              Jesse Jackson…. “ha llegado la hora de levantarnos y defender lo nuestro, porque el suelo no es el terreno de un campeón.”
             director@atucanada.ca
                                                Mis padres siempre me enseñaron que había ciertos reglamentos con los cuales teníamos de cumplir y respetar. Y con todo mi respeto a
                                             ellos, el reglamento “200,000” no es uno de esos reglamentos dignos de respeto.



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          Taking it to the Streets

I n baseball, it’s three strikes and you’re out. If you are playing Monopoly, pass “go” and you collect
  $200. And, always treat your parents with respect. These are the rules that most of us know.
   But have you ever heard of the “200,000 Rule?” It’s the tiny, archaic provision in the law that says
U.S. transit systems located in urban areas above 200,000 in population may not use their federal            ‘if you are not
transit funds to keep the buses rolling. Oh yes, they can purchase as many trains, buses, shelters,
tracks or other equipment as they can afford.
   The problem is that many of those new shiny buses are sitting idly in the garage because the transit      familiar with the
systems are broke. Their federal money cannot be used to save critical service or prevent layoffs.


‘INsIDE BAsEBALL’
                                                                                                             200,000 rule, you are
   If you are not familiar with the 200,000 Rule, you are not alone. This is “inside baseball” at its best
(or worst!). Ninety-nine percent of the lawmakers on Capitol Hill who actually created this harmful          not alone. ‘this is
law in the Gingrich era are not even aware of it. But they are starting to see the results of it today.
   More than 3,000 workers in the public transportation industry have been laid off in the last year,
and thousands more are set to be laid off soon. The majority of systems have been forced to slash
                                                                                                             ‘inside baseball’ at
service and raise fares.
   During the past year, we have been able to get some relief. As a result of our efforts, 10 percent        its best (or worst!).’
of the transit dollars made available under the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act may be
used for operations. Without this provision, thousands of people who are now driving or fixing a bus
would be out of work.
   We have also worked to get legislation introduced in Congress with significant support that would
provide a permanent stream of federal funds for operating assistance, and this has put a spotlight on
the issue.
    Now, however, our campaign is moving outside of Washington, DC. We have joined with our
sister unions in the transit industry, the Transport Workers’ Union (TWU), the United Transportation
Union (UTU) and other groups. Together, we are taking it to the streets.


JOIN Us
   Following a very successful, high profile transit rally on Capitol Hill, we have more rallies planned
around the country and we have teamed up with Rev. Jesse Jackson, who has already helped us to get
the word out and open doors with successful events in Chicago and New York.
    If a rally or event is near your area, join us in protecting your job!
   Yes, we are down right now. Times are tough. But as Rev. Jackson often states, “it is time to fight
back, because the ground is no place for a champion.”
   My parents always taught me that there were certain rules that we must live with. With all due
respect to them, the 200,000 Rule is not one of them.




P.S. — U.S. MEMBERS: If you haven’t done so already please get to a computer and log on to
your “Personal URL” located on the front cover wrap that we have attached to the U.S. edition.
This will automatically send a message to your House Member and Senators urging them to
change the “200,000 Rule.” It couldn’t be easier.


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contents
2   International Officers &
    general Executive Board
                                                                                                                 8                     3               A Message from the
                                                                                                                                                       International President
                                                                                                                                                       Taking It to the Streets
    International President’s Message
    in French & Spanish

3


4
    International President’s Message
    Taking It to the Streets

    Magazine Index
                                                                                                                                        8              Convention Call – 56th Convention
                                                                                                                                                       September 26–October 1, 2010
5   International Executive                                                                                                                            Lake Buena Vista, FL
    Vice President’s Message
    Facing Change in Contractor employers

6   International secretary-



7
    Treasurer’s Message
    ATU-CoPe Supports our True Friends

    Know Your Rights
    doT establishes New Federal Texting Ban
                                                 10                      Canadian Agenda
                                                                         Toronto Local to TTC Riders:
                                                                         ‘Let’s Talk’
8   Fifty-sixth International convention call

10 canadian Agenda
   Toronto Local to TTC Riders: ‘Let’s Talk’

11 canadian council conference call

12 DOT secretary Meets with ATU, APTA
                                                   11                    Candian Council Conference Call
                                                                         June 2–5, 2010
   Decides to seek Temporary Operating Aid                               Moncton, New Brunswick                                                                                     11
    ATU, TWU, UTU, RPc convene
    Rally to save Public Transit




                                                                                                                                 13
13 Public Transportation
   in serious Funding crisis
                                                   15                                                                                                  Public Transportation in
14 Eastern cAN-AM 2010 conference Notice                                                                                                               Serious Funding Crisis
15 2010 Legislative conference
   Legislative Conference Launches National



                                                                                                                               15
   Campaign for operating Assistance, Jobs
19 congressional Allies support Public                                                                                                                 CoVeR SToRY
   Transit at ATU-cTAA Rally                                                                                                                           Legislative Conference
21 Local News
                                                                                                                                                       Legislative Conference Launches
22 Arbitration Decision                                                                                                                                National Campaign for Operating
   ATU Local 1700 and Greyhound Lines, Inc.                                                                                                            Assistance, Jobs
    Winnipeg Members cut Hair to cure cancer
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23 In Memoriam                                                           Shawn Perry, designer: david F. Highnote. editorial office: 5025 Wisconsin Ave., NW, Washington, dC 20016-4139. Tel: 1-202-537-1645. Please send
                                                                         all requests for address changes to the ATU Registry dept. ISSN: 0019-3291, USPS: 260-280.
24 ATU Activist                                                          PUBLICATIoNS MAIL AGReeMeNT No. 40033361. ReTURN UNdeLIVeRABLe CANAdIAN AddReSSeS To: B&M Mailing Service Limited, 35 Van kirk drive,
   St. Louis Member Has Passion for organizing                           Unit 15, Brampton, ontario L7A 1A5, e-MAIL-BMCoMM@PATHCoM.CoM

                                                 The objects of this International Union shall be to organize Local Unions; to place our occupation upon a higher plane of intelligence, efficiency and skill; to encourage the
    Local Union Updates                          formation in Local Unions of sick and funeral benefit funds in order that we may properly care for our sick and bury our dead; to encourage the organization of cooperative
                                                 credit unions in the Local Unions; to establish schools of instruction for imparting a practical knowledge of modern and improved methods and systems of transportation and
                                                 trade matters generally; to encourage the settlement of all disputes between employees and employers by arbitration; to secure employment and adequate pay for our work,
                                                 including vacations with pay and old age pensions; to reduce the hours of labor and by all legal and proper means to elevate our moral, intellectual and social condition. To engage
                                                 in such legislative, political, educational, cultural, social, and welfare activities as will further the interests and welfare of the membership of the organization. To seek the
                                                 improvement of social and economic conditions in the United States and Canada and to promote the interests of labor everywhere.


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A MEssAgE FROM THE INTERNATIONAL EXEcUTIVE VIcE PREsIDENT



         Facing Change
    in Contractor Employers                                                                                 ‘the prospective
I  n my last In Transit column, I wrote about private-public partnerships and what locals should do to
   ensure that their members do not suffer loss of wages, benefits and working conditions as a result
of such agreements. In this article, I will discuss some pre-emptory actions locals can take to ensure      bidders should
that their members do not become victims of these ever increasing private-public partnerships.

   First, if any contracts administered by your local are put out to bid by the public entity, the          be advised
leadership of your local needs to know when that contract between your public employer and current
contractor expires. The public entity will usually put a new contract out for bid six months before the
existing contract expires, but that time may vary depending on a variety of factors.
                                                                                                            that in future
REqUEsT FOR PROPOsAL
   The public entity puts the contract out for bid in a document known as a Request for Proposal
                                                                                                            negotiations…
(RFP). The RFP outlines the service to be performed and lists requirements set forth that prospective
bidders must address in their bids for the contract.
                                                                                                            the local will be
   Once the RFP has been issued, the public entity usually schedules meetings to answer questions
about the contract that prospective bidders may have, and to give out more information about the
contract as may be necessary. This meeting should be open to the public.                                    seeking increases
   Prior to the meeting, the local union leadership should request a list of prospective bidders who
expressed an interest or intent to bid on the contract. This is public information. The local union         in all areas…’
president and other officers should attend this meeting.

   At the meeting, the local union president and other officers present should be prepared to give
each prospective bidder a packet which contains a copy of the collective bargaining agreement, and
any other information relevant to the wages, benefits and working conditions between the local
union and current contractor. If your pubic entity is a party to a Section 5333b (formerly 13c)
agreement, they should also enclose a copy of that agreement.

sEcTION 13(c) AgREEMENT?
   If the local is unsure whether the property is covered by a 13(c) agreement, or they don’t have a
copy of the agreement, contact the International office. Only fixed route and paratransit operations
who receive federal monies may be subject to Section 13(c) requirements. School bus contracts are
not covered by such requirements.
    A cover letter from the local union should accompany packets given to each prospective bidder. The
letter should introduce the local, and inform the prospective bidder that the public entity contract they
are bidding on is covered by a collective bargaining agreement, and any bid they submit should address
provisions of that bargaining agreement such as minimum wages, benefits and working conditions.
    The prospective bidders should be advised that in future negotiations for a successor agreement,
the local union will be seeking increases in all areas, and recommend that they bid accordingly. Again,
if the local officers need assistance in preparing your prospective employer packets and cover letter,
contact the International office for assistance.



                                                                                 (continued on page 20)




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                   A MEssAgE FROM THE INTERNATIONAL sEcRETARY-TREAsURER



                                   ATU-COPE Supports
                                    Our True Friends

‘more than ever
                   I n this time of high unemployment, massive layoffs and fare hikes within our nations’ transit systems,
                     it is easy to become disgruntled with our elected officials and want to turn our back on politics.
                   This is something we can ill afford to do.

                       More than ever, we need to be supporting our friends – and I mean our real friends – on Capitol
we need to be      Hill and in our state, provincial and local offices – friends like Rep. Russ Carnahan from St. Louis,
                   MO, and Sen. Sherrod Brown from Ohio, who have each introduced legislation to allow U.S. federal
                   transit funding to be used for operating assistance. If passed, this legislation would save thousands of
supporting our     ATU jobs and bring back many others that have been eliminated in this bad economy.

                   WHY WE NEED TO INcREAsE OUR sUPPORT FOR ATU-cOPE
friends – and
                      Carnahan and Brown, along with the other 106 members of Congress who have signed on to
                   support this legislation, are examples of why we need to continue to grow our political program
i mean our         through increased contributions to ATU-COPE.

                      Too often, the media focuses attention on those who have, unfortunately, turned their backs on
                   the people who put them in office, or those who have not fought hard enough for working men and
real friends…’     women. And while we have every right to be angry at those lawmakers, it is just as important that we
                   continue to support those who keep fighting for us everyday!

                   FOUgHT FOR Us – AND WON – AgAINsT THE ODDs
                      Despite the strong backlash by some constituents and, at times, doubtful odds of passage, Rep.
                   George Miller from California, Sen. Tom Harkin from Iowa, and hundreds of other members of the
                   House and Senate fought for and won health care for all Americans. Similarly, Rep. James Oberstar
                   from Minnesota and Rep. Earl Blumenauer from Oregon, push every day to increase funding for
                   mass transit.

                      I am calling on you to make a contribution to ATU-COPE today so that we can continue to
                   support these friends and the countless other federal, state, provincial and local legislators who battle
                   for our rights on a daily basis.

                      If you are a member of the ATU in the U.S., please fill out the ATU-COPE check-off card on the
                   back cover “wrap” of this In Transit and return it to your local union officers.

                   cANADIAN cONTRIBUTIONs
                     If you are a Canadian member, you may contribute by sending a check, payable to ATU Canadian
                   Council COPE Fund, to ATU Canadian Council, 61 International Blvd., Suite 201, Rexdale, ON
                   M9W 6K4.




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KNOW YOUR RIGHTS:
                        DOT ESTABLISHES NEW FEDERAL TEXTING BAN

T     he Obama Administration and U.S. Department of Transportation
      Secretary Raymond LaHood have recently enacted prohibitions
of cellular telephone text messaging activities by operators of certain
                                                                                 The January 2010 regulatory guidance provided by the Transportation
                                                                              Department through the Federal Register clarified that “[h]andheld or
                                                                              other wireless electronic devices that are brought into a [commercial
vehicles. Statements by Secretary LaHood and significant subsequent           motor vehicle] are considered ‘additional equipment and accessories’
legislative activity at the state level also forecast the likelihood of new   within the context of [49 C.F.R.] § 390.17.” Because research has
restrictions on cellular telephone activities in vehicles beyond those        shown that texting (which the Department specifies as “the review of,
currently in place.                                                           or preparation and transmission of, typed messages through any such
                                                                              device or the engagement in any form of electronic data retrieval or
    According to the Governors Highway Safety Ascociation, 19 states,         electronic data communication through any such device”) while driving
the District of Columbia and Guam currently ban text messaging for            decreases the level of safety while operating the commercial vehicles
all drivers while six other states, the District of Columbia and the U.S.     because the activity involves a combination of visual, cognitive and
Virgin Islands prohibit all handheld cellular telephone usage by anyone       manual distraction from the driving task, the DOT found the use of
driving a motor vehicle. (See http://bit.ly/2jDHUq.)                          electronic devices for texting by commercial motor vehicle operators
                                                                              while driving on public roads in interstate commerce is prohibited by
BAcKgROUND                                                                    49 C.F.R. § 390.17.

   LaHood announced the DOT’s plan to pursue certain regulatory               THE LIKELIHOOD OF ADDITIONAL RELATED cHANgEs
actions at a Distracted Driving Summit convened last September. The
Department subsequently launched a website (www.distraction.gov) to               Explicit statements contained in the new regulatory guidance, as well
serve as a comprehensive source of information on distracted driving.         as subsequent actions of LaHood, make it clear that legal prohibition of
                                                                              texting and/or talking on a cell phone while driving will become more
   Shortly thereafter, on October 1, 2009, President Obama issued             widespread in the near future.
an Executive Order directing federal employees not to engage in text
messaging while driving government-owned vehicles.                               On February 22, LaHood unveiled sample legislation intended
                                                                              to be used as a starting point for states crafting new laws to prohibit
   More recently, on January 26, LaHood announced new federal                 texting while behind the wheel. The draft statute would authorize law
guidance, based on the Department’s interpretation of standing rules,         enforcement officers to stop a vehicle and issue a citation to drivers who
that prohibits text messaging while driving Federal Motor Carrier Safety      are texting while driving. (A copy of the model bill can be found at:
Administration-regulated commercial vehicles such as large trucks and         http://bit.ly/aoDwLJ.)
over-the-road buses. Violators of this prohibition, which took effect
immediately, could be subject to civil or criminal penalties up to $2,750.       In addition, legislation has been introduced in the U.S. Senate
                                                                              that would require all states to either ban texting while driving or lose
gUIDANcE ON TEXTINg BY                                                        a significant portion of their allocated federal highway funds. The
DRIVERs OF cOMMERcIAL VEHIcLEs                                                January 26 regulatory guidance also noted that the use of electronic
                                                                              devices and cellular telephones for purposes other than text messaging
   Although current federal regulations do not include an explicit            while driving will soon be addressed in notice-and-comment proceedings
prohibition of texting by truck and bus drivers, LaHood took the position     aimed at more formal rulemaking.
that the general restriction against the use of additional equipment and
accessories which decrease the safety of operating commercial motor              Although the precise extent of potential prohibitions against using
vehicles applies to the use of electronic devices for texting.                electronic devices while driving is unclear, it is readily apparent that
                                                                              more restrictive changes are on the horizon and ATU members need to
                                                                              be mindful of them.




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                                                        Fellow ATU Members:

                                                          In compliance with the Constitution and General Laws of our Union, I am notifying you that
                                                        the Fifty-Sixth Convention of our Union will convene at the Convention Center at Disney’s
                                                        Contemporary Resort, 4600 North World Drive, Lake Buena Vista, FL 32830, on Monday, September
                                                        27, 2010, at 9:00 a.m.

                                                        BAsIs OF REPREsENTATION
                                                          The basis of representation regulating the election of delegates to the Convention is found in the
                                                        following sections of the Constitution and General Laws:

                                                          Section 6.4 Representation; L.U. The basis of representation to the Convention shall be one (1)
                                                        delegate for each L.U. [Local Union] having three hundred (300) or fewer members. A L.U. having
                                                        three hundred and one (301) up to six hundred and fifty (650) members shall be entitled to two (2)
                                                        delegates. A L.U. having six hundred and fifty one (651) up to nine hundred and fifty (950) members
                                                        shall be entitled to three (3) delegates. A L.U. having from nine hundred and fifty one (951) up to
                                                        twelve hundred and fifty (1,250) members shall be entitled to four (4) delegates and for each additional
                                                        four hundred (400) members or fraction thereof, shall be entitled to one (1) additional delegate. In
                                                        totaling membership only those in good standing for the month of May preceding the Convention are




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                                                        to be counted. In case special Conventions are called, basis for representation shall be the membership
                                                        in good standing for the month in which the call for the Convention is issued.

                                                          NOTE: In accordance with Section 6.4, representation of Local Unions will be based on the member-
                                                        ship of the Local in good standing for the month of May preceding the Convention. Accordingly, credentials
                                                        cannot be forwarded to Locals until the May 2010 monthly membership report has been received at the
                                                        International Office.

 AmAlgAmAted                                               Section 6.5 Representation; J.B.C. The basis for representation to the Convention by a J.B.C.
                                                        [Joint Bargaining Council], formed for collective bargaining purposes pursuant to Section 24 of
 trAnsit Union                                          [the] Constitution, shall be one (1) delegate, except that a J.B.C. representing more than five
                                                        thousand (5,000) members shall be entitled to two (2) delegates. A J.B.C. representing more than
 F i F t y- s i x t h                                   twelve thousand (12,000) members shall be entitled to three (3) delegates. No member represented
                                                        by the J.B.C. who is, by virtue of his or her office in the L.U. or otherwise, a delegate from his or her
 internAtionAl                                          L.U., shall be eligible to serve as delegate from the J.B.C. Delegates from a J.B.C. shall not have the
                                                        right to vote in the election of International officers unless elected by secret ballot vote among the
 Convention                                             membership represented by the J.B.C. The provisions of the Constitution relating to delegates from
                                                        L.U.s shall also govern delegates from a J.B.C. unless clearly inapplicable.

                                                          Section 6.6 Representation; C.C. The C.C. [Canadian Council] shall be entitled to one (1) delegate.
                                                        No member of a Canadian L.U. participating in the C.C. who is, by virtue of his or her office in the
                                                        L.U. or otherwise, a delegate from his or her L.U., shall be eligible to serve as delegate from the C.C.
                                                        The delegate from the C.C. shall not have the right to vote in the election of International officers.
                                                        The provisions of [the] Constitution relating to delegates from the L.U.s shall also govern the delegate
                                                        from the C.C. unless clearly inapplicable.


  convention call                                       DELEgATEs


    Fifty-sixth
                                                          Section 6.7 Delegates. The election of delegates must be held at least six (6) weeks previous to the
                                                        Convention. A member, to be eligible to run for delegate, must have been a member in continuous
                                                        good standing of his or her L.U. the two (2) years next preceding the day of the nomination meeting.

    convention                                          When a L.U. has not been in existence for the two-year period, the L.U. shall elect its other delegates
                                                        from among its members.
     from the International Headquarters of the
                                                           Except where, pursuant to Section 14.2 of [the] Constitution, a meeting attendance requirement
Amalgamated Transit Union                               is imposed as a condition of eligibility for such an office, the president-business agent, F.S./B.A., or
5025 Wisconsin Avenue, NW • Washington, DC 20016-4113   R.S./B.A. where applicable, shall, by virtue of his or her office, be the first (1st) L.U. convention delegate
                                                        and the F.S. (president in L.U.s where the president is not B.A.) shall, by virtue of his or her office,
                  April 1, 2010                         be the second (2nd) L.U. convention delegate and the election ballot shall in each instance so state.

                                                          Except where, pursuant to Section 14.2 of [the] Constitution, a meeting attendance
                                                        requirement is imposed as a condition of eligibility for any such office, a L.U. may provide in
                                                        local bylaws that local officers and executive board members may be delegates to Conventions
                                                        of the A.T.U. by virtue of their office. In such case, where the number of executive board members
                                                        exceeds the number of convention delegate positions allocated to the L.U. under Section 6.4, the

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L.U. shall designate by position and limit the number of delegates elected          Laws, except as herein provided, shall be considered by Conventions, except
by virtue of their offices to the total number of delegate positions. The re-       on permission or direction by vote of two-thirds of the delegates present.
maining executive board members shall be elected to numbered positions as
alternate delegates for purposes of filling vacancies and any additional delegate   VOTINg
positions to which the L.U. may finally be entitled under Section 6.4. The
local officers and executive board members elected as delegates and alternate         Section 6.11 Voting. Each delegate shall be entitled to one (1) vote, no
delegates by virtue of their office under the L.U. bylaws shall represent the       proxy votes being allowed.
L.U. as convention delegates to the extent of the available positions. Where
L.U. bylaws provide that local officers and executive board members may be          EXPENsEs
delegates to Conventions of the A.T.U. by virtue of their office, the ballot
must state “and Convention Delegate” or “and Alternate Delegate”, as ap-              Section 6.13 Delegate Expenses. The I.U. shall pay one thousand dollars
propriate, after each such office.                                                  ($1,000.00) to each L.U, J.B.C., and C.C. towards the mileage and legitimate
                                                                                    expenses of a L.U., J.B.C. and C.C.’s first delegate and an additional seven
  Section 6.8 Alternates. L.U.s shall provide in their bylaws for the election      hundred and fifty dollars ($750.00) to a L.U., J.B.C. and C.C. sending two
of alternate delegates to the Convention by secret ballot, provided that nothing    (2) or more delegates. All other mileage and legitimate expenses for delegates
herein shall prohibit L.U.s from providing in their bylaws that L.U. officers       shall be borne by the L.U., J.B.C. and C.C. they represent.
may serve as alternate delegates by virtue of their office unless and except
where, pursuant to Section 14.2 of [the] Constitution, a meeting attendance           NOTE: Pursuant to Section 6.2 the General Executive Board has enacted to
requirement is imposed as a condition of eligibility for such an office.            require payment of a registration fee of $175 for each delegate and guest ($50
                                                                                    for guests under 12 years of age).
   Section 6.9 Disqualifications. Members who have voluntarily left
the service in which the L.U. or J.B.C. or the I.U. is engaged, shall not be        HEADqUARTERs
eligible as delegates to a Convention of this Union and no member elected as a
delegate who has left the active service for reasons other than retirement upon       The headquarters for the Convention will be the Convention Center
pension shall be seated or serve as a delegate to a Convention of this Union.       at Disney’s Contemporary Resort, 4600 North World Drive, Lake Buena
                                                                                    Vista, FL 32830. All requests for hotel reservations must be made through the
   Section 6.15 Excused Absences. The policies, laws and plans for the direc-       hotel itself, either by calling 1-407-824-3869, or by using the ATU-dedicated
tion of this Union shall be adopted and put into force from time to time by         internet reservation process which can be accessed via the link posted on the
direction of the regular Conventions of this Union, and it shall be the duty of     International Union’s website (www.atu.org). (Any reservations made by
each and every local of this Union to be represented at these Conventions by        other means, including a travel agent or an internet travel service, will not
one (1) or more delegates. No L.U. shall be excused from being represented          receive the negotiated group rate.)
except from distressed conditions, owing to lockouts, strikes or causes of
that kind. In such cases the L.U. affected shall apply to the I.P. no later than    HOTEL RATEs
the tenth (10th) of May in the year in which the Convention is held for
permission to be excused from sending delegates to the Convention. The I.P.           The Convention hotels are Disney’s Contemporary Resort and Disney’s
shall investigate and rule upon such applications. Unless excused by the I.P.,      Polynesian Resort. The daily guest room rate is: $185.00 (USD) for single
all L.U.s shall be represented as this Constitution provides.                       or double (plus 12.5% applicable tax).

cREDENTIALs                                                                         TRANsPORTATION
  Section 6.10 Credentials. Each delegate shall establish his or her claim            Delegates must make their own arrangements for transportation
to a seat by credential signed by the president and R.S. [recording secretary]      individually or in groups by bus, rail, air or private automobile according to
of the L.U. he or she represents, with the seal of said L.U. attached. L.U.s        their own desires. Free transportation and luggage assistance to the hotels is
shall send names of the respective delegates and alternates elected to the          provided through Disney’s Magical Express Service.
International office of the A.T.U. at least four (4) weeks prior to the date of
the Convention. Credentials shall be given each delegate elected, signed by         ATTENDANcE
the president and R.S. and the seal of the L.U. attached thereto.
                                                                                       I call to the attention of each Local Union Section 6.15 of the Constitution,
   Section 6.14 Financial Requirements. Delegates shall not be entitled to          which provides that it shall be the duty of every Local Union to be represented
a seat in the Convention unless all taxes and assessments of their L.U. have        at the Convention by one or more delegates.
been paid in full.
                                                                                    VALUE OF ATTENDINg
REsOLUTIONs
                                                                                      The laws and policies of this Union are amended and adopted by the
  Section 6.16 Resolutions. Resolutions contemplative of amendments                 Conventions of our Union. It is essential that all of our Local Unions recognize
to the Constitution and General Laws of the I.U. shall first be approved            the importance of the coming Convention and arrange to send delegates.
by the L.U. and bear its official seal and then shall be forwarded to the           I therefore look forward to seeing all Local Unions and Joint Bargaining
International office in time to be in the hands of the I.P. not later than          Councils represented by full delegations, I remain,
the first (1st) of August in the year in which the Convention is held. Such
resolutions so received by the I.P. shall be printed and placed in the hands of                                      In solidarity,
convention delegates at the opening of the particular Convention at which said
resolutions are proposed to be presented. All resolution(s) received by the first
(1st) of April in the year in which the Convention is held will be published
in the May/June issue of In Transit in the year in which the Convention is                                           Warren S. George
held. No resolution contemplative of amending the Constitution and General                                           International President


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                                                Canadian Agenda
                                                ToRoNTo LoCAL To TTC RIdeRS: ‘LeT’S TALk’


L   ocal President Bob Kinnear, 113-Toronto, ON, on March 31,
    released details of three town-hall-style meetings the ATU will hold
with Toronto Transit Commission riders about improving customer
                                                                                                     union is open to criticism, welcomes public dialogue and wants to make
                                                                                                     things better. We also hope that the public gains a better understanding
                                                                                                     of the challenges of our work.
service.
                                                                                                        “We know our members will be watching as well and we believe they
   Kinnear had promised the meetings at a media conference on                                        will also benefit from the dialogue.”
February 9, at a time when TTC workers were under intense public
scrutiny. A picture published in late January on the front page of the                               A NEW BEgINNINg
Toronto Sun of a subway station collector who had dozed off late on a
Saturday night touched off a frenzy of picture taking by transit users                                  “The larger ambition is that we want this process to be the platform
and a brief rash of negative encounters between TTC staff and a small                                for a new beginning of a positive relationship between transit users and
number of passengers.                                                                                workers. We are tired of the negative and unproductive ‘us vs. them’
                                                                                                     climate that is distracting the city from the very serious issues facing
   Kinnear publicly asked that the picture-taking stop but acknowledged                              public transit in Toronto.”
“there are things we as workers can do to improve the customer experience.”
He said the face-to-face meetings would be arranged to promote open                                     Kinnear said each meeting will be run by an impartial moderator
dialogue and mutual respect between TTC workers and riders.                                          who is not affiliated with the union and is known for their public-
                                                                                                     spiritedness.
sTREAMED LIVE ON THE INTERNET
                                                                                                        The April 11 moderator was John Tory, a well-known former politician,
    “Our name for this initiative is ‘Let’s talk,’” said Kinnear. “And that’s                        host on Newstalk 1010, and Chair of the Toronto City Summit Alliance.
what we intend to do. We’re extending an open invitation to the public
to attend three meetings in the coming weeks on Sunday, starting at                                     The April 18 moderator was Diane O’Reggio, a distinguished social
1:00 pm. The meetings will be broadcast on Rogers TV and streamed                                    and political activist and currently president and CEO of the Nelson
live on the Internet.”                                                                               Mandela Children’s Fund (Canada).

   “Ours goals for these meetings are both modest and large,” said                                      The May 2 moderator will be announced soon.
Kinnear. “The modest part is that we hope people leave these meetings
thinking they were glad they came. We hope people will see that our                                     Each meeting will feature the moderator, Kinnear, and four other
                                                                                                     Local 113 members who have volunteered to answer the public’s
                                                                                                     questions. Additional frontline TTC workers will be available to talk to
                                                                                                     the public before and after the formal meeting.


                                                                                                     ‘THINgs cAN BE BETTER’
                                                                                                        “We believe that if TTC workers and riders work together, things
                                                                                                     can be better. And we commit to Toronto that we will do our part. The
                                                                                                     union will be taking to heart what it learns at these meetings and we will
                                                                                                     respond with future initiatives that will show this to be a meaningful
                                                                                                     and useful process.”

                                                                                                         The union has set up a Facebook page to promote the meetings:
                                                                                                     Let’s Talk: TTC Riders & Workers. Details are also available on
                                                                                                     Local 113’s website: www.WeMoveToronto.ca.



Local President Bob kinnear, 113-Toronto, oN, speaking at a press conference, March 31, announcing
three public meetings with TTC riders. (ToNY BoCk/GeTSToCk.CoM)


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AMALGAMATED TRANSIT UNION
CANADIAN COUNCIL
SYNDICAT UNI DU TRANSPORT
CONSEIL CANADIEN


                                 CONFERENCE CALL
                            Wednesday, June 2nd to Saturday, June 5th, 2010 at the Delta Beauséjour
                                   750 rue Main Street, Moncton, New Brunswick E1C 1E6
                                                 1-888-351-7666 Telephone


EXEcUTIVE BOARD MEETINg                                                    HOTEL AccOMMODATIONs
The Executive Board of the Canadian Council will meet on Monday,           Room rates (plus applicable taxes) have been established at $149.00
May 31st and Tuesday, June 1st, 2010 at 9:30 AM                            per night, single or double occupancy.

LOcAL REPORTs                                                              Please call the hotel directly at 1-888-351-7666 to make your
Wednesday, June 2nd, 2010, will be set aside for the presentation of       reservation stating you are with the Amalgamated Transit Union
Local reports. Please have a copy of your written report available         Canadian Council. The cut-off date for the hotel is Monday, April
for the Secretary to the Board for the purpose of the minutes.             26th, 2010.

ELEcTIONs                                                                  REgIsTRATION FEEs
Elections will not be held this year as there are no open seats on the     Delegates, Alternate Delegates                     $100.00
Canadian Council Executive Board.                                          Visitors, Spouses                                  $50.00
DELEgATE REPREsENTATION                                                    The above amounts are to be paid to the Canadian Council office
As per Article 6.05 of the Canadian Council By-Laws, delegate status       when registration forms are submitted, as per Article 6.03 and 6.04 of
will be based on Per Capita paid for the month of March 2010.              the Canadian Council By-Laws.
DELEgATE EXPENsEs
As per Article 16.01 of the Canadian Council By-Laws, any Local            REgIsTRATION DATE AND TIME
submitting a claim will have their claim reviewed by the Executive         Conference registration will take place:
Board for a decision.                                                      Wednesday, June 2nd - 7:00 AM to 9:00 AM

In accordance with Article 16.01 of the Canadian Council By-Laws,          gOLF TOURNAMENT
the following procedures will apply before any financial assistance will   The Host Locals are having a golf tournament on Tuesday, June 1st,
be granted to any Local making application:                                2010, for all delegates and guests of the Canadian Council Conference.
                                                                           The course location, green fees, and registration forms will be included
    1. Any Local applying must first of all comply with the airfare        with the Final Conference Call.
       cost; “Lowest rate available”.

    2. Most importantly, “Where a Local Union is unable to send a          BANqUET
       delegate due to financial constraints, upon written request to      A banquet will be held on Friday, June 4th, 2010. Details of the
       the Canadian Council with such proof.” The proof that will          location of the banquet will follow in the Final Conference Call.
       be required shall be the most recent audited financial statement    Return bus transportation will be provided from the hotel. The dress
       of the Local Union submitted to the International office and        code for the evening is casual.
       any other pertinent information that will assist the Executive
       Board in arriving at a fair decision.


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                                     DOT Secretary Meets with ATU, APTA
                                    Decides to Seek Temporary Operating Aid
                                                            While the ATU and the Rainbow PUSH were convening a group of transit labor leaders in Chicago to establish a union
                                                            alliance to work for operating assistance, Secretary of Transportation Ray LaHood published a comment on his DOT blog
                                                            announcing his support for allowing transit agencies to use up to 10 percent of their federal transit funding for operating
                                                            costs until the passage of a new surface transportation authorization bill.

                                                            The March 26 announcement comes less that two weeks after LaHood met with International President Warren S. George,
                                                            and Rev. Jesse L. Jackson at the ATU Legislative Conference in Washington, DC.

                                                            International President George responded to the announcement saying, “We are heartened by Secretary LaHood’s understanding
                                                            of the crisis and his willingness to endorse, at least, this stop-gap measure. The ATU will continue to work hard to convince
                                                            both the administration and Congress that this change must be made permanent in order for America’s transit systems to
                                                            survive in the 21st Century.”

   International President Warren S. George (right)         In his blog comment reprinted below, the transportation secretary acknowledges the role meetings with ATU officers and
   greets Secretary of Transporation Raymond                others played in his decision:
   LaHood at ATU’s 2010 Legislative Conference.
                                                                                 Secretary of Transportation Ray LaHood at the ATU Legislative Conference in
                                                                                 Washington, DC, March 15.

                     Economy Roughs Up Transit, Thousands of Jobs in the Balance
                                                                                                          – Secretary of Transportation Ray LaHood

         Times are tough right now. The folks in the transit world know this as                         TRANsIT sERVIcEs ARE EssENTIAL
      well as anyone.
                                                                                                            Read the news and you’ll see: from Sacramento to New York City, and
         I have spoken personally to mayors and other local officials around the                        from Chicago to Atlanta, transit agencies across the country are being forced
      country about the challenges they’re dealing with on their transit systems,                       to cut services or increase fares – sometimes both.
      and it’s not pretty.
                                                                                                            But transit services are essential for getting people who can’t afford a
          Although public transit provided over 10.2 billion rides in 2009, the                         car to the jobs they count on. And the most vulnerable of these workers often
      recession has dented ridership revenues. What’s worse for the transit                             rely on the very same routes being slashed.
      climate is that the states – strapped for cash – are pulling back funds from
      local transit agencies. Without the American Recovery and Reinvestment                                Hospital employees on the early shift can’t afford the news that their
      Act, with its support for state governments and its transit grants, furloughs                     4:30 a.m. bus is no longer running. Hotel workers trying to get home from
      and reductions would certainly be worse. But this situation calls for further                     the late shift need a subway line that’s still running to their neighborhood.
      action.                                                                                           Cleaning crews, emerging from deserted downtown office buildings in the
                                                                                                        middle-of-the-night, don’t feel safe waiting – often alone – at unsheltered
          Recently, I spoke to the members of the American Public Transportation                        bus stops for long stretches of time.
      Association, and – over and over again – I heard about the unpleasant choices
      they’re facing, particularly in meeting operating costs. The folks I talked with at                                                                        (see LaHood on page 14)
      the Amalgamated Transit Union are equally concerned.



                          Amalgamated Transit Union, Transport Workers Union, United Transportation
                                                                                                           ATU and the Rainbow PUSH Coalition (RPC) joined forces in Chicago on March
                                                                                                       26, to convene a meeting of representatives of the three top mass transit unions – the
                                                                                                       ATU, the Transport Workers Union (TWU), and the United Transportation Union
                                                                                                       (UTU) – to save public transit in the United States. Other unions and community
                                                                                                       supporters are expected to join the effort as well.
                                                                                                          A news conference was held a week later on March 31, in New York City to further
                                                                                                       publicize the new campaign.
                                                                                                           Rev. Jesse L. Jackson, head of the RPC, has backed the effort with appearances in
                                                                                                       Chicago, IL; New York, NY; and in meetings with ATU locals Portland, OR (Local
                                                                                                       757), Detroit, MI (Local 26), and Atlanta, GA (Local 732). He is also expected at rallies
                                                                                                       for public transit that are being planned for other venues throughout the United States.
International President Warren S. George (at podium) addresses the rally for public transit,               The goal is to get Congress to permanently change the law prohibiting transit systems
March 27, in Chicago, IL. From left, to the left of George is Rev. Jesse L. Jackson, and (partially
                                                                                                       serving areas with populations over 200,000, from using their federal transit funds for
hidden) ATU Local President darrell Jefferson, 241-Chicago, IL. To George’s right is Transport
                                                                                                       operating expenses such as wages and administration.
Workers Union International executive Vice President Harry Lombardo, TWU Local 100 President
John Samuelson, and ATU Local President Bob kelly, 308-Chicago, IL.                                        Rallies are being scheduled in other cities around the country. Check www.atu.org
12         IN TRANSIT                                                                                  frequently to find out when and where they will occur.
                                                                                                                                                                               www.atu.org
                                                                    Public Transportation in
  Serious Funding Crisis           more than 80% of transit systems forced to raise fares or cut services



            P   ublic transportation systems are facing unprecedented funding challenges
                due to widespread declining state and local revenues, and have been forced
            to take a number of critical actions including: raising fares, cutting service,
                                                                                                                     systems have eliminated positions or are considering doing so in the future.
                                                                                                                     Nearly half (47%) of public transit systems have laid off employees or are
                                                                                                                     considering layoffs in the future.
            and laying off employees, according to a new survey released March 31, by the
            American Public Transportation Association (APTA).                                                           In addition, more than half (54%) of public transportation systems
                                                                                                                     responding have transferred their own funds (not federal) from capital use to
                                                                                                                     operations, thus aggravating efforts to keep systems in a state of good repair.
            gEORgE: REPORT sHOWs NEED FOR OPERATINg AssIsTANcE

                “The report speaks volumes about the need for Congress to pass the                                   200,000 JOBs
            Carnahan bill in the House and Sherrod Brown bill in the Senate to allow U.S.
            transit agencies to use their federal subsidies for operating expenses,” asserted                            The ATU was successful in securing passage of legislation which allowed
            International President Warren S. George.                                                                transit agencies serving populations over 200,000 to use up to 10 percent of
                                                                                                                     their American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) assistance for operating
                The report, Impacts of the Recession on Public Transportation Agencies, shows                        assistance. The ATU is leading a campaign to increase and make permanent
            that since January 1, 2009, 84 percent of public transit systems have raised                             the amount of federal transit dollars larger transit systems are allowed to use for
            fares, cut service or are considering either of those actions. Fifty-nine percent of                     operating expenses such as wages and administration.
            public transit systems report that they have already cut service or raised fares. 
                                                                                                                         APTA estimates that the ARRA supported and created more than 200,000
               Service cuts that have been either implemented or will be considered for                              jobs, through both capital investment and up to 10 percent of funding for
            future action include: reductions in rush hour service (56%), reductions in off-                         operating expenses.  APTA’s survey found that about one-third of public transit
            peak service (62%), and reductions in geographic coverage (40%).                                         systems used some of their ARRA funds to pay operating costs. 

                                                                                                                        The report is based on a survey of 151 APTA transit system members
            LAYOFFs                                                                                                  representing more than 80 percent of the nation’s transit riders, and includes
                                                                                                                     19 of the top 25 agencies in terms of annual ridership.
                The severity of the funding situation is evident with seven out of 10 public
            transit systems (69%) projecting budget shortfalls in their next fiscal year.                                To view the full report, go to: http://bit.ly/APTAimpacts.
            According to the report, public transit systems have taken significant personnel
            actions to reduce spending. A total of 68 percent of public transportation




n Union, and Rainbow PUsH coalition convene Rally to save Public Transit




   International President Warren S. George, left, and Rev. Jesse L. Jackson       A large group representing ATU members from across the U.S. gathered at the Rainbow PUSH headquarters in Chicago, IL, March 27,
   confer during a discussion concerning the formation of a labor union alliance   to hear Rev. Jesse Jackson, International President Warren S. George, representatives from the Transport Workers Union, and riders
   to save public transit, March 26, at the Rainbow PUSH headquarters in           urge them to support an increase in federal operating assistance for U.S. transit agencies.
   Chicago, IL.
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                                               ATU Eastern Can-Am Conference – July 20-25, 2010
                                             T    he Can-Am Conference will be held from July 20-25, 2010, in Niagara Falls, ON, Canada. This comprehensive
                                                  educational conference, which is open to all ATU local unions that are members of the Can-Am, gives attendees
                                             an opportunity to discuss various matters in their locals, exchange views and ideas, and join in solidarity in these times
                                             of trouble in both our great countries.


                                                                                            REgIsTRATION
                        HILTON HOTEL & sUITEs                                                  The registration fee for the conference is $120 for each delegate or guest
                       NIAgARA FALLs/FALLsVIEW                                              (includes registration gift).
                     6361 Fallsview Blvd • Niagara Falls, ontario
                                                                                               Contact Local 113 at 416-398-5113 for registration forms and
                                                                                            information. Completed registration forms should be returned along with
                Toll Free Reservations 1-866-873-9829                                       a cheque payable to “ATU Can-Am Conference” to:
                        Quote “ATU Can-Am Conference” for group rates
                                                                                                     Rocco Signorile
                         REsERVATIONs DEADLINE: June 20, 2010                                        Secretary-Treasurer
                                                                                                     ATU Local 113
                                                                                                     812 Wilson Avenue, Downsview, ON M3K 1E5
               ROOM TYPE                 TUE-THU              FRI           sAT
                                                                                                Register early to avoid any disappointment. Final agendas will be mailed
        2 Queen Beds                                                                        to all registered locals in advance of the Conference.
                                           $159             $159           $209
        City View
                                                                                            AgENDA
        2 Queen Beds                                                                        Please plan to arrive on Tuesday, July 20 and depart on Sunday, July 25.
                                           $169             $199           $249
        US Fallsview                                                                        Wednesday, July 21         3pm to 6pm            Registration

        2 Bedroom                                                                           Thursday, July 22          9am to 12pm           Conference Sessions
        deluxe Suite                       $169             $209           $259
        City View                                                                                                      after 12pm            Tours and Golf Available

        2 Bedroom                                                                           Friday, July 23            9am to 4pm            Conference Sessions
        deluxe Suite                       $199             $229           $279                                        6pm                   Banquet at Brazilian Steakhouse
        US Fallsview                                                                                                                         ($40/person)

                              Hotel offers complimentary parking.
                                                                                            Saturday, July 24          9am to 12pm           Conference Sessions




(LaHood continued from page 12)                                                              agencies more flexibility to use a portion of their federal funds to cover operating
                                                                                             costs during these tough economic times.

THOUsANDs OF TRANsIT EMPLOYEEs OUT OF WORK OR FAcINg LAYOFF                                  WE NEED TO sUPPORT THIs INDUsTRY

    And that’s not even to mention the thousands of transit employees nationwide                Now, this cannot be a blank check. There must be limits.
who find themselves out of work entirely. In Atlanta alone, up to 1,500 transit workers
are facing the possibility of layoff as that city considers eliminating 50 percent of its       And clearly, we’re talking about temporary assistance, not the normal course of
bus routes and reducing its rail service by 20 percent.                                      business.

    America’s transit agencies are hurting. That’s the simple fact. Significant service          But for right now, we should do what we can to keep our trains and buses
cuts and thousands of layoffs have been proposed.                                            operating, to keep people working, and to keep people getting to the jobs they need
                                                                                             so badly.
    And, although addressing these issues will always be a primarily local and state
responsibility, the federal government should try to help. Accordingly, I will work               We need to support this industry so it can help families meet their daily needs
with members of the House and Senate this year to see if we can allow transit                all across the country.




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International President Warren S. George rallies public transit supporters in favor of allowing all transit systems to use federal dollars for operating assistance, at the U.S. Capitol, March 16.


Legislative conference Launches National campaign for Operating Assistance, Jobs
‘OPERATINg AssIsTANcE, JOBs’                                                                           A ready solution to the problem is available – simply give all
                                                                                                   transit agencies the flexibility they need to use at least a portion of
    “Operating Assistance, Jobs.” Those were the three words most                                  the federal aid they already receive as they see fit. Unfortunately, an
frequently heard at the ATU Legislative Conference held March                                      arcane, Gingrich-era rule stands in the way.
15 - 17, in Washington, DC. Permanently changing the law to allow
all transit agencies to use federal dollars for operating assistance –                                 Under the rule, only transit systems that serve areas with
to save and create jobs – became the goal of a new alliance that                                   populations under 200,000 may use federal money for operating
emerged from the conference.                                                                       expenses such as wages, and administration – expenses which most
                                                                                                   transit agencies are desperately trying to find money for, right now.
    The importance of the issues facing transit was underlined by
the caliber of speakers International President Warren S. George                                       Larger properties may only use
assembled for this year’s conference:                                                              their federal funds for capital purchases
                                                                                                   such as new transit vehicles, and
    Rev. Jesse L. Jackson, president of the Rainbow PUSH Coalition                                 equipment. Thus federal law denies
(RPC); Richard Trumka, president of the AFL-CIO; Ray LaHood,                                       our larger, urban areas the flexibility
secretary of transportation; and Dale Marisco, executive director of                               they need to maintain service in the
the Community Transportation Association of America (CTAA),                                        most transit-dependent areas of
headlined the event which featured most of the “heavy-hitters” from                                the country.
the capital’s Labor and transit communities as well as transit managers
and representatives of ATU’s most politically active U.S. locals.                                      The rule creates a cruel
                                                                                                   irony. As International
    At a rally on Capitol Hill, participants had the opportunity to                                President George has
hear from congressional sponsors and supporters of legislation that                                observed, “It makes no
would allow all transit systems to use some federal aid for operating                              sense to give money to
assistance. Afterward, they lobbied their representatives in their                                 transit agencies to buy
House and Senate offices.                                                                          buses and light rail when
                                                                                                   they can’t afford to hire
   Many conference-goers also met with their opposite numbers                                      anyone to drive them.”
in management who were among those attending the legislative
conference of the American Public Transportation Association
happening at the same time.


cRIsIs, OPPORTUNITY

   The gathering could not have taken place at a moment of
greater crisis or opportunity for American public transit.

    Declining state and local revenues caused by the recession
have led to severe reductions in the money available for mass
transit in the United States. The subsequent funding drought
has forced agencies to increase fares, cut service, and layoff
workers. And more of the same is expected this summer.

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                                                          cARNAHAN, BROWN INTRODUcE BILLs                                     transit, its new federal rail safety program, and rules
                                                                                                                              prohibiting texting while operating a transit vehicle.
                                                              Rep. Russ Carnahan, D-MO, and Sen. Sherrod
                                                          Brown, D-OH, have introduced bills in their                             LaHood said he was “grateful to the ATU for
                                                          respective bodies that would allow larger transit                   its continued leadership and support,” and that the
                                                          agencies to use up to 50 percent of the federal funds               Union had “a full partner in President Obama and
                                                          they are already receiving for operating assistance,                the administration.”
                                                          according to a sliding scale based on size.

                                                             While the task ahead for transit advocates
                                                          might seem daunting, Carnahan encouraged
                                                          the conference participants saying, “We do best
                                                          when we have a common challenge ahead of us.”
International President Warren S. George
                                                          Carnahan thanked ATU members “for all you do.”

                                                              Later, Sen. Brown spoke at the ATU-CTAA
                                                          rally. Excerpts from both their comments at the
ATU sUccEssFUL IN sEcURINg                                rally are can be found on pages 19-20.
TEMPORARY OPERATINg AssIsTANcE

   International President George welcomed                                                                                    Federal Transit Administrator Peter Rogoff
conference participants with an overview of the
successes achieved and the challenges the Union
continues to take on in its effort to change the law                                                                              Federal Transit Administrator Peter Rogoff, a
regarding federal transit operating assistance.                                                                               truly pro-transit FTA chief appointed by the
                                                                                                                              president, gave his take on the goals of the Obama
    The ATU was successful last summer in                                                                                     administration during a luncheon presentation on
convincing Congress to allow all properties to use                                                                            March 17.
up to 10 percent of their American Recovery and
Reinvestment Act (ARRA) stimulus funding for
operating costs. And, subsequent to discussions                                                                               ‘WE’LL FIgHT WITH YOU… WE’LL WIN WITH YOU.’
during the conference with International President        Secretary of Transportation Ray LaHood tells the Legislative
Warren S. George and Rev. Jackson, Secretary              Conference that the ATU has a “full partner in President obama          The conference could not ignore the challenges
LaHood announced his intention to seek the same           and the Administration.”                                            facing the entire union movement, any more than
amount of temporary operating assistance for all                                                                              it could those in the transit industry. AFL-CIO
transit agencies until the next multi-year surface        LAHOOD: ‘WE KNOW THERE’s A LOT MORE TO DO’                          President Rich Trumka more than provided the
transportation authorization bill is passed.                                                                                  conferees with the latest information from the front
                                                              Secretary of Transportation LaHood acknowledged                 lines of labor advocacy.
   While welcome, the temporary operating aid             the depth of the crisis admitting, “We know there’s a
doesn’t address the long-range problems caused            lot more to do.”
by the lack of consistent, stable support for the
operation of U.S. mass transit. Indeed, the New              “I’m open to using federal funds for transit
York Metropolitan Transportation Authority                operating assistance,” he told the group, but
and other large transit systems have refused the          cautioned, “We need to find the right balance [in
temporary operating help because, they say, that aid      funding].”
cannot be counted on over time.
                                                             The Secretary reiterated previously-published
    Complicating the picture is the depletion of          comments that the administration would like to
the government trust fund that is supposed to be a        move away from funding separate transit projects
steady source of revenue for the nation’s transit and     to funding integrated intermodal transportation
highway systems. The recession, and greater fuel          plans. He also reviewed the Department of
economy have combined to reduce the amount of             Transportation’s stimulus investments in public                     AFL-CIo President Richard Trumka
gas tax coming into this fund.
                                                                                                                                 “People are suffering out there,” he declared,
    Some transit advocates say that an increase in                                                                            because of “too much ‘business-as-usual.’”
the federal gas tax is inevitable if America is to keep
pace with its growing mobility needs. But you don’t                                                                               “Business-as-usual boils down to one thing –,”
have to be a political scientist to know that tax                                                                             the labor leader asserted, “greed.”
increases are one of those “third rails” of American
politics – something most legislators will not touch.                                                                            Trumka decried partisan gridlock at a time
                                                                                                                              “when we need action,” and assailed “the outrageous
                                                                                                                              roadblocks” to progress thrown down by members
JAcKsON TO PUsH FOR OPERATINg AssIsTANcE                                                                                      of Congress.

   Perhaps, the highest profile figure to address                                                                                  The federation president asserted, “For millions
the conference was Jackson who threw his lot in                                                                               of people, the last thing they need is business-as-
with the transit workers and riders of America in         From left, International Secretary-Treasurer oscar owens,           usual. Congress had better be ready to fight for
remarks during which he outlined initial plans to         International President Warren S. George, and Rainbow PUSH          jobs, and health care, because our labor movement
hold rallies with the ATU to loosen the restrictions      Coalition President Jesse Jackson, at the Legislative Conference.   isn’t conducting business-as-usual. Working people
on operating aid.                                                                                                             expect nothing less.”


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                                                                                    MEMBERs OF cONgREss

                                                                                        In addition to the members of Congress who were at the ATU-
                                                                                    CTAA rally, the conference heard from Rep. James Oberstar,
                                                                                    D-MN, chair of the House Transportation Committee, who is one
                                                                                    of the strongest proponents of mass transit in Congress. He has
                                                                                    drafted a strong transportation reauthorization bill.




                                                                                                                                                              LEGISLATIVE CONFERENCE
                                                                                        “We need to fully fund
                                                                                    mass transit, and continue
                                                                                    the stimulus,” Oberstar
                                                                                    stated, adding forcefully,
                                                                                    “We need to create jobs!”

                                                                                        The Minnesota Democrat
                                                                                    spoke about new safety
International President Warren S. George, right, greets AFL-CIo President Richard
                                                                                    proposals that have been
Trumka upon his arrival at the Conference.
                                                                                    folded in to his overall
                                                                                    transportation bill, the need Rep. James oberstar, d-MN
    Trumka restated the federation’s commitment to labor law                        to improve maintenance, and
reform “so that every worker can organize a union and bargain                       the urgency of increasing the gas tax. Oberstar would also like to
collectively.”                                                                      see a federal office of intermodalism that would develop a strategic
                                                                                    six-year plan for transit in America.
   He predicted that public workers would become the next target
of Labor’s enemies. “You’re gonna hear, ‘we can’t afford public                         Oberstar has endorsed LaHood’s plan to continue to allow
workers. They cost too much.’ But, we can answer, ‘B*** S***.’”                     larger transit systems to use 10 percent of their federal assistance
                                                                                    for operating assistance until a new bill is passed.
   The AFL-CIO chief vowed to stand with the ATU in its work
toward passage of a new multi-year transit reauthorization bill.                                                                Rep. Earl Blumenauer,
“We’ll fight with you. We’ll stand with you. And we’ll win with                                                             D-OR, one of the most
you,” he declared.                                                                                                          stalwart friends of the ATU
                                                                                                                            in the House, spoke to the
                                                                                                                            conference, saying, “My
DALE MARIscO: ‘ONE OF THE gOOD gUYs’                                                                                        hope is that we develop a new
                                                                                                                            vision [for mass transit].”
    International President George introduced CTAA Exeutive
Director Dale Marisco, “as one of the good guys who heads a                                                                    He reminded conferees
management-based organization that has always been supportive of                                                            that the gas tax “hasn’t been
‘Section 13(c)’, and is one of the founders of the recently formed                  Rep. earl Blumenauer, d-oR              increased since 1993.”
“Alliance for Transit Operating Assistance.”
                                                                                       “It’s time to raise money for transportation,” he said, and he was
   Marisco observed, “It is clear we face challenging times. We                     open to any way it could be done.
have the same vision: every community deserves full mobility. We
must recommit to the hard work of building it.”
                                                                                    TRANsPORTATION TRADEs
    That vision, he warned, “is threatened by the ‘great recession.’ We
face reductions in every state because state and local governments                      One of the most
are hard-pressed to maintain our systems.”                                          dynamic labor leaders to
                                                                                    speak to the gathering was
                                                    “Ours is a partnership          Ed Wytkind, the always-
                                                with the federal government,”       passionate president of the
                                                Marisco continued, “Today,          AFL-CIO’s Transportation
                                                many people take their first        Trades Department (which
                                                step toward the ‘American           recently celebrated its 20th
                                                Dream’ on a bus.”                   anniversary).

                                           “This is the time we                        Knowing that many TTd President ed Wytkind
                                      must stand up, not only for                   unionists are disappointed
                                      transit,’ he insisted, “but                   with President Obama’s performance on transit and labor issues,
                                      for our riders,” adding that,                 Wytkind listed the many important pro-union and pro-transit
CTAA executive director dale Marisco  “it’s time we end the crazy                   decisions the president has made since taking office. He insisted,
                                      principles governing public                   “We cannot let the ‘blame game’ take the president down.”
transit. If it’s OK to spend money on highways, why can’t we give
any money to transit?                                                                  What’s more the TTD head asserted that until the rules of the
                                                                                    Senate were fixed everything we fight for can die in that chamber.
    “In a crisis we are all supposed to pull together. Transit and
transit labor are good for America not only in good times, but                          Nevertheless, Wytkind challenged conference participants to
especially in bad times,” he said.                                                  fight for a new transit reauthorization bill, and a fuel tax increase.




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                                                                          The growing presence of First Group in this                          Afterward, a panel of three local officers from
                                                                      field and its blatant anti-union tactics, have alarmed                Washington, DC, Boston, Chicago, and Salt Lake
                                                                      ATU locals all over the United States.                                City, and the Chief Safety Officer of the Transport
                                                                                                                                            Workers Union in New York, discussed what they
                                                                         Clayton Sinyai, ATU’s director of strategic                        have done to promote a culture of safety among
                                                                      campaigns, presented an overview of the dominance                     both labor and management at their properties.
                                                                      that ATU enjoys in comparison to other unions in
                                                                      the transit industry. Sinyai explained the basics of
                                                                      the strategy the ATU will employ in the coming
                                                                      months to combat this vexing problem. (ATU will
                                                                      publish more on this in the next issue of In Transit.).
david Carpio, Political Training director, AFL-CIo

                                                                      sAFETY
POLITIcs
                                                                          A terrible rash of accidents took the lives of ATU
   The conferees received a primer on the coming                      members working on rail systems in the United
congressional elections from David Carpio from                        States during the past year. Washington, DC’s
the Political Department of the AFL-CIO. He                           Metro system is undergoing increased scrutiny, as
made clear with statistics that a significantly greater               an unusually high number of tragic incidents took
percentage of ATU members participate in electoral                    place there.
politics than the population at large. ATU has had,                                                                                         International executive Vice President Ron Heintzman has actively
and can continue to have, political influence far                         Debbie Hersman, chair of the National                             created coalitions between the ATU the green movement.
beyond what its actual numbers might suggest.                         Transportation Safety Board, reviewed four rail
                                                                      accident investigations undertaken by the NTSB in
    He castigated trade unionists who say that they                   the last year, and the conclusions drawn from them.                   BUILDINg cOALITIONs WITH
feel little motivation to get active in the November                                                                                        THE gREEN MOVEMENT
congressional elections, given what they feel is the                                                    “ M i c r o s l e e p ,”
president’s weak record on labor issues thus far.                                                   a phenomenon in                             ATU joined the “Blue-Green Coalition,”
That sort of thinking could weaken Obama’s hand                                                     which persons can                       this year. The group which joins union and
in accomplishing more for Labor in the second half                                                  doze off for a fraction                 environmental activists in a common cause was
of his first term, and could possibly even lead to a                                                of a second, or up                      represented by Rob McCulloch on a panel which
change of leadership in the Senate.                                                                 to 30 seconds, and                      discussed building coalitions with green groups to
                                                                                                    never realize they had                  improve transit.
                                                                                                    briefly fallen asleep,
PRIVATIZATION                                                                                       was blamed as the                          The other members on the panel were Greg
                                                                                                    cause of one fatal                      LeRoy from Good Jobs First, Casey Stanton from
    Privatization continues to pose a perennial                                                     rail accident. With                     the Transportation Equity Network (TEN), and
                                                                      NTSB Chair debbie Hersman
threat to collective bargaining in the public sector.                                               computer programs                       James Corless from Transportation for America
First Transit, a subsidiary of the Scottish company,                  cutting recovery times between runs to absolute                       (T4America).
First Group, has emerged as the company most                          minimums, it is thought that microsleep may be
governments now turn to when they want to privatize                   playing a role in an increasing number of transit
all or part of their transit or paratransit services.                 accidents.




ABOVE LEFT
Sen. Scott Brown, R-MA, listens to a presentation by the Massachusetts participants at the Legislative Conference. Members of the group are familiar
with the newly-elected Republican, having worked with him on transit issues when he was in the Massachusetts legislature.
ABOVE RIGHT
Sen. kirsten e. Gillibrand, d-NY, listens to New York members from the Legislative Conference. The newly-elected democrat listened intently to
members of the ATU’s delegation.
RIGHT
Sen. Charles e. Schumer, d-NY, meets with the New York participants at the Legislative Conference. The senator has had a long-term relationship with
the ATU, and usually makes room in his schedule for a visit during the Union’s Legislative Conference.

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“Transit = Jobs” ATU members proudly hold a banner which says it all at the ATU-CTAA rally at the U.S. Capitol, March 16.



                      congressional Allies support Public Transit at ATU-cTAA Rally

T    he following are excerpts from the remarks by members of
     Congress who addressed the ATU-CTAA rally for operating
assistance, March 16, on Capitol Hill:
                                                                                              My hope is that [passage of these bills] will mean hundreds of
                                                                                          drivers in my state and thousands of drivers and workers around
                                                                                          this country will get back to work.

sEN. sHERROD BROWN, D-OH                                                                      Everything that we do is about jobs. That’s why we want to take
                                                                                          some of this money that’s for capital and put it into rehiring drivers,
   For the people you serve, for them to go to the doctor’s is not                        rehiring transit workers, so that you can get back to work; and even
always an easy thing. And if they didn’t have you; if they didn’t have                    more importantly, get back to serve the way you have in the past,
bus service… I get letters from people for whom bus service is cut                        the people who need public transportation…
back asking, “How am I supposed to do this?”
                                                                                             Thank you for your service. Thank you for what you’re doing to
    You all as bus drivers and transit workers are always a part of                       make this a better country. And thank you for your union activism.
this equation: You’re providing a service for people whom people                          What you do as union activists is build the middle class in this
often forget about. And that’s what’s so important about what you                         country.
do. That’s why we’ve got to pass the Carnahan bill in the House and
our bill in the Senate, and move forward.




        From left, Rep. Steven C. LaTourette, R-oH, poses for this picture                         New Jersey ATU members meet with Rep. donald Payne, d-NJ,
        with Local President William H. Nix, 268-Cleveland, oH, and Gregory                        to discuss the importance of H.R. 2746, the recently introduced operating
        davidson, 268.                                                                             assistance legislation.


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LEFT
Gregory davidson, 268-Cleveland, oH, brought
his pink slip informing him that he would be laid
of on April 4.


cENTER
Billie kelley, 788-St. Louis, Mo, was laid off then
brought back after the ATU convinced Congress to
allow large transit agencies to use up to 10 percent
of their stimulus money for operating assistance.


RIgHT
International President George, left, thanks Sherri
evans, 627-Cincinnati, oH, for sharing her story. A
single parent, evans was laid off on Christmas eve.
She and her child now live with her mother.




REP. RUss cARNAHAN, D-MO                                       They need their employees [to get to work]. They           of those who depend on you to deliver them to and
                                                               need their customers to get there. And, that’s also        from their jobs and to [their] vital appointments…
     We’re in a tough economic time now... And                 a part of growing this economy back. This bill is
what do Americans do in tough economic times?                  going to do that.                                              Hard working Americans could be proud to see
We put our differences aside; we work together; we                                                                        you all turn out today, and in the fight that you are
get things done; we innovate; we come up with new                  We’re going to come out of this stronger. We’re        fighting to fix this – not just for yourselves – but for
ideas and new ways to get things done. And that’s              going to come out of this better. I am optimistic          our country and communities.
what this bill (the Carnahan bill) is all about.               about our country, and together we are going to get
                                                               the job done.                                                  I commend you. And know we are with you.
    We know transportation is the life-blood
of our economy. We know that investments in                    REP. BETTY sUTTON, D-OH
transportation create and save jobs just about
                           better than any other                  It is so good to be here with ATU, and all of
                           investment we can                   your leadership! What a dynamic group of leaders
                           make in this country.               you have!
                           We know that.
                                                                  Thank you for allowing me to be a part of this
                                         We know this is       mission and a part of what will be a victory for ATU
                                      an issue that brings     and our community.
                                      people together.
                                                                   I am a proud co-sponsor of this legislation.
                                          This, absolutely,    Transit services are so vital to the people I represent;
                                      is a labor issue. But,   so vital to keeping our country running… We have
                                      guess what? In my        to keep our transit systems running. We have to
                                      district the business    allow them to have the flexibility to do what we
                                      community is just as     need them to do to get through this recession; to
Rep. Russ Carnahan, d-Mo              strong behind this.      keep all of the transit workers working as well as all     Rep. Betty Sutton, d-oH


   A MEssAgE FROM THE INTERNATIONAL EXEcUTIVE VIcE PREsIDENT

   Facing Change in Contractor Employers (continued from page 5)

   TRAP!
       Prospective bidders may ask you to give them an increase figure as                        Following these suggestions will help insure that your local is not
   to what the local union will be seeking in future negotiations. This is                    caught by surprise when a new contractor takes over operation of
   a trap! If the bidder persists; the local should give the bidder a figure                  your work. If your local does the work as outlined above before the
   high enough that it would meet or exceed the members’ expectations,                        new contractor is chosen, the members stand a much better chance of
   because the employer will attempt to hold the local to a figure.                           making a new employer transition less threatening, and protect your
                                                                                              members’ wages, benefits and working conditions.
      One rule of thumb you may use is to tell the prospective
   employer that the local will seek at least what it proposed in previous
   negotiations, and more, of course with the assumption that like most
   locals the union ultimately settled for less than it initially sought.



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LOcAL 22 - Worcester, MA                                             LOcAL 714 - Portland, ME
east Brookfield & Spencer Railroad                                   Greater Portland Transit district

Local President Christopher Bruce and International Vice President   Local President Joseph Gaudette and International Vice President
Larry Hanley report settlement.                                      Richard Murphy report settlement.

TERM:                 3 years           7/15/09 - 7/14/12            TERM:               1 year            1/1/10 - 12/31/10

WAgEs:                Senior Switchman                               WAgEs:              Top operator
                      7/15/09 -        -   - $20.30                                      No WAGe CHANGeS
                      7/15/11 - 2.8% - 55¢ - $21.40
                      7/15/10 - 2.8% - 55¢ - $20.85                  HOLIDAYs: Martin Luther king day now
                                                                                     guaranteed holiday
                      Senior Repairman
                      7/15/09 -        -   - $20.30                  UNION LEAVE:        36 hours/year (was 24)
                      7/15/11 - 2.8% - 55¢ - $21.40
                      7/15/10 - 2.8% - 55¢ - $20.85                  NOTE:               eliminate “Mechanic-Painter”
                                                                                          job classification

LOcAL 22 - Worcester, MA
First Transit - MWRTA Facility                                       LOcAL 801 - Altoona, PA
                                                                     AMTRAN
Local President Christopher Bruce and International Vice President
Larry Hanley report settlement.                                      Local President Jacob Condron and International Vice President
                                                                     Larry Hanley report settlement.
TERM:                 3.5 years         10/26/09 - 6/30/13
                                                                     TERM:               3 years           6/1/09 - 5/31/12
WAgEs:                Top operator
                      10/26/09 - 42¢         7/1/11       - 48¢      WAgEs:              Top operator
                      7/1/10    - 32¢        7/1/12       - 48¢                          6/1/09 - 2.7% - 50¢ - $18.88
                                                                                         6/1/10 - 3.2% - 60¢ - $19.48
                      ToP RATe FoR CoNTRACT TeRM IS $18.54                               6/1/11 - 3.3% - 65¢ - $20.13
                                                                                         Top Mechanic
                      Top Mechanic
                                                                                         6/1/09 - 2.6% - 50¢ - $18.88
                      7/1/10   - 32¢         7/1/12       - 48¢
                                                                                         6/1/10 - 3.1% - 60¢ - $19.48
                      7/1/11   - 48¢
                                                                                         6/1/11 - 3.25% - 65¢ - $20.13

                                                                     PROBATION:          90 days
LOcAL 282 - Rochester, NY
First Transit - Canandaigua, NY                                      H & W:              Health Plan: employee contributes
                                                                                         $55-$65/month toward premium
International Vice President Gary Rauen reports settlement.
                                                                                         Vision Plan: $220/year benefit
TERM:                 3 years           1/1/10 - 12/31/12
                                                                     TOOL ALLOW.:        $300/year
WAgEs:                Top operator
                      1/1/10 - 2.0%     -   25¢   -   $12.86         UNIF. ALLOW.:       $250/year for mechanics
                      7/1/11 - 3.0%     -   41¢   -   $13.93
                      7/1/10 - 3.0%     -   39¢   -   $13.25
                      1/1/12 - 2.0%     -   28¢   -   $14.21         LOcAL 1338 - Dallas, TX
                      1/1/11 - 2.0%     -   27¢   -   $13.52         Transit Management of denton County
                      7/1/12 - 3.0%     -   43¢   -   $14.64
                                                                     Local President kenneth day and International Vice President
                      Top Mechanic                                   kenneth kirk report 1st agreement.
                      1/1/10 - 2.0%     -   41¢   -   $20.87
                      7/1/11 - 3.0%     -   66¢   -   $22.59         TERM:               3 years           3/31/09 - 3/23/12
                      7/1/10 - 3.0%     -   63¢   -   $21.50
                                                                     WAgEs:              Top operator
                      1/1/12 - 2.0%     -   45¢   -   $23.04
                                                                                         3/31/09 -            - $13.90
                      1/1/11 - 2.0%     -   43¢   -   $21.93
                                                                                         3/31/10 - 4.3% - 60¢ - $14.50
                      7/1/12 - 3.0%     -   69¢   -   $23.73
                                                                                         3/31/11 - 4.0% - 57¢ - $15.07

                                                                     PROBATION:          90 days
LOcAL 610 - charleston, sc
Veolia - Charleston                                                  H & W:              $1,000 deductible, employer pays 100%
                                                                                         of premium (single) or 82% family
Local President Herman Smith and International Vice President
Gary Rauen report settlement.                                        PENsION: ATU 401(k)

TERM:                 1.5 years         7/1/09 - 12/31/10            HOLIDAYs: 7 days
WAgEs:                Top operator
                      7/1/09 - 3% - 33¢ - $11.41
                                                                     LOcAL 1764 - Washington, Dc
                      7/1/10 - 3% - 34¢ - $11.75
                                                                     MV Transportation
H & W:                dental: employer contribution
                                                                     Local President Wayne Baker and International Vice President Bob
                      $22.80/month single;
                                                                     Baker report settlement.
                      $62.25/month family
                                                                     TERM:               3 years           9/1/09 - 9/1/12
s & A:                Long term disability insurance:
                      employer pays 60% of premium                   WAgEs:              Top operator
                                                                                         9/1/09 -          - $14.00
UNIF. ALLOW:          $200/year
                                                                                         9/1/10 - 3% - 42¢ - $14.42
                                                                                         9/1/11 - 3% - 43¢ - $14.85




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arbitration decision

aTU Local 1700 and Greyhound Lines, Inc.
IssUE: Did Greyhound Lines, Inc., have just cause to terminate the              checks on all employees, which uncovered Grievant’s 2002 conviction.
employment of Grievant after conducting a post-hire background check            The Company maintained a policy that required written notice of any
that turned up a misdemeanor conviction? And if not, what shall the             charges or convictions be provided to the Company, and that conviction
appropriate remedy be?                                                          of a violent offense could lead to removal from service and possible
                                                                                termination. Grievant was discharged for failing to provide said notice
sUMMARY: The Grievant was initially hired by the Company as a ticket            to the company.
agent and cleaner in Cleveland, Ohio, where she worked from 1998-
2000. After leaving the company some time in 2000, Grievant reapplied           The Union argued on behalf of the Grievant that the Grievant had provided
for a position as a bus operator, and was hired for the position in March       verbal notice of her court appearance and charges pending to Operation
2001. During the hiring process, the Grievant signed a disclosure and           Manager Herbert Field in Cleveland, OH, in 2002. The Grievant
authorization form as part of the Fair Credit Reporting Act (FRCA), in          acknowledged she did not provide written notice. Under examination,
which consent was given to be subjected to a background check both              Field could not recall receiving verbal notice. Grievant insisted that she
pre- and post-hire. During the initial process, no conviction was found.        had provided notice, a claim supported by the testimony of the Executive
                                                                                Vice President of Local 1700, Jimmie McCoy, and Shop Steward Herman
On September 28, 2001, the Grievant was involved in a minor domestic            Green. Later investigation by the Union found a document noting
dispute where she alleged she was being robbed. During the course of            the criminal charges against the Grievant and her subsequent court
the dispute, a party fell down the staircase at the Grievant’s residence.       proceedings, located in a personnel file at the company’s terminal office.
No police were summoned, and no charges were filed. In December of
that same year, the Grievant was summoned to court, and notified that           HOLDINg: Arbitrator Jonathan I. Klein noted that the company’s policy
she would be charged with two criminal counts. The Grievant would               required that if a background check uncovered a conviction, action must
eventually plead guilty to misdemeanor assault in 2002, where she was           be taken within 30 days. Evidence indicated that the Grievant had in fact
ordered to pay a $250 fine and court costs. She was not sentenced to            notified the company of her court proceedings in 2002. As the Grievant
probation or jail time.                                                         had provided notification nearly seven years prior to her termination, the
                                                                                company’s discipline was untimely and it had in fact waived its rights
In 2007, parent company Laidlaw, who owned Greyhound Lines, was                 to investigate and terminate the Grievant. The Grievant was ordered
purchased by FirstGroup PLC. FirstGroup then ordered background                 reinstated with full back pay, benefits and seniority.



                                                                             Winnipeg Members Cut Hair to Cure Cancer

                                                                            D    enise Aston-Devisscher and Shannon Kennedy, members of the Health
                                                                                 and Wellness Committee of Local 1505-Winnipeg, MB, sent us these
                                                                            photos taken at the recent “Cut for the Cure” fundraiser. They wrote:

                                                                               “A big Thank You goes out to Karen Wood, Ron Nelson, Keith Scott,
                                                                            Mario Amatuzio, Randal Balaz, Gary Mayson, and Kristian Doubledee for
                                                                            their help and participation in making Transit’s ‘Cut for the Cure’ event
                                                                            such a big success on Monday, February 22.
                                                                               “Through the kind generosity of Transit
                                                                            employees, their families and friends,
                                                                            we were able to raise $3,169.64 for the
                                                                            Cancer Care Manitoba Foundation.”




22      IN TRANSIT                                                                                                                          www.atu.org
In Memoriam
Death Benefits Awarded January 1, 2010 - February 28, 2010
 1- MEMBERs AT LARgE       PeYToN HIGHToWeR        589- BOsTON, MA         725- BIRMINgHAM, AL      MeLVIN PeeVY                 1309- sAN DIEgO, cA
 FRedRICk R APPLeToN       BoBBY L HoBBS           ANNA BAPTISTA           WILLIAM GLASoN SMITH     JoHN J SABeLL                GeoRGe H CHAMBeRLAIN
 HeINo F BeHReNdS          oLAN N keLLoGG JR       JoHN G CoLLINS                                   RoBeRT W WILL                GUY AUSTIN dAVIS
 HARVeY Lee GRIFFIN JR     GeoRGe J kUBIN          JoHN T GRIFFIN          732- ATLANTA, gA                                      LILLIAN R RoBeRTS
 edWARd HoLBRook           JUANITA LeFLoRe         RoBeRT J JAMeS          JAMeS ALLeN              1005- MINNEAPOLIs &
 WILLIAM MoUILLeSeAUX      LARRY e MANTeR SR       JeAN J LARoCHe          ARTHUR edWARd ASH              sT. PAUL, MN           1321- ALBANY & TROY, NY
 FRANCIS d MURRAY          ARTHUR J MATHeWS        WILLIAM J LeUCHTeR      JAMeS C HALe             MeLVIN L BURToN              RoBeRT G ARRAS
 WILLIAM d oVANS           INoCeNCIo S NAVARReTe   STePHAN F MAC AULAY     TRoY HARRIS              keNNeTH d PAReNT             JAMeS F PITCHeR
 HAVARd M RHeA             FeLICIA C oNYeLoBI      WILLIAM F MC AULeY                                                            HeNRY P VARRIALe
 BILLY e SeAVeR            ReINHARd PoeTZ          deNNIS J MC CARTHY      757- PORTLAND, OR        1091- AUsTIN, TX
 ALFRed G SkALSkI          ALVIN PURCHeS           RoBeRT W MURReLL        RoBeRT d FITe            GReGoRY d JoNeS
                                                                                                                                 1338- DALLAs, TX
                           LeTTIe L RoBINSoN       JoHN J WHITe            JoHN J GoNZALeZ
                                                                                                                                 SHARoN CARTeR
 85- PITTsBURgH, PA        THeodAS SMITH                                   MATTHeW L JoNeS          1093- KALAMAZOO, MI
                                                                                                                                 MURL W GARReTT
 PoLYXeNA k BRINCkA        doUGLAS THoRNToN        610- cHARLEsTON, sc     doNALd T PATTISoN        doNALd G HALe
                                                                                                                                 WILLIAM F SHINNeMAN
 VeRNoN WARd BRYANT        THoMAS H WILLIAMS       JoHN HeNRY CHAPMAN
 JoSePH dI VeLLA           CLYde e WoodS           kARL k NeLL             788- sT. LOUIs, MO       1168- WAUsAU, WI
 JoHN d FINNeY                                                             PAUL A BeHReNS           LeRoY A STURM                1342- BUFFALO, NY
 RICHARd G LA MARk                                                         PAULINe MoNTIeL                                       JAMeS HAYLeS
                           265- sAN JOsE, cA       615- sAsKATOON, sK
 Leo edWARd PFISTeReR                                                      dAMoN T STeVeNS          1177- NORFOLK, VA            JAMeS HoCkeY
                           GILBeRT NeGReTe         ALPHoNSe RoLLHeISeR
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                           HeCToR SANCHeZ
 edWARd d SWeeNeY          edRA M TRUSCHAN         616- WINDsOR, ON        819- NEWARK, NJ          ANToNIo UZZLe
 BRUCe R VANdYke                                   GoRdoN P JoHNSToN       Joe L dANIeL                                          1374- cALgARY, AB
 HoWARd J WILLIAMS         268- cLEVELAND, OH      ReXFoRd LeoN NoXoN      IVY A JoHNSoN            1179- NEW YORK, NY           GLeNN W BRoWN
                           ARTHUR MC GILL                                  CHRISToPHeR MARCHIoNe    WILLIAM A BoNeY              STUART RoSS SNoWdoN
 107- HAMILTON, ON         TeRReNCe e MoSS         618- PROVIDENcE, RI     MARYANN PLUSCH           RoBeRT J PATRICk
 CALoGeRo C CASTeLLANA     SAMUeL W PRAVNAN        HARoLd JoSePH kee       BoBBY R RoBeRSoN                                      1384- BREMERTON, WA
 JoANNe I HeWITSoN                                 JoHNNY NeAL                                      1181- NEW YORK, NY           LeoNARd L dANIeLS
 STeVeN WoJCIk                                     ANToNIo L ReI           821- JERsEY cITY, NJ     FeLIX CePedA
                           279- OTTAWA, ON
                                                                           WILLIAM MeNdeZ           ANNA e FeLICIANo             1385- DAYTON, OH
                           RoSARIo CLoUTIeR        ANdoMIeGLIo SANTAGATA
 113- TORONTO, ON                                                                                   JoSePH S FeRRANdINo          BALLARd F CoNNoRS
                           dALToN A W dUNNING
 eLIAS AVeRY                                                               822- PATERsON, NJ        MARTIN e GLASSCo
                           GUY HARdING             627- cINcINNATI, OH
 CeCIL ARTHUR BeNNeTT                                                      MYRNA MATeo              eCLIFFe GRINIUM              1462- sT. JOHN’s, NF
                           RoGeR S RACICoT         RoBeRT CARL BALL
 ANToNIo GIACoBBe                                                                                   dIANe HASkINS                ALeX J LoNG
                                                   JAMeS T HIGH
 JoSIAH HALL                                                               823- ELIZABETH, NJ       SALVAToRe R MISTReTTA
                           281- NEW HAVEN, cT      FRedRICk J MeAd JR
 SCoTT HARRIS                                                              LoUIS MARINeLLI          RAYMoNd MURPHY
                           SHIRLeY J eRFF                                                                                        1505- WINNIPEg, MB
 ARTHUR LLoYd HodGSoN                                                                               GeoRGe NICHoLS
                           MICHeLLe WILLIAMS       628- cOVINgTON, KY                                                            WILLIAM GAWICk
 RoLF A M JUSSeNHoFeN                                                      824- NEW BRUNsWIcK, NJ   WILLIAM NICHoLS
                                                   RoBeRT H SHAY                                                                 JAMeS ALBeRT kILLeN
 FRedeRICk LITWIN                                                          GeoRGe PIMINTeL          ARTHUR V PAGe
                           282- ROcHEsTER, NY                                                                                    SYdNeY R PeARSoN
 SALVAdoR J LoBeLLo                                                        THoMAS PoGUe             JoSePHINe TAYLoR
                           JoHN e GATeS            638- cEDAR RAPIDs, IA                                                         MARk A TYNeS
 CoRNeLIS W MeSkeS
                           CLAReNCe RoYCe          doN CoURTNeY                                                                  WILLIAM WedLAke
 LAUReNCe oMAHoNeY                                                         859- DEcATUR, IL         1195- HARRIsBURg, PA
                           GILBeRT J STeVeNS                               doUGLAS F SCHeReR
 THoMAS PITT                                                                                        SeAd BASIC
                                                   689- WAsHINgTON, Dc                                                           1547- BROcKTON, MA
 CHRISToPHeR J SHeeRAN
                           308- cHIcAgO, IL        WILLIAM C BARRY         880- cAMDEN, NJ                                       VINCeNT FRoIo
 ALeXANdeR WeBSTeR                                                                                  1197- JAcKsONVILLE, FL
 doNALd G WHITe            JoeL CooPeR             RICHARd J BeLL          ANdReW dAUG              ARTHUR GAMBLe
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                           BRIdGeTTe HALL          GILBeRT T BRoWN         RoBeRT T FoSTeR                                       RAY de CAIReS
 134- VANcOUVER, Bc        ISAIAH T HARRIS         JAMeS doNoVAN BUSH      eUGeNe LeWIN             1225- sAN FRANcIscO, cA      JoHN Le CLeRC
 JULIeT C BoNd             RoBeRT HUBBARd JR       JAMeS e BYNUM           WILLIAM C LUTHe          LeoNARd CoUNTeR
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                           eddY MARTIN             GoRdoN S GReeN
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 doNALd C ZINN                                     LAWReNCe B MILeR        MILeS o WeRT             JoHN J BoLANd JR             1577- WEsT PALM BEAcH, FL
                           569- EDMONTON, AB       RoBeRT e RoWe                                    oRLANdo oRTIZ                GLoRIA WRIGHT
 168- scRANTON, PA         MAURICe J BoGARd        WALTeR SPeNCeR JR       993- OKLAHOMA cITY, OK
 FRANk MATASSA             WILLARd A FRoM          HARoLd R SToUFFeR       LIoNeL LA BRIe           1277- LOs ANgELEs, cA
                                                   LARRY WALkeR                                                                  1700- cHIcAgO, IL
                                                                           TeRReLL L PRUITT         THoMAS F FeRReRo
                           583- cALgARY, AB                                                                                      HoMeR A dAUGHeRTY
 192- OAKLAND, cA                                                                                   THoMAS J MARkS
                           dALe M JoHANSoN         690- FITcHBURg, MA                                                            WILLIAM A kING
 ARTHUR CALBeRT JR                                                         996- sOUTH BEND, IN      WAYNe H YoSHIMoTo
 MARVIN GRANT              CARoL NeLSoN            LINdALee M HoUCk        kATHLeeN S GRUBBS
                           RICHARd W PeCk                                                                                        1738- LATROBE, PA
 BILLY d GReeN                                                                                      1279- JOHNsTOWN, PA
 JAMeS HARRIS                                      694- sAN ANTONIO, TX    998- MILWAUKEE, WI       SYLVeSTeR HoLMeS             RICHARd C kLINGeNSMITH
 THoMAS L MAY SR           587- sEATTLE, WA        eRNeSTo BeNAVIdeS       BoBBY e FeLdeR                                        JACk MeHALIC
 RUTH S SIdNeY             CARL J MATRoNIC                                 RoSeMARY NoWACkI         1287- KANsAs cITY, MO
 PHILLIP J ToRReS          MARGAReT A MoLINARe     713- MEMPHIs, TN        LeoNARd STASZAk          BILLIe d FeRGUSoN            1765- OLYMPIA, WA
                           CHARLeS F MoULToN       HeRMAN R deeS           WAYNe W WALdeNMeYeR      WILBUR dALe GRIFFIN          FRedeRIC M RoPeS
 241- cHIcAgO, IL                                  CLAUd C MooRe
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 HARoLd d CLeMoNS          GeRALd L WYSPIANSkI     JoHN R SPARkS           BeTTY L A CARTeR         VeRNoN SNoW
 ZeNoBIA dAVIS                                                             eLMoRe M dUFoUR          AdRIeNNe C SPRIGGS
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                                                                    St. Louis Member Has Passion for organizing

      M       arilyn Williams, 788-St. Louis, MO, says
              she is active in her local union because she
      appreciates all of the support the union provides
                                                             member of the local’s women’s caucus as well as
                                                             the local labor council of the AFL-CIO.

      to her and her community. “The local union is          ORgANIZED IN THE MIDWEsT
      supportive in every way,” she says. “They assist
      the communities, families, churches and political         Her real passion, however, is organizing.
      activities. Every member should be involved in         “Organizing is important because the Union
      their local,” she states.                              must maintain its strength and effectiveness
                                                             in assisting members and in trying to shape
         Sister Williams is currently employed as a bus      the political agenda,” she says. Her organizing
      operator with Metro Transit in St. Louis, MO.          activities have taken her beyond St. Louis to
      She has been with the agency for 11 years. Prior       ATU campaigns throughout the Midwest,
      to becoming an ATU member in 1998, she was a           including Louisville, KY, and Chicago, IL.
      member of two different Teamster locals.
                                                                While working on an organizing campaign
         She got involved with the ATU in an                 in Louisville, KY, in February 2009, Sister
      “unofficial capacity” immediately upon becoming        Williams showed her true dedication to the
      a member and was selected as an assistant to           cause. She broke her ankle just a few days before
      the Shed Captain at her work facility in 2006.         the election, but refused to go home and stayed
      She was later elected Shed Captain in 2008, a          until the end. Her sacrifice paid off when the
      position she still holds.                              MV Transit drivers voted to join ATU.

         In addition to her elected position and her             “All said, the labor movement has changed my
      position as a member of the local’s executive          life tremendously for the better,” says Williams.
      board, she serves on the negotiating committee,        She is especially grateful for her union wage,      ATU Activist Marilyn Williams, 788-St. Louis, Mo: “All said,
      helps with the local’s political program, and is a     benefits and pension.                               the labor movement has changed my life tremendously
                                                                                                                 for the better.”


                                                                  LOcAL UNION UPDATEs

                  Local 85                                                                                                                           Local 819
                  Pittsburgh, PA                                                                                                                       Newark, NJ


                                                                                                                                       Member Seeks Council Seat
 Pittsburgh Local Breaks Ground                                                                                                            in Bayonne, NJ
The officers and executive board of Local
                                                                                                                                     Ray Greaves, 819-Newark, NJ, far left, is
85-Pittsburgh, PA, pose here at the groundbreaking
                                                                                                                                     seeking to capture the third ward seat on the
for their new building. The new office will provide
                                                                                                                                     Bayonne city council in an election to be held
more room for the local to serve its members.
                                                                                                                                     May 11. Greaves, an active ATU member, was
                                                                                                                                     selected as part of a slate to run with Bayonne
                                                                                                                                     Mayor Mark Smith. The entire ticket (above) filed
                                                                                                                                     their petitions to stand for office in March.



              Local 694                                                                                                                           Local 1577
             san Antonio, TX                                                                                                                   West Palm Beach, FL

    14th annual Cesar Chavez                                                                                                             West Palm Beach Local
        March for Justice                                                                                                              Turns out to ‘Save our Jobs’
The ATU Local 694-San Antonio, TX, Latino                                                                                           Members of Local 1577-West Palm Beach,
Caucus joined other marchers on a three-mile                                                                                        FL, who turned out for the AFL-CIo “Save our
route from our Lady of Guadalupe Church on the                                                                                      Jobs Rally” in Titusville, FL, included, from left:
West Side to Alamo Plaza, where speakers capped                                                                                     executive Board Member Lenny Brown, AFL-CIo
off the event with cheers and impassioned appeals                                                                                   President Rich Trumka, retiree Irene Barthold,
to carry on Chávez’s legacy. Thousands took part                                                                                    and Shop Steward Mynaise Joseph.
in the event, believed to be the largest of its kind.

				
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