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2010 LEgIsLATIVE IssUE
ATU TO cONgREss:
‘sAVE TRANsIT NOW’
Ofﬁcial Journal of the Amalgamated Transit Union
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
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 – firstname.lastname@example.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 – email@example.com 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 – firstname.lastname@example.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 – email@example.com
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 – firstname.lastname@example.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 – email@example.com
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
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 – firstname.lastname@example.org
dois, la loi des 200.000 n’en fait pas partie.
Petaluma, cA – email@example.com
WILLIAM g. McLEAN
Reno, NV – firstname.lastname@example.org UN MENsAJE DEL PREsIDENTE INTERNAcIONAL POR WARREN s. gEORgE
JANIs M. BORcHARDT
Madison, WI – email@example.com LLEVANDO NUEsTRA VOZ A LAs cALLEs
canton, MI – firstname.lastname@example.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 – email@example.com 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 – firstname.lastname@example.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 – email@example.com 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 – firstname.lastname@example.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– email@example.com 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 – firstname.lastname@example.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 – email@example.com 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 – firstname.lastname@example.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 – email@example.com 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 – firstname.lastname@example.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!
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.”
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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A MEssAgE FROM THE INTERNATIONAL PREsIDENT
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.
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
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.
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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w w w . a t u . o r g
2 International Ofﬁcers &
general Executive Board
8 3 A Message from the
Taking It to the Streets
International President’s Message
in French & Spanish
International President’s Message
Taking It to the Streets
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-
ATU-CoPe Supports our True Friends
Know Your Rights
doT establishes New Federal Texting Ban
10 Canadian Agenda
Toronto Local to TTC Riders:
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 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
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.
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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
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
(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
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
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.
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
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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
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
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
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).
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
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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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.
“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-
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
SYNDICAT UNI DU TRANSPORT
Wednesday, June 2nd to Saturday, June 5th, 2010 at the Delta Beauséjour
750 rue Main Street, Moncton, New Brunswick E1C 1E6
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.
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.
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.
www.atu.org MARCH / APRIL 2010 13
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.
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
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
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
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.
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.
www.atu.org MARCH / APRIL 2010 15
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.
“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.”
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
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.
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.
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.
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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Gregory davidson, 268-Cleveland, oH, brought
his pink slip informing him that he would be laid
of on April 4.
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.
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.
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)
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
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”
LOcAL 22 - Worcester, MA
First Transit - MWRTA Facility LOcAL 801 - Altoona, PA
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
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
H & W: dental: employer contribution
Local President Wayne Baker and International Vice President Bob
Baker report settlement.
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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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.”
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www.atu.org MARCH / APRIL 2010 23
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.