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Official Journal of the Amalgamated Transit Union
TRANSIT’S FIGHT FOR
ATU Fights for Operating
Assistance as Cracks Begin
to Show in Infrastructure
INSIDE THIS ISSUE:
Jeanice McMillan: A True ATU Hero
Nearly $700 Million Made Available
for Operating Assistance
Toronto Makes Largest Streetcar
NTSB Issues Urgent Light Rail
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AMALGAMATED TRANSIT UNION MESSAGE DU PRÉSIDENT INTERNATIONAL PAR WARREN S. GEORGE
JEANICE MCMILLAN: UNE VÉRITABLE HÉROÏNE DE L’ATU
WARREN S. GEORGE
International President C’était lundi après-midi et il faisait beau avec des températures d’environ 80 degrés Fahrenheit. Le Congrès examinait la proposition du Président
Obama pour un train à grande vitesse, et Sonia Sotomoyor, nominée proposée pour la Court Suprême, faisait la tournée des bureaux du Sénat.
RONALD J. HEINTZMAN Les écoles étaient fermées et les gens commençaient à prendre leurs vacances, ce qui rendait la circulation des heures de pointe plus fluide que
International Executive Vice President d’habitude. Une situation tout à fait normale à Washington pour un 22 juin.
OSCAR OWENS En fait ce lundi là a été tout sauf normal. Vers les 5h00 de l’après-midi, une rame de métro se dirigeant vers le sud, attendait le feu vert sur la
International Secretary-Treasurer ligne Rouge pour pouvoir rentrer dans la station de Fort Totten, juste à l’intérieur des frontières du District. En provenance du Maryland, venant
du sud, il y avait un autre train qui aurait du attendre derrière le premier train. Cependant, ce second train ne s’est pas arrêté.
International Vice Presidents Le second train s’est écrasé contre le dernier wagon du premier train, détruisant l’entrée du wagon de tête et tuant neuf passagers à l’intérieur.
JOSEPH WELCH Plus de 80 autres personnes furent blessées dans l’accident le plus meurtrier depuis les 33 ans d’existence de Metro.
Le conducteur du train en mouvement, Jeanice McMillan, section syndicale 689-Washington, DC, fut une des personnes tuées dans l’accident.
Une des premières spéculations par les média fut que notre sœur McMillan devait être fautive.
New Orleans, LA – firstname.lastname@example.org “Envoyait-elle un texto en conduisant? » « Avait-elle une incapacité ? » « Elle était une novice, savait-elle ce qu’elle faisait ? Ces commentaires
n’étaient pas justes et totalement sans fondement.
DONALD T. HANSEN
Tenino, WA – email@example.com Le Président de la section syndicale 680, Jackie Jeter, répondit immédiatement à ces supputations en demandant au public de ne pas émettre
un jugement rapide.
ROBERT H. BAKER
Washington, DC – firstname.lastname@example.org L’héroïne de Metro
LARRY R. KINNEAR L’enquête préliminaire n’a pas, pour l’instant, trouvé que le conducteur avait fait une erreur. Mais elle a révélé une défaillance technique — un
Ashburn, ON – email@example.com dysfonctionnement des capteurs de mouvement sur les rails. On pense maintenant qu’à cause du capteur défectueux, le train n’a pas ralenti et
ne s’est pas arrêté automatiquement, comme il aurait du, bien avant d’avoir atteint le premier train.
RANDY GRAHAM L’enquête a aussi démontré qu’aussitôt qu’elle a vu le train arrêté devant elle, notre sœur McMillan a appuyé sur le bouton (le « champignon »)
Gloucester, ON – firstname.lastname@example.org
qui a activé le système d’arrêt d’urgence. Face à une mort certaine, elle resta sur son siège et ralentit le train le plus possible, réduisant l’impact
et sauvant des vies.
JAVIER M. PEREZ, JR.
Kansas City, MO – email@example.com J’ai assisté au service à la mémoire de Sœur McMillan qui eut lieu le 26 juin dans son église du sud-est de Washington. Ses frères et sœurs de la
section syndicale 689, presqu’une centaine d’entre eux, remplissaient les premiers bancs.
RICHARD M. MURPHY
Braintree, MA John Catoe, Directeur Général de Métro, loua Sœur McMillan comme une héroïne qui sauva des vies. L’évêque Glen A. Staples dit qu’ « on
doit être une personne de trempe différente pour pouvoir faire face à la mort et se dire ‘je vais sauver autant de vies que je peux’. Nous sommes
BOB M. HYKAWAY redevables envers Sœur McMillan pour ce qu’elle a fait pour la ville »
Calgary, AB – firstname.lastname@example.org
“Prenez ce train pour le paradis”
Petaluma, CA – email@example.com Nos membres sont des professionnels qui sauvent des vies chaque jour en étant très attentifs, en traitant avec les passagers à problème, et en évitant
des accidents sérieux. Lorsqu’on ne peut pas éviter un accident, on reste calme, et parfois, comme l’a dit l’évêque au sujet de Sœur McMillan,
WILLIAM G. McLEAN on « prend le train pour le paradis ».
Reno, NV – firstname.lastname@example.org — Suite à la page 19
JANIS M. BORCHARDT
Madison, WI – email@example.com
UN MENSAJE DEL PRESIDENTE INTERNACIONAL POR WARREN S. GEORGE
Canton, MI – firstname.lastname@example.org
JEANICE MCMILLAN: UN VERDADERO HÉROE DE ATU
LAWRENCE J. HANLEY
Staten Island, NY – email@example.com Era un agradable lunes de tarde, con temperaturas a mediados de los 80 grados. El Congreso estaba examinando la propuesta del Presidente
Obama sobre transporte rielero de alta velocidad, y la candidata para la Corte Suprema de Justicia, Sonia Sotomayor, estaba visitando las oficinas
KENNETH R. KIRK de los diferentes Senadores. La temporada escolar estaba en receso, y la gente había comenzado a tomar vacaciones, haciendo por lo tanto que
Lancaster, TX – firstname.lastname@example.org la hora normal de congestión del tráfico era mucho más leve que normalmente.
GARY RAUEN Pero ese día lunes resultó ser algo completamente fuera de lo típico. Alrededor de las 5:00 PM, un tren del sistema Metro en dirección al sur estaba
Clayton, NC – email@example.com detenido en la Línea Roja esperando el permiso para avanzar hacia la estación Fort Totten, casi adentro de la zona limítrofe con el Distrito de
Columbia. Viajando en dirección sur desde Maryland había otro tren de la Línea Roja que también hubiera tenido que esperar su turno detrás
MARCELLUS BARNES del primer tren. Pero el segundo tren no se detuvo.
Flossmore, IL – firstname.lastname@example.org
El segundo tren se estrelló estrepitosamente contra la parte posterior del primer tren, aplastando la mitad delantera del primer vagón del segundo
tren y causando la muerte de nueve pasajeros en el mismo. Más de 80 otros pasajeros resultaron heridos en el más mortífero accidente ocurrido
International Representatives en los 33 años de historia del Metro.
RAY RIVERA El operador del tren en movimiento, Jeanice McMillan, 689 – Washington, D.C. fue uno de los que fallecieron en el accidente. La especulación
Lilburn, GA– email@example.com
inicial – reportada repetidamente por los medios de comunicación – fue que la Hermana McMillan había sido responsable por el accidente.
YVETTE SALAZAR ¿Estaba ella enviando un mensaje texto a la misma vez que operaba el tren? ¿Estaba ella sufriendo de un impedimento? “Ella era una novata –
Thornton, CO – firstname.lastname@example.org
¿sabía ella lo que estaba haciendo?” Fue algo injusto – y totalmente infundado.
ANTHONY WITHINGTON El Presidente de la Unión Local ATU 689, Jackie Jeter, respondió inmediatamente a esas disimuladas imputaciones, solicitando del público que
Sebastopol, CA – email@example.com
no se apresuraran en llegar a un juicio prematuro.
GARY JOHNSON, SR.
Cleveland, OH – firstname.lastname@example.org Héroe del Metro
La investigación preliminar, hasta el presente, ha fallado en determinar cualquier error por parte de la operadora del tren. Pero si ha revelado
Canadian Council una falla tecnológica – el mal funcionamiento de un sensor de circuito de línea férrea. Es ahora que se estima que debido al defectuoso circuito,
el tren no redujo su velocidad y se detuvo automáticamente, según se supone que ocurriera, mucho antes de alcanzar al primer tren.
ROBIN G. WEST
Canadian Director La investigación también ha mostrado que tan pronto como ella notó al tren parado en su camino, la Hermana McMillan apretó el botón (el
61 International Boulevard, Suite 210 champiñón) que activó el sistema de frenos de emergencia. De frente a una inevitable muerte, ella se mantuvo firme en la cabina del operador
Rexdale, ON M9W 6K4 y redujo la velocidad del tren en tanto como fue posible, reduciendo el impacto del choque y así salvando muchas vidas.
Yo estuve presente en el velorio de la Hermana McMillan el 26 de junio en su iglesia en la sección sudoeste de Washington. Sus hermanos y
hermanas de la Unión Local 689, más de cien, llenaron los bancos delanteros de la iglesia.
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A MESSAGE FROM THE INTERNATIONAL PRESIDENT
A True ATU Hero
I t was a pleasant Monday afternoon, June 22, with temperatures in the mid-80s. Congress was
looking at President Obama’s high speed rail proposal, and Supreme Court nominee Sonia Sotomayor
was making the rounds of Senate offices. School was out, and people were starting to take vacations
making the rush hour lighter than usual - a fairly typical first day of summer in Washington.
But Monday turned out to be anything but typical. Around 5:00 pm, a south-bound Metro train
waited on the Red Line for clearance to enter the Fort Totten Station just inside the District. Traveling
south from Maryland was a second Red Line train which would also have to wait behind the first. But
the second train didn’t stop. Is A True ATU Hero
The second train crashed into the back of the first, crushing the front half of the second train’s lead Who Made The
car and killing nine passengers in it. More than 80 others were injured in the deadliest accident in
Metro’s 33-year history.
The operator of the moving train, Jeanice McMillan, 689-Washington, DC, was one of those
killed in the accident. Initial speculation – reported repeatedly by the media – was that Sister McMillan For Her Passengers.’
must have been at fault.
“Was she texting while driving?” “Was she impaired?” “She was a rookie – did she know what
she was doing?” It was unfair – and totally unfounded.
ATU Local 689 President Jackie Jeter responded immediately to these veiled allegations, asking
the public not to rush to judgment.
‘A DIFFERENT KIND OF PERSON’
The preliminary investigation has thus far failed to find any operator error. But it has revealed a
technological failure – a track circuit sensor malfunction. It is now thought that due to the faulty
circuit, the train did not slow down and stop automatically as it was supposed to, well before it reached
the first train.
The investigation has also shown that as soon as she saw the stopped train, Sister McMillan pressed
the button (the “mushroom”) that activated the emergency braking system. Facing certain death, she
stayed in the driver’s cab and slowed the train as much as possible, reducing the impact and saving lives.
I attended the memorial service for Sister McMillan on June 26 at her church in Southeast Washington.
Her brothers and sisters from Local 689, nearly 100 strong, filled the front pews.
Metro General Manager John Catoe praised Sister McMillan as a hero who saved lives. Bishop
Glen A. Staples said, “You’ve got to be a different kind of person to look at death head-on and say,
‘I’m going to save as many as I can.’ We have a debt of gratitude for what she has done for the city.”
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Vol. 118, No. 4
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2 International Officers &
General Executive Board
3 A Message from the
Jeanice McMillan: A True ATU Hero
International President’s Message
in French & Spanish
3 International President’s Message
Jeanice McMillan: A True ATU Hero
Vice President’s Message
7 Legislative Report
Nearly $700 Million Made Available
Let Me Introduce Myself
for Operating Assistance
6 International Secretary-
Reform U.S. Health Care Now
7 News From The Front Lines:
Why We Need The Employee Free Choice Act Canadian Agenda
8 Legislative Report
Nearly $700 Million Made Available Toronto Makes Largest Streetcar
for Operating Assistance
10 ATU Overwhelmingly Supports
the Employee Free Choice Act
11 Canadian Agenda
Toronto Makes Largest Streetcar Purchase Ever
12 ATU Properties Receive Over $1.2 Billion
In ARRA Funds - So Far
15 Oregon Unionist, DEQ Official, Works
10 ATU Properties Receive Over $1.2
Billion in ARRA funds – So Far
To Reduce Dirty Diesel
17 NTSB Issues Urgent Light Rail
18 Government of Canada Mandates
NTSB Issues Urgent Light
Federal Transit Work-Rest Rules Rail Safety Warning
19 Health Care Refrom Menagerie
20 Know Your Rights:
Wage Garnishment Protections in the U.S.
21 Arbitration Decision
21 ATU Training and Events
22 In Memoriam
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23 Save The Date: ATU/MS Research Funds all requests for address changes to the ATU Registry Dept. ISSN: 0019-3291, USPS: 260-280.
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24 ATU Activist:
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
Ricky Romero - ATU Local 1001, Denver, CO 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
Let me introduce myself
M y name is Ron Heintzman and I have been appointed by International President Warren
George, and approved by the General Executive Board, to serve as international executive
vice president upon the retirement of Mike Siano effective August 1. I am excited about my new
assignment, and looking forward to working for all members of this great Union.
I have served as international vice president since August 2002, residing outside Portland, OR. ‘I Look Forward
During my tenure as an IVP, I assisted locals and helped negotiate collective bargaining agreements
in Washington, Oregon, Idaho, Montana, Colorado, Nevada and Texas. to Many More
Years of Service
FIVE TERMS AS LOCAL PRESIDENT to What I Believe
Prior to service with the International, I served as the president of Local 757 in Portland. First is the Best Labor
elected president in 1988, I was elected to five consecutive terms until my IVP appointment in 2002.
Thanks to the membership of Local 757 who realized the importance of organizing the unorganized, Union Representing
we were able to increase local union membership while I was president to over 5,000 active members
with 23 collective bargaining agreements in Oregon and Southwest Washington. Needless to say,
Working Men and
I spent a good portion of my time as president negotiating contracts in addition to administering Women in the U.S.
the affairs of the local.
A little bit about my life before the ATU: I grew up in South Dakota and moved to Seattle,
WA, with my parents during my sophomore year in high school. After graduation, I attended
Washington State University (WSU) and received a Bachelor of Science Degree in Police Science and
Administration in 1975. I was also a member of the Army Reserve Officer Training Corps (ROTC)
at WSU and was commissioned a second lieutenant upon graduation. I entered active duty and
served two years with the 545th Military Police Company, First Calvary Division, Fort Hood, TX.
NEVER SAY NEVER
I remained in the Army Reserve for many years after leaving active duty. When I left Fort Hood,
on September 13, 1977, I vowed never to return to that godforsaken place again. Ironically, during
Operation Desert Shield, the prelude to Desert Storm, I was ordered back to active military duty
and you will never guess where I was sent. I arrived at Fort Hood on September 13, 1990, where I
backfilled for soldiers who were deploying to Kuwait. It was thirteen years to the date later, and a
good lesson on why one should “never say never.”
After my initial active duty military service in 1977, I went to work for the Oregon Liquor Control
Commission as an enforcement officer and during that time attended night school at the University
of Portland where I earned a Master of Science degree in Criminal Justice in 1982. That was also
the same year I was hired as a transit police officer for the Tri-County Metropolitan Transportation
District of Oregon (TriMet) and became a member of Local 757. I first ran for and was elected
president in 1988, and the rest is history.
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A MESSAGE FROM THE INTERNATIONAL SECRETARY-TREASURER
Reform US Health Care Now
A s this issue of In Transit goes to press, Congress is debating legislation to reform the U.S. health
The proposals for reform vary widely and it is unclear, at the time of this writing, what the final
bill will look like. One thing is clear, however – reform is needed now! Health care coverage is
‘The ATU is shrinking as premiums are skyrocketing:
Committed to • Health insurers have resorted to saving money by limiting benefits, using maneuvers such
as imposing sharply higher copayments on expensive drugs needed to treat life-saving
Ensuring That diseases.
All Americans • In the last nine years, the cost of health insurance has risen 120 percent while wages grew
only 29 percent.
Have Access To • Health insurance premiums have risen so high that experts forecast 52 million Americans
will be uninsured next year.
ATU and members of other unions are increasingly being forced to either accept cuts in their
Quality, and benefits, increases in their contributions, or cuts in pay in order to maintain existing benefits. Our
economy simply can not sustain the current situation.
Health Care.’ COMPREHENSIVE COVERAGE
The ATU and other unions are committed to ensuring that all Americans have access to
comprehensive, quality, and affordable health care. Workers with health care coverage should have the
option to keep their private insurance plan or join a new public plan. A strong public plan option,
similar to Medicare, will provide a guaranteed backup for all Americans and will provide competition
to private providers, forcing them to make coverage more affordable.
Regardless of whether you choose a public or private plan, you should be guaranteed benefits that
meet your needs, including preventive and chronic care. You should be able to choose your own
doctors and out-of-pocket costs should be based on your ability to pay.
Finally, reform can not be paid for on the back of America’s middle class workers who are already
struggling to make ends meet in this difficult economy. Proposals, such as those to eliminate the tax
exclusion for health care benefits, would place a tremendous burden on the very people that reform
is meant to help.
As Congress continues to wrestle with these difficult issues, rest assured that the ATU is working
to ensure that your needs are met.
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N E W S F R O M T H E
Why We Need the Employee Free Choice Act
A TU continues to organize and fight for the rights of transit workers. Unfortunately, it’s always a challenge given the anti-worker bias
that has taken hold of labor law enforcement. No one should have any doubt about the need to pass the Employee Free Choice Act after
reading the statistics below:
34% 34% of employers fire workers who try to
form unions. ½ Since 2003, more than half a million Americans formed
unions through majority sign-up.
63% 63% of employers interrogate workers in mandatory one-on-
one meetings with their supervisors about support for a union. 4 Four out of 10 - In the current company-dominated system,
workers who ask for a union election don’t get a chance to vote
in four out of 10 cases.
54% 54% of employers threaten workers in mandatory one-on-one
meetings with their supervisors about support for a union.
30% Workers in unions earn 30% higher wages than those without
57% 57% of employers threaten to close the worksite when workers
try to form a union.
36% 36% of workers who vote against union representation explain
that their vote was a response to employer pressure according
47% 47% of employers threaten to cut wages and benefits when
workers try to form a union.
to a survey of 400 NLRB election campaigns in 1998 and 1999.
75% 75% of employers facing a union organizing drive hire anti- 180 In 2007, the average pay for CEOs was more than 180 times
average worker pay.
30% 30% of employers provide assistance to an employee anti-union 79% 79% of workers agreed that workers are “very” or “somewhat”
likely to be fired for trying to organize a union.
21% 21% of employers bring police into the workplace (even though 23% 23% of workers in majority sign-up campaigns report
management coercion to oppose the union.
no arrests were made in the campaigns surveyed).
41% In 41% of campaigns with a majority of recent immigrants, 46% 46% of workers in NLRB elections are likely to report
management coercion to oppose the union.
employers threaten to call U.S. Immigration and Customs
59% Union workers in the U.S. are 59% more likely to have employer-
provided health insurance.
$0 $0.00 is the amount the NLRB can fine an employer for willfully
bribing, threatening, assaulting, or firing pro-union employees.
1 1 in 20 or 4.6%, reported feeling pressured by a union organizer
to sign a card during a majority sign-up campaign.
46% In 46% of NLRB-supervised union elections, workers report
employer lawlessness both before and during the election.
5.5 5.5 years is the median time it takes the NLRB to resolve its
“highest priority” unfair labor practice cases resulting in back
52% One year after a successful election, 52% of newly formed
unions have no collective bargaining agreement. Two years after
an election, 37% of newly formed unions still have no contract.
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— LEGISLATIVE REPORT —
Nearly $700 Million Made
Available for Operating Assistance
‘Having the money to buy new buses won’t get you very far
if there aren’t bus drivers to operate them.’
Sen. Christopher J. Dodd | D-CT
P resident Obama on June 24 signed a bill that includes a provision
allowing public transit agencies to use up to 10 percent of their
American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) formula funds to cover
transit systems continue to report capacity issues. Ridership is at a 50-
year high. Yet, ironically, at a time when Americans are leaving their
cars at home like never before, public transportation systems are being
public transportation operating costs. forced to implement painful service cuts and fare increases because of
shortages in state and local revenues.
Record high gas prices in 2008 caused millions of people to try public
transportation, and despite the recent drop in the price of oil, many While the ARRA (also known as the “economic stimulus bill”) did
include nearly $8.4 billion for transit, funding was only available for
capital projects, like buses, rail cars and other equipment. Facing an
unprecedented level of layoffs across the country, ATU supported the
overall funding for transit in ARRA but also called upon Congress
to allow a portion of the funds to be used for operating assistance.
Unfortunately, the bill was passed in February without the operating
Transit operating assistance is a controversial issue, and passage
of the “10 percent” amendment as part of an unrelated bill in June
would not have been possible without the leadership of Senator Chris
Dodd, D-CT, chair of the Senate Committee on Banking, Housing, and
Urban Affairs, Dodd championed the measure to give transit agencies
greater spending flexibility. Dodd hopes that the bill will help agencies
prevent fare increases, avoid lay-offs, furloughs and significant cuts to
their transit service, and meet the immediate needs for job preservation
and economic recovery.
“Having the money to buy new buses won’t get you very far
if there aren’t bus drivers to operate them,” said Dodd. “Many
transit agencies, including Connecticut’s, are strapped for cash
in these tough economic times. Giving them some flexibility in how
they spend their Recovery Act funds will give them some breathing
room in their budget and help them stave off fare increases.”
“Transit workers and riders are extremely grateful to Senator Dodd
for recognizing the dire circumstances facing U.S. transit systems,”
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said ATU International President Warren S. George. “Thanks to his is desperately trying to reduce its dependence on foreign oil. The ATU
leadership, some of our members may now be brought back to work, is continuing to work with Congress to improve this provision in an
and transit can play a larger role in our overall economic recovery.” effort to provide transit systems with local control of their federal
transit funds. This would allow transit systems to preserve critical service
and hold down fares during tough economic times so that working
HISTORIC TRANSIT LEGISLATION families may be offered quality, affordable public transportation.
INTRODUCED IN HOUSE
On June 18, U.S. House Transportation and Infrastructure OUTLOOK CLOUDY
Committee leadership introduced the bi-partisan Surface Transportation
Current federal transit law expires September 30. When the last
Authorization Act of 2009 (STAA), groundbreaking legislation that
bill expired in 2003, it was extended 11 times over a two-year period
would increase public transportation funding by more than 90 percent
before Congress came to an agreement on a long-term bill. House
over the next six years. STAA recommends a $450 billion investment
Transportation and Infrastructure Committee Chair James L. Oberstar,
in surface transportation programs, including $99.8 billion for public
D-MN, wants to avoid short-term extensions this time, and says he
transportation programs. The bill recommends an additional $50
will move STAA through his committee by the end of July. Even, if he
billion to support President Obama’s vision for the creation of a high
does, the bill will likely stall at that point.
speed rail network in the United States.
In an effort to simplify the federal transit program, STAA would
consolidate several existing sections of law. Many elements of ATU’s
surface transportation reauthorization proposal are included in the
committee’s package, including the Transportation Job Corps Act,
ATU-drafted legislation which would begin to address workforce
development issues within the transit industry.
OPERATING ASSISTANCE PROVISIONS
One critical issue for ATU members is transit operating assistance.
Under current law, only small communities may use their federal
transit funds for operations (wages, etc.). STAA would provide new
operating assistance to transit systems of all sizes by making a portion
of formula funds available, although not at the level proposed in ATU-
drafted legislation (H.R. 2746) that was introduced by Representative
Russ Carnahan, D-MO, several weeks ago. The Carnahan bill would
allow all transit systems, regardless of size, to use at least 30 percent of The House Ways and Means Committee, which is responsible
formula funds for operating assistance. In addition, the bill would encourage for financing the legislation, has not agreed to put the bill on its
state and local governments to invest in transit through a unique agenda. Most importantly, Secretary of Transportation Ray LaHood
incentive program. has announced that President Obama wants the transportation bill
postponed for 18 months so that Congress may take on other pressing
However, the compromise language in STAA would cap the use of matters, including climate change, health care, and the nomination of
formula funds for the nation’s largest transit systems at five percent. Mid- a Supreme Court Justice. Key committee leadership in the U.S. Senate
size systems could use 10 percent of their formula funds for operations, has sided with the president, saying that extra time is needed to find
while smaller transit agencies could use 20 percent. Areas under 200,000 a suitable revenue source and develop new policies for the bill.
in population would continue to be able to use an unlimited amount
of their funds for operations. In order to qualify for federal operating Therefore, although the introduction of STAA is a significant step
funds, however, most transit systems would first have to prove that in the reauthorization process, it is a very early step, and the bill is a
state and local governments are contributing to their systems. While long way from becoming law.
similar to the Carnahan bill, STAA would not provide as much
flexibility or offer the same level of incentives for state and local Note: ATU local presidents and business agents throughout the
investment in transit. U.S. have been sent information about ARRA funding for their
individual properties. To find out how much your system may use
The inclusion of any operating assistance language is a huge for operating assistance, please visit our website at www.atu.org or
victory for transit labor and a recognition by Congress that federal contact the ATU Legislative Department at (202) 537-1645.
resources are needed to help transit systems survive in these
changing times when the price of fuel swings wildly and the U.S.
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Jeanice McMillan: A True ATU Hero, Continued from page 3
‘RIDE THAT TRAIN TO HEAVEN’ the U.S. and Canada to upgrade and the replace the antiquated equipment
which can cause terrible accidents.
Our members are professionals who save lives everyday by keeping
a watchful eye, by dealing with problem passengers and by preventing And, we can resolve to challenge the rush to blame transit operators
serious accidents. When we cannot prevent an accident, we stay calm for any transit accident which may occur. This may be the lasting legacy
and, sometimes, as the bishop said about Sister McMillan, we “ride that of Jeanice McMillan, a true ATU hero who made the ultimate sacrifice
train to heaven.” for the sake of her passengers.
That’s why it is so unfair when people blame operators first –
particularly when they are not there to defend themselves.
If any good can come out of this tragedy, it is that it has increased
awareness that we must provide the funding for transit systems all over
ATU Overwhelmingly Supports the Employee Free Choice Act
A TU locals across the United States demonstrated overwhelming support for the Employee Free Choice Act by sending donations to the
International to support the “Turn Around America Media Fund.” By action of the ATU General Executive Board, the International matched
the local contributions dollar for dollar until the end of May.
Many of the donations were in the amount of $2.50 per member. As you can see from the list below, the support came from all over the
United States. By the end of May, the ATU contributed over $287,000 to the Media Fund at the AFL-CIO. On behalf of the entire labor
movement, we thank our locals for their generous support:
Local 85-Pittsburgh, PA Local 713-Memphis, TN Local 1091-Austin, TX Local 1493-Roanoke, VA
Local 103-Wheeling, WV Local 726-Staten Island, NY Local 1093-Kalamazoo, MI Local 1548-Plymouth, MA
Local 164-Wilkes Barre, PA Local 732-Atlanta, GA Local 1145-Binghamton, NY Local 1555-Oakland, CA
Local 174-Fall River, MA Local 752-Bloomington, IL Local 1177-Norfolk, VA Local 1564-Detroit, MI
Local 256-Sacramento, CA Local 757-Portland, OR Local 1179-Jamaica, NY Local 1576-Everett, WA
Local 265-San Jose, CA Local 779-Sioux City, IA Local 1220-Richmond, VA Local 1577-West Palm Beach, FL
Local 272-Youngstown, OH Local 801-Altoona, PA Local 1225-San Francisco, CA Local 1593-Tampa, FL
Local 308-Chicago, IL Local 857-Green Bay, WI Local 1256-El Paso, TX Local 1596-Orlando, FL
Local 398-Boise, ID Local 859-Decatur, IL Local 1267-Ft. Lauderdale, FL Local 1605-Concord, CA
Local 416-Peoria, IL Local 996-South Bend, IN Local 1277-Los Angeles, CA Local 1607-Derby, CT
Local 441-Des Moines, IA Local 1005-Minneapolis, MN Local 1279-Johnstown, PA Local 1625-Buffalo, NY
Local 519-LaCrosse, WI Local 1015-Spokane, WA Local 1300-Baltimore, MD Local 1637-Las Vegas, NV
Local 587-Seattle, WA Local 1028-Des Plaines, IL Local 1321-Albany, NY Local 1700-New York, NY
Local 589-Boston, MA Local 1031-Beaumont, TX Local 1324-Savannah, GA Local 1701-Sarasota, FL
Local 627-Cincinnati, OH Local 1039-Lansing, MI Local 1338-Dallas, TX Local 1733-Vernon Hills, IL
Local 694-San Antonio, TX Local 1056-Flushing, NY Local 1360-Topeka, KS Local 1742-Charleston, WV
Local 704-Little Rock, AR Local 1064-Terre Haute, IA Local 1464-Tampa, FL California Conference Board
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TORONTO MAKES LARGEST STREETCAR PURCHASE EVER
T he Toronto Transit Commission (TTC) and Bombardier Transportation
Canada Inc., signed a contract on June 30, for the manufacture and
purchase of 204 new low-floor streetcars. The $851 million CDN contract is
The controversy continued over the next two weeks with Miller
persisting and Baird resisting. Toronto finally accepted that Baird’s
decision was final when it was reported that he blurted out an unusually
said to be the largest order for streetcars in history. All of the costs relating to strong expletive after being approached one time too many on the subject.
the streetcars will amount to $1.2 billion. Subsequently, Toronto found the remaining third of the money needed
to fund the streetcars on June 26.
The purchase became a source of controversy immediately after the
announcement that the city planned to buy the new transit vehicles “This purchase will allow the TTC to replace its aging streetcar fleet
on June 18. Ontario Premier Dalton McGuinty and Toronto Mayor with modern light rail vehicles that can carry more riders,” said Mayor
David Miller announced that the City of Toronto, the Province of Miller. “This is a made-in-Ontario solution that will generate thousands
Ontario, and the federal government in Ottawa would each provide of desperately needed manufacturing jobs, provide a huge infusion into
roughly one-third of the cost of the project. The money from the the economy and generate millions in tax revenues to the provincial and
federal government, they said, would come out of the stimulus funds federal governments.”
recently appropriated by Ottawa.
There was only one problem: no one told Canadian Transport Minister DELIVERY
John Baird who very publicly stated that he didn’t think that the project
qualified for stimulus funding. Baird wrote Miller, explaining, “The The delivery plan for the 204 new streetcars calls for a prototype
project that your officials tried to submit clearly did not meet the criteria vehicle to be delivered to the TTC in 2011. Passenger service will begin
and so could not be submitted.” in 2012. And all 204 cars will be delivered by 2018.
Indeed, all stimulus projects must be completed by March 31, 2011, The new streetcars will replace the current fleet of 248 streetcars
and the money must be spent building infrastructure in the municipality which were purchased in the 1970s and ’80s. These vehicles now need
where the application is granted. Because, “the streetcars Toronto intends to be replaced, as the aging fleets are nearing the end of their useful
to purchase “will not even be delivered until late 2012, at the earliest lives. They are not accessible, their reliability is steadily declining, and
and the project will not be complete until 2018,” Baird said they did maintenance costs continue to rise.
The new streetcars will be low-floor, quieter, and be able to carry
Also, the streetcars would not be built in Toronto, which meant that almost twice as many people as the current streetcars. Bombardier
the stimulus funds would go to “re-tooling a Bombardier plant in Thunder says that the contract represents the largest order ever for light rail
Bay,” Baird said. “This fund was created to build public infrastructure, vehicles worldwide.
not modernize factories,” he insisted.
Bombardier says that the new vehicles are “based on ‘Flexibility’
100% low-floor, light rail technology modified to TTC specifications
and the special requirements of Toronto’s streetcar network. The five-
module, uni-directional vehicles with all-wheel drive are more than 28
meters long and 2.54 meters wide. The new vehicles will feature a step-
less interior allowing easy access at street level; a car capacity for more
than 240 passengers; increased heating and air conditioning capacity;
enhanced accessibility, locations for bicycles, wheelchairs and strollers;
more efficient passenger boarding and exiting; improved communications
features; and a regenerative braking system that feeds power back into
the TTC network.”
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Receive Over $1.2
Billion in ARRA
Funds – So Far
T ransit agencies with ATU-represented employees have received
over $1.2 billion in American Recovery and Reinvestment Act
(ARRA) stimulus funding as of June 25. Not counted in this figure are
The infusion of support bears testament to the effectiveness of
taking part in the political process as so many ATU members did in the
last election, and the importance of belonging to a strong and active
grants given to states which will use the funds for both ATU and non- union such as the ATU. The Union fought for the transit stimulus
ATU transit properties, and money still in the federal pipeline. funding which is already finding its way to transit agencies which
employ ATU members.
The capital funding will go a long way toward revitalizing our transit
infrastructure which has needed a boost for a long time. And now that What follows is a partial list of the stimulus funding which will benefit
Congress has passed legislation allowing 10 percent of ARRA funds to transit agencies where our ATU members work. More will be forthcoming:
be used for operating expenses – jobs and service which would have been
cut will be saved.
WEDNESDAY, JUNE 10, 2009 CA: $3.0 Million - San Joaquin Regional Rail Commission (ARRA Grant)
CA: $225.1 Million - Los Angeles County Metropolitan Local 1225 Provides funds for SJRRC to complete an overhaul of the prime mover,
Transportation Authority (ARRA Grant) replace head-end power generator sets, upgrade microprocessors,
rebuild electrical systems, air compressors and related repairs to their
Local 1277 This grant provides funds for Metro Rail and Metro Bus facilities and four locomotives.
equipment upgrades, including the replacement of approximately
ninety 45-foot buses and fifty 32-foot buses, and the overhaul of
CA: $7.7 Million - Monterey-Salinas Transit (ARRA Grant)
approximately 400 buses over five years old under the Bus Overhaul
Program. Other activities being funded include staircase widening for Local 276 Provides funds to for the final installment of $5.6 million for a bus fleet
emergency egress and improved pedestrian access at the 7th/Metro replacement and purchase program of approximately 40 buses and six
Red Line Station in Downtown Los Angeles, replacing fiber optic trolleys. Also funds in the amount of $500,000 will be used for the
equipment for the rail system, replacing Metro Blue Line traction purchase of new fare boxes, replacing outdated equipment with new
power substations, and modifications of CNG fueling facilities. “smart card” and associated fare recovery equipment. The balance of
$1.6 million will be used for preventive maintenance.
CA: $1 Million - Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation
Authority (ARRA Grant) CA: $4.3 Million - Central Contra Costa Transit Authority (ARRA Grant)
Local 1277 Provides funding for enhancements such as public art, signage and Local 1605 This grant will be used for scheduled maintenance work and repairs of
way-finding improvements for up to 19 bus stations or stops along fixed route buses. Funds for these repairs will keep mechanics and
Harbor and El Monte transitways and local bus stop areas in downtown operators on the job and delay service cuts that might otherwise result
Los Angeles. from lack of funding.
CA: $7.9 Million - San Mateo County Transit District (ARRA Grant) CA: $3.1 Million - San Joaquin Regional Rail Commission (ARRA Grant)
Local 1574 Provides funds for the replacement of San Mateo County’s aging bus Local 1225 Funds will be used to construct new track and upgrade the railbed.
fleet with as many as ninety-one 40-foot, forty 35-foot, and one 30-foot
buses. Funds will also be used for preventive maintenance and an ADA
paratransit operating subsidy that will help ensure that SamTrans can CA: $7.6 Million: City of Vallejo (ARRA Grant)
continue to operate without requiring significant cuts in service despite
Local 1225 The city will use the funds to replace a ferry engine, to renovate and
large reductions in state funding.
repair the ferry terminal building on Mare Island and the bus maintenance
facility in Vallejo, and perform preventive maintenance on vehicles.
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CO: $18.6 Million - Denver Regional Transportation District (ARRA Grant) MA: $3.9 Million - Brockton Area Transit Authority (ARRA Grant)
Local 192 Provides funds for the design and construction of Denver Union Station Local 1547 Will enable the purchase one 30-foot and five 35-foot buses, maintenance
(DUS), which will be the future hub for many transportation modes in equipment, a new vehicle locator system, and surveillance equipment.
the Denver metro area. RTD will implement the transit elements as The funds will also allow preventive vehicle maintenance and minor
part of the overall redevelopment of the station. The East, North Metro, repairs to the BAT Intermodal Center.
Northwest Rail Gold Line, and CPV spur rail lines will all join at DUS
as well as the US 36 Bus Rapid Transit corridor and many other bus MA: $16.3 Million - Pioneer Valley Transit Authority (ARRA Grant)
lines will connect at the station.
Local 448 This grant will fund replacement of thirteen 40-foot buses, sixteen 35-foot
CO: $2.4 Million - City of Pueblo (ARRA Grant) buses, and 18 paratransit vans. The grant will also fund purchase of
10 solar panels for bus shelters and 45 bus-mounted bicycle racks, as
Local 662 Provides funds to purchase a 35-foot hybrid bus, a 35-foot low-floor bus, well as mobile surveillance transit security equipment. Additionally,
and two 40-foot low-floor buses, one support vehicle and five paratransit the grant will fund improvements to PVTA transit facilities in Springfield
vans to replace vehicles that have met their useful lives. Additionally and Amherst, MA, and purchase of transit-related tools and equipment.
the city will be purchasing automated voice enunciation system to call
out stops on fixed route buses. NV: $33.7 Million - Southern Nevada Regional Transportation
CT: $2.8 Million - Greater Bridgeport Transit Authority (ARRA Grant)
Local 1637 Funds will be used for the construction of three projects: the Boulder
Local 1336 Funds will be used to replace 40 fixed-route bus engines, at a cost of Highway Bus Rapid Transit, the Centennial Hills Transit Center and park-
$70,000 each, including installation. and-ride lot, and the Central City Terminal.
DC: $17.7 Million - Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority OH: $8.5 Million - Toledo Area Regional Transit Authority (ARRA Grant)
Local 697 Funds will purchase fifteen buses longer than 35 feet, ten buses shorter
Local 689 Grant will be used to implement a track pad/shock absorber rehabilitation than 30 feet, eleven paratransit vehicles, and six support vehicles for the
program, purchase and install emergency tunnel carts and storage TARPS fleet, as well a bus stop/boarding announcement system to enhance
cabinets; expand WMATAs chemical sensor detection system; upgrade access for Persons with Disabilities, as well as preventive maintenance.
fare machines; build a new Metro Sales Center; and purchase four
prime movers to be utilized as work trains. PA: $4.3 Million - Berks Area Reading Transportation Authority (ARRA Grant)
Local 1345 Funds will be used to purchase four additional 40-foot hybrid-electric buses
IL: $240.2 Million - Chicago Transit Authority (ARRA Grant) to expand fixed-route service throughout BARTA’s system, and replace
six paratransit buses. Furthermore, this grant will finance the purchase
Locals 241 These grants from two separate FTA programs in the amounts of of safety and security cameras for transit vehicles that do not
& 308 $191.3 million and $48.9 million will fund bus purchases, preventive currently have this equipment; spare bus components for the
maintenance, subway rehabilitation, and the renovation of rail stations maintenance of BARTA’s fleet, and electronic real-time passenger bus
and support facilities. CTA plans to replace as many as 58 60-foot location information signage and other improvements at BARTA`s
hybrid diesel-electric buses; replace aging and deteriorating components Intermodal Transportation Complex.
of the Blue Line Dearborn Subway in central Chicago and to renovate
bus, rail, and support facilities throughout the CTA system. CTA also PA: $1.5 Million - Mid Mon Valley Transit Authority (ARRA Grant)
plans to renovate rail transit stations, including Cermak-Chinatown
and Logan Square. Local 1743 Funds will be used for the renovation and construction of the Donora
Intermodal Transit Facility. Donora has been designated as a distressed
IN: $16.1 Million - Indianapolis Public Transportation Corporation borough, and this project supports borough revitalization efforts. Phase
(ARRA Grant) one of this project will fund the construction of an 11,000 square-foot
maintenance garage. Phase two, to be financed with future funding,
Local 1070 Funds will be used to purchase 14 replacement buses, perform includes a facility with bike racks, bus shelters, waiting areas, parking
preventive maintenance, and make security and transit enhancements areas, ticketing and information counters, and connections with other
that will expand the successful on-board bus camera project and regional operators.
improve access to transit for pedestrians and bicyclists.
SC: $6.5 Million - Charleston Area Regional Transportation Authority
IN: $3.7 Million - South Bend Public Transportation Corporation (ARRA Grant) (ARRA Grant)
Local 996 Funds will be used to build a new transit center serving the communities Local 610 Funds will be used to replace nine buses, for facilities renovation, and
of South Bend and Misawaka. The center will house transit for and transit enhancements, including bus shelter construction at 25
administration, maintenance, and operations. locations, and passenger information systems that will display specific
schedule information at bus stops.
KY: $5.5 Million - Transit Authority of the Lexington-Fayette Urban
County Government (ARRA Grant) TN: $1.1 Million - Jackson Transit Authority (ARRA Grant)
Local 639 A total of $1.9 million will be used to purchase one clean diesel and Local 1285 This grant will fund facility construction and replacement vehicles.
two hybrid-fuel buses, and one cutaway vehicle. The hybrid buses will The facility construction funding is for the administrative portion of the
be the first step in making the system’s fleet “green.” In addition, the Jackson Transit Authority’s administration-operations-maintenance
authority will use $1.5 million of the grant to acquire and install an facility project. The grant will also fund the purchase of one fixed-route
automatic vehicle location/GPS system. The remainder of the funds will and two paratransit buses.
be used for automated fare boxes, bus stop improvements, and new
security and communications equipment.
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TN: $17.8 million - Memphis Area Transit Authority (ARRA Grant) MA: $12.4 Million - Worcester Regional Transit Authority (ARRA Grant)
Local 713 Will fund the replacement of nine 29-foot paratransit buses; twenty- Local 22 Funds will be used to replace 28 buses and vans—four of which will be
one 40-foot and five 35-foot fixed-route buses; and new transit hybrids—replace four bus shelters, install state-of-the-art transit
technology, including communications equipment, vehicle locator technology, and pay for architectural and engineering design work on
equipment, passenger counters, stop annunciators, and security cameras. a proposed bus transfer station at Union Station in Worcester.
TN: $4.7 million - Chattanooga Area Regional Transportation Authority PA: $3.1 Million - Luzerne County Transportation Authority (ARRA Grant)
Local 164 The funds will buy five hybrid electric buses and bike racks, which will
Local 1212 Funds will be used for the refurbishing of CARTA’s Incline Railway, which cut down on pollutions and provide commuters with alternatives to driving.
provides passengers with a scenic ride up the side of Lookout Mountain. The funds will also provide for enhanced security and communications.
WA: $70.9 Million - King County Department
WEDNESDAY, MAY 20, 2009 of Transportation (ARRA Grant)
CA: $48.3 Million - San Francisco Bay Area Rapid Local 587 Funds will be used to purchase 60 new hybrid buses to replace buses in
Transit District (ARRA Grant) their fleet that have met their useful life.
Local 192 Funds will be used to update transit vehicles with new carpeting and WA $2.7 Million - Ben Franklin Transit, Richland (ARRA Grant)
seat cushions, replace essential electrical service from PG&E to stations,
construct a mainline crossover at Pleasant Hill, and replace the anodes Local 1599 New security equipment is among the things that will be funded with this
and anode cables that prevent corrosion of the TransbayTube. The funds grant. Ben Franklin Transit has already completed much of the expansion
will also be used to construct a walkway at Balboa Park station with of their base, including a new fueling site, additional parking and a
automatic fare collection equipment, lighting, security cameras and new bus wash system.
a new entrance plaza connected to ADA-accessible walkway to
Ocean Avenue. WA: $1.3 Million - City of Seattle (ARRA Grant)
CT: $493,947 - Connecticut Department of Transportation (ARRA Grant) Local 587 This grant will provide funding in the amount of $1.0 million for Seattle
Monorail Train safety improvements and $314, 011 for preventive
Local 425 Funds will be used to replace one 45-foot commuter express bus maintenance for South Lake Union Streetcar.
operating along the I-84 HOV lane between Vernon and Hartford. The
bus, which will have 57 fully cushioned high back seats and two WA: $14.1 Million - Snohomish County Transit (ARRA Grant)
secured positions for wheelchairs, will be used for peak period express
service connecting Hartford’s eastern suburbs and the City’s central Local 1576 Funds will be used to replace 22 buses and pay for preventive
business district. maintenance for the fleet. Seven of the buses to be purchased will be
double-decker buses, and 15 will be 40-ft buses for use in the Seattle
CT: $1.5 Million - Norwalk Transit District (ARRA Grant) and Marysville areas.
Local 443, Funds will allow the city to proceed with plans to improve its downtown WA: $2.3 Million - Intercity Transit, Olympia (ARRA Grant)
1336 & 1622 transit hub.Facility serves as the transfer point for all local NTD buses,
as well as connecting service to Danbury, Stamford, Milford and Local 1765 Funds will be used to purchase as many as four hybrid-electric buses
Bridgeport. The total project is projected to cost $3.5 million, of which equipped with heavy-duty wheelchair ramps, which will make transit
$2 million has already been awarded by the Federal Transit Administration. accessible to more commuters in the Olympia area.
Let Me Introduce Myself, Continued from page 5
People often ask me if I ever thought back in 1982 when I went The move for my family from a small farm in Oregon to the
to work for TriMet that I would eventually end up representing Washington, DC area is not an easy one, but it is a move that is seen
transit workers. Had someone told me that back then, I would as important and necessary. My wife Linda, and daughters Elizabeth
have undoubtedly suspected them of being under the influence of and Kate, are excited about the move and the change in their lives.
something. Would I have wanted my career to turn out any other Elizabeth is a student at Oregon State University and has been accepted
way? Absolutely not! as a transfer student at the University of Maryland beginning with the
2009 fall term. Kate will be a senior in high school and looks forward to a
new school and new experience. Without their support and encouragement,
MOST REWARDING YEARS OF MY LIFE this new assignment in my life would not have been possible.
The past 21 years as an elected officer of the ATU have been the I look forward to working for and with all of you, the members of this
most rewarding time of my life, and I look forward to many more great organization known as the Amalgamated Transit Union.
years of service to what I believe is the best labor union representing
working men and women in the United States and Canada. I believe
there can be no more honorable a profession.
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oregon unionist, deq
off icial, works to
C all it “dirty diesel.” Diesel fuel is in the air we breathe. Its exhaust
contains at least 40 toxic air contaminants, plus soot particles so
small they bypass filters in the human body. And it’s everywhere in
“There are some CNG (compressed natural gas) buses out there too,”
Remark continued, “but it seems bus agencies are not ordering them as
much as the hybrids.”
Diesel buses, however, are still around. On July 6, the Chicago-area
Some people breathe more diesel fuel than others. Millions of workers Pace system announced that it would be purchasing 58 new diesel buses
are exposed on the job to diesel exhaust – school, urban and over-the- with the $18 million stimulus it was provided by the federal government.
road bus operators and bus maintenance workers, truckers, and loading
dock workers, obviously, but also longshore, maritime, and railroad Today’s diesel engines are a lot cleaner than they used to be, and they
workers, firefighters, construction workers, and others who work near are less expensive than hybrids. Still, diesel buses will burn about 30,000
heavy equipment. more gallons of fuel than hybrids over their lifetime. And, a new fleet of
hybrid buses would have saved Pace over a million gallons of fuel and
eliminated 10,500 tons of greenhouse gases, saving taxpayers at least
CLEAN BURNING FUEL $2.6 million in diesel costs alone. And those savings would have only
increased as diesel prices rose.
“There’s a big push now for clean-burning fuel, so we’re trying
to develop training for maintaining hybrid engines,” explains ATU
Maintenance Training Coordinator John Remark. Hybrid engines use DURABLE
a four-cylinder diesel motor in combination with an electric battery to
power their buses. Diesel engines are incredibly durable. That means a “legacy fleet”
of dirty older-model diesel engines is likely to be putting worker health
One of Remark’s goals is to train mechanics who will service at risk for decades to come. There’s a tow boat on the Columbia River,
hybrid vehicles in-house, rather than having the buses serviced by the for example, that still runs on an engine pulled out of a World War II
manufacturers under a warranty agreement. submarine. These diesels stick around.
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So it’s the job of one union member in Portland – Kevin Downing fleets to raise the priority” of cleaning up the exhaust and lowering the
– and his colleagues nationwide to persuade owners of diesel engines health threat, Downing suggested.
to take measures to reduce exhaust sooner rather than later. Downing
coordinates the Oregon Clean Diesel Initiative at the Oregon Department In some areas, the International Longshore and Warehouse Union
of Environmental Quality (DEQ), and is a former president of AFSCME made an issue of diesel exhaust, working in coalition with community
Local 3336. In his job, he’s an expert on diesel. groups to get ships, trains and trucks to turn off their engines when
not in use. In other areas, local governments – often under federal
“It takes a certain amount of convincing” of diesel engine owners about EPA pressure to clean up their air – have taken steps to reduce diesel
the problem, “because I really can’t guarantee there will be fewer people emissions, usually by ordering buses and trucks to turn off engines
sick on the job, and I can’t guarantee they’re going to see reduction in when idling.
their health insurance premiums. But there are tremendous benefits to
the community at large,” Downing asserts. Medical evidence, he declares But there’s not much individual workers can do to reduce their
is convincing. risk. Ordinary dust masks don’t stop the fine particles that are the
problem. The exception is when workers turn engines off when not in
use. Downing said it’s a myth that diesel engines must be kept running
MORE THAN A NUISANCE all the time. Anti-idling campaigns aim to make turning engines off a
worker habit – and workplace policy.
“Diesels always have had a reputation for being smoky and smelly.
But now, what we’re discovering through advances in medical research “When I first started doing this,” Downing related, “I really had
is that particulates are more than a nuisance; they are a health concern. to scramble. People were very skeptical. Everybody was interested
There’s increased risk for lung cancer, cardiovascular disease, asthma, in being second, but very few were interested in being first.” Now,
bronchitis, and other health effects,” he warns. Downing relates, interest is growing. “We’ve been doing this for a few
years. Word’s getting around.”
“We can’t predict on an individual basis who will experience these
health effects. But we can say that generally with increasing exposure to
diesel, we see increasing incidence of the diseases.”
Part of the problem is that the carcinogenic chemicals produced
when diesel fuel combusts in an engine “stick” to the soot particles in
the exhaust. The particles are small – 2.5 microns in diameter – one-
hundredth the width of a human hair. That’s so small they can’t be trapped
by your nose hair or swept out by cilia cells that line your windpipe. They
enter your lungs and go directly into the bloodstream, where they affect
cell metabolism, causing inflammation and blood clotting that can lead
to heart attacks.
Non-road diesel engines are the dirtiest. In Oregon, cleaner, low sulfur
diesel fuel is required for diesel engines on the highways – and on trucks –
but not yet for off-road diesel engines like heavy construction equipment.
But the threat hasn’t gotten much attention. “Nobody disputes that
there’s a problem with exhaust from diesel engines,” Downing explains.
“It’s just that for many folks, it’s like ‘Tomorrow’s another day, and I’ll
worry abut it then.’”
One hurdle is that it can cost $1,200 to $12,000 per vehicle to
install the filters and catalytic converters that reduce harmful diesel
exhaust. However, there are federal grants available to help with that,
Downing said. And the recently-passed economic recovery act included
$300 million for “Clean Diesel” projects, mainly in the form of grants
to diesel fleet owners to pay part of the cost of retrofitting engines.
“I think there’s an opportunity for unions to work to develop the
partnership relationships we need (with employers) with these (diesel)
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NTSB Issues Urgent
T he National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) sent an urgent
recommendation to the Federal Transit Administration (FTA) on
July 13. The NTSB urged the agency to advise all rail transit operators
The safety recommendation letter to WMATA may be found at:
http://www.ntsb.gov/recs/letters/2009/R09_6.pdf. The safety
recommendation letter to the FTA may be found at: http://www.ntsb.
with train control systems capable of monitoring train movements to gov/recs/letters/2009/R09_7.pdf.
evaluate their systems for adequate safety redundancy. The warning
comes as a result of an investigation of the June 22 Washington, DC
Metrorail crash which took the life of Local 689 member Jeanice INFRASTRUCTURE
McMillan and eight others.
The NTSB’s investigation is not yet complete and no determination The Metro crash has focused attention on transit infrastructure all
of probable cause has been reached. But, investigators have concerns over the U.S. The American Public Transportation Association has
regarding the safety redundancy of the Washington Area Metropolitan estimated that while $60 billion annually is necessary to cover transit
Transit Authority’s (WMATA’s) train control system. infrastructure requirements, only $14.5 billion is being spent.
“While the NTSB is still in the very early stages of its investigation According to the Department of Transportation’s 2006 Condition and
into this tragic accident here in our nation’s capital,” said Acting Chair Performance Report, the average age of urban light rail vehicles in the
Mark V. Rosenker, “we have concerns about the failure of WMATA’s train United States is 14.8 years, 48 percent of urban bus maintenance facilities
control system to prevent this collision.” Rosenker continued, “By calling are over 21 years old, and the average age of urban buses is 6.1 years.
upon WMATA to take swift action to upgrade the safety redundancy of
its system and by urging FTA to alert other transit agencies of the hazards The Federal Transit Administration reports that almost one-third
of single point failures such as the one experienced by WMATA, we hope of urban bus maintenance facilities are in unacceptable condition, 51
to prevent something similar from happening again.” percent of urban rail passenger stations are substandard, and eight percent
of rail transit track is in substandard or poor condition.
The NTSB explained its concerns about WMATA saying, “The
accident on the Metrorail’s Red Line between the Fort Totten and Rep. Jim Oberstar, D-MN, who chairs the House Committee on
Takoma stations has shown that WMATA’s train control system is Transportation and Infrastructure, said recently, “We have known for
susceptible to a single point failure because it did not fail safe and stop some time that our public transportation infrastructure and rolling stock
a train when detection of a preceding train was lost. The urgent safety are in a general state of disrepair for lack of funding. We cannot afford
recommendation issued July 13 calls for WMATA to evaluate track to wait while our transit systems deteriorate further, perhaps leading to
occupancy data on a real-time basis in order to detect losses in track more tragedies as we saw on Metro. We must act and act quickly to get
occupancy and automatically generate alerts to prompt such actions as transit back on track.”
immediately stopping train movements or implementing appropriate
speed restrictions to prevent collisions.” Oberstar has introduced a new highway and transit reauthorizations
bill which would address transit infrastructure as well as U.S. transit
In accordance with NTSB protocol, the letters were issued to
agencies’ crucial need for operating assistance (see Legislative Report,
the heads of both agencies with a request for a response from each
organization within 30 days, addressing the actions taken or planned
in response to the Board’s recommendation.
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Government of Canada Mandates
Federal Transit Work-Rest Rules
OTTAWA — Canada’s Transport Minister, John Baird, announced, employees governed by federal rules can drive. Three transit services are
June 3, that rules to enhance the safety of operators, passengers and affected by this change: OC Transpo in Ottawa, Gatineau’s Société de
other road users will soon be in place for transit operations under transport de l’Outaouais, and Transit – Windsor.
The proposed amendments were published in the Canada Gazette,
“These changes will make it safer for everyone involved, from Part I on March 14, 2009. After considering all comments received,
transit passengers to motorists, and pedestrians,” said Minister Baird. Transport Canada finalized the regulations and they became law
“This will greatly reduce the risk of driver fatigue-related incidents six months after publication in the Canada Gazette, Part II on
and collisions.” June 10, 2009.
The amendment to the Commercial Vehicle Drivers Hours of
Service Regulations will reduce fatigue by restricting the hours transit
Le Gouvernement Du Canada Rend Obligatoires Les Regles Sur Les Heures De Service
Et De Repos Des Conducteurs D’Autobus
OTTAWA — Le ministre canadien des Transports, M. John Baird, durant lesquelles les conducteurs d’autobus régis par le fédéral peuvent
a annoncé, le 3 juin, que des règles visant à accroître la sécurité conduire un autobus, ce qui contribuera à réduire leur fatigue. Elles
des conducteurs, des passagers et d’autres usagers de la route seront concernent trois services de transport en commun : OC Transpo
bientôt en place pour les activités de transport en commun sous (Ottawa), la Société de transport de l’Outaouais (Gatineau) et Transit
compétence fédérale. – Windsor.
«Ces modifications accroîtront la sécurité de toute personne Les modifications proposées ont été publiées dans la Partie I
touchée, qu’il s’agisse des passagers du service de transport en commun, de la Gazette du Canada le 14 mars 2009. Après un examen des
des automobilistes ou des piétons », a déclaré le ministre Baird. « Cela commentaires reçus, Transports Canada mettra la dernière main au
réduira de façon considérable les risques d’incidents et de collisions règlement, qui entrera en vigueur six mois après sa publication dans
liés à la fatigue des conducteurs.» la Partie II de la Gazette du Canada, soit le 10 juin 2009.
Les modifications au Règlement sur les heures de service des
conducteurs de véhicules utilitaires limiteront le nombre d’heures
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P resident Obama returned from a trip abroad on July 12, determined
to move the health care legislative process forward. He has set a
deadline for having a bill ready for him to sign in September. While some
president has announced a deal with the nation’s hospitals to cut $70
billion in expenses over the next decade. Deals with other health care
providers are also expected.
think that might be possible in the House, most doubt the Senate can
meet that deadline. Central to the discussion, of course, is the question of how to pay for
a public health care option. Solutions include levying a new tax on high-
The president has said that he favors a plan in which a public option income earners, and cuts in the current Medicaid program.
would compete with private health insurance providers to bring down
overall health care costs. Citizens would be free to keep their current Labor favors health care reform, particularly because it has the potential
provider or chose the public option. House Democrats have vowed that of taking the contentious health insurance issue off the negotiating table.
any plan that emerges from that body will include such a public option. The health insurance industry is lobbying hard against a public option
saying that it can’t compete with a government-run program.
COST Whatever Congress decides will have a significant impact on the lives
of all Americans. You can keep up-to-date by visiting www.atu.org.
Bringing down the cost of health care is as important a goal in
Congress as providing health coverage itself. Toward that end the
Message du Président de l’International, Suite de la page 3
C’est la raison pour laquelle il est tellement injuste d’accuser les conducteurs d’abord — et, et le Projet de loi C-333 soumis par MP Judy Wasylycia-Leis, NDP-Winnipeg North, SK
en particulier, lorsqu’ils ne sont pas là pour se défendre. modifieraient le code criminel fédéral en durcissant les sanctions pour les attaques aggravées
lorsque la victime est un employé des transports en commun.
Si une seule chose positive doit ressortir de cette tragédie, c’est qu’il y a une plus grande
prise de conscience pour que l’on octroie des fonds pour les systèmes de transport public Ce problème est devenu plus urgent avec l’attaque récente sur un chauffeur de bus de 53 ans
aux Etats Unis et au Canada afin d’améliorer et de remplacer le matériel ancien qui peut à Toronto qui reçu plusieurs coups sur la tête avec un objet dur qui le blessèrent aux yeux
causer de terribles accidents. et il a du avoir de nombreux points de suture. Il y a eu un autre incident à Edmonton avec
un chauffeur de bus de 55 ans qui fut attaqué par un groupe de jeunes et battu durement
Et, nous pouvons prendre la résolution de défier la hâte à faire porter le blâme sur les derrière la tête avec une planche à roulettes.
conducteurs pour tous les accidents qui surviennent. Ceci peut être le legs permanent de
Jeanice McMillan, une véritable héroïne de l’ATU qui a fait le sacrifice ultime pour le bien Il est temps d’agir
de ses passagers.Oui, nous allons arpenter les couloirs du Congrès ici à Washington, mais
sans un soutien enthousiaste chez vous, nos efforts n’aboutiront pas. Je crois fermement que Nous sommes préoccupés par l’augmentation des attaques violentes sur nos membres. Nous
cette bataille sera gagnée ou perdue « en dehors du périphérique de Washington ». sommes très peu protégés par les lois fédérales et provinciales. Dans la plupart des cas, ces
attaques sont traitées comme de simples délits mineurs. Cela doit changer.
Frères et Sœurs, pour le bien de vos emplois et l’avenir de notre industrie, joignez-vous à
nous dans cette campagne historique – la poursuite de l’objectif de l’ATU d’obtenir une Il est grand temps pour que les membres du Parlement agissent et adoptent les projets de loi
aide fédérale pour couvrir les coûts d’exploitation des systèmes de transport en commun. soumis par les membres privés ou qu’ils proposent alors leur propre projet de loi et modifient le
Code Criminel de façon à augmenter les peines pour les attaques aggravées contre les employés
Sûreté et sécurité au Canada des transports en commun — en les traitant de la même façon que des attaques contre des
agents de la sécurité, contre des pompiers, ou contre du personnel médical d’urgence.
Le Conseil Canadien pousse pour le passage de deux projets de loi soumis par des membres
privés, qui permettraient d’aider à protéger les employés des transports en commun et qui Les membres de l’ATU méritent de travailler dans un environnement sûr et sécurisé. Je suis
furent mis à l’ordre du jour (introduits) dans la Chambre des Communes. convaincu que vous apporterez votre soutien pour cette importante législation.
Le Projet de loi C-314, soumis par MP Peter Julian, NDP-Burnaby-New Westminster, BC
El Mensaje del Presidente Internacional, Continuación de la página 3
El Gerente General del Metro, John Catoe, elogió a la Hermana McMillan como un héroe Por eso es tan injusto cuando la gente primero culpa a los operadores – particularmente
que salvó vidas. El Obispo Glen A. Staples declaró: “Usted tiene que ser una clase diferente de cuando ellos no están presentes para defenderse.
persona para enfrentar a la muerte y decir ‘Yo voy a salvar tantas vidas como sea posible’. Nosotros
le debemos una deuda de gratitud por lo que ella ha hecho por la ciudad.” Si algo bueno resulta de esta tragedia, es que la misma ha aumentado la conciencia de que
debemos proveer el financiamiento para los sistemas de tránsito por todos los Estados Unidos y
‘Viajamos en Ese Tren hacia el Cielo’ el Canadá para mejorar y reemplazar el anticuado equipo que puede causar terribles accidentes.
Nuestros miembros son profesionales que salvan vidas diariamente al mantener un ojo Y, nosotros podemos resolvernos a desafiar la prontitud de culpar a los operadores del
vigilante, en atender a problemas de los pasajeros, y para prevenir serios accidentes. Cuando tránsito por cualquier accidente de tránsito que pueda ocurrir. Esto puede ser el legado
nosotros no podemos prevenir un accidente, nos mantenemos en calma y, algunas veces, perdurable de Jeanice McMillan, un verdadero héroe de la ATU quien hizo el supremo
según el Obispo dijo de la Hermana McMillan, nosotros “viajamos en ese tren hacia el cielo.” sacrificio por el bien de sus pasajeros.
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KNOW YOUR RIGHTS:
Wage Garnishment Protections in the US
I n the worst economic downturn of our lifetimes, many working
families have been compelled to deal with some complex financial
issues. Apart from a home foreclosure, the most frightening may be
a wage garnishment – the legal procedure through which some
portion of a individual’s earnings are subject to payroll withholding
to satisfy an outstanding debt.
For the most part, wage garnishments are initiated only by a
court order and following some legal judgment confirming the debt.
Child support obligations are a frequent subject of garnishment,
as are unpaid student loans. The U.S. Internal Revenue Service
and other tax collection agencies can also garnish wages to collect
PROVISIONS OF THE FEDERAL STATUTE supporting a current spouse or child, and up to 60 percent otherwise.
An additional five percent can be withheld for support payments that
In the United States, Title III of the federal Consumer Credit
are over 12 weeks overdue, moreover.
Protection Act, which is administered by the Department of Labor’s
Wage and Hour Division, offers two essential safeguards to a worker
facing a wage garnishment.
STATE LAWS APPLY AS WELL
First, the Act prohibits an employer from terminating an individual
whose earnings are subject to garnishment for any one debt – regardless If a state wage garnishment law differs from Title III, an employer
of the number of levies made or legal proceedings brought to collect must honor the law resulting in a smaller garnishment. So too, a
it. (The law does not, however, protect an employee from firing state law preventing the discharge of a worker because of a wage
because his or her earnings have been subject to garnishment for a garnishment for more than one debt is controlling. At present, four
second or subsequent debt.) U.S. states (North Carolina, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, and Texas)
do not allow wage garnishment at all, except for debts related to taxes,
Title III also protects employees by limiting the percentage of child support, federally guaranteed education loans, and a court-ordered
one’s earnings that can be garnished in any pay period to satisfy non-tax restitution for a crime committed by the debtor. Florida law, on the
debts or the orders of a bankruptcy court. other hand, precludes garnishing the wages of an individual who
provides more than half the support for a child or other dependant.
Where a consumer debt such as a credit card balance is involved,
the most that can be withheld is 25 percent of the person’s “disposable
income” – the earnings left after legally required deductions are taken GETTING MORE DETAILS
for federal, state and local income taxes, Social Security and state
unemployment insurance taxes, and statutorily-required contributions Additional information about Title III of the U.S. statute can be
to a public employee retirement system – or the amount by which obtained from the Labor Department’s Wage and Hour Division at
such disposable earnings exceed 30 times the federal minimum 1-866-487-9243. A concise jurisdiction-by-jurisdiction summary
hourly wage (currently $7.25 per hour). In the case of a court order of the state laws on garnishment, with telephone numbers for each
for child support or alimony, Title III allows up to 50 percent of enforcing agency, is available on-line at www.consumerbadcreditguide.
an employee’s disposable earnings to be garnished if the worker is com/wagegarnishmentlawsbystate.html.
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Arbitration Decision ATU 2009
ATU Local 1181 and Maggie’s Paratransit Corp. Events Calendar
ISSUE: Did Maggie’s Paratransit Corp. have just cause to terminate August 11-15, 2009 ATU Canadian Regional Training Seminar
the employment of Grievant for an alleged history of unsafe and Ottawa, ON
aggressive driving? And if not, what shall the remedy be?
August 13-16, 2009 ATU Joint Conference Board
SUMMARY: Grievant had worked as a paratransit van operator for
the Company from June 2007 until her termination in February August 23-27, 2009 ATU Eastern Regional Training Seminar
2009, following a hearing at which it was determined that
Grievant had a history of “unsafe and aggressive” driving. The September 10-14, 2009 ATU Latino Caucus
hearing was initially scheduled after the Company had learned that Carnival Cruise Line, Galveston, TX
Grievant allegedly failed to pickup a customer without notifying September 20-21, 2009 ATU MS Golf Tournament
and receiving approval. During the hearing, a review of Grievant’s Worthington Manor, Frederick, MD
employment record indicated that she had received several tickets October 11-16, 2009 ATU Arbitration Seminar
from red light cameras through the city; it was agreed by Grievant Silver Spring, MD
and the Company that these tickets served as the primary reason October 11-17, 2009 ATU Financial Secretary Training Seminar
for termination. Silver Spring, MD
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Evidence presented at arbitration revealed that the Company had
no specific red light camera ticketing policy, and that the Company
never warned Grievant that red light ticket violations could result
in termination. Furthermore, it was noted that the Company had
long been aware of Grievant’s tickets, going so far as to pay Grievant’s
fines and agree to a repayment schedule.
The Company argued that Grievant’s numerous red light violations
warranted termination from her position. Grievant argued that
there was never any warning as to the punishment for repeat red
light camera violations, and that the Company failed to utilize
HOLDING: On April 20, 2009, arbitrator Richard Adelman ordered
Grievant reinstated without back pay. Adelman noted that the
company in no way utilized progressive discipline in punishing
Grievant, exacerbated by their failure to warn Grievant that
continued red light violations could result in termination. That Sign-Up Today for the
the Company never warned Grievant signaled that they viewed the
red light infractions as ‘minor” and not violations worthy of
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discharge. However, Adelman agreed that the repeated violations
committed by Grievant constituted a pattern of unsafe driving,
and provided notice to Grievant that the Company would be
entitled to terminate Grievant if the behavior continued—essentially
providing a “last chance.”
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Death Benefits Awarded May 1, 2009 - June 30, 2009
1- MEMBERS AT LARGE 256- SACRAMENTO, CA 588- REGINA, SK JOHN SMITH 1277- LOS ANGELES, CA
JAMES LEWIS BROWN DAVID NUGENT TROY ROGAL CARRIE V TATE STEVE CHO
NEWTON DUGGAN FIVEASH FRANKLIN D WILLIAMS CHARLES WEBB LOUIS A GIANUIZZI
STEPHEN JANIGA JR 589- BOSTON, MA HAK K LEE
JOHN E MC DADE 265- SAN JOSE, CA CHRISTOPHER A BELL 819- NEWARK, NJ ARMANDO LEON
ARVIL C NEIGHBORS JR ROBERT J WILLIAMS JAMES P BOSSI ROY SCOTT JR CHARLEY TRIPLETT
DOROTHY L SMITH ARTHUR G DE LUCA LARRY D WOODS
JACK L WATTS 268- CLEVELAND, OH PETER A GIROUX 820- UNION CITY, NJ
EDWARD T WHEATLEY JOHN C BURKE MARK LIEBERMAN HIPOLITO DAVIEA 1287- KANSAS CITY, MO
BRUCE FOSTER CHARLES D MAC INNIS DONALD W BRAND
26- DETROIT, MI NEIL J ROBINSON ROY L SAUNDERS 822- PATERSON, NJ
CLINTON GASTON ROBERT H WILLIAMS RICHARD B SCADDING FRED BARONE 1300- BALTIMORE, MD
ELISHA KELLY JR JOSEPH G FRITZ CORNELIUS BLACKLEDGE
272- YOUNGSTOWN, OH 618- PROVIDENCE, RI KENNETH A SLATTERY CARL M BYCZKOWSKI
85- PITTSBURGH, PA DORIS L KIMBERLY CARLETON ELMER DAME
842- WILMINGTON, DE
EUGENE G BUCHHOLZ AUGUSTO REIS 1309- SAN DIEGO, CA
JAMES F MARVEL
MARK D FONZI 279- OTTAWA, ON ALBERT A HASKELL
HENRY F SMITH
SONJA L FUGET CHARLES E CLEROUX 627- CINCINNATI, OH
ROBERT MOOSE JEROME P OSWALD 880- CAMDEN, NJ 1321- ALBANY & TROY, NY
GERALD M MURPHY 281- NEW HAVEN, CT HARRY B BARTON CHARLES R DRESCHER
PETER POSKON JOSEPH F LOONEY 689- WASHINGTON, DC JOSEPH SPILLANE
BERNARD M SACUNAS GOLIE DUNN 1333- ROCKFORD, IL
EDWARD SCHEBOTH 308- CHICAGO, IL ROBERT L EDGE 966- THUNDER BAY, ON ELMER KENT
JIMMIE ANDERSON JR WILLIAM H FISHER LYALL EDWARD ROBINSON
107- HAMILTON, ON ALFREDO ARNIERI SAM F LOPER 1342- BUFFALO, NY
ALEXANDER CZETO TOMMY C BALLARD CHINHAL V NGUYEN 993- OKLAHOMA CITY, OK GERTRUDE CRAMER
ROBERT T FURLONG ROSEMARY D DONALDSON- CHESTER A PAINTER BARBARA Y SMITH WILLIAM DRIER
FRANK E PEARCE FOWLER WILLIAM N POWELL JOSEPH M SERAFIN
DOUGLAS A RICE MORA M HAASE FRANK E ROAT 998- MILWAUKEE, WI
DAVID MAGGETTE ROBERT W SCOTT SHERMAN W BISHOP 1374- CALGARY, AB
113- TORONTO, ON JOHN P SHEA ROBERT L BLY ROBERT L GREEN
JOHN BRADSHAW 713- MEMPHIS, TN LEONARD H GENGER LAWRENCE L SCOTT
CHARLES WILLIAM BRYER 382- SALT LAKE CITY, UT LLOYD ARCHER KIRBY
GORDON A CALHOUN RICHARD A STEWART CASEY STARKS 1001- DENVER, CO 1385- DAYTON, OH
EDWIN DESPOT DAN E STEWART HUGO A CALVO LONZA P PARSONS
EUGENIO GIANCOLA 416- PEORIA, IL ANDREW NEUMAN JR
JAMES W HIGGINS RALPH HELTON 725- BIRMINGHAM, AL 1436- HARRISBURG, PA
ALBERT E KOWAL VERBON C GREEN 1037- NEW BEDFORD, MA GEORGE E DAVIS
THOMAS MASON 448- SPRINGFIELD, MA ANDREW CORREA RONALD W FLYNN
GEORGE V MERCER THOMAS F KILBRIDE 726- STATEN ISLAND, NY
KENNETH B PALMATIER GEORGE R PERCY STEWART WILSON 1164- KNOXVILLE, TN 1462- ST. JOHN’S, NF
JACK A SMALE JAMES J FINE CHARLIE WESTLE ANSTEY
IVAN ALBERT SMITH 508- HALIFAX, NS 732- ATLANTA, GA
1177- NORFOLK, VA
BRIAN J SPENCER DANN CHARLES LITTLE LEONARD SNELLINGS JR 1505- WINNIPEG, MB
FREDERICK L LAMB
BRUCE M WALKER CYRIL K THOMAS HAROLD T VICKERY GASTON E CORNEILLIE
JUAN C OVALLE
LUDWIK S KOZLOWSKI
134- VANCOUVER, BC 540- TRENTON, NJ 757- PORTLAND, OR 1181- NEW YORK, NY ALBERT W NEULS
REGINALD HODSON MACK CRIBB JR FRANK A HAMEL BLOODY BERNASTRAL
TONY PROKOLYSHEN THOMAS N HENNEY DANIEL BISHON 1575- SAN RAFAEL, CA
192- OAKLAND, CA ROBERT L MEADOWS MARY COSENTINO LEON B TOLES
MANUEL P GARCEZ 569- EDMONTON, AB WALTER MILLER
HOWARD J GROSS DONALD CZAJKOWSKI 758- TACOMA, WA JUDAH NESS 1700- CHICAGO, IL
JACK W SHERMAN WILLIAM L MACK LOUIS A LE MOINE NOREEN O’GRADY FELIX O HODGSON
ARLENE B RAMONDO HENRY G MOORE
241- CHICAGO, IL 580- SYRACUSE, NY 765- MONTGOMERY, AL JORGE J SANTANA
ROBERT BOLDON WALTER J BURT BILLY TAYLOR DORTHY R SULLIVAN 1704- SAN BERNARDINO, CA
TONY CARIDINE ROGER G PUIGGROS
ROBERT T COURSEY 583- CALGARY, AB 788- ST. LOUIS, MO 1225- SAN FRANCISCO, CA
MARIO B FLORES LEN BALICKI THOMAS E AYRES MELVIN R SCOTT 1742- CHARLESTON, WV
ADDIE M FORD PETER DE CROM JAMES E BOWDEN EVERETT NOBLE SWAYZE MAX S TAYLOR
SPURAG L FOSTER JR JEFFREY A FERGUSON JOHN COLLINS
RICHARD V GOODEN KEVIN G LAWSON CHARLES P CURRAN 1229- ST JOHN, NB 1765- OLYMPIA, WA
JANICE MAYS ALI FARHAT GARY B VINCENT LARRY D VAN HORN
CARL NELSON 587- SEATTLE, WA GEORGIA JOHNSON
ALBERT C OCHWAT ROBERT C BAKER FRANCIS S MATEJKA 1235- NASHVILLE, TN
TOMMIE PHILLIPS CAROLYN S CLARK JAMES L PERRY NORA GARDNER
EDDIE SNEED RAY L DARLING WILLIAM RHONE JR TYLER A SMITH
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The Amalgamated Transit Union will hold the 24th Annual
Golf Tournament for the benefit of the ATU’s U.S. and Canadian
Multiple Sclerosis Research Funds from Sunday, September 20 –
Monday, September 21, at the Worthington Manor Golf Club
in Urbana, MD. Sunday will be reserved for a practice round,
and the actual tournament will be held on Monday.
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Amalgamated Transit Union NON-PROFIT ORG.
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RICKY ROMERO - ATU LOCAL 1001, DENVER, CO
A lthough he’s only been an ATU member for three years, ATU Local 1001
member Ricky Romero says he feels like he was born a member of
One of his proudest accomplishments was working on a successful
organizing drive. “It was great to see the look on the drivers’ faces when
they realized they had won and they were going to become members of
Local 1001,” he said of the experience. “When we started that campaign,
Brother Romero, a bus operator for the Regional Transportation management said it would never happen.”
District in Denver, CO, became active in the union as soon as he became
a member. “Coming from a non-union shop, I realized immediately Brother Romero says it’s important for union members to be active
all of the benefits the union has to offer,” he says. in their union - and especially to be politically active. “We have to show
that we care. In order to gain strength as a union, we must be active with
“Ricky was hired on while I was a local union officer and during all of our heart and soul,” he says.
his union orientation he immediately stepped up and asked how he
could be part of his union,” said International Representative Yvette “I can’t say enough about what
Salazar. “He is always available to assist when called upon for any a great member he is,” said
activity Local 1001 is involved in.” Sister Salazar.
His union activities include both internal and external union
organizing campaigns and political campaigns. He has staffed
phone banks, participated in labor-to-labor canvasses and conducted
worksite leaflets. “I’m willing to do whatever it takes to help spread the
word of the benefits and great opportunities that the union provides,”
says Brother Romero.
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