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									                 Excerpt from John Kerry’s
                           Speech
Holiday 2004

               .... In an American election, there are no losers, because
               whether or not our candidates are successful, the next morn-
               ing we all wake up as Americans.
               That is the greatest privilege and the most remarkable good
               fortune that can come to us on Earth.... In the days ahead, we
               must find common cause. We must join in common effort,
               without remorse or recrimination, without anger or rancor.
               America is in need of unity and longing for a larger measure
               of compassion.
               I hope President Bush will advance those values in the com-
               ing years. I pledge to do my part to try to bridge the partisan
               divide.
               I know this is a difficult time for my supporters, but I ask of
               them, all of you, to join in doing that. Now more than ever,
               with our soldiers in harm’s way, we must stand together and
               succeed in Iraq and win the war on terror.
               I will also do everything in my power to ensure that my party,
               a proud Democratic Party, stands true to our best hopes and
               ideals.
               I believe that what we started in this campaign will not end
               here. Our fight goes on to put America back to work and to
               make our economy a great engine of job growth. Our fight
               goes on for affordable healthcare, an accessible right for all
               Americans, not privilege.
               Our fight goes on to protect the environment, to achieve
               equality, to push the frontiers of science and discovery and to
               restore America’s reputation in the world.
               I believe that all this will happen, and sooner than we may
               think, because we’re America, and America always moves
               forward.... So with a grateful heart, I leave this campaign with
               a prayer that has even greater meaning to me now that I’ve
               come to know our vast country so much better thanks to all of
               you and what a privilege it has been to do so.

               And that prayer is simple: God Bless America!
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         Calendar                      THE
 Education                   PRESIDENT’S
 Committee
 Dec. 14                      CORNER
 Executive Board
                              ATU Local 1005
 Dec. 28
                          President–Business Agent
 Union Meeting                   Ron Lloyd
 Dec. 28
 Minneapolis               National Institute of Health (NIH) Federal
                                         Research Grant
 Local 1005
                         This month I'm presenting what we believe is a benefit to our members.

 Officers
                                  Metro Transit, in partnership with the U of M, applied for and
                         received a National Institute of Health (NIH) federal research grant to help
 President/Business      identify programs that will improve people's health. Lisa Mansavage,
 Agent                   Coordinator, Metro Transit Wellness Program, and Simone French, PhD,
                         Professor in Epidemiology and Community Health, U of M, are working
 Ron Lloyd               together to develop and evaluate programs to promote healthy food choices
                         and physical activity among bus operators at four garages during the next
 Vice-President
                         three years.
 Michelle                        Bus operators face even greater challenges than typical adults
 Sommers                 because of long hours and demanding work schedules, few chances for any
                         physical activity and little access to healthful food choices during the
 Recording Secretary &   workday. High fat foods and fast food restaurants are the easy food choices
 Asst. Business Agent    to make: they're cheap, convenient, and large portion sizes appear econom-
 Kellie Miller           ical.
                                 East Metro will serve as a pilot garage until Sept. 2005.
 Financial Secretary     Beginning in Sept., the participating garages are South, Nicollet, Heywood,
 Treasurer
                         and M. J. Ruter. Two garages will be randomly assigned to an active
 Jerry Ewald             change program. Employees will be invited to take part in an advisory
                         group that will help to create the new programs at their garage, meeting
                         every two weeks to plan and implement changes for food and activity
                         options. The other two garages will be assigned to a control group for a
                         two-year period.
                                  To determine if the programs are useful in changing food choices,
 Union Office Phone      physical activity or body weight, bus operators will be asked to participate
                         in the research evaluation, taking part in a one-hour session at their garage
 612-379-2914            at the beginning and again at the end of the study. Participation is volun-
        e-mail:          tary; operators will be paid $20 for their time to complete the
 office@atu1005.com      measures. Measures will include information on body weight, height, food
       website:          choices and physical activity.
 www.atu1005.com         All information collected is confidential and for research only. No person's
                         information will be shared with anyone outside the research staff.
                         Lisa and Simone will make a presentation at both AM and PM membership
                         meetings on December 28th in Minneapolis.
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                     THE
                 AMALGAMATED                                                     Education
                                                                                Education
                                                                                 Committee
                 TRANSIT UNION                                                M
                                                                                Comittee
                                                                                    S
                                                                               ICHELLE   OMMERS
                  OUR STORY…OUR HISTORY                                       ADVISOR
                       By Scott Lindquist                                     RON LLOYD
                                                                              CHAIR1005
                                                                              ATU
How did the Labor Union movement in the US evolve? The fol-                   MEMBERS ROTATE
lowing is an exerpt from an article about the growth of American              VICE PRESIDENT
Union movement from even before 1776. More info is available on               OVER HAUL
                                                                              ADVISOR BASE
the internet: www.socialstudies.com/eco_unionization.htm.                     TOM CAMPBELL
                                                                              VICE CHAIR
                                                                              CHAIR
         The Labor Union Movement in America                                  SHEILA MILLER
                                                                              EAST METRO
                                                                              L EYWOOD O
                  From 1620 to 1900                                           HINDA KAUP FFICE
                                                                              RECORDER
The roots of our country's trade unions extend deep into the early history
                                                                              VICE CHAIR
of America. Several of the Pilgrims arriving at Plymouth Rock in 1620         NICOLLET
                                                                              DEL HOPPE
were working craftsmen. Captain John Smith, who led the ill-fated settle-
                                                                              THERESA C OLLINS
ment in 1607 on Virginia's James River, pleaded with his sponsors in          SNELLING
                                                                              SCOTT STONE
London to send him more craftsmen and working people.
                                                                              STEPHEN B ABCOCK
Primitive unions, or guilds, of carpenters and cordwainers, cabinet mak-      L ECORDER
                                                                              RAYOUT
ers and cobblers made their appearance, often temporary, in various cities    STEVE BABCOCK
along the Atlantic seaboard of colonial America. Workers played a signif-     SOUTH
                                                                              AT LARGE
icant role in the struggle for independence; carpenters disguised as          LIZ GOLDBERG
Mohawk Indians were the "host" group at the Boston Tea Party in 1773.         FRANK C OLLINS
The Continental Congress met in Carpenters Hall in Philadelphia, and          RAY PARKER
                                                                              JUANVANDER WYST
there the Declaration of Independence was signed in 1776. In "pursuit of      HEYWOOD
happiness" through shorter hours and higher pay, printers were the first to   RUTER
go on strike, in New York in 1794; cabinet makers struck in 1796; car-        SCOTT LINDQUIST
                                                                              S COTT LINDQUIST
penters in Philadelphia in 1797; cordwainers in 1799. In the early years
                                                                              RUTER
of the 19th century, efforts by unions to improve the workers' conditions,    EAST METRO
through either negotiation or strike action, became more frequent.            K.H. RICE
By the 1820s, various unions involved in the effort to reduce the working     NONA WOOD
day from 12 to 10 hours began to show interest in the idea of federation-     REYWOOD OFFICE
                                                                              HUTER
of joining together in pursuit of common objectives for working people.       CECILE CLOUTIER
As ineffective as these first efforts to organize may have been, they
                                                                              TOM CAMPBELL
reflected the need of working people for economic and legal protection        HEYWOOD GARAGE
                                                                              OVERHAUL BASE
from exploiting employers.                                                    JOHN SUTTLES
The invention of the steam engine and the growing use of water power to
operate machinery were developing a trend toward a factory system not         E BRAM ISAACS
                                                                              ADITORIAL BOARD
much different from that in England which produced misery and slums           DELROY S
                                                                              SNELLINGCHAFER
for decades. Starting in the 1830s and accelerating rapidly during the        DAN ABRAMOWICZ
Civil War, the factory system accounted for an ever-growing share of          KEN DOLNEY
American production. It also produced great wealth for a few, and grind-      SHEILA MILLER
ing poverty for many.
                                                       Continued on Page 4
Page 4                               History Continued

   AT THE GARAGE
                                                                           enormous negative publicity, and
                                     With workers recognizing the          eventually disbanded.
    Heywood                          power of their employers, the
                                     number of local union organiza-
                                                                           The American Federation of
     Contact Cecile Cloutier                                               Labor was founded by Samuel
                                     tions increased steadily during the
                                                                           Gompers in 1886. Gompers, born
 Jack Berner, #8927, was hon-        mid-19th century. In a number of
                                                                           in 1850, came as a boy with his
 ored with an Employee of the        cities, unions in various trades
                                                                           parents to America from the
 Month award. He's won the           joined together in citywide federa-
                                                                           Jewish slums of London; he
 Roadeo six times, and placed        tions.
                                                                           entered the cigar-making trade
 24th out of 79 contestants at the
 International Roadeo in Atlanta     The Nation Labor Union, (actual-      and received much of his educa-
 this past October.                  ly a federation- an organization of   tion as a "reader" (a worker who
                                     local unions) formed in 1866. The     read books, newspaper stories,
 The garage roof is done "for all    NLU eventually persuaded              poetry and magazine articles to
 intents and purposes" says          Congress to pass an eight hour        fellow employees to help break
 garage manager Jeff Wostrel.        day for Federal workers. Never        the monotony of their work in the
                                     very strong, it was a casualty of     shop) and became a leader of his
 Senior Mechanic and ATU exec-       the sweeping economic depression      local union and of the national
 utive board member Greg Hall ,      of 1873.                              Cigar Makers Union.
 #5481, was selected by ATU and
 Metro Transit to help develop       Five years later, the Knights of      A statement by the founders of the
 new ASE North American test-        Labor captured the public imagi-      AFL expressed their belief in the
 ing standards for transit           nation. Formed in 1869 by Uriah       need for more effective union
 mechanics. Greg will work with      Stephens and expanded rapidly         organization. "The various trades
 representatives from 25 other
                                     under the leadership of Terrance      have been affected by the intro-
 transit properties on the stan-
 dards, which are expected to
                                     Powdery, the Knights were an all-     duction of machinery, the subdivi-
 debut in 2006.                      embracing organization commit-        sion of labor, the use of women's
                                     ted to a cooperative society.         and children's labor and the lack
 The Maintenance Dept. has a                                               of an apprentice system, so that
                                     Membership was open to all
 new hydraulic drive-on lift. The                                          the skilled trades were rapidly
                                     workers, whether they be skilled
 $100,000 lift is faster than the                                          sinking to the level of pauper
 old one, stays clean longer and     or unskilled, black or white, male
                                                                           labor," the AFL declared.
 is lit from underneath. When        or female. The Knights achieved a
 not in use, it moves right into     membership of nearly 750,000          "To protect the skilled labor of
 the floor.                          during the next few years, but the    America from being reduced to
                                     skilled and unskilled workers who     beggary and to sustain the stan-
 Dale Heidelberger was hired as      had joined the Knights in hope of     dard of American workmanship
 Cleaner I                           improvement in their hours and        and skill, the trades unions of
                                     wages found themselves frag-          America have been established."
 Earnest Robinson was hired as
                                     mented by the rift between skilled    Thus the AFL was a federation
 Skilled Helper
                                     and unskilled workers.                that organized only unions of
 Michael Erickson was hired as                                             skilled workers.
                                     Skilled workers tired of labor
 Helper I                            activity of unskilled workers who
                                                                           The Pullman Strike in 1894, at the
                                     were easily replaced. The Knights,
 Jory Ackerman, #6023, and                                                 Pullman plant near Chicago, the
                                     an effective labor force, declined
 Robert Ueeck, #6381, trans-                                               American Railroad Union (not
 ferred to Rail Operators            in membership after the
                                                                           affiliated with the AFL and led by
                                     Haymarket Square riots. Members
                                                                           Eugene V. Debs, a leading
 Xong Xiong, #2344, moved from       of the Knights of Labor where
                                                                           American socialist) struck the
 FT Operator - Heywood to            accused of throwing a bomb
                                                                           company's manufacturing plant
 Electronic Farebox Technician       which killed police officers during
                                                                           and called for a boycott of the
                                     the riot. The Knights, already
                                                                           handling of Pullman's sleeping
                                     fragmented, where faced with
                                                                           and parlor cars on the nation's
                                                                                      Continued on Page 14
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   Transit Safety and Security Committee                                   removal every winter.

            Oct, 2004 Summary                                              Lee also made note of a number
Members:                             District Supervisors have re-         of concerns, if he could not
John Suttles, Chair, #6852, FTH      picked their shifts, due in part to   respond without further checking.
Art Hayne, #9414 South               the promotion of Lisa Johnson to      EB 4th Street bus may sit thru 2-3
Amalio Perez, #1554 FTH              Assistant Manager for Region III,     traffic light cycles when making
Theresa Collins, #1378 Nicollet      East Metro.                           passenger stops.
Mary Vasterling, #9662 South         The Central Avenue detour will        Grand Hotel valets and Lifetime
Marshall Freeman, #6320 East         continue into 2005.                   Fitness limos continue to block
Metro                                Bus stops on Lyndale Avenue N.        the bus stop on 7th St and 2nd
Christine Kuennen, TCC               between Broadway and 42nd             Ave.
Assistant Manager, Advisor           Avenue may already fit the crite-     Legally parked cars on SB 21st
                                     ria of 8 stops per mile               Ave. farside of Lake St. make it a
Absent: Jim Merkl, #557 MJR          (north/south streets usually have     difficult turn for Route 7 buses.
                                     longer blocks), but this area will    On WB Minnetonka Blvd. the
Guests: TCC Supervisor, Neal         be re-examined. (Three stops have     Route 12 has difficulty merging
Camper; FTH ATMs: Brian Funk,        been eliminated in each direction.)   left after the stop at Dean Pkwy.
Roger Borowicz; Asst. Manager                                              SB Route 27, consider a route
Street Ops: Lee Bennett; District    Lee had explanations or solutions     change to turn left on 22nd
Supervisor: Tom Gurrola; Rail &      to the following concerns:            instead of 21st Ave.
Bus Safety: Mike Conlon,             The Route 12 bus stop on WB Co.
Director & Brenda Himrich,           Rd. 3 nearside 5th Ave. is unsafe.    Tom Gurrola addressed the MOA
Manager; Lt. Bob Elmers, Transit     Lee stated that there was signifi-    issue raised at an earlier TSSC
Police; Instruction Center           cant pressure from customers to       meeting: some passengers run
Manager, Larry Rolf; Kellie          keep the stop. Street Ops is          across the 'MOA Temporary
Miller, ATU 1005 Business Agent      unlikely to remove this stop. (In     Transit Center' lot to board at a
                                     response to earlier concerns, it      non-bus stop. Tom Reminded us
                                     was relocated to the rear of the      that the customers have been
Marshall Freeman was elected the                                           inconvenienced by construction at
new TSSC chair.                      right-turn lane.)
                                     WB 4th ST contra-flow lane has a      MOA and asks that operators
                                     huge dip; Lee will contact the city   extend courtesy to the few passen-
Christine reported that the TCC is                                         gers at this location by picking
currently training new supervisor    to take care of this.
                                     The Uptown Station lane striping      them up when requested. A stop
staff: Neal Camper, former Rail                                            sign at this location requires oper-
Supervisor, and Dick Schwartz,       continues to come up. When
                                     asked if the word 'bus' could be      ators to make a full stop anyway.
former transit police officer and                                          (The new MOA Transit Station re-
that over 20% of TCC staff are       painted in the striped lane, Lee
                                     stated that the City will not do      opened in late November.)
trained in police dispatch.
                                     this. Lee will contact the City to
                                     see if it is possible for yellow      Mike stated that yielding to buses
Steve said that when he has                                                is noted in the MN Driver's
                                     instead of white striping.
worked S-98s he has received                                               Manual. He'd also like to put an
detour information; he suggests      Farmers Market trucks have been
                                     unloading in the 7th St. bus stop     item in TakeOut for customers
that TCC inform S-98 operators of                                          who also drive, regarding yielding
detour routes when assigning fill-   farside Nicollet between 930AM-
                                     1030AM. Lee will do OCRs to           to buses. The yield signs will be
ins. Christine agreed this is a                                            randomly placed on unpaid space
                                     Transit Police.
good suggestion and will speak to                                          on buses. John said he could get
TCC staff regarding S-98s and        On Routes 18, 21 (and the 53,
                                     which has more frequency than         a Public Service Announcement
detours.                                                                   onto radio. Mike will get the PSA
                                     the 191 it replaced), the bus stop
                                     on EB Lake nearside Nicollet has      script to John. The TSSC viewed
Lee Bennett reported on numerous                                           the new yield sign and was in
                                     problems with adequate snow
Street Operations developments.
                                                                                         Continued on Page 15
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   AT THE GARAGE
     Nicollet
            Contact
      Theresa Collins #1378
      or Scott Stone #6852.

 The garage sale was a huge suc-
 cess, we made $903.25. Thanks
 to everyone who donated items
 to sell and to all who volun-
 teered at the sale. We couldn't
 do it without everyone's partici-
 pation. Please keep
 in mind the sale is an annual
 event held the 1st Sat. of Oct.

 The Operator’s Holiday party
 will be held on Wednesday Dec                        A Day at Ground Zero
 15th. There will be a raffle and
 a potluck dinner. Please bring a                        By Raymond Vander Wyst
 dish to share.
                                     Downtown Manhattan, the World Trade Center Site, One World Financial
 Ed Morgan #445 received a 20
 Year safe driving award and a
                                     Center in New York City was silent on Saturday, September 11th, 2004.
 plaque for 20 years without a       I was there, paying my respects to all those lost on that horrible day in
 responsible accident. Way to go     2001, three years ago.
 Ed.
                                     No longer will the tall, beautiful buildings that represented American
 Get your winter driving             strength and pride stand and cast shadows over the Island of Manhattan.
 brochures from dispatch and
 practice your safe driving.         Hundreds of family members of those who were lost were invited to the
                                     site, to read off the names of those who died. Thousands of police and
 Nic safety says " the root cause    firemen, not only from New York but from places as close as New Jersey
 of 90% of accidents at Nicollet     and as far away as Italy were there. All of Engine Co. 10, the firehouse
 are due to not using mirrors
                                     on site at the World Trade Center, was out in front of their house, in full
 enough" Use your mirrors!
                                     dress uniform, remembering the ones who never came back.
 Pat Kelehan, lead HVAC Tech
 and author of those witty           It was very somber, very quiet. It was as though all of New York City
 cryptographs, qualified for the     shut down for the three hours it took to read off the nearly 3000 names of
 Boston Marathon at the              those who perished.
 Milwaukee Lakefront Marathon
 on Oct. 3rd. There was free beer    As I walked through the crowds of people, most were crying, many hold-
 at the finish!                      ing themselves up by the fence placed around the site, as though their
                                     prayers and wishes could bring it all back and set things normal again.
 Murray Olson, shop foreman          On the sidewalk near the fence sat four young women who lost their
 has been deployed on active         boyfriends in the North Tower. They were holding each other and crying,
 duty with the Air National
                                     placing roses in the fence.
 Guard overseas. Please keep
 him and his family in your          Another women I saw was placing soil in a glass jar. Her husband has
 thoughts and prayers.               been missing since the day of the attacks. He worked on the 78th floor
        Happy Holidays!              of the South Tower. He had not been declared officially dead because
                                     they can find no remains. I overheard her saying that this (the soil) is all
                                     she has left of him.
                                                                                                      Page 7
Hundreds of souls have yet to be identified; they rest at the New York
City Coroner's Office.
There were many, many other things: like some men standing at attention
                                                                                AT THE GARAGE
holding the American flag through the entire ceremony; battle-hardened           East Metro
Marines and Army soldiers, just home from Iraq and Afghanistan, teared        Contact Kim Rice #5975 or
up with rage on their faces as they looked at the Memorial Wall; the U.S.     E-board reps Ken Dolney or
Air Force flying over in Missing Man formation; and finally the children,     Gary Rosenberger.
with their surviving parent or guardian, placing flowers and pictures of
                                                                              Our own Smokey Joe, Howard
their mommies or daddies, or in some cases both, on the fence.                Osterkamp, is recuperating at
I am glad I was there to experience the depth of sorrow that hangs like a     home from his heart operation.
pall over lower Manhattan, to understand the anger most New Yorkers           He seems to be doing well, so we
                                                                              expect he'll be gracing us with
feel about the day that changed their lives and their City.
                                                                              his pretty face soon.
In 2008 the Freedom Tower will open on the World Trade Center site as a
lasting memorial to the lost. But even the Freedom Tower cannot replace       Our thanks to everyone who
the majesty and power the Twin Towers symbolized and projected to the         helped with the chili feed after
                                                                              the Safety and Security meeting
world. Nor will it bring back those who left us to rest in peace with God.
                                                                              on Wednesday, 11-10-04.
May they forever be in our hearts.
                                                                              Our driver complement seems
                                                                              to be growing. Early indications
         Motor Carrier and Driver Laws                                        for the Dec Pick show a lot of
        Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration                           movement. The loss to gain ratio
                                                                              looks like 3 or 4 to one in our
The following is a change in the CDL requirements:                            favor. We'd like to welcome all
A person is physically qualified to drive a commercial motor vehicle if       returning employees.
that person: Has no current clinical diagnosis of high blood pressure like-
                                                                              Look for the flyers; our annual
ly to interfere with the ability to operate a commercial motor vehicle
                                                                              Christmas / Pot Luck dinner is
safely.                                                                       the next East Metro event. Don't
Stage 1 hypertension corresponds to a systolic BP of 140-159 mmHg             miss it!
and/or a diastolic BP of 90-99 mmHg. The driver with a BP in this range
                                                                              Did you get a copy of Snow
is at low risk for Hypertension-related acute incapacitation and may be
                                                                              Emergency / Route information.
medically certified to drive for a one-year period. Certification examina-    See Dave Schwintek if you need
tions should be done annually thereafter and should be less than 149/90.      a copy.
If less than 160/100, certification may be extended one time for three
months.                                                                       Our dot.com people will be able
                                                                              to get copies of the MOA and
A blood pressure of 160-179 systolic and/or 100-109 diastolic is consid-      Maplewood Mall staging areas
ered Stage 2 hypertension, and the driver is not necessarily unqualified      online.
during evaluation and institution of treatment. The driver is given a one
time certification of three months to reduce his or her blood pressure to     Finally a small reminder from
less than 140/90. A blood pressure in this range is an absolute indication    Dave, don't forget your keys, it's
for antihypertensive drug therapy. Provided treatment is well tolerated       a simple matter of safety and
and the driver demonstrates a BP value of less than 140/90, he or she         convenience.
may be certified for one year from the date of the initial exam. The driver
is certified annually thereafter.                                                    Happy Holidays

A blood pressure at or greater than 180 (systolic) and 110 (diastolic) is
considered Stage 3, high risk for an acute BP-related event. The driver
may not be qualified, even temporarily, until reduced to less than 140/90
and treatment is well tolerated. The driver may be certified for 6 months
and biannually (every 6 months) thereafter if at recheck BP is less than
                                                     Continued on Page 18
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   AT THE GARAGE
       Ruter
     Contact Scott Lindquist

 New Machines
 We finally have a new coffee
 machine and other vending
 machines after a long time of
 complaints and lost money.

 Also the vending company actu-
 ally came and polled drivers on
 what food items they would like
 to have in the machines. Now if
 they would just lower the prices
 we would really be happy.

 Tallest Building
 What is the tallest building in
 Minneapolis? Wrong!                  Delegate Report - ATU Convention - Las Vegas
 According to a skyscraper web-                                   Bob Schaller
 site-www.skyscraperpage.com -
 the tallest building is 225 S. 6th   The fifty-fourth A.T.U. convention was held in Las Vegas, September 13-
 St., the building with the halo      17 at Bally's. The speakers included Oscar Goodman, mayor of Las
 structure on top.                    Vegas, Walt Elliot, President of the Nevada AFL-CIO Transportation
                                      Trades Dept., Bill Millar, President of the American Public
 It is 236.5 Meters tall and the      Transportation Association, Ken Georgetti, President Canadian Labour
 IDS Tower is 236.2 meters tall.      Congress, Norman Hill, President A Phillip Randolf Institute, John J.
 225 S. 6th St. is .3 meters taller
                                      Sweeney, President of AFL-CIO, Ion Radoi, President of Bucharest
 than the IDS. What about the
                                      Metro Workers Federation.
 antennas on top of the IDS?
                                               The message from all the speakers was the same. If workers
 They are not part of the struc-      want the labor movement to keep moving forward in this country, we
 tural height of the building and     need to elect people who share the same goals as we do. Remember
 so technically they are not con-     there were speakers from Romania & Canada telling us this also. There
 sidered part of the "building".      is one last thing I would like to share with you, I am not a gambler so I
 The halo on the 225 S. 6th St.       can't brag about coming home from Vegas with a lot of money. But I feel
 building is considered part of       that I was a winner because I saw Elvis twice.
 the structure.
                                                                                                        Page 9
                                    WHAT'S AN OCR?
                                And why are they important?
                                                By Theresa Collins

Being a bus driver is a very stressful job. As we do our daily work we notice a light taking too long, bus stops
too close together, heavy passenger loads, running time too difficult to make.

There are steps we can take to help improve each of these situations and our working environment. It is impor-
tant for all of us to fill out an Operating Condition Report (OCR). When we fill out an OCR we're telling the
company there is a problem. With the operators' help in identifying problem areas, the process is started in order
for them to fix the problem. This will help improve the quality of service for our customers and make our jobs
more tolerable and hopefully less stressful.

It's easy to come into the driver's room and complain about our day. This of course is good for us to do, so we
can get our frustration out before we go home and kick the dog. But afterwards we need to fill out an OCR. The
OCR is the primary company tool to pinpoint problem areas on Metro Transit routes. The completed OCR is
directed to the appropriate department(s) to investigate what needs to be done to address the problem and find a
solution.


The OCR program is an important way to let the agency know of any issues you may become aware of in the
course of work, whether they are regarding safety, scheduling or operating issues, shelter and/or bus stop con-
cerns, etc.
Operators complete a paper form detailing a problem, a suggestion or a comment and give it to their garage
coordinator, who will enter it into the OCR program on the computer.
A paper 'receipt' of the OCR is automatically printed, with a control number assigned to it. Any time you want to
check on the status of your OCR, you can present the control number to your garage coordinator for assistance
to view the resolution screen. You'll see what progress has been made on your OCR and which department has
been assigned to address your concern.
The agency goal is to respond to your OCR within 14 days of submission. Actual response times vary due to the
complexity of an issue, whether special circumstances increase agency workflow (i.e. State Fair, Twins playoffs,
etc.), etc.
Since the beginning of the electronic OCR program in January 2003, nearly 1,100 OCRs have been submitted;
some have resulted in nearly immediate service changes. In most cases, less urgent concerns are noted and
included the next time a particular route undergoes a service change.


So please start filling out those OCR's because it will help all of us in the long run.


                                                    By-Laws
The By-law Committee will meet on February 11, 2005 at the Union office - 312 Central Ave Mpls., Mn.

Members wishing to appear before the committee regarding any By-law submitted may do so between the hours
of 1:30 and 3:00 P.M. All requests for By-law changes must be submitted to the union office by 3:00 P.M.,
January 12, 2005. All By-Laws changes must be signed.

By-law changes submitted will be read at the January 25, 2005 meeting for publicity, referred to the By-law
committee for consideration and read and acted on at the regular meeting on February 22, 2005.
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                                                                 Part One: We the people.
                                                                              Liz Goldberg
                                                   A record 119.8 million Americans voted this past election- up to
                                                   59.9% of eligible voters- the highest percentage in 36 years. With
                                                   the upcoming elections, the national political mood escalated from
                                                   sleepy indifference to a passionately political tug of war, and, was
                                                   visible everywhere you went, in the neighborhoods, the workplace
                                                   and certainly the media.
The 2004 presidential election may have split the nation in two, but out of the ashes, it resulted in an enthusiastically
renewed interest of the political system.
Politics. It's controversial, intriguing, complex, exciting, and exasperating but inter-woven through and around our
lives as Americans and is inescapable. It's connected to every facet of our existence in life. With an understanding of
it, we understand ourselves, and our relationship in the world.
For some of us, political awakening also brought about the stark realization that our knowledge of government, its
structure, its principles and how it works was to some degree limited, speaking for myself, grossly limited.
We could all agree then, that education must begin somewhere and most practically, at the basic level. In a subject as
extensive and complex as government, understanding the foundation of government is as necessary as establishing a
solid foundation in an architectural structure.
Our series begins with the basic structure of government. Lets begin with this question. What is the most important
document in the political history in the world?
The structure of U.S. Government is defined by- The United States Constitution.
It is the oldest written frame of government used by every major country, and nearly all constitutions adopted since
1789 by countries all over the globe have been more or less influenced by it.
The United States Constitution was created by the founding fathers to provide self-government, where everyone has a
voice in national, state and local government. It provides a basis for government structure and responsibilities. The
Constitution defines three main principles:
         Inherent rights of anyone living in the United States
         Government by the people
         Separation of powers between branches of the government including Executive, Legislative and Judicial
Originally written in 1787, the Constitution has had many changes over the last 200 years.
It consists of three parts: the Preamble, the Articles and the Amendments.
The Preamble defines the philosophy on which the government is based.
The Articles define the government duties and responsibilities.
The Amendments, or Bill or Rights, defines individual rights and also fixes problems that have come about since the
document was written.
The Constitution guarantees the United States people their freedom and rights such as: Freedom of religion, Freedom
of speech, Right to bear arms, Right to a trial when accused of a crime, and to know what crime one is accused, Right
to own property and to expect the government to help protect private property
We the People of the United States, in Order to form a more perfect Union, establish Justice, insure domestic
Tranquillity, provide for the common defense, promote the general Welfare, and secure the Blessings of Liberty to our-
selves and our Posterity, do ordain and establish this Constitution of the United States of America.
The great English statesman William Gladstone once called the Constitution of the United States "the most wonderful
work ever struck off at one time by the brain and purpose of man". It is an exciting, amazing and absolutely enlight-
ening document to read in its entirety, and I encourage you to find a textbook or online copy and read it for yourself.
                                                                                                      Page 11
                CRYPTOS by PAT KELEHAN                                           AT THE GARAGE
                                                                                     OHB
Each letter stands for another. If you think X=O, for example, it would
equal O throughout the puzzle.
Clue: X=T                                                                          Contact Tom Campbell

                                                                               Mechanic’s pick takes effect on
B H D L Z         X U Z       X J M D B H X             B X J H A Z,           Jan 8th, 2005.
                                                                               The Store Dept. just had a pick
H    M F       L Z J X M H D            X U M X         X U Z                  in early November. Your new
                                                                               stockkeeper should be onboard,
Y D O P        X J E Z       Y S P F Y J Y D             H B                   if changed. Stores has complet-
                                                                               ed most of their annual invento-
X U Z       X Z J F       "L U J H B X H M D                                   ry evaluation. The service
                                                                               garages are complete.
L Y D B Z J K M X H K Z".                  D Y R       C O Z M B Z
                                                                                 AT THE GARAGE
                                                                                     LRT
C M B B         X U Z       T E F Q Y         B U J H F C.

X=T (Answer on page 19)                                                            E- board reps Bob Boyle
                                                                                       or Mark Ammend

                                                                               We are very busy trying to get
    First Installment of Labor Review archive,                                 the last two unaccepted cars
                                                                               ready for the opening of the
              1907-1946, now Online                                            final phase on Saturday the 4th
Forty-five labor and community volunteers spent five weeks bring-              of December. If we can get
ing back issues online. Visitors can search by an individual’s name,           everything done it will give us
a topic, or a date. For nearly 100 years, the Minneapolis Labor                21 vehicles.
Review has chronicled the history of the labor movement in the                 The LRV 122 is expected to
Twin Cities. www.minneapolisunions.org                                         arrive next week. There have
                                                                               been troubles with the line down
                                                                               south and they are being
     New Certification Process for Mechanics                                   addressed also. We are still con-
                                                                               fident that we will provide a
A new article in the bus maintenance section of the contract created four      great service.
areas of certification for mechanics. These areas are; HVAC, Electrical /
Computer, Power Train and Pneumatic / Suspension systems. Each
Certification earned will increase that mechanics pay fifteen cents per
                                                                                A Thank You We Like
hour. The certification process will not change the contract in regards to            To Hear
seniority, bidding and picking of jobs. Information obtained or discov-       Driver 3811 paid a compliment to
ered in the certification process is intended for development of bus          the Maintenance personnel at
mechanics and is not intended for discipline.                                 Nicollet. On her driver's report
         A work group comprised of mechanics and maintenance supervi-         12-03-04 she wrote " To all shop
sors is currently developing questions for the four areas of certification.   personnel: Thanks for taking care
Their job is to develop questions that are multiple choice in nature, with    of all my B.O. bus tickets. In the
only one correct answer and clearly related to that certification area.       past two years, I never drove a
         Training and study material will be made available to those          bus that hadn't been fixed if I had
mechanics wishing to participate in the certification testing. ATU and        written it up previously. (Well
Metro Transit employees are also participating in the development of a        once maybe when I didn't write a
national program for transit bus mechanics certification with the National    clear ticket) I'm outta here, bye
Institute for Automotive Service Excellence.                                  bye for now, 3811”
Page 12

   AT THE GARAGE                                     Air America now at 950 AM
       SOUTH                         If you've had trouble finding "The Al Franken Show" for the past couple
      Contact Liz Goldberg           of weeks, you need to adjust your AM radio. The labor talk radio show
                                     and other Air America programming that had been at 740 and 1530 AM
 Angela Koen Dr. #7834 Takes         moved to 950 AM on Oct. 1. JR Broadcasting, known as "Straight Talk
 First Place at the Annual           Radio," purchased KSNB 950 last summer. Consolidating at 950 means
 SouthSiders Chili CookOff
                                     a stronger signal in the metro area, says Janet Robert, president of JR
 A chili lovers dream came true
                                     Broadcasting. "The only place that it's weaker is in eastern Washington
 November 11th at the                County," Robert says.
 "SouthSiders Annual Cook off
 and Bake Sale" with eleven          In addition to Franken, K950 carries talk radio personality Ed Schultz's
 entries vying for the top three     "Straight Talk From the Heartland" during the afternoons. Schultz is
 tastiest choices.                   based in Fargo, N.D., and refers to himself as "a gun-toting, meat-eating
 Nancy Katzner Dr. #2278 placed      liberal," according to Robert. The station still needs final approval for the
 second, and Barb Keenan ATM         deal from the Federal Communications Commission, which is expected
 as third favorite. Proceeds from    any day, Robert says. It is operating under an arrangement with 950's pre-
 the chili and baked good con-
                                     vious owner.
 tributed by South members
 went into the "SouthSiders
 Fund" which is used to sponsor      K950 is running the Ruth Koscielak show from 1 to 4 p.m. but will drop
 various garage events, retire-      the program after FCC approval, Robert says. Local programming on
 ment cards and gifts and chari-     K950 includes "The Wendy Wilde Show," which focuses on Minnesota
 table giving.                       issues, from 9 to 11 p.m. Local news and sports programs are planned,
                                     Robert says. More information on programming will be available soon at
 Our appreciation and heartfeld      www.StraightTalkRadio.com.
 Thanks to;
 Mary Vasterling, Dr#7662
 SouthSider Chairperson; for
 her time, energy and commit-
 ment to South Garage.
 As Chairperson, Mary is largely
 responsible for the conception,
 organization and execution for
 the majority of events at South.
 Mary also serves as "Fit for Life
 Coordinator," "Safety and
 Security Rep" and "Peer
 Support."

 South Annual Christmas
 Holiday PotLuck
 Get ready with your favorite
 holiday recipe this December
 for this popular event at South.
 Celebrate winter, bring a dish to
 share and enjoy some well worn
 bus stories with your coworkers
 while you wait to jump start
 your frozen vehicle in the park-
 ing lot!

 Have a joyous holiday and
 happy new year.                     Winner Of the Southsider’s Chilli Contest, Angela Koen, Dr. #7834 holding the
                                     trophy, presented by Mary Vasterlilng Dr. #7662 Chairperson for SouthSiders.
                                                                                                         Page 13
 VOTE YOUR JOB:                       Contact Information for Union Endorsed Candidates 2004:
Now's the time to re-acquaint yourself with the incumbents, and introduce yourself to the freshmen
before they get hung up in legislative session. "Hot button" legislation for Minnesota can be found at
http://www.leg.state.mn.us/
         US House of Representatives:                                         651/296-4331 rep.barb.good-
                                                                              win@house.mn
Betty McCollum - MN District 4
                                                                              51B Connie Bernardy (DFL)
Office: 202-225-6631 Fax: 202-225-1968
                                                                              651/296-5510
1029 Longworth House Office Building
                                                                              rep.connie.bernardy@house.mn
Washington, DC 20515
No e-mail                                                                     54A Mindy Greiling (DFL)
                                                                              651/296-5387 rep.mindy.greil-
Martin Olav Sabo - MN District 5                                              ing@house.mn
2336 Rayburn House Office Building
Washington, D.C. 20515                                                        54B Bev Scalze (DFL)
202-225-4755 202-225-4886                                                     651/297-9001 (valid until 1/6/04)
http://www.house.gov/formsabo/outside_mail_ok.htm                             55B Nora Slawik (DFL)
Collin Peterson - MN District 7                                               651/296-7807
202-225-2165 202-225-1593                                                     rep.nora.slawik@house.mn
Fax: 202-225-1593                                                             57A Katie Sieben (DFL)
http://collinpeterson.house.gov/email.html                                    651/296-4342
                                                                              rep.katie.sieben@house.mn
Jim Oberstar - MN District 8
202-225-6211 202-225-0699                                                     59A Diane Loeffler (DFL)
2365 Rayburn House Office Building                                            651/297-9001 (valid until 1/6/04)
Washington, DC 20515                                                          59B Phyllis Kahn (DFL)
http://wwwc.house.gov/oberstar/zipauth.htm                                    651/296-4257
                                                                              rep.phyllis.kahn@house.mn
        Write to State                 651/651/297-9001 (valid until          60A Margaret AndersKelliher
                                       1/6/04)                                (DFL)651/296-0171
      Representatives at:                                                     rep.margaret.kelliher@house.mn
100 Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King        44B Ron Latz (DFL)
Jr. Blvd. Saint Paul Minnesota         651/296-7026                           60B Frank Hornstein (DFL)
55155. Office numbers may be           rep.ron.latz@house.mn                  651/296-9281
found at ttp://www.leg.state.mn.us/                                           rep.frank.hornstein@house.mn
                                       45A Sandra Paterson (DFL)
 or by calling 651/296-2146            651/297-9001 (valid until 1/6/04)      61A Karen Clark (DFL)
33A Steve Smith (Republican)                                                  651/296-0294
                                       45B Lyndon Carlson (DFL)
651/651/296-9188                                                              rep.karen.clark@house.mn
                                       651/296-4255 rep.lyndon.carl-
rep.steve.smith@house.mn               son@house.mn                           61B Neva Walker (DFL)
39A Rick Hanson (DFL)                                                         651/296-7152
                                       46A Michael Nelson (DFL)
651/297-9001 (valid until 1/6/04)                                             rep.neva.walker@house.mn
                                       651/296-3751 rep.michael.nel-
39B Joe Atkins (DFL)                   son@house.mn                           62A Jim Davnie (DFL)
651/296-4192                                                                  651/296-0173
                                       46B Debra Hilstrom (DFL)
rep.joe.atkins@house.mn                                                       rep.jim.davnie@house.mn
                                       651/296-3709
40B Ann Lenczewski (DFL)               rep.debra.hilstrom@house.mn            62B Jean Wagenius (DFL)
651/296-4218 rep.ann.lenczews-                                                651/296-4200
                                       47A Denise Dittrich (DFL)
ki@house.mn                                                                   rep.jean.wagenius@house.mn
                                       651/297-9001 (valid until 1/6/04)
42A Maria Ruud (DFL)                                                          63A Paul Thissen (DFL)
                                       47B Melissa Hortman (DFL)
651/297-9001 (valid until 1/6/04)                                             651/296-5375
                                       651/297-9001 (valid until 1/6/04)
                                                                              rep.paul.thissen@house.mn
44A    Steve Simon (DFL)               50A    Barb Goodwin (DFL)
                                                                                           Continued on page 14
Page 14                                History Continued

    AT THE OFFICE
                                       railroads.                            prime legal weapon against union
                                                                             organizing and action.
     Heywood                           Within a week, 125,000 railroad
                                       workers were engaged in a sym-        A better method of federal inter-
      Contact Cecile Cloutier          pathy protest strike. The govern-     vention occurred during a 1902
                                       ment swore in 3,400 special           strike of anthracite coal miners,
 Brian Lamb has been making
                                       deputies; later, at the request of    under the banner of the United
 his presence known since
 returning to Metro in his new
                                       the railroad association, President   Mine Workers.
 position as General Manager.          Cleveland moved in federal troops
 He's visiting the facilities, writ-   to break the strike-despite a plea    More than 100,000 miners in
 ing a regular column for              by Gov. Aitgeld of Illinois that      northeastern Pennsylvania called a
 Insights, and reinstituting the       their presence was unnecessary.       strike on May 12, and kept the
 Employee of the Month pro-                                                  mines closed all that summer.
 gram. Here's hoping that              Finally a sweeping federal court
 Council management will give          injunction forced an end to the       When the mine owners refused a
 him the freedom to help raise         sympathy strike, and many rail-       UMW proposal for arbitration,
 employee morale in ways that
                                       road workers were blacklisted.        President Theodore Roosevelt
 are more than cosmetic.
                                                                             intervened on Oct. 3, and on Oct.
 Bobby Andress, Schedule               The Pullman strikers were essen-      16 appointed a commission of
 Display Coordinator, was pro-         tially starved into submissive        mediation and arbitration.
 moted to District Supervisor.         defeat.
                                                                             Five days later the miners
 Tonia McRaven was hired as a          The strike illustrated the increas-   returned to their jobs, and five
 TIC Representative                    ing tendency of the government to     months later the Presidential
                                       offer moral support and military      Commission awarded them a 10
 Tina Hacker, #2482, moved             force to break strikes. The injunc-   percent wage increase and shorter
 from Mpls Transit Store Cashier
                                       tion, issued usually and almost       work days-but not the formal
 to Convenvince Fares
 Representative.
                                       automatically by compliant judges     union recognition they had
                                       on the request of government offi-    sought.
 Donna Berrier, #2219, moved           cials or corporations, became a
 from FT Operator-Ruter to
 Transit Store Cashier Floater.

 Marjorie Lee, #3682, moved
 from TIC Representative to            Your Job Continued
 Customer Relations
 Representative.                       63B Dan Larson (DFL)                  66A John Lesch (DFL)
                                       651/296-7158                          651/296-4224
 Michael Jefferson and Allan           rep.dan.larson@house.mn               rep.john.lesch@house.mn
 Cox were hired as Customer
                                       64A Matt Entenza (DFL)                66B Alice Hausman (DFL)
 Service Representatives.
                                       651/296-8799                          651/296-3824
                                       rep.matt.entenza@house.mn             rep.alice.hausman@house.mn
 Metro Transit raised $3,200
 from its Charitable Giving            64B Michael Paymar (DFL)              67A Tim Mahoney (DFL)
 fundraising events. The air-          651/296-4199                          651/296-4277
 brushed jackets featured in           rep.michael.paymar@house.mn           rep.tim.mahoney@house.mn
 September's 1005 Line were
 won by Lillie Loving, #6828,          65A Cy Thao (DFL)                     67B    Sheldon Johnson (DFL)
 Operator-Ruter (wolf), and            651/296-5158                          651/296-4201
 Connie Hill, #428, Payroll            rep.cy.thao@house.mn                  rep.sheldon.johnson@house.mn
 Clerk-Heywood (eagle).                65B Carlos Mariani (DFL)
                                       651/296-9714
                                       rep.carlos.mariani@house.mn
                                                                                                        Page 15




                                                            Thank You
                           The Education Committee wishes you and your family the very best for this
                           Holiday Season. We are thankful for your past support. We would like to extend an
                           invitation to join our diverse group. We value all member’s input. You do not have
                           to be a writer, just someone to help on ideas. Do you want to give back to the union
                           membership? Do you feel you have a unique viewpoint. Contact a committee or
                           Board member to join. (Members paid two hours per meeting) Top Row: Liz
                           Goldberg, Tom Campbell, John Suttles, Frank Collins, Scott Stone. Middle Row:
                           Kim Rice, Theresa Collins, Scott Lunquist, Cecile Cloutier, Linda Kaup.
   Bottom Row: Stephen Babcock. And a special “Thank You” to Editorial Board members Sheila Miller and
   Delroy Schafer for all the help they provide.




DSSC Continued from Page 5
agreement to move forward with         members for posting at the              identifying suspects.)
this project.                          garages. A member requests that
                                       there also be a description of the      There was discussion regarding
Brenda is working on creating a        assailant included if possible, as      damage to bike racks; the status of
video regarding proper stopping at     it's not always obvious who the         the bike rack mirror test will be
RR crossings. This video will be       assailant is in the photos.             checked. As mentioned in a pre-
available in the operators' break                                              vious meeting, TSSC would like
room at all garages.                   Larry Rolf announced that aerosol       to see an item in Takeout regard-
                                       training would be made available        ing safety in using the bike rack
Lt. Elmers distributed the Mpls/St.    at the next part-to-fulltime class to   for customers.
Paul stats for transit incidents.      all who are interested. Christine
Transit Police will have a substa-     has forwarded the 'Head-to-Toe,         The TSSC monthly meeting is
tion at the new MOA Transit            We Must Know' cards to Larry.           usually held the first Thursday of
Station open 7 days a week.            (These cards provide an inventory       each month from 10 AM to noon
Suspect photos are sent to TSSC        of features helpful to police in        in the FTH Chambers.
Page 16
                                                                Shopping
                                You're just not the type to give a holiday gift that was made in a sweatshop.
                                Shop with your conscience at The Union Shop Online-the AFL-CIO's retail store
                                featuring top-quality, union-made-in-the-USA clothing and gifts. Click here to
                                browse The Union Shop Online:
                                http://unionshop.aflcio.org/shop/category.cfm?SID=1&Category_ID=38

                                 With a hassle-free stop at The Union Shop Online, you'll find dozens of gifts
                                 that carry your values of social and economic justice-made by workers with
                                 union contracts that protect their wages, benefits and working conditions. Check
out the cozy hooded jackets, matching sweatpants, baseball jackets and knit watch caps proudly made by UNITE
HERE members:
http://unionshop.aflcio.org/shop/category.cfm?SID=1&Category_ID=40
Send your holiday greetings with justice-inspired, union-printed Christmas, Hanukkah, Kwanzaa and holiday
cards that show you care:
http://unionshop.aflcio.org/shop/category.cfm?SID=1&Category_ID=39
How about a union-made game of Scrabble? An "International Babyhood of Snugglers" bib? Check out the
games and kids' stuff at:
http://unionshop.aflcio.org/shop/category.cfm?SID=1&Category_ID=42
Stuff some stockings with our "Got a Boss? Get a Union" and "Make Your Voice Heard" mugs, or golf balls,
first aid kits and "Sound Off for Justice" whistles at:
http://unionshop.aflcio.org/shop/category.cfm?SID=1&Category_ID=41
For the extra-special someone on your holiday list, here's an extra-special gift: the 12-piece "Lunchtime on Top
of a Skyscraper" sculpture by Sergio Furnari, featuring ironworkers on a beam in the air:
http://unionshop.aflcio.org/shop/product1.cfm?SID=1&Product_ID=428
Deck the halls with a union-made, antiqued bronze-tone star, dangling from a red ribbon and wrapped in a plush
velveteen black bag:
http://unionshop.aflcio.org/shop/category.cfm?SID=1&Category_ID=39
Then kick back and listen to some music-maybe "The Essential Bruce Springsteen"-or watch a movie with a
powerful message:
http://unionshop.aflcio.org/shop/category.cfm?SID=1&Category_ID=8
At The Union Shop Online, you'll find something for everyone on your holiday gift-giving list. And you'll know
your gifts come from and support workers who have the benefit of a union voice on the job.
Enjoy your holiday shopping! - Working Families e-Activist Network
P.S. Lots of people you know also want to shop sweat-free this holiday season. Please forward this information
to your friends, family and co-workers.
Need more worker-friendly gift ideas? Visit www.unionplus.org/gifts and www.ShopUnionMade.org


                       411 Main Will Host Blood Drive 12/29
The annual holiday blood drive at the St. Paul Labor Centre will take place December 29 from 2-7 PM at 411
Main St. To schedule a donation time, call Carol Sandberg at 651-222-3787 ext. 18.

This drive is sponsored by the St. Paul Trades and Labor Assembly and its Community Services Committee,
Greater Twin Cities United Way, and American Red Cross North Central Blood Services.
                                                                                                       Page 17
     Support America's Service Men and
                 Women
Let our men and women in America's armed services know they have
not been forgotten while they are deployed for the war in Iraq. Send an
E-mail Message.

The U.S. Department of Defense no longer allows packages to be sent to
"Any Service Member"-but e-mail is welcome. Send messages of sup-
port from:
        Operation Dear Abby (http://anyservicemember.navy.mil/MessageSend.html) and
        Defense Department's thank-you notes. (http://www.defendamerica.mil/nmam.html)
Make a Donation
        The USO (United Service Organizations) provides morale, welfare and recreation services for uniformed
military personnel. You can donate online, (http://www.uso.org/pubs/8_18_23.cfm) by phone any time and any
day by calling 800-876-7469 toll-free or by mailing a tax-deductible donation to: USO World Headquarters,
Department WS, P.O. Box 96860, Washington, D.C. 20090-6860. If your employer has a gift-matching program,
you can double the value of your contribution.

         The American Red Cross assists deployed service members as well as their family members here at
home. The International Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement also delivers humanitarian aid to citizens suf-
fering from war's effects. Contribute online (http://www.redcross.org/donate/donate.html); by phone toll-free at
800-435-7669 (English), 800-257-7575 (Spanish) or 800-220-4095 (TDD); or mail a check to the American Red
Cross AFES-Iraq Response, P.O. Box 91820, Washington, D.C. 20090.
Lend a Hand.

         You do not have to look far to find a family whose father, mother, son or daughter is serving in the war
in Iraq. Deployment of a family member is extremely difficult-emotionally and financially-for those left here at
home. Reach out to help.
         Check in regularly with local family members of service men and women. Offer to baby-sit, bring a
meal, help with transportation or otherwise help fill the shoes of the absent service member.
         With your congregation, local union or community group, "adopt" service members' families and help
make sure their needs are being met.
         Provide information about caring resources-the local Red Cross chapter, local AFL-CIO Community
Services Network representative, community mental health contacts, congregation resources, etc.
(http://www.aflcio.org/communitypartners/peoplehelp/)

More
        Find out about the rights of active duty reservists and National Guard members when they return to
        work. (http://www.aflcio.org/yourjobeconomy/rights/rightsatwork/reservists.cfm)
        Support the troops and show how much you care with "Gifts from the Homefront."
        (http://www.aafes.com/docs/homefront.htm)
        Send a care package to a service member with a personal message. (http://www.usocares.org/)
        Find out more ways to support the troops and their families through MarineMoms.
        (http://www.marinemoms.org/usmc/)
        Help military families in your community. (http://www.familyfirst.net/famlife/military.asp)
        Provide onsite lodging for families of service members being treated at military hospitals.
        (http://www.fisherhouse.org/)

Whether you are for the war or not, our servicemen and their families need your support.
Page 18        Continued From Page 7 - Motor Carrier and Driver Laws
140/90.
Annual recertification is recommended if the medical examiner does not know the severity of hypertension prior
to treatment. An elevated blood pressure finding should be confirmed by at least two subsequent measurements
on different days.
Treatment includes non-pharmacologic and pharmacologic modalities as well as counseling to reduce other risk
factors. Most antihypertensive medications also have side effects, the importance of which must be judged on an
individual basis. Individuals must be alerted to the hazards of these medications while driving. Side effects of
somnolence or syncope are particularly undesirable in commercial drivers.
Secondary hypertension is based on the above stages.
Evaluation is warranted if patient is persistently hypertensive on maximal or near-maximal doses of 2-3 pharma-
cologic agents. Some causes of secondary hypertension may be amenable to surgical intervention or specific
pharmacologic therapy.

                                        Contract Proposals
The present agreement relating to wages, hours and working conditions between Metro Transit and the
Amalgamated Transit Union, Local 1005 expires on July 31, 2005.
Any member wishing to submit amendments, revisions or changes to the present agreement may do so by sub-
mitting proposals to the Union office.
Each proposal submitted must be legible, on a seperate sheet of paper and signed, so your committee can group
proposals by category.


Fatigue Rule Notice
Article 20, section 23 of the Labor
Agreement states:

"Effective with the March 2001
pick, operators shall not exceed
sixteen (16) hours of scheduled
driving time, including regular
and overtime hours, within a
twenty-four (24) hour period, mid-
night to midnight. Metro Transit
may reduce the sixteen (16) hours
to no less than fourteen and one-
half (14-1/2) hours with two (2)
months notice."

In a letter dated November 10,
2004, Metro Transit notified the
ATU of their intent to exercise the
contract provision allowing them
to decrease the allowable sched-
uled driving time to 14 ½ hours,
effective January 10, 2005. Metro
Transit feels this step will enhance
safety in the system.
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                     Letters           Submissions for Letters to the Editor are subject to approval of the Editorial
                                       Board and space considerations. Letters to the Editor are solely the opinion
                     To The            of the author and do not represent endorsement by ATU Local 1005 or the
                                       Education Committee. If you have an editorial to submit, please contact a
                     Editor            committee member or our advisor Michelle Sommers at:
                                       msommers@atu1005.com


  Accessibility is a right                 the elderly and height challenged.           Answer To Quipto:
  not an inconvenience                     So next time you encounter a per-
                                           son with a special need or a walk-      SINCE THE TRANSIT STRIKE,
I am writing this letter as a bus          er or crutches smile and try to
rider who has a temporary disabil-         remember it may be a temporary          I AM CERTAIN THAT THE
ity, a broken ankle, and also as a         inconvenince for you but it makes
union sister.                              a difference in the lives of people     ONLY TRUE OXYMORON IS
The quality of service I                   who have a disability.
                                                                                   THE TERM "CHRISTIAN
have encountered, during my                Nancy Mastenbrook
recovery, has been mixed.
                                                                                   CONSERVATIVE". NOW
Many bus operators have been
pleasant and helpful but there                                                     PLEASE PASS THE JUMBO
have also been many bus opera-
tors who have not.                                                                 SHRIMP.
What I found, when I was able to
ride the bus again, was not very
pleasant. I started out with a
walking cast and a walker so I                                        Holiday Wishes
needed the lift to get on the bus.
                                           If the response to the question about holiday wishes at East Metro is any
Many of the bus operators would            indication of how we’re feeling about ourselves and our jobs, then we
roll their eyes and sigh at my             find ourselves in serious and desperate state of mind. All we want for
request to have the lift out. (What        Christmas is;
was that all about?)                       1. A raise.
                                           2. Early retirement.
However, once I was on the bus             3. A new life.
and the operator saw my company            4. A union that stands up for its’ members.
ID their whole attitude changed.           5. The chance to say Merry Christmas without some lawyer shrilling
I still see this type of body              insisting that I’m oppressing somebody.
language from operators towards
customers who use walkers,                 These messages are a clear indication of a general concern about the divi-
crutches or even canes.                    sive nature of our political and economic climate. We have serious,realis-
                                           tic and reasonable concerns about our futures. Anyone who attempts to
The other problem I encountered            dismiss them as excessive, while they play the political games, is doing a
are bus operators who do not get           disservice to our efforts. Metro Transit’s service to our community and
close to the curb. It is very              the Union’s service to this cause, should not be short changed. We are not
painful to make a long step up off         a part of anything negative. The greater metro area benefits, as do all
the curb or vice versa.                    Minnesotans from our service.
It is also scary to have to step off
the bus onto the street because the        K.H. Rice, ATU Local 1005 - Education Committee, Driver # 05975-
curb is too far away. This impacts         East Metro
  Season’s Greetings




       HAPPY HOLIDAYS!
 MAY YOU AND YOUR LOVED ONES
  ENJOY THE SEASON IN HEALTH
        AND WELL-BEING
FROM THE 1005 EXECUTIVE BOARD

								
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