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									January 2009




Visit online: www.atu587.com                                                                                                         VOL. XXXII, NO. 1




               The President’s Report
                                                               by Lance F. Norton



                What About
               Driver Safety?
                                                                                                                                     NO FARES!
                                                                                                                              PAYING FOR FREE TRANSIT

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       dwin Thomas 46 years old,        20 minutes. The bus he operated this     opened the door; the assailant then          BYLAW CHANGE PROPOSALS
       father of two children — an      day had no cameras.                      punched Edwin twice in the head
       18-year-old son and a 16-year-      A male passenger had boarded          and jumped off the bus. Edwin was
                                                                                                                                Pages 4 – 7
old daughter — a Transit Operator       Edwin’s bus at Malcolm X Boule-          about to close the door when the
of seven years employed by the          vard at Gates Avenue in Bedford-         assailant suddenly turned, stepped         UNITE 587 TO PROTECT YOUR JOB
Metropolitan Transit Authority          Stuyvesant. The man ran a Metro          back onto the bus, pulled out a knife
(N.Y.C.), Member of Transport           Card through the fare box two or         and repeatedly stabbed Edwin in the                Page 7
Workers Union Local 100, went           three times, each time the card was      chest and torso.
to work on Monday, December 1,          rejected as being invalid. The man          Passengers screamed and the as-            LETTERS TO THE EDITOR
2008 and never came home from           then walked back into the bus and        sailant jumped back off the bus and
work that day. Edwin was stabbed        took a seat. Edwin, obeying rules to     ran. Despite two male passengers              Pages 8 & 9
to death on his bus.                    avoid confrontation, said nothing.       giving chase the man got away.
   Edwin was working the extra          The man then came up from his            Edwin was transported to Woodhull                    TWISTER
board out of the Flatbush depot. On     seat and asked for a transfer. Edwin     Medical Center and was pronounced          IN HONOR OF MARK MCLAUGHLIN
this day he was operating the B46       refused saying he had not paid his       dead at 1:11 P.M.
route which travels a 12 mile stretch   fare, he wasn’t entitled to a transfer      Rewards of $12,000 each from                    Page 9
through Crown Heights Bedford-          but he could ride the bus to where       the police, the Metropolitan Trans-
Stuyvesant and Williamsburg sec-        he was going.                            portation Authority and Local 100          VM VACATION PICK AND NEW VP
tions of Brooklyn. Each one way            The passenger became enraged,         T.W.U. totaled $36,000 were posted              BY MIKE WHITEHEAD
trip takes approximately one hour       demanded to get off the bus. Edwin       for information leading to the arrest
                                                                                 and conviction of the killer. As of this          Page 10
                                                                                 writing I am unaware of an arrest.

               The Storm of ’08                                                     When something as tragic as this
                                                                                 happens one never quite knows
                                                                                 what to say. One of his co-workers
                                                                                                                            ARE WE OUR OWN WORST ENEMY?
                                                                                                                                  BY KERMIT GIPSON
     I would like to hear from any      and where you work; know that            who knew Edwin well said “Out of                  Page 12
  of our 587 members in any clas-       all names will be held strictly          600 drivers (at the Flatbush depot)
  sification, no matter where you        confidential. You can write or fax        you couldn’t find one who didn’t                    SIGN UP FOR
  work or what your job is, about       me at the union office or email at        like him. He always had a smile on                LOBBY DAY 2009
  your experiences during the dif-      lnortonpres@atu587.com.                  his face. If there was overtime, he
  ficult days of our storm. I am also       Thank you,                            was working it. If they needed him,               Page 16
  interested in how you believe our        Lance F. Norton                       he’d never say no”.
  Transit Agency performed both            President/                               Our Local sent flowers to the fu-
  in being prepared and managing           Business Representative               neral home, to the family, co-workers
  itself. Please provide your name         Local 587                                                  continued on page 6
                                                                                                                                                                                               January 2009


                                                                                    The Month
                               Executive Board                                      at a Glance
                                                                                                                                                      Business of
                                   Report                                                                                                          the Membership
                                        December 30, 2008

  All officers were present except…                 Article III, Sections 1 & 2; Article IV,                  At the December 2008 cycle of                                 The membership voted to ap-
Paul Bachtel and Ray Campbell                      Section 8; Article V, Section 1; and                    membership meetings the following                             prove the amendment to Article
were on vacation. Jeff Stambaugh                   Article VI, Sections 3 & 5 of the                       business was addressed:                                       XV, Section 01 of the bylaws of
was absent.                                        bylaws of Local 587.                                                                                                  Local 587.
                                                                                                              The membership voted to ap-
  The following business was                          Motion by Paul Neil to approve                       prove a motion by Linda Averill to                              The membership voted to ap-
conducted:                                         Grievance Arbitration Assessment                        amend the COPE motion from the                                prove the amendment to Article
                                                   for $32.36 per member.                                  November Executive Board meeting                              XV, Section 04 of the bylaws of
   At their meeting on December 30,                                                                        to devote one hour at the January                             Local 587.
2008 the Executive Board conducted                   Motion by Joe Mangiameli to do-                       Charter Union meeting to discuss
the following business:                            nate $500.00 each to the Sequim Food                    COPE Lobby Day.                                                  The following members were
                                                   Bank, Port Angeles Food Bank and                                                                                      December pot draw winners: James
   Motion by Linda Anderson to                     Salvation Army Soup Kitchen.                               The membership voted to pursue                             Reese at the Charter meeting, Mike
recommend pursing the grievance of                                                                         the grievance of Aaron Lewis to                               Murphy at the Morning meeting,
Michael Egan for the membership’s                    Executive Board decided to                            arbitration.                                                  Pam Thompson at the JTA meet-
consideration for arbitration.                     continue the present pay structure                                                                                    ing, Butch Sonnabend at the CTS
                                                   and formula of the four full-time                          The membership voted to pursue                             meeting. CTS rolling pot draw of
   Motion by Dee Wakenight to                      officers with the addition of the 2nd                    the grievance of Mike Murphy to                               $100.00 was lost by Linda Stern.
recommend pursing the grievance                    Vice President @ 115% of the Senior                     arbitration.                                                  Next month’s rolling pot will be
of Carol Leak for the membership’s                 Scheduler Salary.                                                                                                     $125.00.
consideration for arbitration.
                                                     Motion by Michael Shea to rec-
   Motion by Joe Mangiamelia to                    ommend the membership amend
recommend pursing the grievance                    Article XIII, Sections 3 & 4 of the
of Ehsanollah Zarghami for the
membership’s consideration for
arbitration.
                                                   bylaws of Local 587.

                                                     Motion by Michael Shea to rec-
                                                                                                                    Arbitration Update
                                                   ommend the membership amend
   Motion by Paul Neil to increase                 Article XI, Sections 5 & 6 of the                          1. Derek Harris: Grieved cross                               modation. Scheduled April 13 &
the monthly dues in accordance                     bylaws of Local 587.                                          classification work in King County                         14, 2008.
with our bylaws for public transit                                                                               Metro Vehicle Maintenance. Sched-                      5. Iordan Tchernev: Grieved ter-
employees from $51.92 to $55.58                       Motion by Michael to recommend                             ule Pending.                                              mination for alleged gross mis-
per month.                                         the Membership amend Article XII,                          2. Bill Wallace: Grieved Metro’s                             conduct. Scheduled February 25
                                                   Sections 1 – 17 of the bylaws of Lo-                          failure to observe the long-standing                      & 26, 2009.
   Motion by Ninus Hopkins to                      cal 587.                                                      past practice of having a Local 587                    6. Michael Murphy: Grieved over-
recommend the membership amend                                                                                   member present when a vendor                              time not assigned pursuant to
                                                                                                                 works on a Metro coach. Scheduled                         clear contract language. Schedule
                                                                                                                 December 16 & 17, 2008.                                   pending.

                            Tentative Agenda                                                                  3. John Ross: Grieved improper ben-
                                                                                                                 efits calculation at Seattle Personal
                                                                                                                 Transit. Schedule Pending.
                                                                                                                                                                        7. Aaron Lewis: Grieved Metro’s
                                                                                                                                                                           failure to apply wage progres-
                                                                                                                                                                           sion pursuant to clear contract
                         Membership Meetings:                                                                 4. Earl Mangold: Grieved KC Metro                            language.
                                                                                                                 discriminatory disability accom-
CHARTER MEETING                                    JEFFERSON TRANSIT
Thursday, January 8, 2009                          Monday, January 12, 2009
8:00 p.m.                                          7:00 p.m.
The Labor Temple, Hall #8                          Port Townsend Rec Center
2800 1st Ave., Seattle, WA                         Port Townsend, WA
                                                                                                                                        In Loving Memory…
MORNING MEETING                                    CLALLAM TRANSIT                                                 “A man who won’t die for something is not fit to live.”
Friday, January 9, 2009                            Tuesday, January 13, 2009
10:30 a.m.                                         7:00 p.m.
                                                                                                                                                                       — Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
The Labor Temple, Hall #6                          Vern Burton Memorial Building
2800 1st Ave., Seattle, WA                         Port Angeles, WA                                           Cecil Graham: Retired member passed away November 21, 2008.
                                                                                                              Brother Graham joined Local 587 September 01, 1981 and retired No-
                                                                                                              vember 01, 2003.
Among Topics to be Discussed:
 Grievance and arbitration update                                                                                       Please notify the union office of any member’s passing so that this
Unfinished Business: None                                                                                                  information may be shared with the rest of our union family.


                                                     OFFICERS OF THE AMALGAMATED TRANSIT UNION, LOCAL 587:                                                                 Letters to the editor
                                                                                                           Minority Affairs Officer                   RAY CAMPBELL
                                                                                                                                                                         Letters/contributions must include
                                                   LANCE F. NORTON Pres/Business Representative
                                                                  email – lnortonpres@atu587.com           Transit Operator Position No. 1             NEAL SAFRIN       printed names, signatures, work ID
                                                                                                           Transit Operator Position No. 2          MICHAEL MOORE        numbers, addresses and phone numbers
                                                                                                           Transit Operator Position No. 3          DEE WAKENIGHT
                                                   KENNY McCORMICK          Vice President/Assistant       Transit Operator Position No. 4         BRIAN SHERLOCK        that can be verified during working
                                                                            Business Representative        Transit Operator Position No. 5            RICK SEPOLEN       hours. Letters that cannot be validated
                                                                                                           Transit Operator Position No. 6              JUDY YOUNG
                                                                  email – kmccormickvp@atu587.com          Transit Operator Position No. 7         LINDA ANDERSON        will not be published. All articles/letters
                                                                                                           Transit Operator Position No. 8          LISA THOMPSON        are subject to editing and should be
     Published monthly in Seattle.                 PAUL B. NEIL                  Financial Secretary       Vehicle Maintenance Position No. 1      MIKE WHITEHEAD
                                                                     email – pneilfinsec@atu587.com         Vehicle Maintenance Position No. 2      JEFF STAMBAUGH        limited to 1000 words or less. Not all
                                                                                                           Vehicle Maintenance Position No. 3   KERMIT C. GIPSON JR.     letters can be published due to space
 Official publication of Amalgamated                                                                        Facilities Maintenance                     ALAN HUSTON
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                                                                             Editor 587 News Review        Supervisors                                MICHAEL SHEA       month. Any submission from a member
 representing employees of Metro/King                                                                      Clallam/Jefferson County                JOE MANGIAMELI
                                                                  email – pbachtelrecsec@atu587.com        SPT/MV                                    NINUS HOPKINS       of Local 587 to the News Review deemed
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                                                                                                                                                       January 2009



         No Fares! Paying for Free Transit
                            By David Olsen, The Tyee, Submitted by Carl C. Jackson, O&M Supervisor - Streetcar



I
     t’s a matter of faith among             our PST) and 0.6 of one per cent goes       ing in our region. TransLink uses this      all transit services. This amount of
     most transit officials that if you       to fund their beautiful and friendly,       approach in calculating the cost of the     money could provide superb bus
     remove the fare, the service be-        fare-free bus services. That works out      U-Passes and the Community Passes;          service throughout the region, 24/7.
comes worthless.                             to 60¢ for every $100 spent in Island       they call it “revenue neutral” because,     This kind of frequency, combined
    “Be aware that when one moves            County.                                     at least in theory, no new revenue is       with being fare-free, would empty
the price of something to zero, in ad-           Could a region as large as Van-         generated for the system.                   the highways and bridges if one
dition to challenging capacity, one is       couver ’s afford such a bold ap-               But TransLink’s transit operating        lane (each way) of the existing (2
stating that the product or service is       proach, though? Well, in Seattle and        budget doesn’t include the cost of          lane) highways and bridges were
not an economic good — that is, that it      surrounding King County, voters             buying new buses and SkyTrain cars,         dedicated to buses and vanpools,
has NO value,” warned one transit of-        recently approved a sales tax initia-       which has become a critical problem         resulting in less or even no congestion
ficial. “Pricing signals value. I would       tive that increased their local sales tax   over the past seven years since rider-      for those drivers delivering goods
suggest you keep it non-zero.”               from .8 per cent to .9 per cent. This       ship has grown while the bus fleet           and services.
    Perhaps North America’s transit          is similar to Island County’s tax ratio     size has stagnated. If the funding             B.C. Ferries’ $2.5 billion budget
planners need to switch jobs with            for transit.                                formula chosen for the operating            to build new giant car and truck
builders of roads and bridges. Those             For every $100 people spend in          budget also included funding for            ferries in Germany and retrofit their
transportation essentials are, after         King County, 90¢ is collected for           capital expenditures, we could build        ramps to accommodate them could
all, usually paid for through taxes          the transit system. According to            in a sustainable solution for transit’s     instead build (in B.C.!) a fleet of
or bonds, and we use them without            Jill Krecklow , finance and admin-           continual expansion.                        new passenger ferries, along with
being charged each time we roll over         istrative services manager for King            One way to do this is to collect         terminals in every downtown on
them.                                        County Metro Transit, the projected         $20 per month per GVRD resident             the south coast. Vancouver, Victoria,
    Imagine if a government tried to         annual sales tax in 2008 is $456 mil-       to cover the entire transit budget,         Nanaimo, Ganges, Cowichan/Dun-
put a fare box into every car in the         lion US (or $528 million Canadian),         which would then allow the $500             can, Parksville, Gibsons, and Sechelt
province. Every time drivers wanted          which alone is more than five per            million plus currently collected by         could have hourly service between
to make much of a trip, they would           cent higher than TransLink’s current        TransLink through other taxes, fees,        them, with fast ferries that carried
have to dig into their pockets to            transit operating budget.                   and levies to be used exclusively           people, bikes, personal baggage, and
find $4.50 (soon to be $5!) in exact              TransLink has created pass pro-         for buying more full-size buses and         minimal freight.
change.                                      grams that mimic these fare-free            SkyTrain cars. This could buy over             The Sea-to-Sky Highway upgrade
    And yet, we force the poorest            systems for the lucky folks that have       300 new articulated (60 ft) trolleys or     is destroying ecosystems and un-
among us to live this way. For those         access to them. The U-Pass at UBC           over 100 new SkyTrain cars!                 dermining a golden opportunity to
without well-paying jobs, a bus fare         costs $22 per month, the U-Pass at                                                      upgrade an existing rail line with
of any amount can be a barrier to            SFU costs $24.50/month and the              Shift priorities                            fast, frequent service between North
finding work, making it to school,            Community Pass at SFU (for half of             We could also shift spending             Vancouver, Squamish, Whistler and
visiting friends and relatives or even       the condo owners) costs $28/month.          from auto- and corporate-centric to         beyond. The project cost of almost $2
getting food to eat.                         (If all of the condo owners were            transit- and people-friendly projects.      billion could instead have been used
    In British Columbia’s Lower              included, it would only cost $14/           Examples:                                   to create at least an hourly LRT-type
Mainland, one of the most expensive          month.) These passes offer unlimited           TransLink spends well over $100          service, which would have dramati-
places to live in North America, a           rides throughout the entire system,         million/year on roads and bridges           cally decreased motorized vehicle
family travelled from Coquitlam to           just like a fare-free transit system        (the equivalent of 215 new buses or         traffic on that highway, instead of
Vancouver by public transit during           would. And everyone who is part of          23 SkyTrain cars), as well as paying        increasing traffic and the resultant
spring break. It cost the mother and         these communities must buy them,            almost $30 million (60 new buses)           injuries and deaths.
her three sons $26 in day passes. Even       guaranteeing TransLink a monthly            for its bloated bureaucracy (at least          Instead of tunneling under Cambie
with the higher cost of fuel today,          income.                                     eight different boards and manage-          Street and using expensive SkyTrain
taking the bus and SkyTrain is more              But there are many other viable         ment staff for one transit system).         technology, we could have reduced
expensive than driving for most              funding options for our transit sys-        The newly formed Transit Police             car capacity on Cambie (or any other
families. In fact, Vancouver fares for       tems.                                       adds another $13 million per year (26       street) by building LRT right on the
kids and students are the highest in             Châteauroux, France adds about          new buses)…guns, Tasers and other           street (where people live and walk)
Canada – and slated to go up.                0.6 of one percent to the payroll tax       weapons do not come cheap.                  for one tenth or less of the cost of the
    Henry Orsini, aged nine in 2004,         for employers to pay for their fare-           The province’s Gateway proposal          RAV/Canada Line. And we’d have
has been leading a postcard campaign         free system. An easy-to-understand          is projected to cost at least $7 billion.   about $2 billion left for more buses
to raise awareness and lower kids’           variation would be to charge employ-        That’s more than 14 times Trans-            and better service.
fares for the past three years. Van-         ers here (businesses, government            Link’s current operating budget for            [Article edited for content]
couver’s transit fare for kids is more       offices, universities, co-ops, etc.) $1
than six times higher than Toronto’s!        per employee every day that he or she
And it’s about to go up 25 per cent          travels to the workplace. This works
more on Jan. 1, 2008.                        out to a one-time “wage increase”
    Let us remind ourselves of what          of 12.5¢ per hour, which would be
really matters. We don’t have much
time left to reduce our greenhouse
                                             an increase of about half of one per
                                             cent for the average wage ($20.54)
                                                                                                 January Trivia Question
gas emissions before catastrophic            in B.C. In comparison, inflation last
climatic changes irreversibly occur.         year was 2.79 per cent. The amount
It seems absurd, therefore, to con-          of money generated by this $1 per               What color was the Metro Transit Time Table
tinue to make it more difficult than          day per employee formula would
it already is for people to use the bus      double TransLink’s current operat-                          in September 1991?
and SkyTrain.                                ing budget.
                                                                                                                       E-mail your answer to
Show me the money                            A ‘Community Pass’ for all                                              pbachtelrecsec@atu587.com
    Since we are now discussing pri-            Another option would be to ap-                  The first person to submit the correct answer will receive honorable
orities, let’s address the big question      ply TransLink’s current Community                           mention in the next edition of the News Review.
most people have when asked to               Pass (which is only available to a
ponder switching to a fare-free transit      select few condo owners living on
system. Namely: sounds good, but             Burnaby Mountain near SFU) to the
how do we pay for it?                        entire GVRD. The cost per month
    As we have seen, in Hasselt, Bel-
gium, people actually enjoy giving
                                             (for those of us who could afford
                                             to pay) would be about $12.50 and
                                                                                               December Trivia Question Winner
one per cent of their municipal taxes        could be collected in any number of
to transit. But only because their tran-     ways: it could be added to healthcare             Harold Batson, South Base
sit service is free to use, very frequent,   premiums, property taxes, hydro
and saves people significant amounts          bills, etc. This number is based on               December Trivia Question: What Metro operated Sound Transit
of money overall.                            the $300 million TransLink currently            routes are no longer in service?
    In Island County in the state of         collects from fares and a population            Correct answer: Routes 546 and 570.
Washington, people pay for their             of two million people in the GVRD.
“free” ride on the bus whenever they         In effect, this replaces the inefficient            Brother Batson was the first person to correctly answer the December
buy locally. Of their 8.3 per cent sales     method of using fare boxes and cash,            trivia question
tax, 6.5 per cent is for the state (like     and spreads the cost to everyone liv-


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                                                                                                                                               January 2009

                                                        To: All Members of Local 587
                                                   From: Recording Secretary Paul J. Bachtel

  Proposal To Change Bylaws — Article XII Section 1–17
                                                              Submitted by Bruce Tiebout
    accordance with Article XV,          tion and General Laws of the Amal-        ness, his/her office shall be declared     accept the nomination for the posi-
Section 2 pertaining to bylaw            gamated Transit Union.                    vacant and his/her successor shall        tion for which nominated
proposals, the following bylaw              Section 10. No memberís name           be elected.                                  Section 11. No member can ap-
proposal will be published in the        shall be placed on the ballot unless         Section 34. Members to be eli-         pear on the ballot for more than
News Review, and will be voted           the member was in attendance at the       gible for any office or for delegate       one position. The acceptance of
upon at through the January cycle        meeting in person when the member         shall have had at least two years         any nomination declines all prior
of Union meetings.                       was nominated or has signified in          continuous membership and must            nominations. Once a candidate
                                         writing willingness to accept the         be a member in good standing hav-         has accepted a nomination and
                                         nomination for the position for           ing paid all initiation fees, dues, and   subsequently declines that posi-
ARTICLE XII                              which nominated                           assessments in full.                      tion, that candidate may not be
                                            Section 11. No member can ap-             Section 45. If under Section           nominated for that position in that
GENERAL ELECTION -                       pear on the ballot for more than          34, no member is eligible then all        election cycle.
ELECTION OF OFFICERS                     one position. The acceptance of           members in good standing will be             Section 12. Members may self-
                                         any nomination declines all prior         declared eligible.                        nominate in person throughout
OLD:                                     nominations. Once a candidate has            Section 513. Members to be             the meeting cycle. All write-in
    Section 1. The election of of-       accepted a nomination and subse-          eligible to vote for officers at any       nominations must be received by
ficers for the Local shall be held in     quently declines that position, that      regular or special election must be       a date and time determined by the
the month of June and three years        candidate may not be nominated for        members in good standing.                 election committee. Written self-
thereafter on a payday on or before      that position in that election cycle.        Section 6. The Financial Sec-          nominations are subject to verifica-
the 25th day of the month. The              Section 12. Members may self-          retary/Treasurer will keep a strict       tion by the election committee.
regular three-year election of officers   nominate in person throughout             record of attendance at meetings.            Section 103. The name of the
for the Local shall be by the primary    the meeting cycle. All write-in              Section 73. All elections shall        member making the nomination,
system. Nominations shall be held        nominations must be received by           be held in compliance with the            who also must be a member in good
at the meetings of the Local in the      a date and time determined by the         Constitution and General Laws of          standing, shall be made a matter of
month of April. The primary elec-        election committee. Written self-         the Amalgamated Transit Union,            record.
tion shall be held on the first King      nominations are subject to verifica-       as amended, and in compliance                Section 12. Submissions to the
County/Metro payday of the month         tion by the election committee.           with the Labor Management Re-             voters pamphlet shall be due in
in May and the final election on the         Section 13. The name of the mem-       porting and Disclosure Act of 1959        the Union office by the close of
first King County/Metro payday of         ber making the nomination shall be        (Landrum-Griffin Act of 1959), as          business, two days after the last
the month in June. Ballots shall be      made a matter of record.                  amended.                                  of the meetings of the Local in the
counted as provided in Article XII,         Section 14. Voting shall be by            Section 811. All ballots must be       month of April.
Sections 7, 8, 9 and 10.                 mail. The three envelope system           submitted by the Recording Secre-            Section 14. A ballot, instruc-
          (a)     There shall be an      shall be used. Ballots shall be sent      tary and approved by the Executive        tions, a voters pamphlet, and
Election Committee, consisting of        by U.S. mail to each memberís home        Board.                                    double return envelopes shall be
three members plus two alternates,       address, and a post office box shall          Section 96. No officer of the Local     mailed to the last known home
reporting to the Recording Secretary.    be rented in Seattle, Washington for      shall hold office in any organization      address for each member in good
Its duties would include election se-    the return of the ballots. To be valid,   that is in conflict with the Constitu-     standing at least 15 days before the
curity, production and distribution      the ballots must be received by 9:00      tion and General Laws of the Amal-        ballots are due back.
of the voters pamphlet.                  am at the post office box on the day       gamated Transit Union.                       Section 15. A Post Office Box
          (b)     Counting of ballots    specified for the counting of ballots.        Section 7. No member’s name            shall be rented in the city of Seattle.
shall be supervised by the Recording     Only those ballots returned by U.S.       shall be placed on the ballot unless      Balloting shall be by mail with bal-
Secretary and at least one member        mail will be valid.                       the member is present and accepts         lots due back in the Post Office Box
of the Elections Committee in the                                                  the nomination at the meeting when        by the close of business at that Post
presence of the membership.                                                        the member was nominated, or has          Office on the day of the election.
    Section 2. If any officer fails       BOLD & STRUCK:                            signified in writing a willingness to      The ballots shall be picked up from
to qualify within three successive          Section 1. The election of of-         accept the nomination for the posi-       the Post Office Box at the close of
meetings, unless prevented by ill-       ficers for the Local shall be held in      tion for which nominated. All writ-       business on the day of the election
ness, his/her office shall be declared    the month of June and three years         ten acceptance of any nomination          by the Recording Secretary, in the
vacant and his/her successor shall       thereafter on a payday on or before       must be received by the Recording         presence of at least one member of
be elected.                              the 25th day of the month. The            Secretary before nominations for          the Election Committee and any ob-
    Section 3. Members to be eligible    regular three-year election of officers    that position are closed at the last      servers, and returned immediately
for any office or for delegate shall      for the Local shall be by the primary     meeting of the Local in April. Writ-      to be counted in the presence of the
have had at least two years con-         system. Nominations shall be held         ten acceptance of any nomination          membership.
tinuous membership and must be           at the meetings of the Local in the       are subject to verification by the            Section 14. Voting shall be by
a member in good standing having         month of April. The primary elec-         Election Committee.                       mail. The three envelope system
paid all initiation fees, dues and       tion shall be held on the first King          Section 8. Members may self-           shall be used. Ballots shall be sent
assessments in full.                     County/Metro payday of the month          nominate at any of the meetings of        by U.S. mail to each memberís home
    Section 4. If under Section 3, no    in May and the final election on the       the Local in the month of April. All      address, and a post office box shall
member is eligible then all members      first King County/Metro payday-            write-inwritten self-nominations          be rented in Seattle, Washington for
in good standing will be declared        Thursday of the month in June. If         must be received by the Recording         the return of the ballots. To be valid,
eligible.                                a runoff is required, it shall be held    Secretary by the beginning of the         the ballots must be received by 9:00
    Section 5. Members to be eligible    on a weekday on or preceding the          last meeting of the Local in the          am at the post office box on the day
to vote for officers at any regular or    25th of JuneBallots shall be counted      month of April. Written self-nom-         specified for the counting of ballots.
special election must be members in      as provided in Article XII, Sections      inations are subject to verification       Only those ballots returned by U.S.
good standing.                           7, 8, 9 and 10.                           by the Election Committee.                mail will be valid.
    Section 6. The Financial Sec-                 (a)Section 2. There shall be        Section 9. No member can be
retary/Treasurer will keep a strict      an Election Committee, consisting         placed in nomination nor appear on
record of attendance at meetings.        of three members plus two an al-          the ballot for more than one position.    BOLD & STRUCK
    Section 7. All elections shall       ternates, reporting to the Recording      The acceptance of any nomination          (in section order):
be held in compliance with the           Secretary. Its duties would include       automatically declines all prior             Section 1. The election of of-
Constitution and General Laws of         election security, plus production        nominations. Once a candidate has         ficers for the Local shall be held in
the Amalgamated Transit Union,           and distribution of the ballots, in-      accepted a nomination and subse-          the month of June and three years
as amended, and in compliance            structions, and voters pamphlet.          quently declines that position, that      thereafter on a payday on or before
with the Labor Management Re-                     (b)Section 16. Counting of       candidate may not be nominated            the 25th day of the month. The regu-
porting and Disclosure Act of 1959       ballots shall be supervised by the        again for that position in that elec-     lar three-year election of officers for
(Landrum-Griffin Act of 1959), as         Recording Secretary and at least one      tion cycle.                               the Local shall be by the primary
amended.                                 member of the Elections Commit-              Section 10. No memberís name           system. Nominations shall be held
    Section 8. All ballots must be ap-   tee in the presence of the member-        shall be placed on the ballot unless      at the meetings of the Local in the
proved by the Executive Board.           ship.                                     the member was in attendance at           month of April. The primary elec-
    Section 9. No officer of the Local       Section 217. If any officer fails       the meeting in person when the            tion shall be held on the first King
shall hold office in any organization     to qualify within three successive        member was nominated or has               County/Metro payday of the month
that is in conflict with the Constitu-    meetings, unless prevented by ill-        signified in writing willingness to
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                                                                                                                                                January 2009

                                                         To: All Members of Local 587
                                                    From: Recording Secretary Paul J. Bachtel

     Proposal To Change Bylaws — Article XII Section 1–17, continued
in May and the final election on the       the meeting in person when the            post office box on the day specified           Section 8. Members may self-
first King County/Metro payday-            member was nominated or has               for the counting of ballots. Only         nominate at any of the meetings of
Thursday of the month in June. If         signified in writing willingness to        those ballots returned by U.S. mail       the Local in the month of April. All
a runoff is required, it shall be held    accept the nomination for the posi-       will be valid.                            written self-nominations must be
on a weekday on or preceding the          tion for which nominated                                                            received by the Recording Secretary
25th of JuneBallots shall be counted         Section 11. No member can ap-          NEW:                                      by the beginning of the last meeting
as provided in Article XII, Sections      pear on the ballot for more than              Section 1. The election of of-        of the Local in the month of April.
7, 8, 9 and 10.                           one position. The acceptance of           ficers for the Local shall be held in      Written self-nominations are sub-
          (a)Section 2. There shall be    any nomination declines all prior         the month of June and three years         ject to verification by the Election
an Election Committee, consisting         nominations. Once a candidate             thereafter on or before the 25th day      Committee.
of three members plus two an al-          has accepted a nomination and             of the month. The regular three-year         Section 9. No member can be
ternates, reporting to the Recording      subsequently declines that posi-          election of officers for the Local shall   placed in nomination nor appear on
Secretary. Its duties would include       tion, that candidate may not be           be by the primary system. Nomina-         the ballot for more than one position.
election security, plus production        nominated for that position in that       tions shall be held at the meetings       The acceptance of any nomination au-
and distribution of the ballots, in-      election cycle.                           of the Local in the month of April.       tomatically declines all prior nomina-
structions, and voters pamphlet.             Section 12. Members may self-          The primary election shall be held on     tions. Once a candidate has accepted
   Section 6. The Financial Sec-          nominate in person throughout             the first King County/Metro payday         a nomination and subsequently
retary/Treasurer will keep a strict       the meeting cycle. All write-in           of the month in May and the final          declines that position, that candidate
record of attendance at meetings.         nominations must be received by           election on the first Thursday of the      may not be nominated again for that
   Section 73. All elections shall        a date and time determined by the         month in June. If a runoff is required,   position in that election cycle.
be held in compliance with the            election committee. Written self-         it shall be held on a weekday on or          Section 10. The name of the mem-
Constitution and General Laws of          nominations are subject to verifica-       preceding the 25th of June.               ber making the nomination, who also
the Amalgamated Transit Union,            tion by the election committee.               Section 2. There shall be an          must be a member in good standing,
as amended, and in compliance                Section 103. The name of the           Election Committee, consisting of         shall be made a matter of record.
with the Labor Management Re-             member making the nomination,             three members plus an alternate,             Section 11. All ballots must be
porting and Disclosure Act of 1959        who also must be a member in good         reporting to the Recording Secretary.     submitted by the Recording Secre-
(Landrum-Griffin Act of 1959), as          standing, shall be made a matter of       Its duties would include election         tary and approved by the Executive
amended.                                  record.                                   security, plus production and dis-        Board.
   Section 34. Members to be eli-            Section 811. All ballots must be       tribution of the ballots, instructions,      Section 12. Submissions to the
gible for any office or for delegate       submitted by the Recording Secre-         and voters pamphlet.                      voters pamphlet shall be due in the
shall have had at least two years         tary and approved by the Executive            Section 3. All elections shall be     Union office by the close of business,
continuous membership and must            Board.                                    held in compliance with the Con-          two days after the last of the meetings
be a member in good standing hav-            Section 12. Submissions to the         stitution and General Laws of the         of the Local in the month of April.
ing paid all initiation fees, dues, and   voters pamphlet shall be due in           Amalgamated Transit Union, and               Section 13. Members to be
assessments in full.                      the Union office by the close of           in compliance with the Labor Man-         eligible to vote for officers at any
   Section 45. If under Section           business, two days after the last         agement Reporting and Disclosure          regular or special election must be
34, no member is eligible then all        of the meetings of the Local in the       Act of 1959 (Landrum-Griffin Act of        members in good standing.
members in good standing will be          month of April.                           1959), as amended.                           Section 14. A ballot, instructions,
declared eligible.                           Section 513. Members to be                 Section 4. Members to be eligible     a voters pamphlet, and double re-
   Section 96. No officer of the Local     eligible to vote for officers at any       for any office or for delegate shall       turn envelopes shall be mailed to
shall hold office in any organization      regular or special election must be       have had at least two years con-          the last known home address for
that is in conflict with the Constitu-     members in good standing.                 tinuous membership and must be            each member in good standing at
tion and General Laws of the Amal-           Section 14. A ballot, instruc-         a member in good standing having          least 15 days before the ballots are
gamated Transit Union.                    tions, a voters pamphlet, and             paid all initiation fees, dues, and       due back.
   Section 7. No member’s name            double return envelopes shall be          assessments in full.                         Section 15. A Post Office Box
shall be placed on the ballot unless      mailed to the last known home                 Section 5. If under Section 4, no     shall be rented in the city of Seattle.
the member is present and accepts         address for each member in good           member is eligible then all members       Balloting shall be by mail with bal-
the nomination at the meeting when        standing at least 15 days before the      in good standing will be declared         lots due back in the Post Office Box
the member was nominated, or has          ballots are due back.                     eligible.                                 by the close of business at that Post
signified in writing a willingness to         Section 15. A Post Office Box               Section 6. No officer of the Local     Office on the day of the election.
accept the nomination for the posi-       shall be rented in the city of Seattle.   shall hold office in any organization      The ballots shall be picked up from
tion for which nominated. All writ-       Balloting shall be by mail with bal-      that is in conflict with the Constitu-     the Post Office Box at the close of
ten acceptance of any nomination          lots due back in the Post Office Box       tion and General Laws of the Amal-        business on the day of the election
must be received by the Recording         by the close of business at that Post     gamated Transit Union.                    by the Recording Secretary, in the
Secretary before nominations for          Office on the day of the election.             Section 7. No memberís name           presence of at least one member of
that position are closed at the last      The ballots shall be picked up from       shall be placed on the ballot unless      the Election Committee and any ob-
meeting of the Local in April. Writ-      the Post Office Box at the close of        the member is present and accepts         servers, and returned immediately
ten acceptance of any nomination          business on the day of the election       the nomination at the meeting when        to be counted in the presence of the
are subject to verification by the         by the Recording Secretary, in the        the member was nominated, or has          membership.
Election Committee.                       presence of at least one member of        signified in writing a willingness to         Section 16. Counting of ballots
   Section 8. Members may self-           the Election Committee and any ob-        accept the nomination for the posi-       shall be supervised by the Recording
nominate at any of the meetings of        servers, and returned immediately         tion for which nominated. All writ-       Secretary and at least one member
the Local in the month of April. All      to be counted in the presence of the      ten acceptance of any nomination          of the Election Committee in the
write-inwritten self-nominations          membership.                               must be received by the Recording         presence of the membership.
must be received by the Recording                  (b)Section 16. Counting of       Secretary before nominations for             Section 17. If any officer fails
Secretary by the beginning of the         ballots shall be supervised by the        that position are closed at the last      to qualify within three successive
last meeting of the Local in the          Recording Secretary and at least one      meeting of the Local in April. Writ-      meetings, unless prevented by ill-
month of April. Written self-nom-         member of the Elections Committee         ten acceptance of any nomination          ness, his/her office shall be declared
inations are subject to verification       in the presence of the membership.        are subject to verification by the         vacant and his/her successor shall
by the Election Committee.                   Section 217. If any officer fails       Election Committee.                       be elected.
   Section 9. No member can be            to qualify within three successive
placed in nomination nor appear on        meetings, unless prevented by ill-            1.
the ballot for more than one position.    ness, his/her office shall be declared
The acceptance of any nomination
automatically declines all prior
                                          vacant and his/her successor shall
                                          be elected.
                                                                                        Upcoming at Local 587
nominations. Once a candidate has            Section 14. Voting shall be by             JANUARY       08    Charter meeting
accepted a nomination and subse-          mail. The three envelope system               JANUARY       09    Morning meeting
quently declines that position, that      shall be used. Ballots shall be sent
candidate may not be nominated            by U.S. mail to each memberís                 JANUARY       12    Jefferson Transit Authority meeting
again for that position in that elec-     home address, and a post office                JANUARY       13    Clallam County meeting
tion cycle.                               box shall be rented in Seattle,               JANUARY       19    MLK Day Celebration
   Section 10. No memberís name           Washington for the return of the
shall be placed on the ballot unless      ballots. To be valid, the ballots             JANUARY       27    Executive Board meeting
the member was in attendance at           must be received by 9:00 am at the            JANUARY       30    Lobby Day



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                                                                                                                                                   January 2009

                                                           To: All Members of Local 587
                                                      From: Recording Secretary Paul J. Bachtel

Proposal To Change Bylaws — Article III, Sections 1 & 2;
       Article IV, Section 8; Article V, Section 1;
             and Article VI, Sections 3 & 5
                                    Submitted by the Bylaw Committee: Financial Secretary Paul Neil,
                              Executive Board Officers Linda Anderson, Joe Mangiameli and Jeff Stambaugh


   In accordance with Article XV,           ness Representative, Vice President/           ARTICLE IV                                Section 3. 2nd Vice President/
Section 2 pertaining to bylaw               Assistant Business Representative,                                                    Assistant Business Representative-
proposals, the following bylaw              2nd Vice President/Assistant Busi-             COMMITTEES                             Maintenance
proposal will be published in the           ness Representative-Maintenance                   Section 8. Wages and Conditions        (a) The 2nd Vice President/Assis-
News Review, and will be voted              Financial Secretary/Treasurer or               Committee                                     tant Business Representative
upon at through the January cycle           Recording Secretary, a special elec-              The members of the Wages                   shall assist the President/
of Union meetings.                          tion will be held to fill the unexpired         and Conditions Committee shall                Business Representative
                                            term. The special election will be             consist of the President/Business             and Vice President/Assistant
ARTICLE III                                 held in compliance with Article XII            Representative, Vice President/               Business Representative.
                                            of these Bylaws and Section 14 of the          Assistant Business Representative,        (b) He/she shall be a voting mem-
OFFICERS                                    Constitution and General Laws.                 2nd Vice President/Assistant Busi-            ber of the Executive Board.
   Section 1. The regular officers of           If a vacancy occurs within ninety           ness Representative-Maintenance,          (c) By virtue of his/her office,
the Local shall be:                         (90) days of the normal expiration of          Financial Secretary/Treasurer, Re-            he/she shall be a delegate to
   (a) President/Business Repre-            the term of office in the position of           cording Secretary and all Executive           the Central Labor Council,
        sentative                           President/Business Representative,             Board members. A selection shall              State Labor Council and the
   (b) Vice President/Assistant             the Vice President/ Assistant Busi-            be made by these members for the              International Convention.
        Business Representative             ness Representative shall preside              Local’s negotiating committee. All        (d) He/she shall be the primary
   (c) 2nd Vice President/Assistant         and perform all duties pertaining to           full-time officers shall be members            officer responsible to as-
        Business Representative -           the office of the President until the           of the Local’s negotiating committee          sist the President/Business
        Maintenance                         regular general election is held.              by virtue of their office.                     Representative and Vice
   (cd) Financial Secretary/Treasurer          If a vacancy occurs within ninety                                                         President/Assistant Busi-
   (de) Recording Secretary/Cor-            (90) days of the normal expiration of          ARTICLE V                                     ness Representative with
        respondent to In Transit            the term of office in the position of                                                         management of grievances
   (f) Candidates for President/            Vice President/Assistant Business              SALARIES AND                                  and arbitrations for members
        Business Representative,            Representative, Financial Secretary/           COMPENSATIONS                                 from the classifications in
        Vice President/Assistant            Treasurer or Recording Secretary, the             Section 1. The Executive Board             Article III, Section 1(g).
        Business Representative, Fi-        Executive Board shall meet prior to            shall review and adjust the wages         (e) He/she shall perform other
        nancial Secretary/Treasurer         the next regular union meeting and             for the office of President/Business           duties as assigned by the
        and Recording Secretary/            select a member of the Executive               Representative, Vice President/               President/Business Repre-
        Correspondent to In Transit         Board to fill the unexpired term.               Assistant Business Representative,            sentative.
        shall be elected by the mem-        The appointment must be approved               2nd Vice President/Assistant Busi-        (f) This office shall become ef-
        bership at large.                   by a majority vote of the members              ness Representative-Maintenance,              fective July 1, 2009.
   (g) Candidates for 2nd Vice Presi-       in attendance at the next regular              Financial Secretary/Treasurer and         Section 5. President Pro-Tem
        dent/Assistant Business Rep-        meeting of the Local.                          Recording Secretary at the regular        In the absence of the Presi-
        resentative - Maintenance              If a vacancy occurs within ninety           December Executive Board meet-         dent/Business Represen tative,
        shall be nominated from             (90) days of the normal expiration of          ing. This review and adjustment        Vice President/Assistant Business
        and elected by all members          the term of office in the position of           shall take effect the 1st of January   Representative, 2nd Vice President/
        within Vehicle Maintenance;         2nd Vice President/Assistant Busi-             of each year.                          Assistant Business Representative-
        Facilities Maintenance; Rail        ness Representative-Maintenance,                                                      Maintenance, or Financial Secre-
        Vehicle Maintenance; Way,           the Executive Board shall meet                 ARTICLE VI                             tary/Treasurer, a chairperson shall
        Power and Signals, and              prior to the next regular union                                                       be selected by the Executive Board
        Streetcar Maintainers as            meeting and select a member from               DUTIES OF OFFICERS                     members present.
        listed in the current King          the Vehicle Maintenance/Facilities
        County/Metro Labor Agree-           Maintenance Executive Board Of-
        ment.                               ficers to fill the unexpired term. The
   Section 2. Executive Board               appointment must be approved by
   (h) If a vacancy occurs for any          a majority of the members in atten-
reason in any of the following              dance at the next regular meeting
elected positions: President/Busi-          of the Local.



President’s Report, continued
and friends with condolences from           other parts of our world are concerned
our Officers and Membership.                 for their own safety, as well as that of
    How does one make sense of              their passengers on a daily basis. As-
such a horrific senseless crime such         saults on drivers are a too common
as this? Why attack a bus driver?           occurrence. Probably nothing short
It’s certainly not for money; with          of having a police officer on Edwin
exact fare drivers carry no money.          Thomas’s bus that fateful day would
The most common motivation for              have stopped this tragic event.
assaults on Transit Operators is the           Here at K.C. Metro we now have
driver having the audacity to ask           a full time transit police force from
for the payment of the posted fare.         our King County Sheriffs Depart-
Some believe that a bus is their own        ment staffed by very dedicated of-
private transportation. No need to          ficers and Deputies who take their
have a proper fare, a valid transfer        jobs very seriously. Transit Security,
or pass. How dare an Operator               response time to situations has im-
“dis them” by simply asking that            proved immensely but they can’t
they — like 99% of our riders — pay         be everywhere when some nut case
their fare?                                 decides to misbehave.
    Transit Operators everywhere from          Regards to all…
our largest cities to small cities in our      Be Safe…
Country, in Canada and probably in             LFN


                                                                                       6
                                                                                                                                                 January 2009



              Unite 587 to Protect Your Job
                                                    By Chuck Lare, Atlantic Base Shop Steward




Y
        our job may not be on the line    more retail stores to close, creat-      ny’s 100,000 Rooftops Solar Electricity      FIRST”. As you probably realize,
        this round of County’s cuts,      ing blight in vacant store fronts;       Program. Like the German economic            as the County cuts services, those of
        but not only is “an injury to     your cut backs will increase more        model; ready are our local banks; ready      special needs wind up on our buses
one, an injury to all”; in the next       home foreclosures, which destroy         are our voters; ready is our utility; what   without those needs being satisfied.
round of cuts, we may be looking          neighborhoods and make our streets       we still need is your political will.        Special concern is elimination of
to the public for support. Tuesday,       dangerous for our children.                 Yes, Martin Luther King County            funding for tuberculosis prevention
November 10th, I testified at the last         I request you adopt the slogan,      can lead the rest of the country by          - untreated tuberculosis will increase
Martin Luther King County budget          “Yes We Can”. Whereas the leader         refusing to balance the County bud-          the hazards of our work place.
hearing. Over 100 testimonies were        Martin Luther King Jr. led marches       get on the backs of workers.                    It was good to see our ATU
heard. In the interest of encourag-       for economic quality, now as Martin         No cut in services and no lay off of      587 Vice President and Chair of
ing more ATU 587 members to join          Luther King County, yes WE can lead      workers.                                     COPE observing from the balcony.
with the community, speaking-out          in times of economic crisis. Last year      Thank you for your time. Let me           Hopefully next time more members
in opposing the County Council’s          you demonstrated leadership and          know if I can be of assistance.”             will take the time to let their voices
cuts, I would like to share the text      foresight in passing the job creating                                                 be heard. It would be nice if our
of my speech.                             Ordinance. I now encourage you to           Many of those who provide ser-            leadership would take a position
   “Councilmembers, thank you giving      again demonstrate leadership by          vices to the same disenfranchised            and submit testimony.
me the opportunity to speak with you.     supporting the alternatives to cut       populations we serve were wear-                 Stay well, Atlantic Base Shop
   March of 2007 was the last time        backs. In addition to those examples     ing the sticker “Invest in People            Steward, Chuck Lare
I spoke to you. That was a historic       already given I would suggest:
time when we witnessed the final               You, recognize, that despite the
approval of changing our county’s         economic crisis; just a few days
name to Martin Luther King County         ago, the voters, overwhelmingly                          To: All Members of Local 587
and passage of a job creating Ordi-       approved to further tax themselves                  From: Recording Secretary Paul J. Bachtel
nance ( #2007-0146), that promotes        for, transportation, parks and Pike
the use of small contractors and          Place Market. Adequately identify
suppliers.
   Today these economic times re-
                                          the need, and the voters will sup-
                                          port you;
                                                                                       Proposal To Change Bylaws
quire creative minds. I request you           Expand your job creation or-
not add to the local economic down
turn by cutting public services and
                                          dinance that puts people to work
                                          locally with local contractors;
                                                                                        Article XI, Sections 5 & 6
layoffs. Your cut backs will force            Innovate with projects like Germa-                          Submitted by Bruce Tiebout


               To: All Members of Local 587                                           In accordance with Article XV,              (h) To refer
          From: Recording Secretary Paul J. Bachtel                                Section 2 pertaining to bylaw                  (ei) To amend
                                                                                   proposals, the following bylaw                 (j) To postpone indefinitely
                                                                                   proposal will be published in the
Proposal To Change Bylaws                                                          News Review, and will be voted
                                                                                   upon at through the January cycle               Section 6. The following motions
                                                                                   of Union meetings.                           are not debatable:
 Article XIII, Section 3 & 4                                                       ARTICLE XI — RULES OF                          (a)  To adjourn
                     Submitted by Bruce Tiebout                                    ORDER                                          (b)  To lay on the table
                                                                                                                                  (c)  Object to the consideration
                                                                                   OLD:                                                of the question
                                                                                     Section 5. When a question is                (dc) To reconsider when question
   In accordance with Article XV,         Thursday of the month. Ballots shall
                                                                                   before the Local, no motion shall                   to be reconsidered is not
Section 2 pertaining to bylaw             be mailed out with instructions and
                                                                                   be received except the following,                   debatable
proposals, the following bylaw            double return envelopes at least 15
                                                                                   which take precedence in the order             (ed) For the previous question
proposal will be published in the         days before they are due back.
News Review, and will be voted                                                     named:
upon at through the January cycle            Section 4. The election shall be
of Union meetings.                        supervised by the Recording Sec-             (a)   To adjourn                         NEW:
                                          retary. The ballots shall be picked          (b)   To lay on the table                  Section 5. When a question is
ARTICLE XIII                              up from the Post Office Box at 12:01          (c)   For the previous question          before the Local, no motion shall
                                          p.m. the close of business at that           (d)   To postpone                        be received except the following,
GENERAL ELECTION -                        Post Office on the third Thursday             (e)   To amend                           which take precedence in the order
ELECTION OF DELEGATES                     of the month by the Recording                                                         named:
                                          Secretary, in the presence of any           Section 6. The following motions
Current:                                  observers and returned immediately       are not debatable:                             (a) To adjourn
                                          to be counted in the presence of the                                                    (b) Questions of privilege
   Section 3. Balloting shall be by
                                          membership.                                  (a) To adjourn                             (c) Object to the consideration
mail with ballots due back in the
                                                                                       (b) To lay on the table                        of the question
Post Office Box by noon the third
                                          NEW:                                         (c) To reconsider when question            (d) To withdraw the motion
Thursday of the month. Ballots shall
                                              Section 3. Balloting shall be by             to be reconsidered is not              (e) To lay on the table
be mailed out with instructions and
                                          mail with ballots due back in the Post           debatable                              (f) For the previous question
double return envelopes at least 15
                                          Office Box by the close of business at        (d) For the previous question              (g) Postpone to a certain day
days before they are due back.
                                          that Post Office the third Thursday                                                      (h) To refer
                                          of the month. Ballots shall be mailed    BOLD & STRUCK:                                 (i) To amend
   Section 4. The election shall be su-
                                          out with instructions and double           Section 5. When a question is                (j) To postpone indefinitely
pervised by the Recording Secretary.
The ballots shall be picked up from       return envelopes at least 15 days        before the Local, no motion shall
                                          before they are due back.                be received except the following,               Section 6. The following motions
the Post Office Box at 12:01 p.m. on
                                                                                   which take precedence in the order           are not debatable:
the third Thursday of the month by
the Recording Secretary, in the pres-        Section 4. The election shall be      named:
                                          supervised by the Recording Secre-                                                      (a) To adjourn
ence of any observers and returned
                                          tary. The ballots shall be picked up         (a) To adjourn                             (b) To lay on the table
immediately to be counted in the
                                          from the Post Office Box at the close         (b) Questions of privilege                 (c) Object to the consideration
presence of the membership.
                                          of business at that Post Office on the        (c) Object to the consideration                of the question
BOLD & STRUCK:                            third Thursday of the month by the                of the question                       (d) To reconsider when question
                                          Recording Secretary, in the presence         (d) To withdraw the motion                     to be reconsidered is not
  Section 3. Balloting shall be by
                                          of any observers and returned imme-          (be) To lay on the table                       debatable
mail with ballots due back in the
                                          diately to be counted in the presence        (cf) For the previous question             (e) For the previous question
Post Office Box by noon the close of
business at that Post Office the third     of the membership.                           (dg) To postpone to a certain day


                                                                                   7
                                                                                                                                                         January 2009



                                          Letters to the Editor…
                                                and even a plan of where the funding       west. This intersection has a long         budget woes?
    Enough is                                   would come from, but each time thus        walk light countdown of at least 12           Do we support the County’s idea
 enough…Already!                                far it seems the wording wasn’t quite      seconds. That gives plenty of time         of a “utility tax,” (seems like an-
                                                                                                                                      other regressive tax). Would a steep
                                                right or the majority from outside of      to make a decision as to whether to
                                                maintenance just didn’t think it best.     proceed through or make the stop.          progressive tax on millionaires be
    I asked myself the other day after
                                                Sorry, but I have to say it again, often   However, the yellow light does not         a better and fairer and more stable
reading articles out of my November
                                                it feels as though we can’t get there      appear immediately after the end of        revenue source? (A great source of
and December News Review, what
                                                from here!                                 the countdown, but several seconds         info on this is the Taxpayers for Justice
exactly is the definition of Union.
                                                    The latest attempt to add a second     later. If I knew the time delay, it        Website.) And how should support
According to Webster’s it is combin-
                                                Vice President for maintenance and         would even make the intersection           for public transit fit into state spend-
ing, joining and grouping together
                                                Facilities (both bus and rail) in the      easier to navigate and I wouldn’t          ing priorities? Ahead — or behind of
to name a few. Honestly, we should
                                                proposed By-Law only members in            be stopping at the green light at this     stadiums and tax breaks for Boeing
all be working together as one with
                                                Vehicle Maintenance and Facilities         intersection, too. The point is; there     and Microsoft?
the many issues that come our way
                                                are eligible to be nominated for this      is not consistency.                           This discussion will take place
with the County, such as grievance’s,
                                                position. Only members in Vehicle             It probably takes a 60 foot but be-     at 7pm, Thursday, Seattle Labor
medical, contract’s etc; not to men-
                                                Maintenance and Facilities will be         tween five to eight seconds to clean        Temple, before the regular January
tion the Federal CDL guidelines
                                                voting on their representative. This       an intersection, longer if your are        union meeting. Bring your ideas and
which constantly seem to change and
                                                I feel is the way it should be.            slowing to stop at a zone on the far       concerns. Now is the time to build
of course, are enforced by Metro. But,
                                                    A second Vice President would          side. We need all RLC Intersections        alliances with our passengers and
as I said after reading the articles, it
                                                be helpful to the ENTIRE member-           to be designed exactly the same way        other public-sector unions to defend
seem that it is not the way things are
                                                ship, but especially to maintenance.       with at least a 12 second countdown        crucial public services – schools,
going lately, especially referring to
                                                Hopefully it can be seen for just that;    on the walk light. We can then use         transit, health clinics, etc. -from the
November’s where not one or two,
                                                nothing more nothing less.                 the countdown as a judging point for       axe. Hope to see you at the union
but THREE articles were printed in
                                                                                           proceeding through safely without          meeting.
response to the article written by
                                                 Dan Boetcher, South Base Mechanic         fear of getting a ticket or stopping                       Linda Averill, A.O. 8816
Mike Rochon, Mike Whitehead, and
Jeff Stambaugh.                                                                            smoothly. The yellow light needs
    In the 18 years plus I have                                                            to appear immediately at the end
worked for the County, I personally               Red Light Camera                         of the countdown so we don’t find              Access Seniority
have heard our union referred to as                                                        ourselves stopped at green lights.
a driver’s union by two different
                                                    Intersections                             The easy solution is consistency!          Dear Editor,
people from the operations side. I                                                         If we all know the rules and all the
have also engaged in conversation at               Dear Mr. Bachtel:                       rules are the same at every intersec-          I have been an Access driver and
a union meeting with a driver who                  As a part-time employee, my cur-        tion, we won’t be getting any tickets      member of the local 587 since April
had no idea that maintenance was                rent assignment takes me through           and we won’t be injuring passengers        of 1999. For the last year I have also
even in the same union.                         three Red Light Camera (RLC) in-           with sudden stops or endangering           been working part time for Metro.
    I can’t remember there ever having          tersections daily, Monday through          ourselves by stopping at green lights!     Even though Access drivers are paid
been a union officer that came out of            Friday. Each of them different in          How hard is it to make it easy? Nego-      substantially less compared to Metro
the maintenance ranks for any length            design which makes them equally            tiations with the city to set a standard   drivers, the two jobs are eerily similar.
of time (at all actually); correct me if        difficult to navigate. One at Rainier       and implement it should not be that        With all the rules and regulations, the
I am wrong though.                              Avenue South and South Orcas has a         difficult. Then, publishing the newly       unrealistic schedules, difficult riders,
    If you asked around on the main-            walk light with a countdown, which         set standards for all Metro and other      working shifts without getting much
tenance side, the average response              I use to judge my approach. The            transit operators should avoid any         of a break etc. And yes, don’t forget
would probably be that yes we are               countdown only lasts for about six         conflicts of interest, namely, the driv-    the stinkers, they ride Access too.
represented when and if we need                 or seven seconds, not enough time          ers need to choose between safety or           It certainly takes a special type
the union but maybe not equally if              for a bus to stop smoothly and safely.     infraction, thereby eliminating the        of person to be out on a daily basis
you will. Operations out number us              Then, at the end of the countdown,         need to haggle over specific instances      meeting the needs of public service.
by approximately 5 to 1 and often               sometimes, but not always, the yel-        in the future.                             We should all be proud. Too bad we
it feels as though we can’t get there           low light appears immediately. Other                                                  don’t have more of a voice about how
from here.                                      times, the yellow light does not ap-               Duane F. Blenker, Central Base     to make things better.
    Our issues are very different in            pear until several seconds after the                                                      What possessed me to write this
many areas and although the officers             end of the countdown. I have found                                                    letter was not our similarities but one
have a general grasp of how things              myself stopped at a green light wait-          Partial Holidays                       glaring difference. That is the way the
operate on our side of the fence, it            ing for the light to change to yellow                                                 seniority works. Seniority rules in the
is simply hard for either side to               and then to red on a number of occa-           Dear Editor                            union. In essence it’s all we have. Over
completely understand the other. In-            sions! How confusing can they make                                                    at Seattle Personal Transit one of two
cidentally, it has long been said that          this for us?                                  At the December union meeting,          Metro Access providers, we have a one
what we really need is an operations               My next intersection, Rainier Av-       we learned that ATU 587 members            size fits all seniority list. The way the
and a maintenance contract (“A” and             enue South and South Massachusetts,        in rider information and customer          seniority works is the day of your hir-
“B”) and be negotiated separately.              does not have a countdown on the           service face ten days of forced un-        ing is the day you begin your journey
    Numerous times, maintenance                 walk light, only a blinking hand,          paid leave. Operators, especially          on the seniority ladder. Being on the
has attempted to add another Vice               which is probably about five seconds        part-timers, face pay cuts with the        seniority ladder, anyone hired after
President that would specifically come           before the yellow light and just not       expansion of “partial holidays” in         you is below you and anyone hired
from the maintenance side, but could            enough time to navigate that inter-        2009. While Metro/King County              before you is above you.
be voted in by maintenance OR all               section safety and smoothly. Not to        reduce service, the public is faced            It’s all about paying your dues. The
the members. Much time was spent                mention that the green light might         with more fare hikes – after just hav-     one size fits all means that whether you
                                                not even change to yellow after the        ing agreed to a higher tax, and with       are a part time or a full time employee,
                                                walk light stops blinking! The walk        their own jobs precarious in a time        you get to pick your work based on
   SEND IN YOUR OPINIONS                        light comes back on and the green          of economic meltdown.                      your hire date. Everyone pays his or
  Letters/contributions must include print-     light continues. Again, I find myself          The County and state are forecast-      her dues. Just like Metro there is a part
  ed names, signatures, work ID numbers,        stopped at a green light.
  addresses and phone numbers that can be                                                  ing an even larger shortfall in 2010,      time pick and a full time pick. Although
  verified during working hours. Letters that
                                                   The third and probably the easiest      and the possibility of steeper cuts.       unlike Metro, people are not confined
  cannot be validated will not be published.    intersection to navigate is Northwest      What, now, is our message to the           to one or the other. Full time drivers
  All articles/letters are subject to editing   Market Street and 15th Avenue North-       state, the county, the public? This        may want to go part time. Whether
  and should be limited to 1000 words or                                                                                              it’s to play golf or to go boating. They
  less. Not all letters can be published due
                                                                                           question was raised at the union
  to space limitations. Cut off is the 15th                                                meeting in response to an E-board          can do so and not lose out on all the
                                                  NOTICE TO ALL READERS                                                               years and dues they put in. The same
  of each month. Any submission from a                                                     proposal to spend $1,500 on lobby
  member of Local 587 to the News Review                                                   day in Olympia. Before taking a trip       is true of the part timers wanting to go
                                                    Views and opinions
  deemed unprintable by the Recording                                                      to Olympia, nearly unanimously ap-         full time. Whether it is because they
  Secretary shall be forwarded to the Execu-            expressed in                                                                  have more time to work or because
  tive Board for final decision to publish.
                                                                                           proved by the members present, is the
                                                       News Review                         plan to devote an hour to discussing       they are nervous about their financial
  Send letters to:
                                                     articles are those                    the message we want our union to           situation. They can go full time with-
            Paul J. Bachtel                                                                                                           out starting all over. There are no rifts
                                                    of the authors and                     send to legislators.
          News Review Editor                                                                                                          or divisions. Just one group of union
                                                    not necessarily the                       Do we agree with furloughs,
         c/o ATU Local 587                                                                                                            members, working side by side with
                                                    official position of                    healthcare takeaways, speedups,
   2815 Second Avenue, Suite 230                                                                                                      only one seniority list.
                                                                                           service cutbacks, and higher bus
          Seattle, WA 98121                              Local 587
                                                                                           fares as the solution to County/Metro                           continued on page 9



                                                                                           8
                                                                                                                                                         January 2009


                     Thank God We Voted Yes!!!!
                                                           By Ken Brix, Ryerson Base Operator


D
          ear members, as Lance             Machinist got!” Well O.K., they got       ing this contract down. Arbitration            AND EVEN DEPRESSION! Even
          Norton said to me recent-         a nice contract and a 58 day strike,      could easily result in CUTS. For those         president Obama has said an auto
          ly, “LET’S APPRECIATE             that cost them about $10,000 each!!! It   that voted NO you IGNORED THE                  bailout should be conditioned on a
WHAT WE HAVE!!!” Here we are                also cost Boeing and its shareholders     FACTS. Make no mistake, your NO                SUSTAINABLE AUTO INDUSTRY
in another bad economy with an EX-          Billons of dollars. Make no mistake,      vote put at risk our raise, and even           (CAN YOU SAY CUTS?). If that is the
CELLENT guaranteed contract!                if Boeing leaves this area it will be     our future. Arbitration at a time like         case, I think we should all be glad we
Thanks to our YES vote, we are the          devastating to us all. Also, most         this would make us appear VERY AR-             have the excellent professional union
third highest paid transit workers in       have been laid off for in some cases      ROGANT. It would put our business              we have. The lesson to be learned
the nation!!! As millions of Ameri-         years!!! As a steelworker, I was laid     in a bad light with both the county            from this contract is to LISTEN TO
cans are unemployed, our jobs are           off MANY TIMES!!! In my 18years           and the public. We are after all paid          THEM!! THEY GOT US THE BEST
secure. It’s scary to think where we        with Metro, I have not been laid off      by the tax paying public. Without              CONTRACT THEY COULD!!!!
would be had we voted NO. Unions            ONE SINGLE MINUTE. I also know            their support we’ll be GONE!!!! As                I can only hope that our next presi-
trying to negotiate in this economy         what it’s like to be PRICED OUT OF        Lance Norton puts it “WE’D BE IN               dent (Lance retires in 8 months!!!) un-
are finding it very hard to get even         A JOB, and I don’t want to see that       A WORLD OF HURT” if we were in                 derstands our union’s needs as well
a 2% raise. We recently got a nearly        happen to us.                             arbitration now!!! We could easily be          as Lance Norton. Our work is BOTH
5% raise on top of a 3% (retroactive)           I also heard from some operators      looking at CUTS!!!!!!                          HIGHLY PAID AND STABLE. We are
for a total of nearly 8%!!!! For those      that they always vote NO on the              The way the economy and the                 after all a municipal company that
of you who would say “Yeah, but             first contract because the second one      world are going now, it’s likely we            needs the public’s support. WITH-
it’s just C.O.L.A.,” Well, as a former      is always better. Well, it is true that   will have even tougher choices to              OUT IT WE WILL BE GONE. Our
steelworker at Bethlehem Steel              the second contract offer contains        make in the future. As Governor                contracts will continue to be based
(1974-1991) I was in on one of the          some improvements in a few areas.         Gregoire said recently when talk-              on the county’s revenue. WE NEED
first C.O.L.A. contracts. The United         It’s ALSO for only 3 years instead        ing about the states budget deficit             A UNION LIKE OURS THAT CAN
Steel Workers of America Union I            of 4. If we don’t retain our 3% floor      (Now projected to be 5 Billion!!!) “It         DEAL IN REALITIES. One that can
belonged to negotiated for C.O.L.A.         on the next contract, we could lose       may come down to raises or jobs”.              balance the expectations of our mem-
because inflation was wiping out our         thousands of dollars over the years!!!    The message seems clear; the age of            bers with the reality of the county’s
raises. To get it we gave up our right      Metro wanted the 4th year because         LESS may be coming. We are start-              revenue, AND GET US THE BEST
to strike. This shows how important         so many of our negotiations get           ing to hear words like DEFLATION               CONTRACT WE CAN!!!!!!
C.O.L.A. is and why you never hear          extended with a NO vote. This costs
about steel strikes!!! Also, keep in        Metro and the union a lot of money
mind, our C.O.L.A. is even better
because we have a 3% floor. That
floor is the reason our wages have
                                            and does not promote stability.
                                            It’s also VERY STRESSFUL for our
                                            members!!! We had to wait a year
                                                                                                                 Twister
                                                                                                                      By John Farrell
gone up and why our union was in            and a half for a C.O.L.A. raise!!! If
favor of a 4 year contract.                 we’d gone to arbitration we’d STILL
    To those of you that voted NO, I        BE WAITING!!! (AND MAKING 8%
would like to say you are entitled to       LESS!!!!)
your opinion. Some of you have been             It’s been said that everybody’s en-
in this business longer then me (since      titled to their own opinion, but NOT
91) and fought hard for some of our         to their own facts. The FACTS of this
gains. You chose to go against the          contract negotiation seemed clear to
advice of our union for many reasons.       most of us. Our union leadership, led
One operator told me we should be           by the very intelligent open minded
the highest paid transit workers in the     and fair Lance Norton urged a YES
nation. Well, that would be nice, but it    VOTE on this contract. While it was
would also make us a target for a cut.      by their own admission more of a                 Brother John Farrell reading his poem “Twister” at the North base ceremony on
                                                                                             November 28th, 2008 marking the 10th anniversary of the murder of Brother
It could serve as ammunition for the        status quo contract, it reflected the
                                                                                             Mark McLaughlin – Lost but never Forgotten
likes of Tim Eyman and his anti transit     ECONOMIC REALITY of the county
initiatives. Another operator told me       and the economy. In addition, they              To All Bus Drivers Everywhere in Honor of Mark McLaughlin
recently, “Look at what the Boeing          WARNED OF THE RISK of turn-
                                                                                                            The twister, we know is a terrible storm
                                                                                                         Where frenzy and panic is always the norm.
Letters to the Editor, continued                                                                         Which way will it go? Oh, how will it end?
                                                                                                        It’s a similar feeling when fate takes a friend.
                                                                                                Yes our Mark was gunned down the day after Thanksgiving.
    There are a lot of legitimate reasons   seniority system, a year of service is
                                                                                                    This tore through our lives. We felt guilty for living.
to want to move from a full time to a       a year of service. After all, does the                  With our minds deep in shock and our sanity reeling,
part time or from a part time to a full     year go by any faster for the part time                     We tried to assess just what we were feeling.
time situation. There is no need to be      driver? If we were so intent on pun-                       We thought he’d be pleased if we had a parade
judgmental and there is no need to          ishing our own members for working                             And not let it be just a hopeless charade.
put unnecessary restrictions to keep        part time, why not require them to
from doing so.                              work two or three years before they                        We tired to look strong as the day started out.
                                                                                                Though our faces were stone, we could feel our hearts shout.
    Another benefit of the one-size          get a one-year safe driving award?
                                                                                                 From the storms deep inside as they ripped and mangled
fits all seniority list is weekends and      Isn’t it a form of punishment moving                   The core of our souls. Oh, our minds were all tangled
holiday work or to put it in a differ-      from one list to another and having to                    With anger and pain; with confusion – self pity.
ent light, working the least desirable      start at the bottom? Why are we will-               But, we found some relief when we passed through the city.
hours. Naturally the person with the        ing to discount every year of service                As we rode through downtown in our tearful procession,
most seniority has the most choice          and every dollar paid in union dues                      We wondered about our poor choice of profession;
and can pick whatever they want so          just because someone has a change in                       A trade that we knew to be not highly rated,
                                                                                                      Bus drivers among those most certainly hated.
the least desirable work would be           their life? What happens in the event
what ever is left over. That would          of a layoff when a person who put                         We looked out the windows and saw in the faces
end up in the hands of the people           30 years in and now has switched                        Of people who came from all backgrounds and races
with the least amount of seniority. On      to another list? Does that person get                   Such caring and love that our sadness felt lightened.
holidays if a senior driver wants to        laid off first?                                          In that silent acclaim our self image was heightened.
work they can. If there aren’t enough          We can elect to tear down this                           As they stood on the curb and also shed tears,
senior drivers to fill the holiday routes    wall between ourselves. Manage-                           They thanked us for serving them over the years.
                                                                                                    The police worked so hard and helped clear the way
then a reverse seniority takes effect       ment will always be there to divide
                                                                                                        For us and those drivers from towns far away.
and the drivers with the least amount       and conquer. It is up to the union to                         Firefighters stood in salute as we passed
of time has to step up.                     stand up for one another in a way                           With their engine pulled out as if at half-mast.
    I’m sure there must be a good rea-      that makes us all stronger. Why not
son for having two separate seniority       choose to honor our senior drivers                       Mechanics and Clerks left their tools and their jobs
lists as there are at Metro. I just can’t   and give them the respect that they                          To share in sorrow, our sighs and our sobs.
think of any. The idea of people work-      have earned by giving them more                         Then, we gathered together in a hall built for sports
                                                                                                     With a crowd of good people made up of all sorts;
ing more hours as full time drivers         freedom to do what is important in
                                                                                                      The rich and the poor, the blind, deaf, and lame,
not wanting part timers who haven’t         their own lives? In turn, we will all                The unknown and the weak- some with power and fame
put in as much time to have the same        get that freedom.                                        Like “Senator”, “Executive”, and “Chief of Police”.
amount of seniority did cross my                                              Peace           We all prayed and we cheered and we hugged and found peace.
mind but aren’t the union dues the                               Tom Murphy, 5050                   We said, “It’s for Mark that we’re making this fuss.”
same for both? In the one size fits all                                                                  But he turned it around. Yes, he gave it to us.


                                                                                  9
                                                                                                                                                  January 2009


   VM Management Picking Your Vacation
          for You, Yea Right…
                                                         Mike Whitehead VM Executive Officer


B
       y now, you should have seen        unmanageable and changes were             pick all their vacation at the pick             The draft “Boon Vacation Memo
       a copy of Jim Boon’s memo          needed, and then came the crazy           with the exception of the time they         12/04/08” was discussed at the
       dated 12/04/08 regarding           stuff. VM management expressed            wanted to carry over. We replied this       VMLMRC the week before it was
the 2009 vacation pick. There are         that at the 2009 vacation pick they       would violate the vacation language         distributed and we asked that some
changes taking place you need to be       wanted VM members to select all           in Article 17 of the labor agreement        words be dropped, words like Re-
prepared for. We will start with the      their vacation at the pick, yes… I        where we VM members can use our             quire and the sentence no more than 3
pick process itself, it now will be on    said all of it, except for the days       vacation time in one-hour incre-            weeks remaining in his/her vacation bal-
a database. The database primarily        that you wish to declare as carry         ments. If we were to pick all our           ance. Well as you have seen, Designate
was created with one feature that         over. So, basically if you showed up,     time at the February vacation pick,         replaced Require, 3 week remained and
was been the “point of contention”        phoned to pick or were a no-show, at      we would not have time to use our           management will assign vacation weeks
in the V.M. vacation process for the      the end of the pick process all your      vacation throughout the remainder           to employees was added, so much for
past few years — the “carry over.”        vacation was to be picked whether         of the year. We also discussed some         a collaborative process.
At the 2009 vacation pick, you will       you wanted that time or not, you          of the concerns members have ex-                So why the 12/04/08 Boon Memo
now be made aware of how many             were too happy and life was too           pressed to us when their request to         and this new need to now have man-
hours/days you can carry over at          good, yea right.                          take time off were denied. Denies           agement pick vacation for members
the end of the year per the Labor            As a VM Board officer I have been       like “too many BO’s” or “too many           who keep over three week unpicked
Agreement. Carryover vacation has         conducting the vacation pick for 12       off on J.I.” or “no people allowed off      vacation time. This is the same V.M.
two definitions in the Labor Agree-        years. In the first two or three years,    weekends,” and one of my favorites          management that found 4/10 is too
ment, the first talks of the limits you    there was a management person             “you can only request time off if it        hard to manage and eliminated them
can Carryover in the current year,        who was known to all VM mem-              is an emergency.”                           and now wants to pick our vaca-
the second talks of the Carryover         bers, her name was Rosalie, and she           At the third meeting management         tion. Maybe there is some guilt and
total limit you can carry year to         managed all the Picks. This woman         backed down on the pick all vacation        remorse, maybe management wants
year. The problem started surfacing       would bring smiles to the face of         and talked about putting another            to make up to V.M. members and go
a few years back when around 1 in         some and anger to others in VM;           data base together that all bases           the extra mile by picking vacation
6 VM employees were in violation          there was no doubt she ran the pick       will use and that will show all the         for us. Maybe they will also make
of one or both Carryover limits. As       process. I admit I was angered with       classifications at the base, what time       Airlines and Hotel reservations for
this problem continued to resurface       her at first, her ways appeared harsh      is taken and what time is available         us and if we are just staying around
yearly, management took drastic           and she was relentless and always         to have off based on staffing levels         the state camping maybe they will
steps and last year deleted the time      won but I will admit I did grow to        to be determined at each base. This         make campground reservations,
from 20+ members. This move by            respect her. She was there to manage      process has been used at South Base         maybe even pitch our tents, lever
management was challenged by              the vacation pick and she did, but        over the year; it has worked well           our trailers, and plan our meals,
the Union in the grievance process        when she retired the management           and has been a fair way of managing         yea right.
and this is where the story gets          of the vacation stopped, no one was       time. This process was called Discre-           This “three week management
interesting…                              sent in her place. Therefore, over        tionary Time and was posted over the        pick for you” statement that man-
   Around October 7 there was a           the years members carried over and        prime time of June, July and August.        agement alludes to is a violation of
meeting at King Street to discuss the     added to their vacation balance at        This process appeared to work well          the contract and will not fly. There
vacation pick. The Unions Business        rates above what the labor agree-         and eliminated all the games that           are grievances filed and it will be
Reps were there as well as your 3 VM      ment allowed to the point that man-       some chiefs and supervisors played          resolved before the 2009 vacation
E-Board officers. V.M. management          agement stepped in and eliminated         with members who requested time             pick.
had HR person, a rep from the Busi-       some members’ time.                       off. Metro committed at the third               One other change is an MOA
ness system group, a VM supervisor           There have been two meetings af-       meeting that they would implement           Lance on his authority signed
and the VM the manager. We were           ter the October 7 meeting to discuss      this discretionary time posting at all      11/20/08 that now gives manage-
shown a beta version of the new           the 2009 vacation pick. At the second     bases starting in early 2009 and an         ment the right to “Use it or Lose it”
vacation database. We were told           meeting, management was still in-         all intensive purposes, it should be        on all vacation time that exceeds
how the vacation pick has become          sistent on having all VM members          a good thing.                                                   continued on page 11




                                              EDITOR’S NOTE:
T
       he MOA signed by President         year according to the chart Article          To help you prepare to pick your vaca-   discretionary time available.
       Norton on 11-20-08 restored        9, Section 4, paragraph A and B           tion, in January we will provide each           We will recommend that all L587
       over three hundred ninety          will be strictly adhered to and the       employee with the following:                employees do the following during
hours (390 hours) of excess vacation      existing 480 hour maximum also               An accounting of his/her vacation        the 2009 vacation pick process:
hours that were taken away from           will be adhered to. This applies not      balances for 2009.                              Review the vacation pick sheets
seventeen VM members at the end           only in our contract but throughout          The maximum amount of vacation           which will be posted by January 21,
of 2007. President Norton repre-          the county. The only classification        leave that an employee can designate        2009, and will reflect the number of
sented these members through the          where any members exceeded the            to carry over into 2010 (based on the       vacation spots per classification, per
grievance process and after second        allowed carry-over in our contract        L587 contract).                             vacation period, for all of 2009.
step, President Norton negotiated a       was in Vehicle Maintenance. This             The maximum amount of vacation               Pick their vacation for 2009 dur-
settlement restoring those 390 hours      was primarily because Manage-             that an employee can designate to           ing the vacation pick – February
to our members allowing them to use       ment was not properly monitoring          cash out to receive in either February      2– 6, 2009.
those hours that were taken away in       vacation carry-over days. The new         and/or November 2009 in accordance              Designate cash out at the pick.
their 2009 vacation entitlement. In the   process, with an improved data base       with Article 9, Section 4A of the labor     Employees who have picked 80 hours
settlement agreement the following        informing members of their balances       agreement. You must pick a mini-            of vacation may elect to cash out
language was added to Article 9, Sec-     what they’re allowed to carry over        mum of 80 hours vacation before you         8 – 60 hours of vacation, and elect to
tion 4, between existing paragraphs       and each member’s responsibility to       designate cash out.                         receive the cash out either immedi-
B and C:                                  monitor their balances and allotted          Please remember that your pay            ately following the pick and/or after
                                          carry-over, will eliminate what hap-      advice that comes with each paycheck        November 1, 2009.
    “Any vacation that is accrued in      pened in 2007.                            reflects your vacation balances. Also,           Designate carry over hours into
 excess of the allowable carryover           The grievances filed over the          you can refer to your L587 contract         2010 per the limits specified in the
    amounts in Article 9,                 Management statement “three week          for language on allowable vacation          L587 contract Article 9, Section 1G.
 Sections1(G), 4(A) and 4(B) shall        management pick for you” memo has         cash out and carry over.                        All vacation requests after the
 be considered “use it or lose it.”       been settled. The new language from          To help Vehicle Maintenance better       2009 vacation pick will continue to
 This means that any vacation             the revised memo reads as follows:        manage vacation leaves, we will under-      be subject to the discretion of your
 hours in excess of the allowable                                                   take the following activities in 2009:      supervisor based on his/her assess-
 carryover, at the end of the pay-            “From February 2-6, 2009 we will         We will automate the vacation            ment of work needs of the base. It is
 roll year, shall be forfeited and         conduct the 2009 vacation pick.          pick process. This will result in more      your responsibility to manage your
 removed from the Employee’s                  This is the opportunity for L587      complete and timely information for         vacation. All vacation in excess of
 vacation balance.”                        employees to lock in and secure          everyone.                                   your contractually allowed carry
                                           their vacation for 2009. It is impera-      We will provide the work locations       over amount will be lost if not used
   This simply means vacation hours        tive that each of you participates       with a consistent format and process        by January 8, 2010.”
allowed to be carried over each            in the vacation pick.                    for determining and communicating


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                                                                                                                                                  January 2009



  Down Wind from a Beached Whale
                                                       By Brian Sherlock, Executive Board Officer



I
     just took the Orca training today    erators are already overwhelmed             having three fares in one trip and        operating environment. No good
     and have yet to meet someone         with issues far more important              the rest having two. If the coach         engineering could come from this
     who is not concerned that this       than this annoying machine, yet             location data we already collect was      foundation. I suggest that we delay
system does not fit our needs and,         it depends on them to remember              coupled with reading the cards as the     implementing this system until the
as an unnamed supervisor said, “It        as they enter the free-ride zone,           passenger enters and then exits, we       coach location information is inte-
shows how far you can get from            our busiest service area, to tell it to     could eliminate the overwhelming          grated and the zones traversed by
the realities of transit.” A stunning     not charge any hilariously named            majority of overcharges and under-        the card are used to determine the
amount of time and money has              “smart” card whose owner passes             charges. Just collecting the under-       charges. Otherwise, what we get
gone into this project and it is hard     close to its scanner. This will never       charges on the 358 and 174 would          from this system will be the need
to imagine how it could be so badly       become an infrequent problem. The           pay for the engineering change            for more report time, increased man-
engineered. However, the fact that it     inscrutable screens and icons, the          and yield profits until the system         power for handling the complaints
was never thought through does not        fare information quickly flashing            is perfected, which just might be a       and significant schedule mainte-
mean that we should not examine           and disappearing, when we have              very long time. All that is needed        nance budget increases to cover
where we are today and do the kind        many other things to watch, will all        is to increase the scan range to the      the additional delays; all of these
of assessment of applicability that       guarantee chaos in figuring what             width of the doors and read the cards     are pointless drains on a budget
was needed a decade ago.                  fare was charged and of whom. The           as passengers enter and leave and         facing epic shortfalls. The bottom
    If we ignore the remarkably poor      problems will only get worse as we          make this a smart system focused          line is that the tiny benefits from this
operator controls, there seem to be       try to make the refunds, fare correc-       on our actual needs. Without these        system don’t come close to balanc-
two basic problems with this system       tions and transaction reversals when        changes, the Ivory Tower may need         ing the operational problems and
that will cost the agency a mint on       the actual charges are unclear and          another floor or two to house the          our budget needs these additional
an ongoing basis, greatly anger our       the interface is idiotic. Second, the       Orca Complaint Department.                drains like we need beached orcas
riders and further deteriorate on-        “smart” system does not keep track               The gee-whiz technology of           stinking up our buses.
time performance. First, this system      of where anyone gets on or off the          smart cards was a solution in search
fails to use our coach location data      coach. This guarantees more chaos           of a problem. Unfortunately, the cur-
to know which zone it is in. Op-          with a large percentage of our trips        rent design ignores our real-world




              An Opportunity to Repeat History
                                                                        By Paul L. Griffin



I
    n 1980 our Local 587 leader-          And it is. However, Local 587 goes          ratified. Fair enough. This coming         Executive Board Officers handling
    ship made commitments to do           through approximately $2.5 million          January 2009 the dues will go up          the majority of maintenance issues
    too much for too many people          dollars a year. In the event a major        approximately $2.00 per member            and the new VP would not be avail-
without sufficient resources. By the       employer (METRO) turned off the             per month. So where is the pending        able for other departments’ issues
time the 1980 negotiations were over      dues checkoff the union would be            financial crisis?                          then…Would the “other” full time
the local was nearly bankrupt with        able to function for about six months          In January 2009 we will have           officers “volunteer” their weekends
only a couple of thousand dollars         and then we would be again in a             the opportunity to self inflict a         to run the part time pick replacing
left. In another words, we were in        financial crisis facing bankruptcy.          future financial crisis by voting for      the shop stewards who already do
a financial crisis. The membership            We hear a lot about “financial            another vice president. The by-law        most of the work? Or maybe run
had to approve a negotiation assess-      crisis.” Big corporations have theirs.      to be voted on is for another vice        other picks in lieu of Executive
ment to put a few dollars back in the     The federal government has theirs.          president who would represent             Board Officers? We tried that once
local. Consequently the next three        Even King County Government has             only the maintenance department           and it went over like a floater in the
financial secretaries resolved to grow     their financial crisis. King County          membership. Each full time union          punch bowl.
sufficient reserves and control costs      attempted to do too much for too            officer costs the membership the              Assuming the membership ap-
so that would never happen again.         many people without sufficient              neighborhood of $150,000 per year.        proves another VP and the Interna-
Good thing too. In our 1990-92 nego-      resources. We, Local 587, are at the        That’s wages, benefits, employer           tional blesses the by-law where will
tiations the local spent $485,000. But    cusp of a financial crisis. Local 587        taxes, expense account, and auto          the additional funding come from?
that time it was not necessary to do a    may soon have an opportunity to             allowance. In another words, about        Reserves! We have the reserves to
negotiation assessment. As a matter       do too much for too many people             $4.00 per member per month. So if         fund such a position for quite awhile
of fact, we have not, to this day, had    without sufficient resources. We            the dues go up by $2.00 per member        but the seeds of a future financial
to do a negotiation assessment.           learned at the last Charter Meeting         and the monthly nut goes up by $4.00      crisis will be sown. That’s assum-
   As of three years ago Local 587        that with a little luck the local will      per month where is the money going        ing there isn’t some unanticipated
had a little over $900,000 in reserves.   break even in 2008. That means we           to come from?                             emergency that requires a great deal
Don’t worry-management already            will have spent virtually all of our           There was a suggestion that with       of money. Emergency or not, the
know this. It’s public knowledge          income. The blame was being cast            another full time officer the local        reserves will diminish. Then for sure
found on the LM2 reports filed with        as the fact that the dues did not           would detail fewer members to the         and for certain we will be repeating
the federal Department of Labor.          go up much this year because the            local. But if the new VP is for mainte-   history by having created our own
That sounds like a lot of money.          METRO negotiations had not been             nance only and we already have three      self-inflicted financial crisis.



VM…Yea Right, continued
the carry over amounts allowed in         bership meeting. This bylaw has
                                                                                             Partial Holidays
the Labor Agreement. You can bet
this language will be used against
members who exceed the limits so
                                          been sent to the International for
                                          a cursory review and if passed by
                                          the local will be approved by the
                                                                                                 in 2009
                                                                                           The Union office has received            Partial Holidays for 2009:
please at the vacation pick:              International. If you feel that this
   Monitor your vacation time, it is      will be an asset to this local, that will     notice of an increase in the number
your time you earned it “USE IT—          add vital resource as well as adding          of partial holidays in calendar year       Jan 02, Friday
DO NOT—LOSE IT”                           more representation, please attend            2009. The increase in the number           MLK Day, Monday
                                          the January meeting, voice your               of partial holidays follows a Fall         President’s Day, Monday
  On now to another                       opinion and vote. As you all recall           2008 increase in the number of             Veterans’ Day, Wednesday
                                                                                        trippers affected by partial holi-         Day after Thanksgiving,
  important subject                       the Executive Board supported this
                                                                                        day. To remain on fully paid status           Friday
                                          bylaw as well as the President and
   in Maintenance                         the Vice President.                           Part-time Operators may pick               Christmas Eve, Thursday
   The bylaw to add assistant vice           Again please come to the January           vacation during the affected time          Dec. 28, Monday
president business agent mainte-          Membership Meeting and show your              periods. Please take this change           Dec. 29, Tuesday
nance has been rewritten and is           support…                                      into consideration when picking            Dec. 30, Wednesday
currently posted. It will be discussed       “Keep your sticks sharp and your           part-time vacation.                        Dec. 31, Thursday
and voted on at the January Mem-          fires burning while on vacation”


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                                                                                                                                                            January 2009


        Are We Our Own Worst Enemy?
                                            Kermit Gipson, Vehicle Maintenance Executive Board Officer



I
     t is almost two years since I was      be a representative; there are people         on union issues, however they may             this is a Driver’s union; that we in
     selected to fill a vacated executive    who need you. If not as a representa-         pertain to their agendas. All they            Maintenance are not being heard
     board position and to represent        tive, come down to the meetings (as           have to do to exercise their rights is        by the officers and anything Main-
you as one of your union officers. My        regularly as possible) and let’s hear         to show up at any charter meeting.            tenance tries to propose at a charter
experiences during this time frame          your voice.                                   It is that simple.                            meeting gets voted down because
have been across the board. But from            So, let us now talk about you.                Now, there are a number of is-            of the Driver’s overwhelming num-
what I have seen, for the most part,            Before we started negotiations on         sues that may or may not contrib-             bers; that being in this “Driver’s
we seem to be our own worst enemy.          our current contract, the first thing          ute to a definitive problem. On the            Union”holds us back from attaining
So this article is going to consist of a    we did was to send surveys to every           other hand, there probably won’t be           what should rightfully be ours, and
little rant and a little rave, so please    member. These surveys would tell us           a singular solution that will solve a         that we should secede from it. To let
bear with me.                               the things most important to you in           number of our problems. So, I am not          you know, I have seen nothing from
    Let’s start with the union              regards to our working life. On the           saying that simply showing up for             the other, so called, “Driver” officers
    The union’s sole existence, to my       VM side, I am told that the percentage        the charter meetings will solve all of        but their full support on any num-
understanding, is to ensure that the        of responses received versus what             our problems. But, out of almost four         ber of our issues. The way I see it,
rights, equality, and fairness are ap-      was sent exceeded those received in           thousand members there probably               whether you believe that or not, your
plied to our union members while            the past by a large margin. Thank you!        are a few people out there who could          involvement makes it more or less so.
at work.                                    Really! However, I think we can do            come up with that one solution that           It is your vote, or lack of it, that will
    Given all that I have been exposed      better. We made it as easy and as cost        escapes everyone else. What is just           determine the outcome of any issue.
to, there is still a wide range of issues   effective as we thought possible. So, I       increasingly frustrating to me, is out        Again, there are not that many people
to become knowledgeable on to be an         ask you, why couldn’t we get 100% of          of almost four thousand members,              who attend the meetings, so if you
effective representative for you. Let       them completed and returned? They             how can there only be 20 to 30 people         have anything that you have a stake
me be clear, there is a LOT to know         were for our benefit. Please forgive           who show up at any given monthly              in, simply gather as many people
and learn! Being an effective represen-     me, I digress.                                charter meeting?                              that you can, attend the meeting, and
tative for you is what this position is         I hear a lot of criticism from you            During contract negotiations I had        make an argument for your cause!
all about. This is not a paid position.     of your four full-time (FT) officers,          opportunities to talk with many of            More than that; run for one of those
You do get reimbursed for “time loss”       of your executive board officers,              you. Some of you that I talked with           positions! Look at what President-
from your METRO job. You don’t get          of the staff at the union office, and          not only had a wealth of knowledge            elect Obama did. Grassroots and a
anything extra. Being a representative      even of the effectiveness (or lack            and experience to tap into, you also          lot of hard work is the key; Yes you
is also not about having something          there of) of the union as a whole. I          displayed a profound and compre-              can! (No, I am not sorry; I had to put
to do in your spare time or doing it        also see and hear a lot of nitpicking,        hensive understanding of the issues           that in here somewhere!)
because no one else really wants to         backbiting, conniving, posturing, and         concerning our members. Many of                   Solidarity — harmony of interests
step up and bother with doing it. It        self-aggrandizing, and, your typical,         you showed a tremendous amount                and responsibilities among individu-
seems, more times than not, it is a         good-old fashion, back stabbing be-           of ingenuity by articulating possible         als in a group, especially as mani-
thankless job. You really have to love      ing conducted by your full-time of-           solutions for some of the issues we           fested in unanimous support and
people! And you have to have a love         ficers, your executive board officers,          were facing at the negotiations table.        collective action for something.
for people no matter what they do!          as well as, us, the membership.               Why can’t you attend the charter                  From what I was told, we achieve
    This job mainly consists of taking          I can recognize the nature of some        meetings?                                     that level of solidarity back in ’90 or
care of people. Not just any people, it     people. I know our membership is                  I understand that the meeting             ’91, when a “walk out” was called.
is about taking care of people when         made up of people from all walks of           times are the main factor for not at-         That was an extreme action to what
they get hit with an overwhelming           life with different agendas, hopes,           tending because we, the members,              I understand was an extreme situ-
need. We are those people! Whether          ideas, needs, and wants. And some             live in so many distant and far away          ation. But why can’t we have that
some of us bring problems on our-           of those people pursue those agendas          lands. The meeting times and loca-            level unity without having the need
selves or we get hit with something         differently than others. But, despite         tions were established for the majority       to resort to those extremes? Don’t get
straight out of left field, help is what     all of our individual characteristics         of us. The union is not able to easily        me wrong, I don’t want you to think
we need; help is what we asked for;         and (above all) the animosity among           accommodate everyone, but there               that solidarity is going to happen
and somehow, help is what we are            one another, what I can say, unequivo-        is room for a compromise. I am not            just by showing up at a meeting. It is
going to get!                               cally, is that your union officers and         saying that each of us should attend          about coming together and standing
    Sometimes the only help we end          staff consistently works hard for you         every meeting; I am asking that we            together for a common cause, despite
up needing is a sympathetic ear to          on a daily basis! Can they do better?         each find some way of attending as             the different needs, wants, ideas, and
listen as we voice our troubles out         Everyone can; but that doesn’t detract        many of them as we are able to. Come          agendas. That makes for us being the
loud and then we end up ‘hearing’           from their efforts.                           to the meetings and propose some              “strong union” that I heard we could
our own solutions. But it is the ma-            Unlike our government, our union          suggestions.                                  be so many times during the charter
jority of all those other times when        holds monthly charter meetings to                 There are a number of us, who com-        meetings leading up to the ratification
we need more than just an ear, and          directly inform our members of the            plained about what the full-time and          of our last contract.
when we do, our union is here, ready        business it has conducted on their            executive board officers do or don’t               There are two groups of people that
to stand by our side and advocate on        behalf.                                       do, should or should not do; just so          make up the membership of our lo-
our behalf.                                     During these charter meetings,            many things. Yet, we don’t take the           cal: the involved and the uninvolved.
    Saying all that, the person who         the membership has an inherent                time to show up at the meetings to            Brothers and Sisters, we need more
stands with us is the person who            right to not only ask questions about         share this with them directly!                members in the former group to
was chosen at the last union election.      business the union has conducted, it              And another thing — time and              move over into the latter group. Let
This is where our participation in          gets to direct, by voting, the actual         time again I hear many of those in            us start there. Then and only then can
union business comes to fruition…           business of the local for the future.         the Maintenance Section complaining           we build and have a better, stronger,
or not! Involvement or, lack there of,      The conduct and atmosphere of the             that because of their sheer numbers,          solidified union that we all seek.
is the main aspect of this article. The     meeting should be one that provides
question I want to ask is what kind         the members a secure environment
of person do we want to stand with          to voice their ideas and opinions
us when we need a union representa-         without being ridiculed or put down
tive most?                                  no matter how far fetched, and/or
    There seems to be a wide range          conflicting they might be. Stating that
of topics (benefits, discipline, hiring,     fact, let me say this – an Argument is
termination, state and federal laws,        a constructive tool to discuss an issue; it
etc., etc., etc.) as well as, knowing       is not verbal fight where you have to
the contract inside and out that an         out shout your opponent to win.
officer needs to be conversant on                There are members of our Lo-
almost instantly. Not only that, but        cal who are also members of other
they need to be able to critically          groups, one is named FORWARD                   Dick “Santa” Amos and his Elf, Al Ramey, call the names of Christmas Turkey Draw win-
consider all of what the “rules and         and the other calls themselves                 ners at the Retirees Christmas Luncheon
polices” state along with analyzing         OWLS (sorry, I don’t know what the                Holiday Turkey Draw winners: Retirees Christmas Luncheon – Bob Barker, Emi
any particular issue at hand to be          acronyms stand for). Whether you               Perez, Angelina Knight, Tom McDaniel, Elke Heinz, C. P. Larsen, Robert Colvin,
able to come up with a solution. In         believe their politics or not, the one         Charles Zigler, A. Louise Delaney and Chuck Allen; Charter meeting – Verita Al-
short, the person who represents us         thing that I have to applaud them              exander, Aaron Lewis, Stephanie J. Ponder, Paul Griffin, Paul A. Considine, David
needs to have depth, maturity, and a        on is their commitment and their               Wick, Alan Huston, Judy Young, Lisa Thompson and Lisa Carter; Morning – Paul
large amount of compassion as well          tenacity. They know whether you                Tefft, Sam Miller, David Earle, Elaine Monzon, Richard Hansen, John Ross and W.W.
                                                                                           Reid; JTA meeting – Paul Hausmann, John Maiden and Troy McKelvey; Clallam
as knowledge. And there are a few of        like them or not, they will get time to
                                                                                           County meeting - Ed Stanard, Mike Rampenthal, Ken Milliser, Joe Mangiameli,
you out there. Please, step up to the       voice their concerns, ask questions,
                                                                                           Marty Borleau, Sandy Fangen-Ross and Claudia Girard.
plate, throw your name in the hat to        and try and make a good argument


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                                                                                                                                             January 2009



                                                The Vice President’s Report
                                                                                                  By Kenny McCormick




                          Happy New Year
K
         ing County Metro met with        attained regular status in another        us in the future but for right now       their family members or just to have
         the Officers of Local 587 in      job classification may displace a less     the members would loss faith in          time away from the job.
         late November to talk about      senior Employee in said classifica-        our Union.                                   The first faze of the furloughs
what had been negotiated with other       tion. A position in the highest paying        We may be facing layoffs in 2009     should have already taken place by
labor unions in King County allow-        classification, in which there is a less   if the budget shortfalls continue but    the time you read this; anyone fur-
ing their members to be furloughed.       senior Employee and in which the          before King County Metro decides to      loughed should file a grievance using
We suggested doing a voluntary            Employee previously has attained          lay off any employees; I think Metro     the articles previously mentioned.
leave for those who wanted off, but       regular status, will be offered,          should take a serious look at volun-     Also include the work assignment
the representatives King County           except that an Employee shall not         tary leave without pay first before       language in your section of the
Metro were not receptive to our idea.     be placed into a classification from       laying anyone off. While talking to      contract which states the eight hour
We either take what the other unions      which the Employee has demoted or         members, there were many willing         guarantee. Together we stand and
have agreed to or leave it. They          failed to complete the probationary       to take unpaid time off to care for      divided we will fall.
offered protections for unions that       period. For such purpose, senior-
would agree to allow their members        ity shall be calculated to include
to be furloughed.                         all time spent in the classification
   Some of the protections were           in which the Employee is placed,
to give employees who were fur-           plus any continuous time spent in
loughed matching days in 2010 of          other Bargaining Unit classifications
2011 if the budget problems were          with higher top step wage rates, in
resolved. So, if you were furloughed      which the Employee had attained
for ten days you would receive ten        regular status.
replacement days to be used later.           However, it would create a
Furloughed employees retiring in          nightmare for King County Metro
2009 or 2010 would be allowed to          because some of the members being
use vacation pay to makeup the            laid off would be eligible to return
difference for furlough time.             to their former classifications. Other
   Your officers agreed to oppose          members could bump members and
the proposed furloughs, and to            this would continue creating an
fight King County Metro through            avalanche effect until King County
the grievance process and file an          Metro achieved its objective and
Unfair Labor Practice.                    reduced its workforce.
    The current labor agreement Ar-           At some point in the future King
ticle 7.1 on page 40 allows members       County Metro would have to make
to be laid off but it does not have any   a decision to either recall or rehire
provisions for furloughs.                 members. In the event of a recall,
                                          it must occur within 24 months and
                                          would be seniority driven as agreed
ARTICLE 7: LAYOFF AND                     to in Article 7 Section 3 on page 40.
RECALL
                                            7.3 RECALLING LAID-OFF EM-
  7.1 REASON FOR LAYOFF                   PLOYEES

   METRO will not lay off any Em-             A. An Employee shall be eligible
ployee except due to reduction in         for reinstatement for 24 months fol-
service, lack of work, lack of funds or   lowing layoff and shall be recalled
improvement in efficiency. METRO           to service in the order of his/her
will inform the UNION of potential        seniority within a division, and by job
layoffs 45 days or more in advance        classification. To be eligible for rein-
in order to allow METRO and the           statement, a laid-off Employee must
UNION to investigate whether              keep METRO informed of his/her
Employees scheduled for layoff
may continue to be employed by
                                          current address. Metro’s obligation to
                                          offer reinstatement shall be fulfilled              WORK SITE VISITS
METRO.                                    by mailing a notice by registered mail
   If a reduction in the work force       to the most recent address supplied by          Kenny McCormick, Vice President, will be visiting
should prove unavoidable and              the laid-off Employee. A laid-off Em-            various work sites during the month of January.
provisions cannot be made to retain       ployee must notify METRO within                    Below is a list of times, dates and locations.
affected Employees at different job       15 days after such reinstatement of-
classifications within METRO, then         fer has been mailed by METRO and
                                          report for work at the time and place         January 15th        Ryerson Base, OPS        4:00 am – 6:30 am
METRO and the UNION will form a
relocation task force to seek alternate   stipulated in the notice.                     January 15th        Ryerson Base, VM         7:00 am – 8:00 am
gainful employment for affected                                                         January 16th        Central/Atlantic, OPS    4:00 am – 6:30 am
Employees.                                   B. An Employee, who fails to
    If Metro decides to layoff mem-       respond to the reinstatement offer            January 16th        Central/Atlantic, VM     6:30 am – 8:00 am
bers it would activate the bump back      or who fails to report to work when
language in Article 7.2 on page 40.       and where notified, shall be deleted
                                          from the recall list.
  7.2 METHOD OF REDUCTION
                                             I am not in favor of any type of          Walk the Walk and Talk the Talk
   A. METRO shall determine the           furlough or layoff, but if it is un-
positions to be eliminated. Layoffs       avoidable then I expect King County
                                          Metro to abide by the contract. Our
                                                                                       Talk Transit with Your Legislator
shall occur by inverse seniority,
within the affected job classification,    contract should not be changed
                                          without negotiations. To ignore
                                                                                                  in January
within the division.
                                          the proposed furloughs would be
  B. A laid-off Employee who has          a serious mistake that would cost                  587 COPE Lobby Day

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                                                                                                                                                                 January 2009


                              The Financial Secretary’s Report
                                                                                                                               eil
                                                                                                                      By Paul Neil



                Annual Grievance
              Arbitration Assessment
E
       ach grievance that the Union          As of the December 2008 mem-
       pursues to arbitration (the last
       step of the appeal process)
                                          bership report to the A.T.U. Inter-
                                          national Local 587 had an active
                                                                                     Grievance Arbitration Expenses:
must be approved by the member-           membership of 4017. Dividing the          Total Payroll                      $2063.79          Workers Compensation:
ship at our monthly union meetings.       total assessable costs by active mem-
The membership decides whether            bers yields an assessment of $32.36       Legal Expenses:                                      Bouie, John . . . . . . . . . . . . $ 799.12
each grievance should go to arbitra-      per member to be paid in 2009 for                                                              Brown, Claude . . . . . . . . . $ 140.00
tion or not. The membership also          2008 costs. The assessments in recent     Grievance Arbitrations:                              Christophe, Diane . . . . . . $ 434.00
pays the costs of those approved          years were:                                                                                    Corsey, Gary . . . . . . . . . . $ 126.00
arbitrations annually, on a per capita                                              Beatty, Chrystie . . . . . . . $ 8021.85             Davis, Lillete . . . . . . . . . $ 2192.48
basis, as required by Section 21.15 of      $64.40                                  Fangen-Ross, Sandra. . . . . 5110.00                 Fetui, Lia . . . . . . . . . . . . . $ 485.70
the International Constitution and          $42.84                                  Ford, LaMarcus . . . . . . . .22536.53               Gilge, Charlene . . . . . . . $ 1489.81
General Laws. In addition, assess-          $33.38                                  Harris, Bart . . . . . . . . . . .34481.93           Gimenez, Diane . . . . . . . . $ 131.44
ments for Workers Compensation              $32.36                                  Harris, Derek . . . . . . . . . . .1032.50           Grace, Tyrone . . . . . . . . . $ 1548.86
attorney fees are provided for in our                                               Jones, John Henry . . . . . .15385.06                Gredig, Louise . . . . . . . . . $ 149.48
Bylaws, Article VIII, section 5.             The decline in arbitration costs       Lambert, Nancy . . . . . . . . .3540.00              Kendrick, Al . . . . . . . . . . . $ 294.39
   During 2008 Local 587 paid a           the last few years is to a great extent   Lee, Vince . . . . . . . . . . . . . .1382.50        Klasen, Greg . . . . . . . . . $ 2597.50
total of $211,773.33 to our attorneys.    due to the fine job President Norton       Mangold, Earl . . . . . . . . . . . .52.55           Lomuntad, Angel . . . . . . $ 439.18
Of this $127,919.08 were assessable       and Vice President McCormick have         Reyes, Edgardo . . . . . . . . .2094.46              MacFarland, Joyce . . . . . . . $ 43.98
costs of $110,339.69 for grievance        done to resolve grievances prior to       Ross, John . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .962.50       MacLeod, Trenton . . . . . $ 1364.66
arbitrations and $17,579.39 workers       them going to arbitration.                Tchernev, Iordan . . . . . . . . . .70.00            Mathis, Porter . . . . . . . . $ 1613.22
compensation cases. The remaining                                                   Valaile, Alofa . . . . . . . . . .12257.31           Murphy, John . . . . . . . . . . $ 506.25
$83,991.26 was for non-assessable            As we have done in the past, we        Wallace, Bill . . . . . . . . . . . .1575.00         Rowe, Cheryl . . . . . . . . . $ 1252.87
legal costs such as $23,263.82 to fight    will be splitting it in two - taking      Witham, Fred . . . . . . . . . . .1837.50            Schultz, Tyler . . . . . . . . . $ 1273.97
the awarding of the paratransit ser-      $16.18 out of the checks members                                                               Stanley, Vicki . . . . . . . . . . $ 612.48
vices contract to Veolia, $16,822.83      employed by METRO Transit will            TOTAL Grievance Arbitrations                         Walker, Dennis. . . . . . . . . . $ 84.00
on METRO contract negotiations,           receive on June 11, 2009 and on           . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . $110339.69
$8,727.42 for consultations on griev-     November 12, 2009. These are                                                                   TOTAL Workers Compensation
ances and $3,740.00 on the issue of       the “free” paydays” (according                                                                  . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . $ 17579.39
furloughs at METRO Transit. In-           to Metro) and are normally dues
cluded in the assessment is $2,063.79     free. For members not working for                                                              Total Expense . . . . . . . . $129982.87
in detail wages. For a grand total of     METRO Transit, separate bulletins
assessable costs of $129,982.87 which     will be issued explaining when the                                                             Divided by 4017 Active Members
is a decrease of approximately 2%         assessment will be paid.                                                                       . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . $ 32.36
from last years assessment.



                                                                                       nd
           Costs of adding a 2 Vice President
                                                                          By Paul Neil



A
         lthough I agree with former      reserves in cash and CD’s; over five       Board members, as well as rank and                   wage rate.
         Financial Secretary Griffin       months of regular expenses. This          file members. Some of the areas I                         Reduce the number of members on
         that the addition of another     does not include our $100,000.00 in       would want to look at are:                           committees and how often they meet.
fulltime officer is a very serious         Union Labor Life stock, which can            We currently send a Fulltime Of-                      These are just some of the ways
financial commitment by the mem-           not be sold due to a bad decision by      ficer plus an Executive Board Officer                  we could reduce expenses without
bership of this local and that we         my predecessor.                           to attend the Joint Labor Manage-                    hurting our core business. The 2nd
will need to adjust the way we do            The cost of having a 2nd V.P. will     ment Insurance Committee. My                         V.P. will not only be responsible for
business, I must disagree with the        depend on the salary the Executive        understanding is that each Union is                  his/her area of King County Metro
hysterical nature of the remainder        Board sets, but let’s use the figure of    entitled to send one representative,                 Vehicle and Facilities Maintenance
of his article. ATU Local 587 is not      $150,000.00 that Brother Griffin men-      but because we want to keep close                    but will also be assigned other duties
currently in or anywhere near a fi-        tions in his article. One way to pay      tabs on this important committee,                    by the President. Just as an historic
nancial crisis. The surplus for 2008      for a 2nd V.P. would be to increase the   we send two. Eliminating sending                     note, in 1984 when Local 587 added
will be smaller then the last few         membership by about 250; this is just     an Executive Board Officer to this                    its fourth fulltime officer (Recording
years, primarily because the increase     about the number of members we            committee would have saved the                       Secretary), the active membership
in the monthly dues voted on by the       would add when the A.T.U. Interna-        local about $5500.00 last year.                      was about 2700, or one fulltime of-
membership in January did not re-         tional finishes organizing the Veolia         With the use of an all mail bal-                  ficer per 675 active members. If the
flect any increase in the wages of the     Paratransit property here in King         lot for officer elections this year                   2nd V.P. is added, we will have five
highest paid classification. This was      County. Another way would be to           costs for that should be reduced                     fulltime officers for the 4017 active
due to the King Co. METRO Transit         just increase monthly dues by $3.00       from $100,000.00 in the last officer                  members or about 800 members per
contract not being settled until later    per member, which is something I          election in 2006 to under $50,000.00                 fulltime officer. The final decision
in the year. There was discussion of      could not support along with many         this year.                                           on whether to add the 2nd V.P. is up
retroactively increasing dues back        others until we make every effort to         Continuing to reduce I.T. ex-                     to the membership. My opinion as
to the beginning of the year once         reduce or eliminate non-essential         penses: Since 2005 these expenses                    the Financial Secretary of this local
the contract was settled, but the         costs in other areas.                     have been reduced from $51,729.11                    is that an additional fulltime officer
leadership of Local 587 chose not            What can we eliminate or reduce?       to $41,362.15 or about 20%.                          is affordable if we are willing to shift
to do this. If we had retroactively       We can start with the budget commit-         Reduce the number of mem-                         the resources to pay for it. I am more
applied a dues increase, then the         tee and me going through our current      bers we send to various classes,                     than willing to work with my fellow
surplus for this year would be in         budget and carefully examining our        seminars and conferences. Not                        officers and the membership to do
the area of $70,000.00 instead of         expenditures. Certainly with an ad-       detailing a member for one day to                    just that if the membership votes
$15,000.00. As far as our reserves,       ditional fulltime officer there should     the Union would save on average                      “YES” at the January membership
Local 587 has more then adequate          be less detailing needed of Executive     about $250.00 depending on their                     meetings.



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                                                                                                                                            January 2009



                             The Recording Secretary’s Report
                                                                                                              el
                                                                                              By Paul J. Bachtel




                                               VEBA
E
       very three years we have op-       the expense ratio was nonetheless a     VEBA plan I’ll use the following        be saving $20.80 tax free each pay
       portunity to participate in the    contributory factor in deciding not     example throughout this article.        period. (The difference is in the fact
       King County Voluntary Em-          to participate in VEBA.                 The employee was born in 1960 (48       the example employee isn’t paying
ployee Beneficiary Association (VEBA)         Once again, the opportunity          years old) earns $50,000 per year,      federal income and FICA taxes on
plan. The King County VEBA plan           to join the King County VEBA is         his/her upper income is taxed at        the $20.80)
that was available three years ago        upon us. For the coming three year      28% federal income tax and 7.5%            At retirement the employee con-
allowed employees to roll sick leave      period King County is considering       FICA tax (FICA taxes are what em-       tributing 1000 hours of sick leave
cash out, available at the time of re-    expanding its VEBA contributions        ployees pay for Social Security and     (paid out at 35%), 480 hours of va-
tirement, into a tax Exempt savings       to include cash out of vacation at      Medicare) and will have worked for      cation and having contributed $500
account to pay for retiree medical        retirement and/or a small percent-      King County for 30 years by age 62.     per year for 30 years will have saved
expenses. Three years ago Local 587       age of wages.                           The example employee will earn a        $34,875 (tax free in today’s dollars).
decided not to participate in the King       So why would we want to join         very conservative rate of return on     At the current cost of $570 per month
County VEBA plan. The decision            VEBA and why would King County          his/her VEBA account 2 ½% above         for King Care Gold retiree medical
not to participate was based primar-      be willing to expand its utiliza-       the rate of inflation.]                  and an additional cost of $70.00 for
ily on two factors. First, all VEBA       tion?                                      So where are the savings for the     retiree dental and optical (again in
plans require mandatory member-              VEBA, unlike our 457 deferred        employee and employer?                  today’s dollars) the employee could
ship participation, meaning ALL           compensation plan, allows wages            The employee doesn’t pay federal     purchase medical, dental and opti-
employees in a work group or labor        we earn to be invested completely       income tax (28% in the example) or      cal for a 54 months or 4 ½ years.
union must participate. Members,          tax exempt. Wages contributed to        FICA tax (7.5%) on wages saved in       Given the PERS II and III retirement
who may not want to participate           a VEBA plan are not taxed when          his/her VEBA account. That’s a          plans allow for retirement at age 62
in a VEBA plan preferring instead         deposited OR withdrawn as long as       35.5% savings to the employee in        without benefit reduction, which is 5
to receive their sick leave cash out      the wages are used to pay for quali-    taxes not paid!!                        years before the employee can collect
paid in wages, wouldn’t have an           fied medical expenses. Deferred             King County also saves money in      full Social Security payments (at age
option to receive cash out paid in        compensation plans, such as our 457     not having to pay the employers por-    67), the wages saved could just about
wages and would be required to            plan, allow employees to contribute     tion of the FICA tax, approximately     pay for medical, dental and vision
participate in VEBA; and second,          pre-tax wages but the employee          7.5% of the wages contributed!          for the employee until age 67.
the King County VEBA came with            pays taxes on those wages when             What is your Union doing to             In my humble opinion not par-
an expense ratio of approximately         withdrawn from the plan.                investigate the King County VEBA        ticipating in the King County VEBA
2 1/2% per annum. The Union                  [To illustrate how an average        plan?                                   plan is extremely short sighted. For
didn’t research the expense ratio to      Local 587 member could benefit by           At a recent meeting of the Joint     years one of most often cited con-
determine if it was competitive but       participating in the King County        Labor Management Insurance Com-         tract negotiation survey items has
                                                                                  mittee (JLMIC) I asked King County      been retiree medical benefits. With
                                                                                  management to evaluate the pos-         VEBA, the employee could pay for
                                                                                  sibility of adding a 1% employee        retiree medical, dental and vision

  2nd Vice President/                                                             wage contribution to King County’s
                                                                                  proposal of adding vacation cash out
                                                                                  to the existing sick leave cash out
                                                                                                                          by simply taking advantage of the
                                                                                                                          King County VEBA plan.
                                                                                                                             Will Local 587 again opt out of
                                                                                  VEBA plan. A 1% wage contribu-          the King County VEBA plan in favor
        Assistant Business                                                        tion would equate to the example
                                                                                  employee above contributing $500
                                                                                                                          of a shorted sighted gain in wages?
                                                                                                                          Come to a Union meeting or contact
   Representative—Maintenance                                                     per year (about $20.80 per pay
                                                                                  period) to the employee’s tax free
                                                                                                                          your Union officers and tell them
                                                                                                                          to investigate King County’s VEBA
                                                                                  VEBA account.                           plan and let the membership have a
                     By Jeff Stambaugh,                                              The employee wouldn’t see a          vote on deciding whether to, or not
         Vehicle Maintenance Executive Board Officer                               $20.80 reduction in his/her take        to, participate in the King County
                                                                                  home pay. The employee would            VEBA plan.


I
    am sure by now, most of you           Paul Neil contacted the International   take home $13.52 less and would
    are aware that on more than one       and in a rare move the International
    occasion, members have tried          reviewed this proposal before it went
unsuccessfully to change our bylaws       to the membership and has given it
in an effort to bring a full time of-
ficer to this local, whose primary
duties would be representation of
Vehicle Maintenance & Facilities
                                          the go ahead.

                                          you?
                                              So what does all this mean to

                                              Glad you asked; if this new bylaw
                                                                                          I just wanted to
Maintenance employees. In the most
recent effort, we learned quite a bit
about the process the International
uses to verify that a bylaw change
                                          is approved by the membership and
                                          you are a Vehicle Maintenance or
                                          Facilities Maintenance employee it
                                          means having a full time voice in the
                                                                                           CLUW you in
                                                                                            By Dee Wakenight, Executive Board Officer
conforms to all of the International      union office that understands your
Bylaws. Unfortunately, our last at-       issues, knows the employees, the


                                                                                  T
tempt did not conform to the Inter-       nuances of your day to day work,              here’s an exciting new publi-     a thoughtful, concise blueprint for
national Bylaws.                          the management staff you work for             cation available produced by      achieving lasting growth to which
    Well, with a few new voices and a     and having the time to resolve your           the Economic Policy Institute     every American can contribute and
couple of old faces, we sat down and      issues and better your working con-     (EPI) – “A Plan to Revive the Ameri-    share.
wrote a new bylaw proposal. Brothers      ditions. If you don’t happen to be      can Economy” as part of the Agenda         A copy of the handbook is avail-
Allen Houston, Mike Whitehead, and        a Vehicle Maintenance or Facilities     for a Shared Prosperity project, a      able on EPI’s website, www.shared
Mike Rochon spent considerable time       Maintenance member, you’re prob-        joint effort between EPI and the        prosperity.org, a site you may want
researching and revamping the 2nd         ably asking yourself “What does do      AFL-CIO.                                to visit often as a useful resource of
Vice President proposal and brought       for me?” Since you brought it up,          The handbook is an extremely         information.
it before the Bylaw committee. Af-        the short answer is it will free up     useful tool for helping activists un-      Just in case you wondered what
ter a few minor tweaks, the Bylaw         time of the Vice President that can     derstand the scope of the problems      good is it to be involved in an outside
committee was certain that not only       be dedicated to your issues.            facing the nation and the solutions     organization, this information was
would this proposal meet the needs            I urge you to come out and let      necessary for achieving the social      made available by The Coalition of
of the members but that it would also     your voice be heard and vote in         and economic justice central to the     Labor Union Women, CLUW. I just
pass the scrutiny of the International.   support of this bylaw proposal at       labor movement’s agenda of an           wanted to CLUW you in.
Head of the bylaw committee Brother       the January meeting cycle.              economy that works for all. It is


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                                                                                                                                                 January 2009


                          2009 Elections coming!
W
            hat? Another election?        will be available during the March           to our election by mail-in voting.       Your Election Committee
            Yes, in the spring of 2009    cycle of Union meetings and also             Having the correct mailing address          Theresa Tobin, Jim McKenzie,
            there will be an election     on the Union website.                        on file with ATU587 and returning         Paul Tefft, Ruth Wilson, and Russ
for the new officers of ATU Local             Nominations for all positions             your ballots promptly will ensure        Bates, Chair
587. Every member should take a           will be accepted at the April cycle          your vote is counted. Because of the        You may contact us via email at
vital interest in this election as, in    of Union meetings. Final date for            difficult economic conditions we face,    electioncommittee@ATU587.com or
these uncertain economic times,           nominations is the last member               with layoffs and budget cuts, it is      phone the Local 587 office at (206)
strong leadership for our Union will      meeting on Tuesday, April 7th in             important for every member to par-       448-8588
preserve our jobs.                        Port Angeles.                                ticipate in this election of the Union
   The most important change in this         Candidates’ statements for Vot-           Officers. They will represent us all in
upcoming election is that it will be      er’s Pamphlet are due on Thursday,           our dealings with Management.
conducted by mail-in ballot ONLY!         April 9th in the Union office by the
Keep in mind that the ballot return       close of business. NO EXCEPTIONS.
dates below mean that the ballots         Warning: this is only two days after             As your Election Committee, our goals for this election
must be MAILED in time to be re-          the close of nominations!                      are summarized in our Mission Statement, below:
ceived in our Election Post Office            Ballots for Primary Election will
Box by the deadline – postmarks           be mailed to members on April 29th
will not count.
   There will be tight deadlines for
the nominations, Voters’ Pamphlet
                                          and must be mailed back in time to
                                          be RECEIVED at the Post Office Box
                                          before Thursday, May 14th.
                                                                                             Mission Statement
submissions and address changes.             Ballots for General Election will
Your Election Committee will be           be mailed to members on May19th                               ATU Local 587 Election Committee:
working hard to keep you, our             and must be mailed back in time to
members, informed of these dates.         be RECEIVED at the Post Office Box                To conduct a fair, impartial, and secure election for our
Timeline postings will appear regu-       before Thursday, June 4th.                                            membership;
larly in the News Review, posted on          If a runoff election is needed after
Union bulletin boards as well as the      the General Election, it will be on or
ATU587 web site.                          before June 25th.
                                                                                           To provide an accurate and timely count of the results;
   It is important that every member         Please note: All of the above dates                                    and
have his or her correct mailing ad-       are subject to change, depending on
dress on file with ATU587. The mail-       the outcome of the bylaw change to be                 To ensure that our election complies with the
ing list for the ballot mailing will be   voted on in the January cycle of Union              requirements of the US Department of Labor, our
ATU587’s membership database.             meetings.                                         ATU International Constitution and Local 587 Bylaws.
   Here are the key election dates -         In summary, your Election Com-
mark your calendar!                       mittee is working hard to inform
   Candidate instruction packets          members about these new changes




Ready, Fun, Action!                 … It’s LOBBY DAY 2009 … and You’re Invited!
                                                         by Linda Anderson, COPE Committee



 Let’s Talk Transit                                                                           We Can Do It:
                                                                                                 Who says an African American community organizer can’t
                                                                                              be President? And who says you can’t be heard and make a real
  You are invited to join your Union Brothers and Sisters for                                 difference at the Legislature? As a matter of fact, you can, even if
                                                                                              you’ve never done anything political before. This coming Janu-
  ATU COPE Lobby Day, January 30, 2009                                                        ary 30, come aboard our Lobby Day bus and go to Olympia with
                                                                                              your ATU 587 Brothers and sisters. It’s user friendly and it’s fun!
  We’re going to have a great time, as well as lobby about important transit                  Take a day off from the daily grind to join us!
  union issues. Box lunches, games and prizes, and orientation are included.
                                                                                              How it Works:
  Leaving Central Base at 8:30am, we’ll drive Metro buses to Olympia                             We provide the games, the food, the bus. We give you an ori-
  to meet with our Washington State Legislators, and be back to the base                      entation on our issues, and how to lobby. Over lunch, Legislators
  at about 4:30pm.                                                                            will talk with us about the transit and working family laws they
                                                                                              are working on. We team you up with someone experienced to
  Please register via US Mail or Metro in house mail using                                    help you talk to your Legislators. Then we have still more fun
  the form below. Registration forms can also be downloaded from:                             on the way back, and get you back by dinner.
  http://www.atu587.com                                                                       It’s Easy to Sign Up:
                                                                                                  Here’s how:
  If you need to take time off to attend, put your name in the Lay Off                            1) Fill out the sign up form in this News Review issue and send
  Book at your work site. Unpaid courtesy detail can be arranged for a                        it to the union office.
  limited number of participants who are not guaranteed to get the day                            2) Put your name in for the day off (in the book for Metro
  off. See you at Lobby Day!                                                                  Operators).
 _______________________________________________________________________                          3) We will contact you in January with all the details! After
      Please fill out completely—we need your home address and contact information!!          you put your name in the book, if you still can’t get the day off,
                                                                                              we may be able to help. Please be aware, this is a volunteer ef-
 NAME________________________________________________________________________
                                                                                              fort, the union does not pay you. (You can use your AC time, if
 E-MAIL_______________________________________________________________________                you have it).

 HOME ADDRESS (WHERE YOU’RE REGISTERED TO VOTE--NO P.O. BOXES)                                We Do Make a Difference:
                                                                                                 Lobby Day is an annual event put on by ATU 587 COPE (com-
 STREET______________________________________________________________________                 mittee on political education). Because we have a very active
                                                                                              COPE committee, Legislators know who we are, and they know
 CITY__________________________ZIP_______________LEG. DIST. (if you know it)________          our issues. You can help keep it that way. When it comes to getting
                                                                                              real action on the bills we support, there is nothing more effective
 METRO ID#_______________WORKSITE______________________
                                                                                              than a couple of busloads of union members showing up to remind
 PHONE____________________________ CELL PHONE_______________________________                  them, they work for us. You can make a difference!


  Send this form to: ATU COPE Lobby Day, 2815 Second Ave, Suite 230, Seattle, WA 98121


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