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                                                                                  Amalgamated Transit Union Local 757
                                                                     503-232-9144 • 1801 NE Couch St.,Portland,OR 97232-3054

   Vol. 106, No. 13                                                                          Portland, Oregon                                                                                                   July 1, 2005



         And so you asked…                                                             Vice President’s Report
                                                                                       By Jon Hunt                                   ager. They had a good relationship             fund and by the generosity of the Ro-

     Property Update                                                                                           I had the op-
                                                                                                                 portunity to
                                                                                                              go to Romania
                                                                                                                                     with the former general manager.
                                                                                                                                     However, the new one is starting off
                                                                                                                                     on the wrong foot. He wanted to dis-
                                                                                                                                                                                    manians.
                                                                                                                                                                                        We are currently working on two
                                                                                                                                                                                    open contracts. We are still negotiat-
     By Al Zullo                                                                                              with our Inter-        continue weekend work and have                 ing the contract at Portland Public
     President-Business Representative                                                                        national delega-       wage freezes. Needless to say, the offi-       Schools with no good news to report
                                                                                                              tion to train          cers didn’t find these acceptable. The         at this time. The school district wants

                             T      riMet: By press time, we should be able to re-
                                    port to you what we’ve done with the lunch
                               and restroom breaks. We are now in the process of
                                                                                                              our Romanian
                                                                                                              brothers and
                                                                                                              sisters on com-
                                                                                                                                     discussion got pretty heated with an
                                                                                                                                     exchange of words all in Romanian.
                                                                                                                                     Although the languages were different,
                                                                                                                                                                                    to make cuts in the medical insurance
                                                                                                                                                                                    and make changes in work rules that
                                                                                                                                                                                    we can’t live with. Now that school is
                               finalizing the language. TriMet realizes that these                            munication             the issues are the same issues we fight        out we will be mailing out proposals
                               are things that need to come about by reason of                                and collective         in the United States and Canada.               to you. We are hopeful by the time we
                               BOLI, Oregon’s Bureau of Labor and Industries.                                 bargaining.                Our brothers and sisters in Roma-          get you a proposal that we will have
                               We’re talking a 20-minute uninterrupted, paid           Last year, President Warren George            nia make only between $200 and                 moved them off of their position.
                               lunch and restroom breaks in the first and second       swore in the ATU Romanian Council             $400 a month. Their Union dues are                 At Laidlaw TriMet Lift in Beaver-
                               halves of your shift. Guaranteed. When the lan-         and pledged ongoing training. The             approximately 12 to 15 cents a month,          ton the membership voted on June 1st
                               guage is finalized, I will make a more complete re-     group was comprised of International          but most of the expenses are compara-          to go out on strike. The membership
                               port.                                                   Vice Presidents Don Hansen and Ron            ble to those in the United States. The         has spoken loud and clear. We want
         We have a new grievance filed about the three-day mini-run work. Ev-          Heintzman and two instructors: Gene           ATU Romanian Council, represented              what out brothers and sisters at MV
     idently, the District is putting the vacation relief mini-runners on the extra    Morrow, instructor at the George              by President Ion Radoi, consists of            Transportation got–nothing more,
     board when there are no vacation reliefs for them to work. Again, the Dis-        Meany Center in Silver Spring, Mary-          transit workers, commuter rail, airline,       nothing less. Paratransit drivers are ex-
     trict is working them over their guaranteed 30 hours.                             land for more than 27 years, and Paul         metro, sea ferries and subways, total-         tremely dedicated to their jobs. Not
         Rogue Valley Transportation District: Your picnic is June 25 at Emi-          Stuckenschneider, retired federal me-         ing more than 180,000 members.                 only are they professional drivers but
     grant Lake. I hope everybody attends. Last year, we had a good time. Let’s        diator. Our Romanian brothers and                 I want to thank our Romanian               also all of their passengers have special
     try to do it again this year. Hopefully, by meeting time this month, we’ll        sisters appreciated the much needed           brothers and sisters for their hospital-       needs. They are caregivers. I am hope-
     have an answer for you on your medical reimbursement taxes.                       training.                                     ity. It should also be noted that no           ful that management has heard your
         WHEELS: Things seem to be okay with no serious problems that I’ve                 While there, I had an opportunity         funds out of ATU Local 757's Union             demands and that we will be back at
     heard of.                                                                         to attend a Council meeting when the          dues were used to pay for this trip. It        the table as soon as possible. If not, our
         Salem Transit District: We are meeting next week to talk about the griev-     officers met their new general man-           was paid by the International’s special        membership is prepared to strike.
     ance process with the new people who have been hired to deal with it.
         C-TRAN: It seems the board has voted to place the initiative for the tax
     increase on the September ballot. This will be good. If it succeeds, hope-
     fully, nobody will be laid off.
                                                                                       A piece of my mind...
         MV Transportation: We’re still working on your farebox problem. Todd
     has been very diligent in working on this issue. He’s not yet given up. We’re
     sending it on to the next step.
                                                                                       TriMet needs dispatchers
         Portland Public Schools: We’re still working on your contract. I believe      By Shirley Block                              patch due to the lack of bodies. We            don’t budget for even an adequate
                                                                                       TriMet Salaried Employees                     first lost Jean Cook to a lateral promo-       amount of needed dispatchers. These
     you’ll be out of school before we get this done. I hope we can move faster                                                      tion on the inspection team, T. Carroll        dispatchers are the lifeline to safety for
     than we have been.                                                                                                              to scheduling and Bill Danforth to re-         our operators and passengers. They are
         Laidlaw Portland: We’ve sent an opener letter for your contract. We’ve
     not yet received an offer of dates on which to meet. As soon as we hear, we                               T    his month’s
                                                                                                                    article will
                                                                                                               be one of the
                                                                                                                                     tirement (God bless him). None of
                                                                                                                                     these dispatchers has been replaced,
                                                                                                                                                                                    the information line to/from our su-
                                                                                                                                                                                    pervisors. Why wait for someone to be
     will be scheduling meetings.                                                                                                    and management is saying it’s the              seriously hurt or worse killed? My goal
         We have a number of things in the air at all properties. Hopefully, we’ll                             most severe I
                                                                                                               have ever writ-       budget. Now, I’m not a rocket scien-           with this article is to ask management
     be able to arrive at some settlement, and I’ll be able to report complete set-                                                  tist, but let’s do some math! Let’s say        at add to the dispatch group, not only
     tlement next month.                                                                                       ten. I am not
                                                                                                               writing to ruffle     we go back five or ten years when we           for safety concerns but also for health
                                                                                                               feathers; I just      had 18 dispatchers, fewer buses on the         reasons.
                                                                                                               want the truth        street, less traffic, and people’s attitudes       Dispatchers who work long hours
                                                                                                               out. I’m going        were totally different. There was a            and RDOs to cover open shifts get

     Summer picnics
     Retired member chapter: Wednesday, July 6
                                                                                                               to start and fin-
                                                                                       ish at the top with Fred Hansen be-
                                                                                       cause I would love to see some action
                                                                                                                                     small amount of respect for the work-
                                                                                                                                     ing stiffs who were stuck in the seats.
                                                                                                                                         We added more lines, more fre-
                                                                                                                                                                                    stressed out, cut corners and mark off
                                                                                                                                                                                    sick more often. Too little sleep can
                                                                                                                                                                                    slow you down as much as too many
                                                                                       taken.                                        quent service, tighter schedules and           drinks. That’s the conclusion of a Stan-
       at Oaks Park                                                                       As I type this article on 6/4/05, we       have had more operator assaults and
                                                                                                                                                                                                        (Turn to Page 20)
     Portland ATU annual picnic: Sunday, Aug. 14                                       are dropping yet another shift in dis-        what does management do? They
       at Oaks Park
     Eugene: Sunday, Aug. 28 at Jasper Park
                                                                                             Amalgamated Transit Union
                                    The four outside pages are news from                                              Division 757
          What                      and about your Union. The inside                      Representing working men and women in Oregon and Washington at:
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                                                                                          TriMet • Lane Transit District • Rogue Valley Transportation District • Portland Public Schools • Obie Media Corporation • Valley
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                                                                                          Clackamas and Josephine Counties,Oregon,and Clark and Cowlitz Counties,Washington) • Laidlaw Education Services (Portland
          this?                     Labor Press, and cover the labor
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                                                                                          WHEELS • Northeast Coalition of Neighborhoods,Inc. • Tillamook County Transportation District • ATU Retired Member Chapter
                                                                                                  ATU LOCAL 757


ATU Local 757 Officer Reports
TriMet Merlo                                   the number one issue facing bus oper-        TriMet Powell                              station agent, and if we can't reach        married last month, and we all wish
                                               ators today. It affects all operators                                                   you, you lose.                              them the best.
Transportation                                 whether you drive fixed route, light
                                                                                            Maintenance                                    Another thing that is working well         One other thing: If any of you are
As reported by                                 rail, paratransit or ambulance. My           As reported by                             is the new sign-up procedure allowing       having trouble with dispatch on the
GREG MCGREW                                    property at MV Transportation is no          DAVE KAY                                   those with an RDO to sign work on a         abuse of the half-hour return time at
                            You might          exception. As our manifests become                                      I had the op-   holiday. For the 4th of July the red line   the end of your shift, please copy that
                         justifiably think     more unrealistic to keep up with, it is                              portunity to at-   is posted under Jason Choi; never has       part of your manifest and get it to me
                         that TriMet and       imperative that we take our scheduled                                tend         the   it been so low. This gives more people      as I am working on the problem. As
                         your Union are        breaks and lunches. I know it’s a dou-                               Northwest          the opportunity to have a day off and       always, if you have any questions or
                         like a pair of ce-    ble-edged sword because our passen-                                  Conference of      those that want to work overtime like-      problems with or about work, do not
                         lestial black         gers need this service badly, and we                                 the Amalga-        wise. Some changes are better than          hesitate to let me know. As noted, I
                         holes orbiting        don’t want to let them down by mak-                                  mated Transit      others, and this is a large plus.           said “work.” As for personal counsel-
                         each other.           ing them late for their appointments;                                Union. In-             The new cameras, to be installed at     ing I charge $45 to $85 an hour. Ha!
                         Ideas and infor-      but, folks, we have to consider our                                  cluded were        every station and purchased with               Again, be careful out there and re-
                         mation         are    own health, too. Many problems sur-                                  Locals from all    homeland security funds, are very high      member that your safety is the num-
                         sucked into           face when we don’t do this. We all                                   over the North-    tech. With this "move and zoom" sys-        ber one priority.
both, seemingly never to emerge in             know what happens when you cause             west, plus other guests. The business      tem the controllers may spend more
any tangible form whatsoever. Like a           yourself to be dehydrated or when you        was conducted, and several seminars        time spying on us than looking at the
printed contract book, for example.                                                         were presented. I attended two, one on                                                 C-TRAN/C-VAN
                                               don’t use the restroom when needed.                                                     Scada. While testing the system last        As reported by
The contract was signed by both sides          So, please don’t jeopardize your health      ADA issues and workplace harass-           week, a controller called the operator
last April, over a year after ratification,                                                 ment. The other was on transit health                                                  ROY JENNINGS
                                               when doing this job. We are in this                                                     by name and told them to wave for the
but no form or shape has yet to be seen                                                     issues.                                                                                                              The        C-
                                               world only one time, so make the                                                        camera. This system also has the ability
that can be recognized as a contract                                                           We are now moving forward with                                                                                TRAN board of
                                               most of it and stay healthy in the                                                      to print copies of what they are film-
book. Keep the faith, though. Some-                                                         the grievances held in abeyance pend-                                                                            directors on
                                               process.                                                                                ing. Beware of this technology. What
thing will turn up sooner or later.                                                         ing final wording of the overtime pol-                                                                           June 14, 2005
                                                                                                                                       is purchased to attack terrorists is be-
    Safety is a subject near and dear to                                                    icy. Hopefully, resolution will come                                                                             voted to take
                                               TriMet Powell                                                                           ing used against workers. Congratula-
all of our hearts. As bus operators, we                                                     quickly.                                                                                                         the initiative out
                                               As reported by                                                                          tions to: Tony Antoni, Operator of the
are highly cognizant of the safety issues                                                      Two new grievances are being filed                                                                            to the citizens of
                                                                                                                                       Year and Spud Henderson, Operator
surrounding us daily. As professionals         SAM SCHWARZ                                  as I write, one, a sick leave question                                                                           Clark County
                                                                                                                                       of the Quarter. And to Laura Hanks
we take this topic seriously. Every                                        Several new      and the other a recordkeeping issue. It                                                                          on Sept. 20.
                                                                                                                                       and Mike DeCriscio, who represented
morning our garages disgorge hun-                                      grievances have      seems TriMet doesn’t know how to go                                                                              This time, if the
                                                                                                                                       TriMet and 757 in the national com-
dreds of buses into the city's streets. It's                           been filed and       back and change absence code “K” to                                                                              initiative does
                                                                                                                                       petitions in Pittsburgh, Penn. They
not unusual to be rolling out and to                                   four have been       a protected leave code. If allowed to                                                  not pass the following could happen:
                                                                                                                                       didn't win, folks, but I'm told they
have your BDS beep with some mes-                                      settled. A griev-    stand, code “K” has the possibility of                                                 47 full-time and 35 part-time fixed-
                                                                                                                                       partied down hard. Ably coached by
sage or other. It really gets your atten-                              ance dealing         discipline later in the member’s career.                                               route operators could be laid off. I state
                                                                                                                                       Ron Callahan, they faced fierce com-
tion, however, when the message states                                 with road reliefs                                                                                           “could happen” because at the July 12
                                                                                                                                       petition but finished an extremely re-
that there is only one dispatcher avail-                               was settled last                                                                                            board meeting C-TRAN’s staff will be
                                                                       July and has
                                                                                            Lane Transit District                      spectable seventh. Give them an extra
                                                                                                                                                                                   discussing with the board of directors
able and to limit your calls to emer-                                                       As reported by                             wave when you see them on the main-
gencies only. On one hand this is an                                   resurfaced with                                                                                             the possibility of keeping over half of
                                                                                            CAROL ALLRED                               line.
understandable request. On the other,                                  a new twist.                                                                                                the commuter routes/buses. This, in
                                                                                                                      No report            Address all correspondence to oliv-
this is an entirely unacceptable situa-        The operators are given one road relief                                                                                             turn, will mean that we would be keep-
                                                                                                                   given.              erm@trimet.org
tion. Dispatch is our lifeline. Every          allowance per day. The District wants                                                                                               ing more fixed route operators. In addi-
day, on average, there are at least five to    to rewrite the contract without bar-                                                                                                tion, during the run cut scheduled for
ten genuine emergencies that happen.           gaining with the Union.                                                                 Portland Public                             the week of July 11, the actual number
Even with the best communications                  A recent settlement of a grievance                                                  Schools                                     of full-time and part-time fixed route
gear and software, that's an awful lot         over holiday road reliefs has a shuttle                                                 As reported by                              operators will be decided.
to ask one person to handle. The num-          bus for operators going from Center                                                     SMOKEY STOVER                                   As for paratransit two part-time op-
ber of people who work in dispatch             Garage to downtown Portland every                                                                                 I got to drive    erators will be laid off, and six full-time
have been declining, and in the cur-           20 minutes on holidays. The road re-                                                                          and ride in the       operators will be reduced to part time.
rent management atmosphere, none               liefs for operators that get off for sign-                                                                    new/used              For paratransit dispatch, because of the
are being replaced.                            up are not being paid nor for run splits                                                                      buses, and they       loss of one dispatcher a few weeks ago,
    Or did I miss that job posting? At         that get paid straight through. The          TriMet Light Rail                                                are cool. It          only one more will be laid off. As for
any rate, dispatch is a 24/7/365 enter-        working and wage agreement states            Transportation                                                   would be nice if      the passenger service representatives
prise and needs full staffing. Like the        road relief pay is not considered pay        As reported by                                                   drivers could         and the administrate assistants at this
bumper sticker says: "If you're not            for work; it is considered pay for the       MICHAEL T. OLIVER                                                drive them for        time I wish I could say, but as of the
outraged...you're not paying atten-            inconvenience of the road relief.                                     Nothing but                             summer school.        writing of this article information re-
tion."                                             The District has done nothing new                              kudos for the                              If you had a late     garding your positions was not avail-
                                               this year as far as supplying a safe                               new shoe/boot                              PM run, the air       able.
                                               working environment for operators.                                                                                                      As we all know, the layoffs will take
MV Transportation                              They are once again placing the blame
                                                                                                                  agreement.           conditioning in the buses would freeze
                                                                                                                                                                                   effect on Sept. 25. The only way at this
As reported by                                                                                                    Everyone I have      you out. The cost savings with the
                                               on operators for every situation that                              talked to has        buses saved three school programs.          time to stop the layoffs is with the pass-
TODD WATSON                                    occurs on the bus.                                                                                                                  ing of our initiative on Sept. 20. It
   I had the opportunity to attend the                                                                            good things to       Way to go, District!
                                                   We would like to send out our                                  say about the                                                    needs to be said at this time that the
ATU Northwest Joint Conference at              deepest sympathy to the families of re-                                                                                             passing of this initiative will be up to
the Benson Hotel on Saturday, June 4,          cently departed members Paul Lake,
                                                                                                                  Doc Martens          TriMet Lift                                 all of us, and I mean all of us. I know
2005. It was a real pleasure, as well as                                                                          boots and shoes      As reported by
                                               Ken Alexander, Richard A.                                          they have been                                                   that you have heard this before. What
informative, to meet officers from             Mortensen, Pamela McCartney,                                                            LES GREEN                                   has changed is that we have only one
other Locals around the Northwest                                                           purchasing under the new contract. I          My fellow drivers. I have always
                                               Glenn Esterberg, Richard L. Book and         would venture to say that this is the                                                  more shot at it. Let me make myself
and Canada to discuss our problems             Irving Brown, Sr.                                                                       wanted to say that, and now that I          clear. If the initiative doesn’t pass on
and solutions in this business. My                                                          most popular provision of the con-         have it is time to get real. On the state
                                                                                            tract. Now, if we could only get our                                                   Sept. 20, then the layoffs will happen
classes included the ADA and how the                                                                                                   of the new contract for our shop there      on Sept. 25! This is our last chance! If
rules are applied in the workplace, and        Rogue Valley                                 back pay for the road reliefs we have      is nothing new at this writing              we do nothing--or put as little effort as
sexual harassment, which is in the             Transportation District                      not been getting, almost everything        (06/07/05). We are waiting for pro-         possible toward getting it passed, then
news constantly nowadays.                      As reported by                               would be beautiful.                        posed new contract talks to be sched-
                                                                                               If you move or change your phone                                                    we will have no one to blame but our-
   Also, my afternoon session in-              CARRIE CLIFFORD-RISLEY                                                                  uled.                                       selves! I for one would rather go out
cluded grievance handling and transit             No report given.                          numbers for any reason please inform          On a brighter side we had three
                                                                                            the station agent as soon as possible.                                                 fighting than do nothing at all, and
drivers’ health. This topic is probably                                                                                                drivers (Cory, Silvia and Judy) get                                (Turn to Page 19)
                                                                                            The Union uses the same list as the

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                                                                                                 ATU LOCAL 757


ATU Officer Reports
(From Page 2)                                welcome any suggestions you may               Union. I have offered to assist in any        TriMet Center                                              bunch of the good old boys. We
                                             have.                                         way we can.                                                                                              should be fighting for our own free-
that may be the Marine in me. So, I’m
                                                Contractually mandated wage in-                There have been some concerns
                                                                                                                                         Transportation                                             dom in our Local. How? Come to the
asking everyone who reads this article                                                                                                   As reported by
                                             creases: The Union has informed               about the addition of assistant supervi-                                                                 next meeting and become part of the
to give until it hurts, and then give                                                                                                    ALAN EISENBERG
                                             AMR that the recent 3 percent in-             sors to the shifts. Staffing is the prerog-                                                              transparency. Voice your voice, ask
some more. You will not only be help-                                                                                                                              Democracy
                                             crease does not conform to the con-           ative of the District. Obviously, there                                                                  questions, demand answers. This is
ing save your co-workers’ jobs, your                                                                                                                           works when it
                                             tract. We also filed a grievance. The         will be unforeseen problems and ben-                                                                     your job in the Union because it af-
friends’ job, but, quite frankly, maybe                                                                                                                        is transparent
                                             correct amount is 3.2 percent, which          efits to this move should the District                                                                   fects your future. We can change our
even your own.                                                                                                                                                 with no secret
                                             was taken from the Portland-Salem             actually follow through with it. We                                                                      future, but it will take many voices to
                                             CPI-U for 2004 (the last 12-month             will have to see what happens.                                      meetings, no                         do it. I will now paraphrase President
Salem Area Transit                           measurement). As of this print date,              Another area of concern is the                                  clandestine                          John F. Kennedy by asking you to ask
As reported by                               AMR has not disagreed.                        streamlining of facilities operations.                              deals. The                           what you can do for our Union and
GARY SPORE                                      Thank you, Steve: Clackamas                Any change in the flow of work or                                   Union is                             not just what the Union can do for
                           No report         County Liaison Officer Steve Polzel           contracting out should be reported to                               democracy in                         you.
                        given.               has bid into Multnomah County. We             the Union immediately. You are the                                  the workplace;                          Be alert, stay healthy, stay sharp,
                                             wish him the very best and know he            eyes and ears of the Union; we want                                 the Union is “                       stay alive!
                                             will enjoy working with that excep-           you to let us know what is going on. It                                 us,”     not
                                             tional group of folks.                        may be your job you are saving.               “them.” Our voice is expressed at open
                                                                                               At times, it may seem that you are        meetings and not like the old days’
                                                                                           not getting a response on your issues         way of behind closed doors with a                                                        (Turn to Page 20)
                                             TriMet Light Rail
                                                                                           or that you don’t see us for a while. Let
                                             Maintenance                                   me assure you that the liaisons, stew-
                                             As reported by
                                             MICHAEL CONNER
                                                                                           ards and I are all working hard to
                                                                                           make the Union work for you! If you
                                                                                                                                              ATU Local 757 Officers
                                                                          Hello to all;
AMR Northwest                                                         as usual, it has
                                                                                           do have a concern, please feel free to          AL ZULLO...................................................................President-Business Representative
As reported by                                                                             call me personally. I try to make the           JON HUNT .........................................Vice President-Assistant Business Representative
                                                                      been a busy          rounds, but I might be there on your            TOM WALLACE....... .........................Financial Secretary-Treasurer/Recording Secretary
JAMIE WILLIAMS                                                        month. 757
                             Communi-                                                      RDO or when you are not there for
                                                                      hosted         the   some other reason.                              Executive Board Officers
                         cating with the                              ATU North-
                         Union: On an                                                          Once again, I would like to take a          TriMet Center Maintenance............................................. ............CHAD MATHER
                                                                      west Confer-         moment to thank all of the folks who
                         urgent matter                                                                                                     TriMet Center Transportation................................. .................ALAN EISENBERG
                                                                      ence, which in-      help me out: Shayne Jenkerson, Joe
                         (i.e., discipline                                                                                                 TriMet Powell Maintenance ...................................................................DAVID KAY
                                                                      cludes over a        Ruffin, Tim Fontenot, Tim Keller,
                         investigation                                                                                                     TriMet Powell Transportation .......................................................SAM SCHWARZ
                                                                      dozen states         Mike Dyal, Doug Baton and at Street-
                         meeting with                                                                                                      TriMet Merlo Maintenance.......................... .........................KEVIN KINOSHITA
                                                                      and Canadian         car, Eric Duey. These stewards and liai-
                         supervisor, be-                                                                                                   TriMet Merlo Transportation .......................................................GREG McGREW
                                             provinces. Joe Ruffin II, Ruby Junc-          son officers are invaluable. I would still
                         ing asked to                                                                                                      TriMet LRT Maintenance ............................. ...............................MIKE CONNER
                                             tion liaison, and I attended. The Con-        like to have one more shop steward at
                         write an inci-                                                                                                    TriMet LRT Transportation............................... ..................MICHAEL T. OLIVER
                                             ference gives us a good chance to dis-        Ruby Junction LRV maintenance; let              TriMet Monthly Rated Employees..............................................SHIRLEY BLOCK
                         dent report, be-    cuss concerns and share information
ing terminated or grievance with a                                                         me know if you are interested, and I            Lane Transit District (LTD)......................................... .................CAROL ALLRED
                                             that will help us and our brothers and        will see what we can do.                        Portland Public Schools ...................... ..................................SMOKEY STOVER
timeline issue) please page or call your     sisters in neighboring areas solve mu-
Union liaison officer for your opera-                                                          I know you are looking forward to           Laidlaw Education Services ....................................................KATHY MITCHELL
                                             tual problems. We also attended classes       summer as much as I am, work and                C-TRAN...........................................................................................ROY JENNINGS
tions. Please attach a 911 to message        that will make us better at dealing with
and wait 30 minutes for response. If                                                       play safe!                                      Salem Area Mass Transit District........................................................GARY SPORE
                                             management and serving you, the                                                               AMR Northwest...........................................................................JAMIE WILLIAMS
you get no response, proceed by con-         member. It was well worth our giving
tacting Executive Board Officer Jamie        up a weekend.
                                                                                           TriMet Center
Williams and/or the ATU office.                  When asking a supervisor for a day        Maintenance                                     Liaison Officers
   On non-urgent matters (i.e., con-         off, be it vacation or a floater, the         As reported by                                  TriMet Merlo Extra Board ............................................ ............TERRY McMURRY
tract questions, clarify meeting times,      TriMet maintenance-wide practice is           CHAD MATHER                                     TriMet Center Extra Board ...................................................DAVE MATTHEWS
grievance without timeline issue) call                                                                                                     TriMet Powell Extra Board......................................... ................BRUCE DUNCAN
                                             to let one person off for a floater and                                Well, finally
your Union liaison officer for your op-                                                                                                    TriMet Ruby Junction Extra Board............................................OPEN POSITION
                                             one person off on vacation. For some                                the storeroom
erations and wait six hours for a return                                                                                                   TriMet Elmonica Extra Board ...................................................JASON CHOI
                                             large groups the supervisor may even                                grievances are
call; if no answer or return call, please                                                                                                  TriMet Elmonica Maintenance......................................... SHAYNE JENKERSON
                                             be obligated to allow two off on vaca-                              over — we
call Jamie Williams, Executive Board                                                                                                       SAT Maintenance.................... .........................................................DON ELZNIC
                                             tion. This is also by classification. If an                         won. Thanks to
Officer and/or ATU office for assis-                                                                                                       LTD Chairman.............................................................................WALT BOYNTON
                                             assistant supervisor is off, that is a sep-                         all the stores
tance.                                                                                                                                     LTD Secretary ...................................................................CARLA AGUILAR
                                             arate classification from the mechan-                               people who
   E-mail option: I check my e-mail                                                                                                        LTD Maintenance......................................................................................LEE LASSE
                                             ics or helpers, so this is not an excuse                            helped out by             LTD Extra Board .......................................................................DEB BITTERLICH
several times a day. If you have a non-      to deny vacation. If you are denied and                             providing in-
urgent need, please drop me an e-mail.                                                                                                     Rogue Valley Transportation District ....................................THOMAS HENNEY
                                             no one else was off on vacation or a                                formation and             Valley Transit....................................................................................NICK NOTARAS
This is my preferred way to communi-         floater, it may be grievance time. Let                              remaining pa-
cate because the message is in writing                                                                                                     AMR Southern Oregon-Josephine County (Acting) .................. SEAN GARTLAN
                                             me know! It really has not been much                                tient.                    Laidlaw Educ. Services (Portland School Bus) .......................................RAYMOND GIBSON
and allows me some time to investi-          of a problem, but we are much shorter            The timekeeper grievance is also
gate and respond more effectively.                                                                                                         Laidlaw Transit Services, Inc. (TriMet Lift) ............ ............................LES GREEN
                                             handed than in the past, so I need to         over. We have our maintenance time-             Laidlaw Transit, Inc. (Corvallis City Transit) ................................BOB McGUIRE
   Certification: Each employee is re-       know if it becomes a problem,. There          keepers doing all of our timekeeping
sponsible for being current on all your                                                                                                    Laidlaw Transit, Inc. (Corvallis Schools) ................ ..................CHRIS GROOMS
                                             have been some scattered incidents al-        again.                                          MV Transportation, Inc................................................................TODD WATSON
certifications and licenses. If you are      ready, and summer is coming.                     The Union picnic will be on Aug.
short hours for recertification, do                                                                                                        C-TRAN.............................................................................................JOHN SANNES
                                                 You may have seen me and our              14 at Oaks Park.                                AMR Northwest-Clackamas County........................................OPEN POSITION
whatever you need to do to get your          other rail maintenance reps showing a            I attended the Northwest Confer-
hours. It is a benefit that AMR under-                                                                                                     AMR Northwest-Clark County...................................................JASON KRAVITZ
                                             couple of officers from the Seattle           ence of the ATU. It was interesting to          AMR Northwest-Cowlitz County ......................................DEREK KYNASTON
stands it needs to offer employees.          ATU Local through our shop areas              see how we compare to other proper-             AMR Northwest-Multnomah County...................... ............LANNIE HASZARD
There have been people who have not          and out on the right-of-way. Seattle is       ties across the Northwest. We don’t             AMR Northwest -Washington County...................... ...........LANNIE HASZARD
been able to attend all the times being      finally going to get a light rail system,     have it so bad.                                 AMR Northwest-Communications Division......... ........................CHRIS LUCAS
offered and are coming up short. Do          and they were here to see our opera-                                                          AMR Northwest-Special Services Division ...... .......................OPEN POSITION
whatever you need to do to remain            tion. The digging has started, and they                                                       C-VAN......................................................................LARRY “BUD” WOLTER
current. The Union is urging the com-        wanted some ideas from us on how                                                              WHEELS..............................................................................JOHN HARVEY
pany to offer a better variety of times      our system is set up so they can work                                                         Tillamook County Transportation District..........................PAT OSTRANDER
and days that training is offered. We        on how to set up theirs in regard to the

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         July                          ATU Officer Reports
       Meetings                        (From Page 19)                                  We just won a Step 3 decision for
                                                                                   the storeroom pertaining to the assis-
                                                                                                                               telling their horrifying experiences and
                                                                                                                               how much it takes out of an individ-
                                                                                                                                                                               I attended a workshop class in Seat-
                                                                                                                                                                           tle. The subject was arbitration cases,
                                       TriMet Merlo                                tant storekeeper/inventory control po-      ual, be it in transportation, mainte-       and it was conducted by an attorney
            Charter                    Maintenance
Charter members meet 7:30 p.m.                                                     sition. This was a victory for all store-   nance or other departments. It’s an eye     in a group setting. When I became an
Monday, July 18, in the Machinists     As reported by                              room employees. I’d like to thank           opener on how we as Union members           officer I swore under oath to serve and
Building, 3645 SE 32nd Ave., Port-     KEVIN KINOSHITA                             everyone who showed their support           must fight back, stick together, protect    protect the members. I will not be un-
land. Charter day members meet 10                                 There was a      throughout this grievance process. It       our brothers and sisters and show           dermined by Laidlaw. I will continue
a.m. Tuesday, July 19, at Schoppert                            short sign-up to    took a lot of time and many hours of        management we will not back down.           to go step by step with each grievance.
Hall, 1801 NE Couch, Portland.                                 take place in       doing the research. Without your help                                                   If I can’t resolve a grievance at a Step 3
                                                               June and last       and patience this would not have been       Laidlaw Portland                            hearing, I will assist in taking it to arbi-
         Salem                                                 until the fall      successful.
                                                                                                                               Public Schools                              tration and asking the members to
     Transit/WHEELS                                            sign-up       as        Congratulations to the new diesel
                                                                                                                               As reported by
                                                                                                                                                                           take a vote on it.
Salem members meet 7:30 p.m.                                   agreed by the       journeyman mechanics who just grad-                                                         Your International president talked
Tuesday, July 20, at the Red Lion                              District and the    uated from the apprenticeship pro-          KATHY MITCHELL                              about what is happening with Social
                                                               ATU. Both           gram. Their tour of days and week-                                     I feel like we   Security. We as workers need to focus
Hotel, 3301 Market St. NE, Salem.
                                                               sides would         ends off is done; having mid-days off                              all deserve a pat    on what Bush is trying to get Congress
        Lane Transit                                           have benefitted,    and possibly working the holidays has                              on the back for      to change.
Eugene members meet 7:30 p.m.          but the District didn’t keep their word     just begun. This class has the highest                             a job well done.         Look for changes in the next school
Wednesday, July 21, and Eugene day     and the ATU had no choice but to            GPA of all since the program started.                              The school year      year.
members meet 10 a.m. Thursday,         cancel the sign-up.                         Great job, guys.                                                   has ended, and           See you at the picnic!
July 22, at the Woodworkers Local         One of the biggest problems we               Lastly, I attended the Northwest                               I wish all of you
Lodge, 1116 South A St., Spring-                                                   Conference here in Portland with                                   a happy and
                                       have with the District is very little
                                                                                                                                                      enjoyable            WHEELS
field.                                 communication and disagreement              other officers from ATU Locals from
                                                                                                                                                      break. My work       As reported by
                                       about what was said in a meeting.           Canada, Arizona, Colorado, Idaho,
  Corvallis Laidlaw                                                                                                                                   has just begun       JOHN HARVEY
                                       There is a process that takes place, and    Minnesota, Montana, Nevada, Ore-
                                                                                                                               with grievances and negotiations.              No report given.
 City Transit/Schools                  when the District tries to shove some-      gon, Utah and Washington. I attended
                                                                                                                               ATU has reminded Laidlaw it is time
Corvallis members are recessed for     thing down the ATU’s throat, we will        classes on the ADA, harassment and
the summer to resume in September.     fight back. When the District deviates      termination for just cause. We deal         to schedule our negotiations with a let-    Laidlaw Corvallis
                                       from this process it’s usually the mem-     with these issues on a daily basis, and     ter reopening the contract.                 As reported by
 Rogue Valley Trans-                   bers who suffer. We are not WalMart         the one thing that hold true is that            Cover drivers, the long process is      CHRIS GROOMS/
                                                                                                                               over. We won the arbitration case.          BOB McGUIRE
     portation                         employees; we do have a say; we are         they exist not just at TriMet. These
                                                                                                                               Now, it is time for Laidlaw to give you
Medford members meet 7:30 p.m.         ATU 757 Union members who have a            problems are getting worse all the                                                         No report given.
Thursday, July 21, at the Hampton      collective bargaining agreement.            time. It’s sad when we hear members         what you deserve and pay up.
Inn, 1122 Morrow Rd., Medford.

Portland and Laidlaw
 School Bus Drivers
Portland school bus members are re-
cessed for the summer. Watch for a
                                       TriMet needs dispatchers                    ing to happen, preventable accidents        the respect due to all? You know, I am      start breaking ground to implement
new meeting place beginning in Sep-    (From Page 1)
                                                                                   that management can prevent. I won-         not against anyone getting a raise. But     what you preach: fairness, understand-
tember.                                ford University study. There is also a      der if operators will get charged with      when management takes a Union po-           ing, willingness to move forward and,
                                       study out there — and I ‘m sure man-        preventable accidents? If we are truly      sition, farms it out in pieces to non-      most of all, interest-based problem
     C-TRAN/C-VAN                      agement is aware of it — that says on-      running a transportation business,          Union personnel, gives a non-Union          solving for all. I don’t want to sound
Vancouver members meet 7 p.m.          the-job stress is the number one cause      then let’s do it the safest way possible.   person a raise to do parts of the job       as if I don’t trust our management
Sunday, July 24, at the Laborers       of employee illness. When shifts are        There are other ways to cut costs with-     and then hires a part-time person to        team, but does a poisonous snake have
Hall, 2212 NE Andresen, Vancou-        dropped, it means more work for             out cutting the front line employees.       do the rest of the job, I have a prob-      to bite twice before you realize you are
ver, Wash.                             those who are working. Slower re-           Micro management means pay now or           lem with that. Management has a way         going to die? Thought of the day: All
                                       sponse to our operators, missed lunch       pay much more later.                        of using flowered words to sound            snakes don’t have rattles.
    AMR Northwest                      breaks or shorter lunch breaks. Slower          Fred, we are running out of time.       good, but when it comes down to do-             On a good note: Congratulation to
AMR Northwest members Wash-
                                       response to our rail and road supervi-      Summer is here and so are employees’        ing the right thing for their employees,    Inspector John Brown, who has re-
ington County members meet 6
                                       sors, our inspectors and mechanic           vacation times, which means even            why is it so tough?                         tired. I would love to grow up and be
a.m. to 9 a.m.. Monday, July 11;
                                       drivers on road calls.                      more staffing problems. Where is in-            What I am saying is please read this    just like you — retired.
18000 NW Evergreen Parkway,
Beaverton; Clark County members
                                          It’s no secret that by the time man-     terest-based problem solving if you are     article with an open mind, and let’s
meet 6 to 9 a.m. Monday, July 25,
                                       agement posts the position, goes            putting your employees in a situation
                                       through the hiring process and starts       that they will be so tired they are
at Starbucks, 7720 NE Hwy 99E,
Hazel Dell; and Multnomah/             training from start to finish, you are      forced to call in sick? I know when            Retirees’ Corner
Clackamas members meet 7 to 9          looking at a year timeline. Well, now,      you, Bob, Michael and Tim read my
p.m. Monday, July 25, at Izzy’s,       the mall construction will be starting      Bulletin articles you all have your            The following retirees will celebrate birthdays in July: Gene L. Andersen,
1307 NE 102nd, Gateway District.       in 2006. This means moving our buses        jokes; but bear in mind, the one who           George G. Baertlein, Joseph R. Barnes, Ricky Bolden, Handy Brown, Don-
July 4th, no meetings. Note time       off 5th/6th to 3rd/4th and Colum-           laughs last, laughs the longest, and this      ald J. Callaghan, James R. Camenzind, In S. Chang, Max D. Collins, Vern
change through October, night          bia/Jefferson — a big move for all, in-     is no laughing matter. This concerns           A. Collins, Donald K. Dickson, Bobby G. Eheler, Einar J. Flood, Robert
meeting is 7 p.m.                      cluding confusion for the public. Now,      safety for all.                                M. Gardner, James W. Garman, Dennis P. Hartney, David W. Heesch,
                                       how is the dispatch center prepared to          Fred, let’s move onto another sub-         Robert J. Hughes, James E. Jackson, Robert E. Johnson, Johnny B. Jones,
   Tillamook County                    handle all those extra calls from opera-    ject that has been on my mind, and,            Reino E. Karjalainen, Charles W. Lee III, Patricia B. Madaia, Larry R.
    Transportation                     tors, customer service, rail and road su-   again, remember I’m no rocket scien-                      Mallonee, Richard D. Mauratt, Carl McCray, Patricia A. Mil-
                                       pervisors, construction personnel and       tist. A few months ago I filed a griev-
         District                      John/Jane Q Public? Shortchanging           ance on the lead inspector position
                                                                                                                                                 lard, Greta M. O’Brien, James D. Ortner, Millard B. Peake,
Tillamook members meet 1:00 p.m.                                                                                                                  Carol L. Petersen, John E. Quinn, Gary T. Rictor, James E.
Sunday, July 24, at the Odd Fellows
                                       the dispatch center is very poor plan-      (Terry Scudder’s old position), repre-                         Rock, Glenn R. Siefker, Durelle Singleton, Phillip T. Staton,
Hall, next door to the Bay City Fire   ning. If you, Fred, don’t come on           sented the Union in the pre-filing Step                          Janice M. Thompson, Robert E. Van Dyne and Sharon
Hall in Bay City.                      board to get these folks hired and          1 hearing, asked to be moved to Step 2                           M. Wilson.
                                       trained, we are not the transit agency      and haven’t heard a thing. Now, please                           The names of the 50-year members are shown in bold type.
       Valley Transit                  everyone thinks we are.                     explain to me how it is that a budgeted                          Next month’s regularly scheduled ATU 757 Retired Mem-
See your liaison officer.                 Control is also being shortchanged:      Union position, which has been                                           ber Chapter meeting is Wednesday, Aug. 3, 2005,
                                       dropping shifts, patching channels,         around for years, can just vanish with-                                       at 9:30 a.m. at Westmoreland’s Union
PLEASE NOTE: ATU members are
                                       having a controller patch the Yellow        out negotiating with the Union? I                                              Manor, 6404 SE 23rd Ave. Coffee and
invited to attend any of the above-
                                       Line to the Red Line. We are talking        know some managers say they have                                                doughnuts will be served at 9 a.m.
listed meetings.
                                       major safety concerns, accidents wait-      the right to cut any job, but where is

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