ATU Local 757, Portland, OR
May 21, 2013 - TriMet Sanctioned for Hiding Evidence
Federal judge sanctions TriMet for hiding evidence from victims' families in fatal bus crash
May 17, 2013 - May 22nd TriMet Board of Directors Meeting
Join your fellow ATU union members and OPAL Portland in attending next Wednesday’s TriMet Board Meeting. The ATU 757 supports OPAL in their effort to create a fair transfer. There will be discussions surrounding the TriMet budget, and I will be speaking before the Board. We urge you to attend and look forward to seeing you there! Event Details.
May 17, 2013 President Hansen on KBOO 90.7 FM Tuesday Morning, May 21
Listen to ATU 757 President Bruce Hansen be interviewed by Joe Uris on KBOO 90.7 FM Tuesday morning, May 21st, from 8:00 am to 9:00 am.
May 17, 2013 - KOIN 6 2-Part Interview with Neil McFarlane
Part One | Part Two
May 13, 2013 - Press Release: ATU Objects to TriMet Delays
Amalgamated Transit Union president, Bruce Hansen, is scratching his head. The reason? TriMet appears to be deliberately delaying negotiations. Full Press Release>> | Attached Correspondence
May 10, 2013 - ATU 757 - Trimet Members
Deadline for submission of Child/Elder Care receipts is June 14, 2013. POSTING>>
May 6, 2013 - ATU 757 - TriMet Members
This Union is Still Attempting to Schedule a First Bargaining Session with TriMet.SEE THE UPDATE>>
May 1, 2013 - President's Letter to TriMet Members:
I recently announced that the Union has retained Ron Heintzman as a consultant to the TriMet contract negotiations. It was a tough decision to make but I, and the other elected TriMet officers, think this is the best approach for ALL of the members. I am and will remain chief negotiator for all contracts, including the TriMet contract. FULL LETTER>>
May 1, 2013 - Attention TriMet - ATU 757 Members: Record Correction!
Recent reporting on the ATU and TriMet ground rule meeting drives home the need to have the meetings public. One respected media outlet reported talks broke down because the Union insisted on having bloggers present. Another respected media outlet quoted TriMet as saying “negotiations cannot begin because the union insists all negotiated agreements will be void if it wins the appeal.” FULL CORRECTION>>
April 29, 2013 - Attention all TriMet - ATU 757 Members:
As you know, the Union and TriMet management teams met on April 27, 2013. Attached please find the correspondence between the parties as they attempt to schedule the first bargaining session. CORRESPONDENCE
April 27, 2013 - Press Release: ATU and TriMet Fail to Agree
The Union and TriMet management teams met on April 27, 2013 to guide negotiations between the parties. This effort was not successful. In an effort to insure media access, the Union abandoned its position of allowing bloggers to attend. Full Press Release>>
April 27, 2013 - Press Release: ATU President Strengthens Bargaining Team
Saying that “all resources and experiences are necessary” Bruce Hansen, ATU president has called on former ATU 757 president and former ATU International president, Ron Heintzman, to join the Union’s bargaining team. Full Press Release>>
April 24, 2013 - Attention All TriMet - ATU 757 Members:
The Union and TriMet will be meeting Saturday, April 27. The meeting is not bargaining but it is for the purpose of seeing whether the parties can agree on ground rules governing bargaining once it begins. TriMet has refused to have any press present at this ground rule meeting. The Union intends to propose that the bargaining sessions be open meetings but is not optimistic that TriMet will agree. READ THE CORRESPONDENCE>>
April 23, 2013 - Attention All TriMet - ATU 757 Members:
ATU continues to fight for decent restroom break facilities. Here's the Joseph Rose article on it as well as the Oregonian's editorial.
April 17, 2013 - Attention All TriMet - ATU 757 Members:
Attached please read the latest correspondence from ATU 757 to TriMet regarding scheduling negotiations and the media presence. Correspondence.
April 11, 2013 - Attention All TriMet - ATU 757 Members:
Latest correspondence between TriMet and the Union regarding scheduling negotiations. Documents>>
April 10, 2013 - Oral History Workshop
Let's get our labor history recorded. It's important - critical, actually - that what we have been through and achieved be known to next generations, so that our values and the lessons of experience are not wasted. This includes, not least, for the sake of our own families. FULL STORY>>
April 9, 2013 - Press Release: Union Seeks to Start Negotiations Despite Pending Lawsuit and Other Concerns
Since November of last year, the transit workers' union and TriMet have been involved in a procedural stand-off over allowing public access to their contract negotiations. Despite having grave concerns, the transit workers' union has concluded that it is in the best interest of the community and its members to begin bargaining while it awaits a judicial determination on whether the negotiations should be open to the public, according to Amalgamated Transit Union president, Bruce Hansen. "We understand that TriMet will continue to refuse to bargain in public. We apologize to the community that these negotiations will not start out transparent." Full Press Release>> | ATU Letter to TM regarding open negotiations
April 3, 2013 - Attention All TriMet - ATU 757 Members:
ERB Decision Stating TriMet Must Reimburse for 2011 Health Costs- As you may know, the ERB administrative law judge ruled that TriMet management violated the law when, in 2011, it unilaterally charged union employees for insurance premiums and created a lower benefit plan with a higher deductible for those that did not want to pay the higher premium costs. TriMet management was ordered to reimburse employees for all costs associated with TriMet management’s wrongful act. FULL STORY>>
March 21, 2013 - Press Release: Judge Unable to Determine Whether Public Has a Right to Attend TriMet Labor Negotiations
The transit workers’ union and TriMet sought a fast-track legal determination on whether the public had a right to attend labor negotiations. A judicial opinion, rendered today, indicates that approach failed, says Amalgamated Transit Union president, Bruce Hansen. “Rather than clearing the way for new contract talks to move forward, the judge’s opinion indicates that TriMet’s process for negotiations remains murky and confusing. That confusion left the judge unable to make a decision without first obtaining additional information.” Full Press Release>> | Judge's Opinion
March 21,2013 - Call Out to the Membership
We need your participation in a work action scheduled for April 4 & 5. We are looking for volunteers to assist us at specific designated locations. This will be a community outreach interaction with our riders. More information to come. If you are interested, please RSVP by Monday March 25th by email to email@example.com with name and phone number.
March 20, 2013 - Correspondence on TriMet's Health Insurance Policy Change
Read on for the latest correspondence regarding TriMet's health insurance policy change for disabled employees. Correspondence>>
March 18, 2013 - Press Release: The Real Reason Behind the TriMet Fare Increase
An internal TriMet document indicates that the elimination of zones pricing and fareless square, as well as last year’s fare increases, were undertaken in order to fund and accommodate a $16 million high-tech fare collection system, says transit workers’ union president, Bruce Hansen. He cites evidence found within the pages of a 64-page document obtained by the Union from an anonymous source. Read the Press Release>>
March 15, 2013 - Oregon Employment Relations Board Denies TriMet’s Motion to Stay the Board Order
The transit workers' union president, Bruce Hansen, announced that the Oregon ERB today denied TriMet's Motion to Stay the Board's order in UP 39-10. This case addressed health insurance charges to employees in 2011. The decision means that TriMet must post notices of its illegal actions and reimburse members for health insurance premium contributions and medical expenses while TriMet's appeal is pending. "It is important to remember that the overwhelming evidence in this case proved that TriMet decided to charge employees more for health insurance for the wrong reason. It was not to save money. Instead, the evidence showed it was to punish workers because their union filed a complain charging TriMet with negotiating in bad faith," Hansen said. "The problem is that our justice system suffers when one party to a dispute has the power to punish the people who are objecting to law violations and mistreatment. That is the issue the Board addressed, and correctly, I might add." Read the Board's order>>
March 13, 2013 - Anniversary of the Great Postal Strike of 1970
Rally at Pioneer Courthouse Square, Sunday, March 17th 2:00 - 3:30 pm, and march to the Main Post Office. Info here.
March 13, 2013 - What Does Safe Really Mean for MAX?
Three representatives from the Oregon Department of Transportation (ODOT) attended Monday night’s meeting of the transit workers’ union to discuss the findings of last week’s inspection of MAX safety issues. What they had to say was disturbing to the workers in attendance and was not good news for the public in general. More>>
March 12, 2013 - Rally for Housing Justice in Salem
Come out and show your support for affordable housing, equity, Section 8 reform, and Inclusionary Zoning! This OPAL event will take place Thursday, March 14th, 11 am at the capital steps in Salem. We can provide rides to and from Salem, but you must RSVP if you need a ride. RSVP to firstname.lastname@example.org or call OPAL at 503-342-8910.
March 6, 2013 - Rally for local workers in downtown Vancouver on March 8th
Instead of reaching an agreement with its American workforce, Mitsui-United Grain has locked them out of the facility where they've worked for nearly 80 years. This aggressive move against ILWU workers came just days after they voted to approve a collective bargaining agreement with American grain exporter TEMCO. The ILWU has invted Mitsui-Grain back to the negotiating table. Mitsui-United Grain should follow TEMCO's lead and reach a safe and fair agreement with its workers. Join the rally! Tell Mitsui- United Grain to end the lockout and reach an agreement with the ILWU! Details here.
March 6, 2013 - UNIONS FOR KIDS 2ND ANNUAL TEXAS HOLD’EM TOURNAMENT
Unions for Kids 2nd Annual TEXAS HOLD’EM TOURNAMENT, hosted by Sheet Metal Workers Local 16 a benefit for Doernbecher Children’s Hospital... Sponsored By: Union Labor Organizations, “The folks who brought you the weekend” and MANY MORE generous friends and neighbors. WHERE : Local 16 Hall, 2379 NE 178th Ave. Portland, OR 97230 WHAT: Fun Fast Paced Tournament Style Game
February 28, 2013 - The proof is in the pictures...
Here's the link to the KOIN 6 story that aired last night - KOIN 6 on Max
February 22, 2013 - Press Release: TriMet Max: A Series of Disasters Waiting to Happen
TriMet workers say that open doors on traveling trains are just the tip of the iceberg, when it comes to delayed maintenance on what used to be a renowned transit system. Read the Press Release ATU sent out Friday afternoon for more information as well as the attached information.
February 15, 2013 - Information on Upcoming Events
Documentary videos to be followed by discussion on Saturday, February 23rd from 5:30-7:00 pm at the Letter Carriers - info here.
March & Rally - Sunday, March 17th, 2:00 – 3:30 pm (Anniversary of the Great Postal Strike of 1970) - Info here.
Portland troublemakers- workers, unemployed, retired, foreclosed on, houseless, students, union leaders, and community activists – will participate in a day of skill-building workshops and strategy discussions to create a stronger workers’ movement. Info here.
February 14, 2013 - Press Release: Union Questions Reality Behind TriMet’s Service Cuts Boogyman
Yesterday, TriMet issued another press release threatening dire service cuts far into the future. Once again, the agency placed the blame for its projected financial woes on the healthcare and pension costs of its frontline workforce. According to the Amalgamated Transit Union, the TriMet workers’ representative, TriMet’s numbers just aren’t adding up. Read the Press Release ATU sent out for complete details.
February 4, 2013 - Record Correction
The Amalgamated Transit Union wants to set the record straight. For some time now, the Union has not commented on a TriMet misstatement of fact that the media has picked up and reprinted. That statement appeared again in TriMet's Friday night press release. Check out the full text of the Record Correction here and read the backup documentation here.
February 1, 2013 - Press Release: Parties Agree Operators Need Adequate Rest - Tentative Agreement Reached
Today, TriMet management, following two lengthy discussion sessions, accepted the Union’s ten-hour proposal. Read the Press Release ATU sent out this afternoon for more.
January 30, 2013 - Press Release: TriMet's New Buses Inherently Dangerous
Read the Press Release ATU sent out this morning TriMet's New Buses Inherently Dangerous" and the attached correspondence.
January 29, 2013 - TriMet Tracking Faster
This tracking faster is designed to provide you with a brief overview of where things stand as of today with regard to legal and negotiation matters between your Union and Trimet management.
January 18, 2013 - Martin Luther King Day
The Union office will be closed for Martin Luther King Day on January 21st, 2013. We will reopen on January 22nd, at 8:30 am.
January 14, 2013 - Update on Operator Fatigue Policy Negotiations Between TriMet and Union
On Thursday, January 10, 2012 Randy Stedman, TriMet Executive Director of Labor Relations sent a counter proposal to which the Union responded today. The Union’s response focuses on the primary difference between the parties’ two proposals. The Union has proposed that a bus operator work day span no more than 12 hours rather than Trimet's proposed 14 hours, unless there is an emergency. Read the Press Release and the attached documentation.
The PSU studies referenced are available here.
January 10, 2013 - ATU Offers Stop-Gap Solution to Bus Operator Fatigue
Stating that safety is its greatest concern, the Union has sent TriMet's General Manager a proposed stop-gap solution to the problem of bus operator fatigue. Read the press release and the attached correspondence.
January 7, 2013 - ATU's Response to the Oregonian's Piece in Sunday's Oregonian
The ATU sent out a Press Release this afternoon Oregonian Article Just the Tip of the Iceberg" in response to the Oregonian's Sunday article on OT at TriMet.
January 3, 2013 - ERB Orders TriMet Management to Make Employees Whole
The Oregon Employmen t Relations Board upheld the administrative law judge's rulings against TriMet's management team. The judge determined that TriMet acted for an unlawful retaliatory reason when it froze wages and health insurance premiums in 2010. The Board also found that TriMet had unlawfully changed the health insurance benefit without bargaining, or even communicating with the Union. The Board ordered that each employee be paid for any loss incurred because of TriMet management's wrongful actions. This includes extra costs related to health coverage and procedures. Furthermore, TriMet is required to provide an email notice to each and every TriMet employee. A copy of the decision is found here.
January 2, 2013 - Another win!
The Union won a duty to provide information unfair labor practice charge against TriMet. The Employment Relations Board chastised TriMet’s general counsel for bringing in extraneous assertions and awarded the Union a civil penalty. ERB has now awarded the union $26,000 for their attorney’s fees in the case. ERB order
ATU 757, 1801 NE Couch Street, Portland, OR 97232