ATU Local 757, Portland, OR

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Join your fellow union members Tuesday, April 7th at the County Commissioners' meeting to send a message that Right to Work is not going to happen on our watch. Additional Information on David Madore's Resolutions and Right to Work | FLYER>>

The Trans-Pacific Partnership will have serious impacts on Oregon's workers, and if pushed through Congress by using a Fast Track we will have no chance to make it work for working people. Get the facts about the TPP's impact on Oregon and how your union can join the movement to fight for fair trade, and be involved in the National Day of Action coming up on April 18th. FLYER>>

Join us on May 9th at Colwood Golf Center for the ATU Black Caucus's Masquerade Gala. Formal dress is required, and the event begins at 9:00 pm. Tickets are $50.00 per person, $85.00 per couple. Questions? Contact Rose Jordan 503-933-2108. FLYER

Congratulations to our duly elected, 2015 ATU Election Committee Members: John Jamison, Operator Merlo Garage, TriMet, Lonnie Johnson, Operator C-TRAN, Gary Spore, Operator Salem, Danny Taitague, Mechanic Powell Garage, TriMet, and Sandy Wiseman, Operator Powell Garage, TriMet.

Join us March 14th, 4:00 pm at the Union office at 18th & Couch. On the agenda is planning our next big event. We'd love to hear your ideas! FLYER>>

This excellent article on restroom access issues quotes one of ATU 757's drivers and appears in the International Business Times. ARTICLE>>

The APTA (American Public Transportation Association) Call Center Challenge recognizes the outstanding efforts of APTA member transit system call center personnel. On February 24th, the best public transit call center personnel faced off in a competition to crown the best in the industry. TriMet employee Billy Smith won this year's challenge at APTA's Marketing & Communications workshop in West Palm Beach, Florida.

Here are pictures of the Welcome Home group for Billy Smith at PDX after he won the APTA Challenge.
APTA's Press Release>>

Washington state ATU members were out in full force with activists at a rally to protest the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP), the largest--and worst --trade deal most have never heard of, and efforts by Republicans to work with the Obama administration to "fast track" its passage. Watch this video of Former Secretary of Labor Robert Reich to learn why it’s so bad for transit workers and all working families. Video>> Video>>

Enjoy 50% employee discount at the Adidas Village Store. Coupon>>

ATU 757 General Counsel Lane Toensmeier and someone to speak on the single payer health care information will be speaking at the March 4th Retirees' meeting.

Why Should Transit Workers Care about Trade Policies? Read more>>

Powell Transportation Officer Dan Martin's labor press article was inadvertently left out of the February Labor Press but can be found here at the link>>

Rose LeMasters, Ben Fain, TriMet Executive Board Officer Shirley Block, and Retiree Board Member Robert deBlock representing ATU 757 at the Health Care for ALL Oregon Rally in Salem.

Photo Credit: Linda Jauron-Mills

You must submit your nomination request and acceptance in writing to the ATU Financial Secretary-Treasurer, Mary Longoria, before the start of the March 9, 2015 charter meeting. Nominations can also be made from the floor at the Monday charter meeting only. These are the only two ways nominations can be submitted.

The ATU Election Committee meets frequently during the months of April, May and June. All of its members must commit to attending all of the committee’s meetings. If you have scheduled vacation time during April, May and June, please do not seek nomination unless you will remain available to work on the committee. Notice>>

Robert DeBlock has volunteered to drive the ATU bus to the Health Care for All Rally in Salem on Wednesday, February 11, 2015. Meet at the Union office. If interested, please call Robert at 503-771-2620 or the ATU office at 503-232-9144.Rally flyer

The Events Calendar has been updated! Calendar>>

Services for ATU Retiree Dale Helmer will be held on Saturday, February 7, at 1:00 pm at Willamette National.

Congratulations to Rogue Valley Tansportation District's newest Million Miles Members. This award is for travelling over 1,000,000 miles or equivalent of 25,000 hours of driving without a preventable accident.

Nicole Longoria and Anna Markee representing ATU 757 at Saturday's 15 NOW rally in Salem.

Photo Credit: NW Labor Press

JT Tims, First Student Portland ATU 757 member, turned 90 on January 20th and celebrated with a potluck lunch with his fellow drivers.

First Student Portland Executive Board Officer Anna Tompte, ATU 757 Vice President Jonathan Hunt, and JT Tims.

This Saturday, January 24th join us for the Rally at the Capitol in Salem, as bills for a $15 minimum wage are being introduced in the State House and Senate for the 2015 session. If we get enough interest we will take the ATU bus, so if you are interested please contact Ben Fain at 503-680-9227 or FLYER>>

Shirley Brost, Retirement Plan Specialist from ICMA-RC will be on site in the upcoming days. All employees—not just operators—are welcome at whichever location works best for you. Individual employees are also welcome to contact Shirley directly (toll-free 1-855-253-1203 or to discuss their deferred compensation 457 and defined contribution 401a plans. Schedule>>

MV Salem Liaison Officer Josh Taverne attending ATU International Training in Washington DC. ATU International President Larry Hanley at the International Training in DC.

In an effort to keep members informed about health and safety issues, and their rights on the job, the International will be regularly emailing us ATU BUlletings. These will focus on a wide variety of topics impacting members every day.

With the winter temperatures dropping and many of our members facing dangerously cold conditions on the job, the subject of the first ATU Bulletin is "Cold Weather Safety."

Come out to the next Black Caucus meeting Saturday, January 10th at 4:00 pm at the Union office and help us with event planning.

Our ATU 757 Valley Transit members in Walla Walla at their Safety Awards yesterday, December 19th. Congratulations to the members who received safety awards at the banquet!

Friday December 19th from 11 am to 1 pm at Westmoreland Manor. Tickets will be $15 at the door, plus $5 yearly dues. Any profits will be donated to ATU 757 Retirees. Lunch will be catered by Huber’s Restaurant, their famous turkey dinner with all the trimmings. Retiree Holiday Dinner Photos on Facebook>>

Friday December 19th from 11 am to 1 pm at Westmoreland Manor. Tickets will be $15 at the door, plus $5 yearly dues. Any profits will be donated to ATU 757 Retirees. Lunch will be catered by Huber’s Restaurant, their famous turkey dinner with all the trimmings. Everyone is invited. We will accept donations and no one will be turned away.

The Bylaws changes to Section 13 and 14 will be voted on at all January 2015 membership meetings. Bylaws changes>>

Congratulations to our Valley Transit ATU 757 members who voted yesterday to ratify their new contract!

Santa visited with ATU757 members and their children on Saturday, December 6th at the Salvation Army Rose Center on Sandy Blvd. in Portland. Santa 2014 Photos on Facebook>>

Congratulations to our Central Oregon Intergovernmental Council ATU 757 members who voted November 25th to ratify their first contract!

Actually Santa is coming to the Union Office via the Salvation Army Rose Center, December 6th from 10 am to 1 pm. DETAILS>>

Congratulations to our Tillamook County Transportation District ATU 757 members who voted Friday to ratify their new contract!

Congratulations to our Bend Paratransit ATU 757 members who voted Monday to ratify their new contract!

Tonight's (November 13th) Portland Public Schools/First Student Portland ATU 757 union meeting has been canceled due to the weather.

Open Enrollment Meetings | Schedule

ATU Vice President Jonathan Hunt, Financial Secretary Mary Longoria, Ben Fain, Warren Mills, Linda Jauron-Mills and Commissioner Amanda Fritz at the Portland Veteran's Day Parade on November 11th.

There has been conversation today regarding the medical open enrollment for 2015. You should receive your packets in the mail next week. We have been told that you will absolutely need to choose your plan and return your paperwork by 5:00 pm November 28th regardless of whether you have changes to your medical or not. If you do not return your paperwork in time you will be defaulted to the Kaiser Plan. There will be informational meetings at every garage. Please check for the posting. Open Enrollment Meetings Schedule

As you will know by now, the TriMet contract was ratified on October 24, 2014. It passed with 82.7% of the vote. The actual count was 1069 in favor, 225 against. This was a higher pass rate than the vote for the 2003 contract.

The agreement between the parties requires that TriMet pay money to certain employees in settlement of outstanding claims. We expect TriMet to disburse the money before the holidays or sooner. For more details>>

President Bruce Hansen said the Union’s members have voted to ratify a new TriMet contract. ATU ballots were counted today; TriMet’s Board of Directors unanimously approved the agreement earlier this week. The four-year contract goes into effect immediately, its term being December 1, 2012 through November 30, 2016. FULL PRESS RELEASE>>

Sunday, October 26th CANVASS FOR BRENT BARTON & JAMIE DAMON. Training will be available for first-time canvassers and lunch will be provided for volunteers. Details>>

Thursday, October 16th at 5:30 pm join your fellow ATU members down at the Oregon Labor Center (3645 SE 32nd Avenue in Portland) and get out the vote! Dinner and ATU t-shirts will be provided for volunteers. There are additional phone bank and canvassing opportunities listed. FLYER>>

On Sunday, october 19th, ATU 757 will be holding an Information Session to provide the details and answer any questions regarding the upcoming TriMet contract. This will be taking place at the Roofers' Union Local 49 from 7:00 am to 8:00 pm. The address is 5032 SE 26th Ave, Portland 97202. FULL POSTING>>

TriMet and the Amalgamated Transit Union, Local 757 have reached a tentative labor agreement. The parties reached this agreement with the assistance of State Conciliator Janet Gillman. The agreement sets the terms of a new Collective Bargaining Agreement for four years through November 30, 2016. FULL PRESS RELEASE>>

Attached for your review and duplication is the official 2014-2015 Joseph Welch Memorial Scholarship Application Form and instructions for potential applicants. The 2014-2015 scholarships are in remembrance of retired International Vice President Joseph Welch, who passed away on February 13, 2014.

This year, the program will consist of five scholarships each in the amount of $5000. In addition, a $2,000 scholarship may be awarded to a vocational school applicant. FULL STORY>>

Kids’ Chance of Oregon, a new nonprofit that provides post-secondary and trade school scholarships to children of Oregon workers who have been severely or fatally injured in a workplace accident, handed out its first scholarships Sept. 4 in the downtown Portland offices of Hoffman Construction. For more information about Kids’ Chance of Oregon, call Linda Barno, president, at 503-323-2812 or email her at FULL STORY>>

Join the Oregon AFL CIO at the Portland People's Climate March on Sunday, September 21st down at Waterfront Park. This will be part of a much larger march taking place around the world in support of climate action. Read More>>

At the October 20, 2014 Union charter meeting and continuation meetings a question regarding the payment of a bill from Morel Inc will be voted on by the members who are present. The bill is in the amount of $967.02 for the mailing and printing of a letter from the union president to all TriMet members and retirees. Posting>>

At the August 11th Charter meeting members in attendance made a motion that= the ATU 757 take an official stance against participating in TriMet's Bus Roadeo on September 13th until TriMet can bargain in good faith or until they restore all the benefits, not just the Roadeo. The motion carried and ATU 757 will not officially participate or support the TriMet Roadeo. Tracking Faster>>

The ATU sent out a Demand to Bargain letter in reaction to Lane Transit District attempting to install their new camera systems on their buses. We will keep you posted as this process moves forward. Demand to Bargain Letter>>

The ATU 757 office will be closed Monday, September 1, 2014 in honor of Labor Day. We will reopen on Tuesday, September 2nd, at 8:30 am.

The AFL CIO Labor Day Picnic will once again be held at Oaks Amusement Park. Ride bracelets are $9.50. See below for the train schedule.

Attached please find a copy of the schedule for the train to and from the AFL CIO Labor Day picnic. Flyer.

One of the most important events you can participate in at the AFL CIO Oaks Park Labor Day Picnic is our annual blood drive sponsored in partnership by Northwest Oregon Labor Council and Labor’s Community Service Agency for the American Red Cross. Your commitment saves lives. To avoid any wait to donate on Labor Day, we encourage you to make an appointment ahead of time. Details are on the attached flyer.

Congratulations to our members in the City of North Bonneville, who voted yesterday in favor of their new contract!

Lane Transit District employees join together to support Relay For Life. They had over 45 items donated for a raffle. Some of the items were Hand made. Thank you for all working to benefit such a good cause!

This weekend's ATU 757 and ATU International sponsored training on Health & Safety has been cancelled.

Please let us know if you will be attending this as we are trying to get a head count. It is open to the general membership. If you have questions please call Bruce on his cell at 971-300-2780.

This 20 minute video put out by Northwest Digital Video LLC movingly illustrates how TriMet retirees, who after years of service and agreeing to smaller pensions in exchange for health care coverage for themselves and their spouses, are facing financial uncertainty.

The National Registry of Certified Medical Examiners (National Registry) is a new Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) program. All commercial drivers whose current medical certificate expires on or after May 21, 2014, at expiration of that certificate must be examined by a medical professional listed on the National Registry of Certified Medical Examiners. Only medical examiners that have completed training and successfully passed a test on FMCSA's physical qualification standards will be listed on the National Registry. Go to the website>>

Here are a few photos from Mount Scott Park where the Retirees' picnic was held today. Here Retiree Board member Robert deBlock and Arlene Chambers are joined by Financial Secretary Mary Longoria.
Vice President Jonathan Hunt and Financial Secretary Mary Longoria watching as the announcements begin.
Lunch was provided by Terrell's Barbecue - pulled pork, shredded chicken, potato salad and beans.

The ATU 757 Retired Member Chapter’s picnic will be Wednesday, July 9th at 11:00 a.m. at Mount Scott, 5530 SE 72 Ave, Portland (503-823-3183) rather than Creston Park. Admission is $11.00.

Adidas store pass

Wear your union shirt and remind parade-goers that LGBT businesses should be labor friendly too, and show the community that labor is an ally. We will begin walking around noon, however parade officials will not allow others to join the parade while in progress, so please be there by 11:00 am. Portland Pride FLYER>>

Ben Fain Jr. Won the outstanding support for organized labor Saturday night at the Labor Appreciation & Recognition Dinner. Congratulations Ben!

In order to receive reimbursement from the ATU 757 - TriMet Child/Elder Care program, please have paperwork and receipts submitted to the Union office by June 13, 2014. Reimbursement for this six month period is $700.00 per member.

Click to read about and see video of TriMet bus driver Bill Clark saving barefoot toddler from Division Street traffic in Gresham

The ATU 757 Retired Member Chapter’s picnic will be Wednesday, July 9th at 11:00 a.m. at Creston Park, SE 44th Ave & Powell Blvd, Portland. Admission is $10.00.

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Today, the bus operators union filed unfair labor practice charges against TriMet charging that the agency’s top managers have bargained in bad faith. “TriMet spent thousands of public relations dollars claiming that its 44-year unfunded retiree medical insurance obligation (OPEB) has to be eliminated. Yet, getting TriMet to provide timely, complete, accurate information about health insurance and that unfunded obligation has been impossible,” says Bruce Hansen, the Amalgamated Transit Union president. FULL PRESS RELEASE | Unfair Labor Practice

On Saturday, May 17th, ATU 757 Financial Secretary Treasurer Mary Longoria and First Student Portland Executive Board Officer Anna Tompte met with First Student Portland Liaison Officer Alex Smith and Shop Steward Pippa Pizor and Sally Headrick.
They moved all donations to the Union office parking lot to organize the donated food from the food drive into individual boxes packaged for families to pick up.
Families in need notified one of their representatives that they were interested in participating and were told to come pick up a box on May 17th.
The winner of the Food Drive's Raffle on April 12th generously redonated their gift card back to those in need and the funds were used to purchase toilet paper and laundry soap which were added to each family's box.

Join us July 12, 2014 from noon until 5:00 pm at Normandale Park for the Paratransit Drivers' United picnic. Activities will include softball, croquet, yard darts, and volleyball. THere will be an off leash area for your dogs and a play area for your kids. Sign up to bring meat to grill, your favorite dish to share, or beverages. Please contact Kathy Brown (503) 819-9065 or Cathy Redwine (503) 332-6133 if you would like to help. Flyer>>

Our Rogue Valley Transportation District members voted in favor of their contract overwhelmingly on Friday night . Congratulations Bruce

CALL TO ACTION Any member wishing to attend a training class on grievances and arbitration, please email with your contact information.

First Student Portland's ATU members overwhelmingly voted down First Student's last, best and final offer yesterday and authorized a strike.

First Student Portland's ATU members are voting on First Student's Last, Best and Final contract offer today at their Columbia Yard location.
First Student Liaison Officer Alex SMith, Shop Steward Pippa Pizor, ATU Financial Secretary Mary Longoria, and Vice President Jonathan Hunt at the First Student vote.

Congratulations to our brothers and sisters at CTRAN clerical and Passenger service reps who overwhelmingly voted in favor of their contract!

Good in the Hood is seeking participants for many positions. If you are interested in being a part of this event, please call 971 302-6380. Flyer>>

Join your Amalgamated Transit Union brothers and sisters at the May Day Rally on Thursday, May 1, 2014. Meet in the South Park Blocks around the Shemanski Fountain for the rally at 3:00 pm and the march at 4:00 pm. FLYER>>

C-TRAN Operator Shelly Rockhold will retain her seniority minus the time she was away from work, based on the vote of the C-TRAN membership.

Thank you to everyone who contributed to First Student's Food Bank. Below Joe Clyde and Pippa Pizor, drivers for First Student Portland, stand with ATU Financial Secretary Treasurer Mary Longoria at Saturday's Food Bank

Everyone who assisted at the Union office on Saturday

First Student Driver Joe Clyde posting signs

First Student Drivers Pippa Pizor and Kris Strane load the truck to go to storage

Drop off food at the ATU 757 Food bank on Saturday, April 12th between 9 am and 2 pm and enter to win a $100 Fred Meyer gift card. You do not have to be present to win. Thank you for supporting your local workers. FLYER>>

Please join us in supporting our ATU 757 Union Brothers and Sisters who work for First Student in Portland. They have voted to strike and will need a “food pantry” that will sustain their families during the strike. Remember, when you board your children on a school bus it may be an ATU 757 member. Let’s stand together in solidarity and help our fellow members.

We will be collecting your non-perishable donations Saturday, April 12th, 2014 in the ATU 757 office parking lot from 9 am to 2 pm. We look forward to seeing you there. FLYER>>

Join us at the Community Labor solidarity Gathering: Building a Brighter Future for Working Families. Full Story>>

Financial Secretary Treasurer Mary Longoria and OPAL/Bus Riders Unite took to the streets Wednesday, March 26th, 2014, outside the TriMet Board Meeting in support of the 3 Hour Transfer.

At the TriMet Board of Directors' Meeting

Last Monday the Union sent out a press release pointing out that, this year, mostly top managers and highly technical people got paid in excess of their budgeted salaries. In response, TriMet's PR department rushed to send out an email claiming that the excess money was an annual payout for unused vacations rather than bonuses.

Even if that were true, the PR department folks failed to make their point. What they did was prove the Union's point: The income inequality gap is widening at TriMet. FULL STORY>>

“TriMet’s new budget proposal reveals a disturbing trend,” says Amalgamated Transit Union 757 president, Bruce Hansen. “It contains evidence of an ever-increasing income gap between the wages of top managers and the wages of every other TriMet employee.” Hansen says the bonuses that top managers have given themselves just this year are a clear example of that widening gap. FULL STORY>>|Attachment

These four videos were produced by MetroEast Community Media in conjunction with Paulette Rossi and ATU 757 in honor of Bus Driver Appreciation Day, March 18th, 2014.These videos show that the riding public does appreciate everything you do. Amalgamated Transit Union 757 salutes drivers and all our members who keep the community moving and safe. They are currently running on public access stations in the Portland Metro area and Marion and Lane Counties. To the videos>>

Today TriMet's Board meeting included yet another plea from the transit union president that the workforce be allowed to partner with the Board in solving TriMet's alleged financial woes. FULL STORY>>|Attachment

Workers from Darigold member dairies in Idaho, Oregon, and Washington State have reported ongoing violations of wage theft, animal abuse, unsanitary restrooms and lunch rooms, lack of drinking water, lack of rest or meal breaks, among other abuses but Darigold has yet to resolve then. The workers have attempted to communicate with Darigold since 2011. They held marches at the Portland plant, and had rallies and marches at their headquarters asking to be heard. At one point the workers took a petition with over 20,000 signatures and delivered it to their headquarters in Seattle. It was not until last month that Darigold finally opened its doors to the worker and had a conversation about the reported violations. The workers are continuing to mobilize at the Darigold plants in an effort to move them to take immediate steps to remedy the reported abuses. FULL STORY>>

Please join us this Wednesday, February 26th 9:00 am at the TriMet Board Meeting to stress to the Board the importance of our health care and the need for our participation in this matter.

Portland Building, Room C, 1120 SW 5th, Portland

2013 Coach Operator of the Year

Shop Steward Randy Smith and Coach Operator of the Year Todd Shade

The Valentine's Bus

The designer, Paulette Rossi

Please email the Portland School Board today: Tell them to settle a fair contract NOW with teachers and support the schools our students deserve! More information>>

"As a testament to just how treacherous the storm became on Saturday and Sunday, TriMet was, for the first time in its history, called on to provide emergency service to medical centers."

TriMet's more luxurious bathroom accomodations during snow/ice... One of many stuck buses on Saturday.
Maintenance folks prepping buses to go out into service.
Another maintenance worker assisting in getting chains on the bus Friday night at North Terminal.

"I just want to commend you for the great service you provided in the difficult weather on Friday evening. I flew in from Boston and was able to make it to Tigard on the MAX and bus 12 without any difficulty. The driver of the 12 bus did an outstanding job of driving in the snow." Click here to read more weather event commendations from around the cityWinter Storm 2014 Reaction>>

I was informed today by TriMet’s front line employees that they were asked to perform work outside of their normal work assignments. As an example, they were asked to take their buses around the shop and wait in line to have chains installed, all while in an unpaid status.

I would advise all front line employees that if they are asked to do something outside of their scheduled assignment to fill out a time slip. You should be paid for all work performed.

During inclement weather remember to take your breaks and to eat properly and to put safety above all.

Full story>>

'You have to sneak in humanity,' says TriMet LIFT driver

Today, the Oregon Secretary of State’s Office released its TriMet Audit Report to the public. TriMet’s front line employees and their union, ATU 757, are grateful to the legislators who called for the audit and to the Secretary of State who supported conducting it. The audit presented an historical opportunity to get to the heart of the critical issues that brought the agency’s performance to the attention of state lawmakers. Upon initial review, it appears that opportunity has, unfortunately, fallen short of its potential. Read full release>> |Attachment

Here's a link to the page on OPB where you can listen to the audio of today's Think Out Loud discussion on the Secretary of State's TriMet Audit Report. LINK>>

This is a link to the Secretary of State's audit of TriMet. Later this afternoon the Union’s response to the audit will be provided to you:
Audit Link

Congratulations to all the RVTD employees who were recognized at their awards banquet.
The members sing Happy Birthday to our very own Mary Longoria.

We started a journey just over a year ago to pull back the curtain on decision making and spending at TriMet. Last week, a discussion of labor issues at Portland State University took place that has so many parallels to TriMet, you’ll be amazed when you read it. Here’s the real eye-opener: the core issue, according to PSU sociology professor Jose Padin, is the rise of a self-serving administrative class that is no longer concerned with the mission that front line workers are struggling to fulfill everyday. Check out this quote: “Our institutions are being run by a class of people that [are] an enemy to our mission. To them, education and public service is a secondary interest. They are interested in their own personal careers.”

Wow! Please read the article and see if it doesn’t put a whole new perspective on what’s been happening for years at TriMet – and why the toxic culture there has to change...

Strikes on the Horizon

Listen here for Dispatch's real time recording of this TriMet operator's traumatic assault.

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ATU 757, 1801 NE Couch Street, Portland, OR 97232

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