ATU Local 757, Portland, OR

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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 president@atu757.org 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.


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'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
503-232-9144

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