Well, summer is here, and I know people are going to be coming out more. I want you to be cautious and not let your guard down. You still need to be safe out there and be aware of your surroundings. Be prepared for increased ridership on buses and rail.
We had our first in-person Continuation Meeting in Walla Walla on Tuesday, May 24. It was nice to see people face-to-face again. I want to say thanks to everyone for taking the time to show up, I know we all have a busy life outside of work. That being said, I would love to have more members at ALL of our meetings. If you are in the Portland Metro area, remember that there are multiple meetings in the area and they are open to all members in good standing!
The ATU International had an in-depth training on May 18 with Joint Industry Council (JIC) on TransDev when it comes to the treatment of our members. Please know if you are at a TransDev property, that the ATU International is aware that TransDev needs to make improvements here, and we are working on it.
We had negotiations with Salem Cherriots which unfortunately did not end well. While Salem's team feels frustrated that ATU will not come down on our wage proposal, we feel equally frustrated that they will not come up on theirs. So, unless they can change their tune and see that the times call for meaningful movement on wages, we will be headed to mediation. Please stay tuned or speak with Mikel Burke for updates.
AN IMPORTRANT REMINDER TO TRIMET MEMBERS, PLEASE DON’T SEND EMAILS TO THE UNION OFFICE OR YOUR UNION REPRESENTATIVE USING TRIMET EMAIL. USE YOUR PERSONAL EMAIL.
Some good news for the Limited Term Cleaners at TriMet, they will not be phased out as previously planned on June 30, 2022. Their positions have been extended to Dec. 31, 2022, with the plan to keep them even longer. More to come on this subject. In the meantime, if you are an LTC at TriMet and are interested in finding another position at TriMet, or another transit job within our membership, please don't hesitate to reach out to your union rep or email union leadership with questions.
One more reminder … please be careful what you put on your social media. We suggest taking steps such as: Making your social media accounts private, putting a disclaimer on your social media pages stating that your posts reflect your own opinions and not that of your employer, do not "hold yourself out" as an employee (have photos in uniform, list your employer in bio, etc.) if you are going to post on controversial topics. I understand that your right to an opinion and freedom of speech are important, however, your speech may not be protected if complaints from coworkers or the public result from your social media activity. And PLEASE, do not post photos or videos while you are working or of passengers or the public! If you are questioning whether you should post something, here’s the simple answer: DON'T!