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President's Podium — Shirley Block
Nov 14, 2022

ATU 757 Family,

Welcome to fall, everyone! Even though we held onto summer weather a bit longer than normal, fall weather is coming. Please be on the lookout for slippery leaves, slick roads and dark skies. Give yourself enough time to get to work in this weather, now is not the time to rush.

Some news from our members in Bend. The group voted “Yes” for an increase in wages, a change to the OT provision, and the addition of Long Term and Short-Term Disability. The disability plans will be implemented in April, so please watch out for correspondence pertaining to these plans.

At TriMet, we have agreed to add the day after Thanksgiving as an additional holiday! Also, we are finally seeing some movement on the Road Supervisor districts. We have been fighting for years to have the districts resized to keep up with population growth and added service. Road Supervisors must be set up for success and able to respond timely when help is needed in their district. Finally, we have

agreed to extend the suspension of the trade language that requires both operators to have 9.5 hours off.

North Bonneville is moving in the right direction on their contract. We are looking at significant wage increases, an additional classification and NO TAKEAWAYS! We hope to be ready for a contract vote by the time this issue is out.

Unfortunately, I cannot say the same about LTD. To put it lightly, they are playing hardball — stalling, putting conditions on meetings, and being unresponsive to our proposals. We are hopeful that the new GM will come in ready to bargain rather than allowing their lawyer to dictate how the remainder of the negotiations go. We will certainly keep fighting for what all members at LTD deserve: fair wages and working conditions and NO MORE FORCED OVERTIME!

We are seeing a lot of the same issues lately leading to discipline: mirror strikes, oversleeps, minor rail violations, etc. If you are having trouble with something at work, PLEASE ask someone for help BEFORE you get disciplined. Ask a Union Rep, a mentor, or a trainer for advice on how to get some help. We are all here to support you — and keeping you out of trouble is usually easier than getting you out of trouble!

I’ve seen a lot of road rage out there and it seems to be increasing. Tri-Met drivers, please be aware of the speed change along Powell and 26th down to 25 MPH near Cleveland School.

Thank you so much for all that you do. Happy Thanksgiving and stay safe out there!

In Unity, Shirley

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