February 2018 e-newsletter


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What’s New at ATU?

 February 2018 edition

Welcome to the latest edition of ATU 757’s e-newsletter for members, with updates about what’s happening inside your union, in the world of organized labor, and around our region. If you have a feature you’d like to see in a future edition, please contact ATU 757 staff!

In case you missed it…

TriMet Continues Dog-and-Pony Show on General Manager Hire
TriMet’s long, “international” search for the next General Manager settled on the guy down the hall: current Chief Operating Officer Doug Kelsey. In his time at TriMet, Kelsey has shown himself to be a McFarlane loyalist who will continue the broken status quo. You can learn more about Doug Kelsey and the hiring process on our website.

We learned today that Neil McFarlane’s last day will be Wednesday, February 21st (good riddance!). On that day, TriMet’s Board will nominate General Counsel Shelly Devine as interim General Manager. A week later, on February 28th, the Board will meet to vote on whether to hire Doug Kelsey, current Chief Operating Officer, as the next General Manager.

Every indication we’ve seen suggests that Kelsey will be the next top boss at TriMet, but we’re not giving up so easily. We’ll continue to stand with community partners like OPAL Environmental Justice to demand that TriMet stop this broken sham of a process. We join the chorus of voices demanding that TriMet engage in an authentic, public, community- and worker-led process to hire the next General Manager.

TriMet to Cease Stranding Sick Operators on the Side of the Road

Good news, sisters & brothers – TriMet has officially announced it will end the practice of stranding sick operators on the side of the road when they call in during their shifts. Check out Elliot Njus’ coverage at the Oregonian for more details.

In case you missed it: on Friday, TriMet operator and former ATU 757 Executive Board member Sandy Guengerich shared her experience with being denied road relief and left at Lake Oswego Transit Center while suffering from a cold.

ATU 757 Endorses Burgerville Boycott

We’re proud to stand with the members of the Burgerville Workers Union as they fight for better working conditions in the face of their bosses’ aggressive retaliation and union-busting. Last month, our Executive Board voted unanimously to endorse the BVWU’s call for a boycott.

Until the company comes to the negotiating table, keep Burgerville off of the dinner table. Learn more about the boycott – and show your solidarity by staying away from Burgerville until they do right by their workers!

Upcoming meetings and events
It’s Meeting Week – we hope to see you at our Charter meeting, or a Continuation meeting in your community! Check out the list below for this month’s meeting dates, starting with our monthly Charter meeting TONIGHT at 6pm. And for meetings dates through June 2018, look no farther than our online events calendar on atu757.org.

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