Shirley Block - President / Business Representative
Shirley is the first woman, and the first African-American, to be elected President – Business Representative of Division 757 since it began in 1917. She grew up in Florida and Michigan, the daughter of migrant laborers. Once she graduated from university with her nursing license she worked in Detroit’s Henry Ford Hospital before moving to Portland in 1974 for the weather.
She worked as a nurse, and then got a job as a TriMet bus operator in 1981. She also married and raised children of her own, as well as 11 foster children. Her daughter currently works at TriMet, as did her husband, now retired. In the 34 years Block has worked at TriMet, she’s been a bus operator, fare inspector, field operations coordinator, and road supervisor. She’s also served several terms as a member of the Union Executive Board.
President / Business Representative
Fred Casey - Vice President / Asst. Business Rep
Fred Casey grew up in a union household, he is a third-generation union member. His grandfather was in the Rail Workers Union for nearly half a century before his retirement. Fred’s father was a member of Local 290 Steamfitters Union as a Plumber until his death in 2012. Fred has always had a driver’s job since high school, and for a short while also worked as an IT contractor for Microsoft. Restless as he was and the lack of support for employees, he left the desk behind and returned to operating trucks and Union siblinghood.
Fred’s career with TriMet began in December 2013. He started as a part time Operator before moving to full time in 2014. In September of 2015, he was promoted to Station Agent. Frustrated with TriMet policies, Fred ran and was elected as an ATU 757 Executive Board Officer in June 2018. He continued to fight and support ATU members to provide better protection and making gains along the way. Fred was elected as the new Vice President of ATU 757 in 2021.
Fred is married to Clover Casey, who is also an ATU 757 member. Clover currently works at TriMet as a Transit Operator and serves the membership as a Shop Steward. Fred and Clover have a blended family of six children.
Vice President / Asst. Business Rep
Mary Longoria - Financial Secretary - Treasurer
Mary was elected as ATU 757’s Financial Secretary-Treasurer in 2012.
Mary began working at TriMet in 1998 as a Trip Planner in Customer Service, becoming a proud member of ATU 757. She then advanced to the Finance Division as a Fare Revenue Specialist, overseeing millions of dollars of ticket and pass inventory. She became an ATU 757 shop steward in 2006 and has been active in our union and the broader labor movement ever since, including Portland Jobs with Justice and the Oregon AFL-CIO, as well as ATU International’s National Advocacy work. She participated in Take Back the Capitol action in Washington D.C. to demand funding for public transit.
Mary is married to Jamie Longoria, who is also an ATU 757 member at TriMet. Jamie started as a helper in the Maintenance Division in 1995, working on cleaning and fueling buses. He moved on to Field Equipment Maintenance, where he currently works as a Journeyman.
Mary and Jamie have two adult children. Their daughter Nicole works at Rogue Community College in Medford, Oregon, as a Student Employment Services Program Coordinator. Nicole helps students with resume building, interviews, and connecting them with jobs while they are attending school. She helps students explore all that Rogue Community College has to offer.
Mary & Jamie’s son Derek was a firefighter for Cal Fire in Shasta County California. Derek’s ambition was to become a Paramedic Fire Fighter and worked hard to achieve his goal. He is currently a Paramedic Firefighter in South Lake Tahoe, California. Derek has been dispatched to fight fires throughout California for weeks at a time, and he’s proud of the service that he and his fellow firefighters provide for the communities they serve.
Mary & Jamie are proud their children have chosen careers that give back to the community.
Financial Secretary - Treasurer
Executive Board Officers
Jimmy Appelhanz, Portland Public Schools - Executive Board Officer
Executive Board Officer
Bill Bradley, Lane Transit District - Executive Board Officer