Happy (belated) New Year, sisters & brothers! 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!
Although the new contract with TriMet is in place and effective, we’re heard that the company is not honoring many new provisions. ATU 757 has not agreed to any extensions or delay for the use of new provisions other than those set out in the contract – for more details, see our website. If you are denied holiday pay waiver, the use of a personal day, or the use of any other new bargained for right, please let your Union Representative know immediately.
The negotiating team for members in Walla Walla, Washington has reached a Tentative Agreement with Valley Transit! We expect to hold a ratification vote of Valley Transit members at our next Continuation meeting on Saturday, January 27th at 10:30am.
Legislative priorities survey on the way
As 2018 gets underway, ATU 757 leadership and staff are working to develop our advocacy agenda in the Oregon Legislature for the next two-year cycle. We want to continue fighting for the rights and dignity of the workers who move our cities, towns, and everywhere in between. To do that, we need to hear from our members about the issues that matter most to you.
This week, we mailed out a survey to every ATU 757 member who lives or works in Oregon, asking you to help us shape our advocacy work over the next two years. This survey is the first step of a process to more democratically determine our union’s priorities. Please watch out for this survey in the mail over the next few days, and be sure to send it back in the postage-paid return envelope. We need surveys to be postmarked no later than February 9th, 2018.
Washington-based members, never fear – we’re working with our top officers at C-TRAN, and developing new partnerships with ATU locals in Washington, to ensure that we’re fighting the good fight in Olympia as well as Salem. Stay tuned!
ATU 757 endorses a YES vote on Measure 101
ATU 757 is proud to endorse a YES vote on Measure 101 for the January 23rd Special Election in Oregon!
Measure 101 is a temporary fee on some hospitals and insurance companies that would help fund the Oregon Health Plan (the state Medicaid program), which provides health care for about 1 in 4 Oregonians. If approved by the voters, Measure 101 would ensure that every child in Oregon has access to healthcare, and help stabilize healthcare costs and insurance premiums for people who buy their own insurance. It would help sustain the Oregon Health Plan, which provides vital healthcare services for working families, seniors, and people with disabilities.
In December, our Executive Board voted to recommend that ATU 757 endorse Measure 101, and members ratified that vote in our December Charter and Continuation meetings. You can learn more about Measure 101 on the campaign’s website: http://yesforhealthcare.org/
Every child and working family in this state deserves access to health care, and the Oregon Health Plan is a vital part of that. We urge you to vote YES for healthcare and for kids – vote YES ON Measure 101! And regardless of how you vote, please get your ballots in by Tuesday, January 23rd. It’s too late to mail them back, but you can always drop them at your local elections office or official drop site – click here to check out the Secretary of State’s drop box locator.
A new way to connect – text messaging
Thanks to support from ATU International, we’re excited to roll out a new way to connect with our members: a text-messaging service for cell phone users! We’ll use this new service to send critical, time-sensitive alerts about issues impacting your workplace. To make sure that we’re not sending you messages without your consent, this is an opt-in system. If you’d like to sign up for text-message alerts on your cell phone, just fill out our form here and we’ll get you signed up.
And if you don’t text, don’t worry – we’ll still use our website, Facebook, Twitter, this e-newsletter, and our monthly Bulletin newsletter on the NW Labor Press to keep you informed about what’s happening at ATU!
Upcoming meetings and events
Next week is 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. And for meetings dates through June 2018, look no farther than our online events calendar on atu757.org.