July 2018 e-newsletter


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 July 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…
  • It’s been HOT across Oregon and southern Washington, and the summer’s not over yet. Make sure you check out Local 757’s guide to heat safety, and stay safe out there!
  • Four dedicated Local 757 activists were honored by the NW Oregon Labor Council for their outstanding service to ATU and to the labor movement. Learn more about these four dedicated members, who are just a few of the many folks across our union working hard on behalf of their sisters & brothers.
  • On Monday, July 23rd, our friends at Portland Jobs with Justice and the Portland Association of Teachers are hosting an event, “Inside the West Virginia Teachers Strike.” Join us to learn more about how these brave teachers worked with parents, students, and their school communities to win better pay and working conditions.

Don’t Forget – Our Annual Picnic is THIS SUNDAY, July 22nd!

We’re so excited to see everyone who is able to join us THIS SUNDAY, July 22nd, for the ATU Annual Picnic! Join us at Blue Lake Regional Park in Fairview from 10am to 4pm for food, fun, and family! We’ll have bingo (starting right at 10am), caricature artists, watermelon-eating contests, music by the Kirk Green Band, raffle prizes, a 50/50 raffle to benefit Labor’s Community Services Agency, and more!

Please sign in at registration to receive your meal and raffle tickets. Please note that entry to the park is free, but parking is $5 per car.

We’re thrilled to announce that food and drink for the picnic will be provided by Spin Events & Catering, Portland’s first-ever union caterer! Come on by and enjoy some refreshments courtesy of members of the Bakers Union Local 114!

One important note – Blue Lake Park does NOT allow dogs or other pets in the park, because they can damage sensitive habitat and threaten wildlife. Unfortunately, we have to ask that you leave our furry sisters & brothers at home.

Report on Labor and Human Rights Abuses in TriMet’s LIFT Service

On May 17th, Local 757 partnered with our friends at Portland Jobs with Justice to hold a hearing of the Portland-area Workers Rights Board, to highlight labor and human rights abuses in TriMet’s LIFT paratransit service, which is operated by outside contractor First Transit, a multinational corporation based in Scotland.

After hearing testimony from LIFT operators and riders about the conditions they face on the service, the Board found that First Transit fails to meet the basic needs of riders, and that operators are suffering through inhumane working conditions. Paratransit should be a lifeline for people with disabilities and elders, but LIFT falls far short in practice.

The Board also found a model that sets out the gold standard for how paratransit should operate: C-VAN, the in-house service operated by C-TRAN in Vancouver.

Read the Workers Rights Board’s full report and recommendations for improving LIFT service here. And stay tuned – this campaign is just heating up.

TriMet Retirees, Spouses, and Dependents – Need Your HOP ID Badge?

Calling all TriMet retirees, spouses, and dependents – do you still need your new HOP ID Badge? These are the photo ID badges which will allow you to ride TriMet for free.

From July 24th to August 28th, TriMet is holding drop-in sessions to take your photo and issue you your new ID badge every Tuesday afternoon, from 2pm to 4pm at Center Street (4012 SE 17th Ave).

You can also make an appointment with TriMet Transit Security. Please see our website for more details, and please reach out to the Union Hall at (503) 232-9144 if you need more information!

ATU Local 757 Turns 101 Years Old!
We reached a milestone on June 28th – 101 years ago, the Amalgamated Association of Street and Electric Railway Employes of America Division Number 757 was chartered!

Since 1917, this Local has grown to represent more than 5,000 members & retirees across 20 different workplaces, in cities across Oregon and southern Washington. We represent members as far east as Walla Walla, as far south as Medford, as far north as Vancouver, and as far west as Tillamook. And we’re growing every day – so much so that we grew out of our old name.We are operators and dispatchers, mechanics and service workers, customer service reps and payroll specialists, and more. We move cities, towns, and everywhere in between. We work rain or shine, snow or sleet, heat or cold, every day of the week. We drive passenger vans, work trucks, 25-footers, 40-footers, 60-foot artics, light-rail trains and streetcars, and probably a few other kinds of vehicles that we’re forgetting.

But no matter how much we’ve changed, one thing is just as true today as it was on June 28th, 1917: our strength comes only through unity and solidarity. To the next 101 years!

Upcoming meetings and events

Check out the list below for next month’s meeting dates, starting with our monthly Charter meeting on August 20th at 6pm. And for meetings dates through the end of the year, look no farther than our online events calendar on atu757.org.

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