June 2018 e-newsletter



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What’s New at ATU?

 June 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…
    • During a recent OSHA inspection, C-TRAN in Vancouver was cited for SEVEN separate violations of safety standards in their maintenance area, and assessed a $13,000 fine.




  • Speaking of the radio, our Central Oregon Intergovernmental Council union officers were on KPOV High Desert Radio to talk about their recent successful contract negotiations.

Results from ATU 757’s 2018 Officer Elections
Last Wednesday, June 13th, TrueBallot Inc. and the ATU 757 Election Committee counted all of the ballots cast in our 2018 officer elections. Below, you will find the official tally of votes for the “Top Three” officers and Executive Board Officers. For a complete list of results, including local Liaison Officer positions, please see the full results on our website.

Shirley Block

Vice President
Jonathan Hunt

Financial Secretary-Treasurer
Mary Longoria

C-TRAN Executive Board Officer
James Bennett

First Student Portland Executive Board Officer
Anna M. Tompte

Lane Transit District Executive Board Officer
Bill Bradley

Portland Public Schools Executive Board Officer
Jimmy Appelhanz

Salem-Keizer Transit District Executive Board Officer
Mikel Burke

TriMet Center Street Transportation Executive Board Officer
Darin Hagey

TriMet Center Street Maintenance Executive Board Officer
Kevin Kinoshita

TriMet Merlo Transportation Executive Board Officer
Michael McCurry

TriMet Merlo Maintenance Executive Board Officer
Kerry Montgomery

TriMet Powell Transportation Executive Board Officer
Khris Alexander

TriMet Powell Maintenance Executive Board Officer
Mike Francois

TriMet Light Rail Transportation Executive Board Officer
Terrance Howard

TriMet Light Rail Maintenance Executive Board Officer
Joe E. Ruffin III

TriMet Represented Staff Executive Board Officer
Frederick Casey

Stand Up for TriMet LIFT Workers on June 25th!
On May 17th, we worked with Portland Jobs with Justice to hold a hearing of the Portland-area Workers Rights Board, concerning LIFT paratransit service in Portland.

Nearly 120 community members, transit workers, social-justice activists, and paratransit riders joined us to hear testimony on the horrifying and inhumane conditions workers and riders face at TriMet LIFT, operated by private contractor First Transit. Because it is clear that a movement needs to be developed around this issue, we are excited to be organizing the Speak Out for Accessibility in Public Transit & Housing as a follow up event to the recent Workers’ Rights Board Hearing. Co-sponsors include Portland Jobs with Justice and the Real Choice Initiative.

Join us NEXT MONDAY, June 25th, from 6:00 – 8:00pm at SEIU Local 503, 6401 SE Foster Rd., Portland, and let’s show our sisters & brothers at TriMet LIFT that we’ve got their backs! You can learn more and RSVP on Facebook.

Save the Date! Join us at ATU 757’s Summer Picnic on July 22nd!

Sunday, July 22nd, 10:00am – 4:00pm
Blue Lake Park (Chinook A and B)
20500 NE Marine Dr., Fairview, OR

Music by the Kirk Green Band

Come join us for food and fun! We’ll have bingo, caricature artists, watermelon-eating contents, raffle prizes, a 50/50 fundraiser for Labor’s Community Services Agency, and more!

You must sign in at registration to receive meal & raffle tickets. Parking is $5 per car.

We look forward to seeing everyone there! And if you are interested in volunteering, please contact the Union Hall at (503) 232-9144!

Stay Safe in the Summer Heat!
Across Oregon and southern Washington, temperatures are rising – it’s going to be 90 degrees in Medford, Walla Walla, and Portland today, and the rest of the region isn’t much cooler. ATU wants you to stay safe in the heat, so be sure to check out the guide we published last summer to heat safety, OSHA guidelines about safe working environments, and how to refuse unsafe work!

First Student Corvallis Issued OSHA Citation Due to Unsafe Lot
Workers at First Student in Corvallis have been dealing with poor lot conditions at the company’s facility on Reiman Ave., including potholes, standing water, and loose gravel. After reporting the issue to the company, nothing changed, and workers decided to file a report with Oregon OSHA.

As a result of ATU’s complaint, OSHA found First Student responsible for a failure to “ensure that walking-working surfaces were maintained free of hazards” at First Student’s Reiman lot, and proposed a fine of $630.

Learn more and review the full citation on our website!

Upcoming union meetings

Check out the list below for next month’s meeting dates, starting with our monthly Charter meeting on July 16th 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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