ATU 757 had the opportunity to discuss workforce development and electric buses with US Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg and Congressman Peter Defazio (OR-4), Chairman of the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee. President Shirley Block and LTD Executive Board Officer Bill Bradley were also joined by LTD Recording Secretary John Gangl and not to be overlooked, Eb Block. Bus Operations Instructor Darryl Whitaker taught both Buttigieg and Defazio how to operate and drive LTD’s New Flyer Electric Bus. LTD Fleet Maintenance Liaison and Lead Electric Bus Inspector Jordan May was on hand to answer technical questions, none were asked.
Last but not least, a shout out to Val Hoyle, our most aggressive ally in our contract fight with Trimet. Shirley and Bill ran into her in Eugene on the same day.