Local 1576


ALL CDL HOLDERS: New DOT Medical card rules take effect on May 21st
What you should know about the new rules for CDL med cards: The examiner will use new, national rules when conducting your exams. To see a list of conditions, medications and treatment that will be included in the new rules: http://nrcme.fmcsa.dot.gov/mehandbook/part_4_guide_ep.aspx#con-guide Effective May 21, 2014 all DOT medical exams for CDL holders must be conducted by a "certified examiner". Medical cards obtained by a non-certified examiner will be considered invalid. All Group Health Occupational Medicine physicians are certified. Or, you can search the registry of Certified Medical Examiners to find your own examiner: https://nationalregistry.fmcsa.dot.gov/NRPublicUI/home.seam If your DOT card is due to expire remember, it will most likely take longer to renew your medical certification card after the new rules take effect on May 21st. Do not wait until the last minute to renew your card, as you cannot drive commercially without a current and valid DOT card. Know the new rules, and protect your livelihood!

APRIL 2014 CHARTER MEETING SCHEDULE: APRIL 27, 2014 at 1:00 pm at the Everett Labor Temple, APRIL 27, 2014 at 5:30 pm at the IBEW Hall in Tacoma, APRIL 29, 2014 at 10:00 am at the Everett Labor Temple. Locations: Everett Labor Temple 2810 Lombard Everett, WA 98201 IBEW Hall 3049 S. 36th Tacoma, WA Contact: Danielle Julien Email: djulienrs@atu1576.org Phone: 425)259-4544 Description: Come and hear the business of the local. Meet with other members and get your questions answered. Remember, all the business we do as a local is passed through these meetings. Attend one and make your voice heard!

ATU International President Larry Hanley's Message to Members about Training

You may know by now that CT recently received 13 new thirty foot Gillig buses, with six more on the way. The new buses started being delivered sometime last July. They have a brand new Audio/Video camera system which is very different from the system installed on any other bus we drive. CT ‘casually’ notified me of the new system months after the first bus arrived. When I was rather nonchalantly invited to view the new system, I invited our Executive Board officers to join me in order to keep them informed. We couldn’t believe what we saw (wait for it….).
The new camera system has eight cameras in a thirty foot bus, with the potential of installing 16 total. It has a GPS speed monitor and map locator (much like the APTS). The new camera system includes the ability to know when a driver applies the break, turns on signals and hazard lights. It also includes a camera outside the coach on both the left and right curb sides and outside the rearview near the license plate. The new system also includes a camera over the driver’s compartment viewing the driver’s actions.
Needless to say, the Union is NOT in support of the camera system or installation thereof. I immediately sent CT a letter demanding to bargain the decision to install the system as well as the effects. CT has recently declined to bargain over technology decisions and will only bargain the impacts to our members.
Although the Union disputes CT’s position over what they are obligated to bargain, we are actively pursuing our next steps. With that said, I will certainly keep our membership informed as events unfold. In the meanwhile, be careful of your actions and please notify the Union if you or anyone you know is disciplined using the new system.
Contract negotiations remain at a standstill and no additional negotiations are scheduled. The parties have their issues certified for arbitration which is unlikely to happen anytime before the Spring. Your negotiating committee plans to hold another contract meeting to provide you with any additional information and hear your feedback. These meetings are vitally important for your committee to know your views and direction. Please look for notices of an upcoming meeting and be prepared to attend.
As of the September sales tax report I received, Year to Date Actual Tax Revenue exceeded CT’s budget by $4,307,034, or 8.6%, and exceeds the same period from the prior year by 10.8%. CT will also increase service levels in 2014, although they still refuse to entertain reinstating Sunday/Holiday service (even skeletal service) until possibly 2015. The proposal CT has made to both the ATU and IAM Mechanics (mechanics voted it down twice) to pay a portion of the medical premiums and receive little or no wage increase seems questionable to say the least with these stated facts.
With the New Year approaching, the negotiating committees for both First Transit and Senior Services will begin preparations for contract negotiations. First Transit’s contract expires May 31, 2014 and Senior Services expires September 30, 2014, although SSSC contract requires bargaining to begin no later than the first week of May, 2014. Now is the time to start thinking about your interests for upcoming negotiations so that when our survey goes out, you will be ready to return it promptly.
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Election Results

The 2014-2016 Officer Election results have been posted on the ATU bulletin boards at all properties. Congratulations to President Kathleen Custer and Exective Board Officer Lakhjit Grewal on being re-elected, and welcome NEW Executive Board Officers Laurie Boyd, Eric Sullivan, Robert Wolfe and Charles Cox. On behalf of all the Officers, we look forward to serving the members of 1576 for the next three years. We have a great group of people in our local and truly appreciate the support we get from all of you.

Election Update for 2014- 2016 Officer Positions

Tuesday November 19, 2013 Nominations for all Executive Board and Officer positions are now closed and the Mail In Ballots should be in the mail tomorrow. Look for yours and remember to follow all the instructions for mailing in your vote!

Senior Service of Snohomish County

ATU 1576 has come to a tentative agreement with the Agency regarding wages, which we were pleased to bring to the membership at the All Members Meeting that took place on Sunday, September 15th at the Everett Labor Temple. The informational meeting was very well attended.

The vote will take place on Wednesday, September 18th at the SSSC base from 6:00 AM to 6:00 PM. All SSSC members please plan to cast your VOTE!

Fall Charter Meeting Schedule

September 15,2013 at 1:00 pm at the Everett Labor Temple, September 15, 2013 at 5:30 pm at the IBEW Hall in Tacoma, September 17, 2013 at 10:00 am at the Everett Labor Temple.

October 20,2013 at 1:00 pm at the Everett Labor Temple, October 20, 2013 at 5:30 pm at the IBEW Hall in Tacoma, October 22, 2013 at 10:00 am at the Everett Labor Temple.

November 17, 2013 at 1:00 pm at the Everett Labor Temple, November 17, 2013 at 5:30 pm at the IBEW Hall in Tacoma, November 19, 2013 at 10:00 am at the Everett Labor Temple.

Remember, it can’t be said enough: Everything that happens within our local is run through these meetings. Your attendance keeps you informed and ensures that your voice is heard. Please plan on attending one of these important meetings each month. Enjoy the fall season and be safe everyone!

Have you ever received a paper from payroll/accounting that informs you of the amount of vacation time or floaters you have left? Has this information been accurate? Most likely not.

Recently, I had a situation where our payroll/accounting department informed management, incorrectly, that I had 5 days of vacation and 1 floater left to use. I truthfully pointed out to management, that as far as I knew, I did not have any paid time off left. In a reply from management this statement was made:

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Labor/Management Meetings

The Labor/Management meetings are an opportunity for the ATU to work on issues that are brought forward from the membership. Bring your concern to a member of the Executive Board and ask them to put it on the agenda for the next meeting. Labor/Management meetings happen at CT the third Thursday of each month, and the deadline for submitting an item is eight days prior to the meeting. When an item is placed on the agenda, it will be discussed at the following meeting. Each issue has its “day in court” at that meeting and what happens with it after that varies. Sometimes a sub-group is formed to research the issue and bring back a recommendation for change, and sometimes the issue can be resolved and closed in the first meeting. In either case, the person who brought your issue to the meeting will come back to you with the answer. Your concern will not be “filed in the trash can” as many people believe!

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SSSC Sick Leave

Greetings, DART Members:
My second installment in an attempt to explain some of the obscure items in the SOP and CBA , hopefully to the benefit of all of you members. Many of you have requested time off in the past for the opportunity to attend scheduled doctor and dentist appointments…and have been denied. The SOP and past practice both allow this opportunity to all of you. SOP 11.007 Section 7.2 Subsection C #12 “Pre-approved sick leave—“Pre-sick” scheduled absences for medical appointments which have been requested and approved. If employer believes an employee is misusing sick leave, employer may request medical verification.” This section also addresses sick leave in Subsection D #6 “Employees are expected to make every effort to schedule doctor and dentist appointments outside their scheduled work hours. Management will make every effort to adjust work schedule to accommodate early off and/or late start. Remember that unscheduled sick leave usage is an absence (occurrence) for purposes of this program.”
Another item of interest regarding sick leave…if you (personally) are sick or injured and need to use the sick leave that has been “frozen” in limbo during the last two years of our contract, you may be eligible to request payment for any or all of those days. CBA Page 10—Article 9 Section 1--“Through September 2013, employees may only use up to seventy-two (72) hours of paid intermittent sick leave per year. Any sick leave over seventy-two (72) will be unpaid, except that any employee on an extended leave for serious illness or injury will be paid from their sick leave account when verified by a doctor’s note.”
Hopefully some of this information will aid you in interacting with management regarding your need for using your sick leave in the future. (Remember to keep in touch with your union representatives; should you have any difficulty using your sick leave at any time…it is a contractual right.)
For the first installment, I refer you to my previous article on this website.

General Election Notice

General elections for Local 1576’s Officers will take place this fall. If you have moved, or if you have not been receiving In Transit magazine from the International, then we don’t have your correct address to send your ballot to. Please update your address with the Local. Management will NOT do this for you. You may contact the office by phone (425-259-4544) or email (jsainzfst@atu1576.org) or by filling out the form in the newsletter and dropping that in the Union Locker. The general election is a mail ballot. You will only receive it by mail and it must be returned by mail. Instructions will be included with your ballot.

In past articles I’ve discussed some of the benefits of union membership. Today I’d like to discuss a couple examples that further demonstrate the importance of union representation. Recently our brothers and sisters of Local 1433 went on strike. The Valley Metropolitan Regional Transit Authority, serving the Phoenix suburbs of Tempe, Mesa and Chandler, had signed a contract with First Transit, which took over transit operations effective July 1 of this year. The operations contract included specific language requiring dismissal of any employee that the transit authority chose, overriding any protection that the driver would otherwise have under their labor contract. Since this was a first time contract, First Transit agreed to these terms even though it had not yet negotiated a labor agreement with the union. The union objected, refusing to allow worker protections to be so undermined. The issue was resolved through mediation involving a former Arizona supreme court justice and a marathon 32 hour negotiating session, but only after a four-day shut-down of transit service for 40% of Phoenix metro area transit service. As reported by AZCENTRAL.com:
“The union feared that First Transit’s contract with Valley Metro could allow Valley Metro to order the company to violate the union’s labor agreement by unilaterally terminating workers, reducing driver wages or cutting work hours.”
Rest assured, our local will never waive your right to union representation in matters such as these.
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As you are all probably aware, COPE is the ATU's political action committee. In fact, it is the largest transit worker PAC in the nation. Contributions to COPE are voluntary from ATU members through direct contributions or, as Local 1576 Members do, payroll deductions. These funds are used to support pro-transit, pro-labor legislation and candidates. Read more >>>

No one wakes up one morning and decides that it would be a good day to have an accident, after all then it would be an on purpose instead. But even though we don't plan it, --it happens. Your 1st thought when it does happen is probably going to be dag nab it (or insert expletive if desired), now I have to fill out paper work.

So now that the inevitable has happened, what do you do? Depending on the circumstances there are certain actions which need to be done following an event.
1. If passengers are on board or event involves a passenger, make sure everyone (including you) is okay.
2. Call it in at time and place.
3. Ask for a supervisor, police, or aid, if needed.
4. Follow instructions from dispatch.
5. Request that passengers fill out courtesy cards. (passengers may refuse to do so but you need to ask)
6. Fill out an event report.
7. Upon arrival at base, if there is damage to coach, park in B.O line and fill out a B.O. Slip
8. Remember these actions are your responsibility; do not expect a supervisor, or another person to do them for you.
What happens next? You should receive a notification (usually in 2-3 weeks) as to whether it is considered an accident or incident. If an accident it will also inform you as to whether it is preventable or non-preventable.

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Unfortunately, the members at First Transit Lakewood, First Transit Everett and Senior Services probably never met Community Transit E-Board Officer Randy Franklin, with the exception of the -E-Board officers from those properties. Randy Franklin happens to be an amazing individual who was appreciated by the Union Membership and respected by Management. Members at Community Transit who had issues with Management would often share their concerns with Randy. Randy would listen to them and more often than not head right down the hallway or upstairs to HR to try to resolve the issue. Randy has the ability to tell Management exactly what he thinks of a situation and clearly not make the issue personal. I can't think of anyone from the top down who doesn't have respect for Randy, and yes, he would walk right up to Joyce Eleanor's office to tell her what he thought about a particular issue.
Randy is alive and well but for circumstances beyond his control he had to resign from Community Transit as a coach operator. The good news is that this is not the end of Randy's existence or compassion for fellow human beings.


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I hope, by way of this article, our Brothers and Sisters are doing well and I trust that everyone is having a wonderful summer. Personally, I’m having a hard time believing it’s already mid-August!
Business in the Union has been as busy as ever and there are several items recently that have “made news” that I wanted to report on. Remember, every month the Officers make a thorough report at each Charter meeting of business being conducted within the Union. In order to get a full and detailed report and the Union’s position on the issues, it is most beneficial for our members to attend those meetings, especially since it is impossible to go into great detail in a newsletter article.
First Transit Lakewood-Tacoma Supervisors/Dispatch/Payroll Clerk:
Last October 2012, First Transit (Lakewood- Tacoma) notified the Union that they were going to lay off their Payroll Clerk, a position just newly certified into our bargaining unit, and transfer those duties to another classification. This news came on nearly the last day of bargaining for a new/first contract for this unit! The Union immediately demanded to bargain both the layoff decision and the effects of that decision but First Transit refused to bargain. The Union then filed an Unfair Labor Practice charge against First Transit for their refusal to bargain. Over many months, the Union prepared to proceed to court because First Transit declined any offer of settlement made by the Union. However, at the eleventh hour, the Union won the ULP and the court hearing was cancelled.
Our win resulted in the reinstatement of our member to his former position and he was made whole for all loss of earnings and other benefits, plus interest. The employer must also negotiate with the Union both the layoff decision and the effects, remove from its files any reference to the October 2012 layoff, provide all information requested by the Union regarding the decision to layoff and, for 60 days, post a large poster-sized notice that the employer has committed an Unfair Labor Practice.
Needless to say, the Union is very pleased to have won this charge and to have Mr. Weldy back on the job. Ironically, the reason these employees recently wanted to join the Union was for the member protections the Union provides. Without the Union, this employee would have had no recourse. I’m certain our newly initiated members see what the Union can do for them! Welcome back Mr. Weldy!
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NOTICE TO ALL VOTING MEMBERS: General elections for Local 1576’s Officers will take place this fall. If you have moved, or if you have not been receiving your In Transit magazine from the International, then we don’t have your correct address to send your ballot to. Please update your address with the Local. Management will NOT do this for you. You may contact the office by phone (425-259-4544) or email (jsainzfst@atu1576.org) or by filling out the form in the newsletter and dropping that in the Union Locker. The general election is a mail ballot. You will only receive it by mail and it must be returned by mail. Instructions will be included with your ballot.

Recently I was in a meeting in which I heard from Management that Pre-Trip Inspections were being improperly done at Community Transit. This got my attention because I could see myself representing a number of coach operators for disciplines which can be avoided if we are all on the same page. Last September a “Behind the Wheel” article came out regarding these inspections. The article made a number of points which included the “Federal Law” and what could happen if these Inspections were not properly done. Attention was drawn to a “laminated sheet” detailing the inspection and how it should be done. A flag went up when I read: “In the very near future, Supervisors will begin random checks of Coach Operators performing a pre-trip and will make sure that you are following procedures to make us compliant with the Federal Law.”
I am sharing this with all of the operators on all of our properties in the interest of safety and because I don’t want to see any discipline as a result of pre-trips. Early in the morning we should be hearing horns honking, brakes pumped down while the coach is in the off position and kneeling coaches. If any of you have been guilty of taking a short cut regarding pre-trips please, let’s all get on the same page, that “laminated sheet” which was put in your mail box. At the other properties my recommendation is that you check out your vehicle they way you were trained.
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As you are all probably aware, COPE is the ATU's political action committee. In fact, it is the largest transit worker PAC in the nation. Contributions to COPE are voluntary from ATU members through direct contributions or, as Local 1576 Members do, payroll deductions. These funds are used to support pro-transit, pro-labor legislation and candidates. Read more >>>

Local 1576 President’s Report by Vice President Rick Jurkovic
I am Rick Jurkovic, Vice President of Local 1576 from Everett, Washington. Thank you to the hosts of this joint conference, the NW Conference Officers and all the people behind the scenes who made this Conference hospitable. President Kathleen Custer had to cancel all reservations because her mother is in the hospital. She misses being here and sends greetings to all on her behalf.
Our Local has suffered 2 layoffs since the beginning of the Recession and our numbers are down from about 800 members to 600 members.
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