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In the fall of last year, our Local was contacted by employees of Island Transit who were looking to join our Union. Our organizing campaign began immediately but this campaign was largely led from the inside-out. A large group of employees began contacting their fellow coworkers about joining the Union. We held organizing weekend meetings and for months we met with employees many weekends to provide information about our Union and to learn of their concerns, and share the benefits and the protections the Union offers. By the time we filed the petition with the the Public Employees Relations Commission (PERC) in mid-November, Request for Union Representation cards were signed by 76% of the employees! On February 4, 2015, we received notice from PERC certifying the Island Transit Drivers and Dispatchers, a total of approx. 64 new members into our bargaining unit. I must note the courtesy and professionalism conducted by Island Transit staff not only during the organizing effort but also during the pendency of the petition. We were encouraged that the Union will have a positive and successful working relationship with management. Last week, Vice President Rick Jurkovic and I met with Interim CEO Ken Graska for an initial introduction and to discuss the process we will take moving forward to begin negotiating a collective bargaining agreement for our new members. It was a constructive meeting with a good plan for the future. We look forward to opening negotiations with the agency in the near future. Read more >>>

MARCH 2015 CHARTER SCHEDULE

March Charter Schedule for ATU 1576: Sunday, March 15, 2015 at 1:00 PM at the Everett Labor Temple. Sunday, March 15, 2015 at 5:30 PM at the IBEW Hall in Tacoma. Tuesday, March 17, 2015 at 10:00 AM at the Everett Labor Temple. Our Union is growing! Stay connected to stay involved!

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MEMBERS: Last night everyone on our list got a text message telling them the results of our contract vote as soon as the ballots were counted!!! Sign up to our text messaging service and receive instant notification of meetings and news updates. *You will not be spammed with messages and you can stop the service at any time.* Here is how YOU can subscribe to our text messaging service: text the word "ATU1576" (no spaces!) to the number 68398

DOT MED CARDS
ATTENTION CDL HOLDERS: Here’s the link to the list of certified DOT examiners nationwide. There is a place on the site for our Members to enter the city where they need the exam and a radius that they wish to travel for the exam. If a doctor or other certified examiner is not on this list, the exam will not be accepted and considered invalid. Copy and Paste this link: https://nationalregistry.fmcsa.dot.gov/NRPublicUI/home.seam

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