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Contract Vote Results
Senior Services of Snohomish County has changed their name to Homage. We held the contract vote at their property yesterday and the contract was ratified by a vote of 26 YEs 12 NO. Congratulations!

Hi Rick!

 

  I wanted to thank you one more time for all you've done on my behalf and to give a message to union members. I never thought of myself as a strong union guy. "Do a good job", I said," and you won't need anyone else to speak for you."

 

That was until recently, when I was involved in a fender bender. To make a long story short, my accident was determined to be avoidable, and First Transit's management opted to fire me.

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Thank You ATU

UPDATE 2/7/17: ATU HAS RECIEVED NOTICE THAT WE WON THE DAN SPARGUR ARBITRATION. UNITED WE ARE STRONG!

Hello my name is Dan Spargur, I have worked for Community Transit for over 18 years. I have worked as a driver, in security, and as a dispatcher. I have been a proud member of the union through my entire duration at Community Transit. I've gone 16 years without feeling the need to file a grievance. However approximately 2 years ago I for the first time felt the need to file a grievance against the company. I felt that CT broke the ATU contract regarding scheduling work and distributing overtime. In the past 18 years, I have sat on several committees and would like to think, that I have proved myself a hardworking and reliable employee. So how did I find I found myself sitting in a conference room for an arbitrations hearing? Before I filed my grievance I underestimated the value of a strong union who supports its members and I also underestimated the value of the grievances process. What started out as what seemed to be a simple issue with a simple solution ended up being drawn out as management and the union interpreted the contract langue differently. As a result, the matter lead to arbitration. After finishing the lengthy process of arbitration, I wanted to take the time to thank you; the members of ATU, for supporting me by voting to take this matter to arbitration. Kathleen Custer and the Union leadership also deserve acknowledgment and thanks for their role in walking me through the process of my arbitration. Without their help, this would have been a very daunting task, but with their help and support, I was able to successfully navigate the difficult process that is arbitration. Currently, the outcome is still unknown and the decision of the arbitration has yet to be made, however the decision should be made by the 1st week of this coming January. I feel confident because of the hard work that was done by our union leadership that this arbitration will be successful and a good use of our union dues. So once again thank you for your support and I hope you all have a happy holiday season.

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. 

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2016 in Review by Vice President Rick M. Jurkovic
Our Recording Secretary Danielle Julien asked me to write a year in review article. Usually, I don’t have a problem sitting at the computer and writing an article, but I have to admit this topic gave me a serious case of writer’s block. What can you say about yourself? I am not the team leader, I am the person in the foxhole, a member of the team working to get the job done. “What exactly does a Vice President do?" I attend a multitude of meetings: E-Board, Charter meetings, Labor Management meetings, Grievance Review meetings, CT Public Board Meetings and Labor Council Meetings to name a few. Then of course there are meetings that involve negotiations, not just contract negotiations, but also negotiations such as accident and drug and alcohol policies. I sit in the second chair while President Custer presides at these meetings taking notes, paying attention to detail and keeping informed. In contract negotiations note taking can be very important, bargaining notes can and have had an impact on Arbitration decisions. My main job is managing the grievances from the first step all the way to arbitration. I am involved at the first step and usually conduct the second step hearing. I am constantly working with shop stewards, Executive Board Officers and our members during this process. I send files to our attorneys for their opinion and am involved in the process of taking a grievance to arbitration which is managed by President Custer. ATU 1576 prevailed in arbitration this past year at First Transit Everett regarding insurance premiums and prevailed. At Community Transit, ATU 1576 won a decision because the company passed down a surcharge to the membership. I am on 2 of the 4 negotiation teams this year. I have been behind the scenes working for our new members at Island Transit getting them re-certified so that the team could continue negotiating. During negotiations we use our E-board officers to get input on proposals for their contract. We met with work groups like Facilities, Customer Service and Dispatch for input on weekends. We were able to squeeze in Shop Steward Training and trained the largest number of new stewards since I have been in office: over 32 in attendance including 21 brand new shop stewards. President Custer and I were summoned to the new Tommy Douglas Center by International President Larry Hanley for Joint Industry Council Training at the International’s expense. This training was by far the best training either of us had received in all of our years in office. The training will help us deal with the private sector, First Transit and Senior Services. At the Northwest Conference all the locals in the Northwest States, the Western Provinces of Canada and the California Council in organizing and strengthening our Locals. We attended the International Convention to conduct the business of the International as delegates representing our Local. President Custer has entrusted me to represent our membership as her designee in many meetings and hearings including 3 termination hearings that I am currently working on. My job is anything but boring and there is no lack of things to do. My chief focus is being a team player working for better wages, benefits and working conditions for our membership. Take Care and Be Safe Rick M. Jurkovic, Vice President


As you know, the International Union has an ongoing campaign to expose and stop assaults on our members. There are many facets to our ongoing campaign. Here is a video showing the real life experiences of our members who have been assaulted. It has been seen online in several outlets and has been very well received. More to follow. Please click on the link and let us know what you think. Read more >>>

( CLICK ON RED LINK ABOVE FOR MORE INFO) Dear Brothers and Sisters, With high temperatures and brutal humidity continuing to blanket the country our members are facing dangerous heat conditions on the job. OSHA has created a Heat Safety App that can help our members stay safe on the job by providing vital safety information on mobile phones. The App allows users to calculate a job site heat index with risk levels and also get reminders about the protective measures that should be taken at that risk level to protect workers from heat-related illness. With a simple "click" users can receive reminders about drinking enough fluids, planning for and knowing what to do in an emergency, signs and symptoms of heat-related illness, and more. The Heat Safety App is free and easy to download for iPhone and Android devices. Just click here. I hope you find this information helpful for your members as we face an extremely warm and humid summer. In solidarity Larry Hanley International President

Transit Assault Survey
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Volunteer with United Way!
VOLUTEER OPPORTUNITY! Every year ATU local 1576 partners with Community Transit to support the United Way, a local organization which helps out members of our own community who are in need. Would you like to help? Please call the union office at 425) 259-4544, pm us on FB, or email djulienrs@atu1576.org to volunteer! There will be a variety of options for you to participate on this special team. Your help is so greatly appreciated! http://www.uwsc.org/

Open Letter to Community Transit CEO Emmett Heath
Letter to Emmett Heath, Geri Beardsley, and Deb Osborne on behalf of the membership at ATU: Hi Emmett, Geri and Deb, It was very nice meeting you Geri and Deb, and thank you all very much for your participation in the Ride Along! Our local, under Kathleen's leadership, has been working very hard to bring the issue of operators who have schedules with no break/lunch time to the forefront. Currently, our contract states that we may eat and rest "as time permits". When no time is permitted, a very unhealthy day ensues for the person driving, without time to eat and stretch their legs. Long-term, as you can imagine, this kind of grinding schedule creates serious health problems. Elena's great attitude toward the passengers and her professional driving skills really exemplify the quality of people Community Transit has hired. As Treva explained to folks in the Planning Department recently, this company hires operators specifically for their commitment to excellent customer service, and then they are put into a workday without breaks. The standby line is "Just take your break, even if you are running late." However, as you saw, once late- we can run late for many hours of the day. Putting ourselves first often doesn't jive with giving good customer service. We worry that passengers will miss connections, or wait excessively at bus stops, call in complaints, or that we will cause hardship for other drivers who depend on us being where we are supposed to be to free up zone space. As a result, operators avoid drinking, push the speed limit and bypass using the restroom in the interest of keeping the schedule. The lack of break time significantly increased during the economic downturn. People were getting laid off and everything was all about the highest level of efficiency, and we all did our level best to make those new, tighter schedules work. Geri and I talked a bit about communication while we were on the bus, and I believe that the line of communication between the folks making the schedules and the operators driving them is broken. We need to have a reliable way to both communicate and get a response to our scheduling issues- which we don't currently have. I am very proud to be a 19 year employee of Community Transit, and proud to work for an agency that leads the way in so many arenas. Now, with Emmett's new leadership and the passage of Proposition 1, which the ATU worked very hard to support, I believe that the time has never been better to create a good working relationship between Planning and Operators. Even more important, the time has never been better to set new parameters in place for scheduling work that take into account the health and welfare of all your employees, by providing for break and rest time. Thank you again for your participation in this ride along, and taking the time to truly understand our concerns. It gives all of us much hope for the future! Kind Regards, Dani Julien Danielle Julien, Recording Secretary/Safety Officer BS Safety and Health, CWU Amalgamated Transit Union, Local 1576 2810 Lombard Ave., Suite 203 Everett, WA 98201 Office (425) 259-4544 Toll Free (800) 266-8841 Fax (425) 303-8645 www.atu1576.org

Community Transit Mini Bid Information

Starting in the June 2016 shakeup, if a mini bid is conducted due to a vacancy, the bid will be open to all employees, not only the operators below the seniority who vacated that work. For example: if operator #100 on the seniority list opens a piece of work due to retirement/ promotion, his/her work will be open to the #1 seniority person to bid on during the mini bid. We've had some operators who want to give up their straight 8 work, due to a change in their circumstances. This gives lower seniority operators the chance to have a better piece of work- by allowing those higher seniority pieces into the mix. This is just a trial for a year and the process will be revisited in the June 2017 shakeup. If it doesn't benefit the lower seniority operators- we will not agree to the change.

We have grown greatly in membership this year, and with the passage of Prop one, we look forward to even more growth and new members. With total donations of $9,500.00, including $1, 00.00 from our local and $8,500.00 from the International Amalgamated Transit Union, we supported the Community Transit Now! Prop 1 campaign because we truly believe in public transit and the excellent service we can provide.

 

When the recession hit, our members were deeply affected by layoffs, reduced service hours and work that was now being created with greatly reduced break and turnaround times, what we drivers affectionately refer to as “Turn and Burn”. We found that we had very little, and sometimes no time to get out of the seat, use the restroom, have a meal, and stretch our legs. We found that our on-time performance suffered, as well. The combined pressure of these tightened up runs along with the domino effect of getting behind in the schedule, caused many members to complain that they almost never got out of the seat.

 

It’s false economy. True efficiency is not achieved when the company refuses to accommodate the need for rest periods, by creating schedules that are extremely difficult to drive, without ample turn around or break time.

 

At CT we have contract language which, in the interest of not extending our work day, waives the right to an un-paid lunch period and we also waive the right to scheduled rest breaks. Our contract basically says that we may eat and rest *as time permits*. However, we have found that the company abuses this language, as the intent of this language is not to deprive our members from any break time. I believe that with these greatly tightened schedules, the company has shown a lack of regard for their employees, who have asked time and again for relief.

 

Now that we are in a period of expansion again, it is our desire that the employer recognize the importance of ample scheduling, both for the health and welfare of their employees and the realistic fulfillment of the schedules they make. To do any less is a disservice.

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Recently, at a Labor Management meeting at CT, one of the assistant managers came up with the idea of getting everyone on both sides of the table to say a little something about themselves just to tell something interesting that they might not talk about. We all had something to say of interest and although what I said then is not what I am going to write about, it did turn out that we all got to know each other a little better. I decided that in this end of the year article I would share something with our membership that very few people know about me.

 

We are often asked to donate for various causes, most recently the employees at CT donated over $40,000.00 to the United Way annual campaign which is very commendable. Often times we scrutinize those donations wondering how much of that actually goes to the person in need and how much goes to the CEO of the organization. While I did donate, it is hard not to question the process.

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How Can I Keep In Touch with My Union?

ATU 1576 now has a text messaging service which is yet another way to stay in touch with the happenings of our local. Simply text the word ATU1576 (No Spaces!) to the number 68398 to subscribe and receive important reminder notices for meetings, arbitration votes and events.You can also “Like” ATU1576 on Facebook, but the best way to stay informed is to attend a Charter meeting. Upcoming Charter Meeting Schedule:  April 17, 2016 at 1:00 pm at the Everett Labor Temple; April 17, 2016 at 5:30 pm at the IBEW Hall in Tacoma; April 17, 2015 at 5:30 pm Island Transit,location TBD; April 19, 2016 at 10:00 am at the Everett Labor Temple. Remember, it can’t be said enough: Everything that happens within our local is done 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.

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 >>>

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COURTESY
Our hard working Labor Representative, Lance Norton, sent me an article from the Everett Herald, in which a passenger writes a commendation for the kindness of a route 512 driver she witnessed. Lance says "It's always nice when the kindness so many of our operators extend, on a daily basis, is recognized." I will be posting this in the next newsletter as well. Way to Go! to our Operator for the level of professionalism he displayed and thanks, Lance for passing this along! The article reads: On Thursday morning at 9:58 I rode the No. 512 bus from Everett to Seattle. At the Lynnwood transit station, a disabled woman in a wheelchair was waiting to board the bus. Henry the bus driver was the most kind, gentle bus driver I have ever met. He spent about 5-6 minutes with this woman getting her on the bus, and securing her wheelchair to the various straps. All the time he was smiling and talking to her. And just before he started to drive off, he must have remembered he hadn't asked her what stop was hers, instead of calling back to her, he got up from his seat, went to her, bent down and in a low polite voice asked her stop. And when she reached her destination, he again spent time getting her off the bus, all the while smiling and talking to her. When I reached my stop, I asked him his name and commented on how kind he was to the wheelchair-bound woman. -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Jan Aken Lake Stevens

That is the key question behind a grievance filed on your behalf by the local against First Transit. Two separate articles in the collective bargaining agreement (CBA) are pertinent to this question. Article 34 spells out the accident policy and defines different degrees of severity, from minor to severe, based on the extent of damage to the “coach or other company property”. Article 7 spells out the Accident Review process, beginning with the responsibilities of the Accident Preview Committee (APC). The CBA states that the APC will first “review the evidence and determine whether any damage has occurred. If there is no damage, the accident will be classified as an incident”. The company maintains that an accident has occurred if “contact has been made” irrespective of whether any real damage has occurred. We maintain that, in order for an operator to be charged with an accident, the company must first establish that actual damage to the coach has occurred, and that mere contact does not, in itself, constitute an accident as defined in the contract. There are more details that I will not be going into for the sake of brevity but at this point the issue remains unresolved. We will update you as to the status of this grievance as it progresses. Read more >>>

Greetings everyone, I hope you are all well. We just finished our bid for the summer schedule and things went pretty well. Thank you to everyone who helped. Next up is the election for the monthly Safety Committee (SST) and the as needed Accident Review Committee (ARC). We have a number of people signed up, plus a few more drivers volunteering for Shop Steward, too. That is great, participation in your union is what makes it better. The election will be held Thursday the 19th in the break room at work. Robert Wolfe will be there from 0600-1200, and I will cover 1200-1800. PLEASE stop by and vote because YOU make the process work. As the summer gets warmer, make sure to drink plenty of water while working. Don't overly exert yourself or put off breaks. Also, please check your Shuttle’s front and rear AC units even on mild days and report them now before it gets too hot and too late to fix them.

Last April the ATU International paid for 3 representatives from our local to attend a training conference in Chicago. President Custer and I attended along with E-board officer Bruce Kurjiaka. Bruce was a great choice to bring along with us because he totally gets the political atmosphere and what it takes to make Transit happen. We arrived in Chicago while "Labor Notes" was having a convention. The Amalgamated Transit Union overpowered their program with about 500 delegates from 240 locals across the country and Canada. A demonstration was scheduled to picket a Staples store in Chicago for outsourcing the US Mail and about 400 picketers showed up, mostly ATU members with the slogan, "The US Mail is Not For Sale". We were trained in Chicago to energize our membership to participate in a "Vote Transit" campaign. The vision of International President Larry Hanley is to program the 240 Locals to program their membership to program their ridership to VOTE TRANSIT. The 240 Locals consist of about 200,000 members. The concept is for the 200,000 members to get the support of the MILLIONS of people who ride Transit every day. ATU International proclaimed May as Transit Month. May 20th was chosen as the day millions of people would call their representatives in Washington DC and tell them to vote for and support Transit. When May 20th rolled around, we were out in the Park and Rides handing out flyers to passengers telling them to call their representatives to pass a comprehensive transit bill. While Local Unions were doing this across the country the Locals close to Washington DC were demonstrating at the Capitol. The switchboards were jammed, Congress got the message loud and clear. Read more >>>

News at ATU 1576
Way to go!! Local ATU 1576's Financial Secretary speaks up!! The following statement was made by him at the most recent CT Board of Director's Meeting: "Good Afternoon, Mr. Chairman, Members of the Board and CT Staff: I am John Sainz, Financial Secretary of ATU Local 1576. I would like to take this opportunity to congratulate President Custer and Vice President Jurkovic for the twin victories in court. With regards to the BOD Lawsuit and the Article 18.2 case, I can only ask, how, knowing they were in the wrong, does CT consider itself a good steward of public funds in light of the considerable waste of taxpayers dollars spent in fighting these two cases? The same question would also apply to the overwhelming number of grievance arbitrations CT has lost. Were I on the BOD, it would certainly cause me to rethink invoices paid to CT’s law firms without closer review. In light of the fact that CT has no problem throwing the Board under the bus when they receive negative comments to unpopular decisions they make affecting the public, it seems to me closer scrutiny of what the Board is getting the blamed for is warranted. Thank you."

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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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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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 I look back at the past 15 years that I have been in the Transit industry I recognize a lot of change. People are inherently resistant to change but you cannot be that way in this Industry and for the most part you wouldn’t want to be. I remember driving the RTS, Ikarus, Orions and Neoplans. Mountlake Terrace Transit Center, Lake Stevens Transit Center, the 112th Freeway stop and the Canyon Park Freeway stop did not exist. Many of our Park and Rides have been renovated including Lynnwood, Aurora Village and most recently Smokey Point to name a few. Marysville now has three Park and Rides with the last one including a restroom. There has been a lot of change and most of it is for the better. Sunday and Holiday Service went away, came back, went away again and now it is back again. During those years we have had a lot of laid off members at 3 different times. Thanks to contract language just about everyone who wanted to come back did, with the exception of one member in Facilities Maintenance who we feel wasn’t treated fairly. What I hear at the Board Meetings is that CT is now committed to “sustainable growth”, I think they have learned their lesson with regards to Sunday and Holiday Service. Now that it is back I would be very surprised to see it go away again. The Sunday service was perhaps the most frequent complaint that I heard from passengers. I was told that at one time Community Transit bought used busses and most of the fleet was more than 20 years old. We have to be grateful those days are long gone. Now most of our fleet has air conditioning and all the new busses will have air conditioning. Management has heard our concerns and on weekend service is supposed to be conducted on an air conditioned coach. We don’t have much control over many of these changes but there are some doors that are open to us. ATU local 587 and King County Metro participated in Proposition 1 for more bus service that just began in June. Prop 1 was passed by the voters. Pierce Transit had a similar Proposition that unfortunately failed a few years ago. A huge difference in King County was Union and Management working together to get the job done. Community Transit is working on a ballot measure that would increase the sales tax by 3 tents of 1 percent in Snohomish County. That would cost us 3 cents for every ten dollars we spend in sales tax. This would bring in about 25 million dollars a year which would fund the new BRT route from Canyon Park to Boeing among other things. I am all for progress in this industry and believe that this measure would mean more jobs and more new busses to get the job done. Read more >>>

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