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• March 2016 • Contract Offer Rejected! Voting on the “Final Offer” presented by Metro Transit took place February 14-15. Members of Local 1005 did not feel the Valentine’s Day Love, however, as the offer was rejected with 97% voting No. Members have sent a clear message to management that the offer presented does not match up with today’s realities in the workplace. Metro Transit offered a mediocre 2% annual raise, and partially offset rising
“Oh, you can’t scare me, I’m sticking to the union…‘til the day I die.” Labor song “Union Maid” by Woody Guthrie Whats Inside… Contract Negotions page 1 A-Line page 2
healthcare premiums. In this offer, Metro Transit did not address several issues, for example: making MLK Holiday a bankable Floater, and the ability to convert a third week of vacation to single days. These proposals are cost neutral. Metro Transit also did not adequately address market pressures on operator and technician positions. Currently there is no shift differential for Technicians; and the shift differential for Bus Operators has never been
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adjusted, making it nearly insignificant. Without structural changes to
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shortages that have been chronic in the Operator and Technician ranks?
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pay and benefits, how does Metro Transit expect to fill the large personnel
ATU will return to mediated negotiations on March 31st. Hopefully management will have enough time to examine the shortcoming of their offer and put forth a contract offer that respects the members and addresses the concerns of the workforce.
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A – LINE – Ilona LaDouceur #66048 The announcement for the actual start of the A-Line is to be announced sometime the month of February (spoiler alert – it’s probably in June) so here is a bit of information I was told about thanks to the Project Manager, Katie Roth and Senior Manager of Public Relations, John Schadl. The A-Line is essentially the first of several planned Metro Transit ART (Arterial Rapids Transit) lines that will be an upgraded Route 84 route. While the regular 84 route will still remain a live route, the A-Line will be a much more frequent, more reliable and faster option. Description: Late this spring the Twin Cities first arterial bus rapid transit (BRT) service will be starting up with service from Rosedale Shopping Center, down Snelling Avenue to Ford Parkway and across the Mississippi River to the Blue Line 46th Street Station in Minneapolis. The A Line BRT service will be the first of several rapid transitways being planned for the region. It represents a new level of fast, efficient and convenient transit service for residents of the Twin Cities. A Line Facts The A Line is a Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) line that will run from the Rosedale shopping mall to the 46th Street Station of the Blue line in Minneapolis via Snelling Avenue and Ford Parkway. A $27 million construction project is currently underway. Service on the line will begin in 2016. Background: • In 2011, Metro Transit began a study of how to improve the customer experience on its highest ridership bus routes. o A dozen local bus routes carry 90,000 daily riders – one third of Metro Transit’s ridership o Ridership on local bus routes continues to grow. In the past 10 years local bus route ridership has increased 14%. o In a typical high-volume bus corridor, buses make up less than 3% of traffic, but carry up to a third of people traveling. • Plans call for 20 rapid transitways by the year 2040 – 16 to 17 of those would be BRT lines. This system will allow another 500,000 people to be a 30 minute commute from their workplace. • Snelling Avenue was identified as a high priority for BRT because of its connections to the Blue and Green LRT lines.
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Step into Spring- Fit For Life 2016 Activity Challenge! Registration is open for our new and exciting online wellness campaign, Step into Spring! This 6 week campaign is all about steps and increasing physical activity throughout the day. The Challenge begins March 8th join now to ensure your place! You can participate as an individual or as a team! • To sign up as an individual, just follow the link below and join the “Individual Based” option. o Follow the prompts to register for the challenge • To sign up as a team: o Gather a team of 2-10 people and assign a Captain o The Captain will register on the link below first to create your team under the “Team Based” option o Then the rest of the team members can register and join the desired team
Fit For Life Step into Spring! 6 week steps and activity challenge!
6 week challenge: Tuesday, March 8th through Monday, April 18th! You can join as a team or individual Teams can include up to 10 people! Start putting your team together today o Select a Team Captain to register first and set up your team name Auto-sync with a Fitbit or manually enter steps Step into Spring also has a phone app for easy step entry (Through Daily Endorphin) REGISTER NOW AT: https://fitforlife.dailyendorphin.com/de/signup/join/group/3428/bb1cf0
Check out FAQs, Rules, and additional information on the Fit For Life MetNet Page
Need a Fitbit for the Challenge?! Sign up in the lunchroom and see the FAQs for Fitbit information
Easy tracking for Step into Spring with Fitbit! Questions? Fitbit devices will automatically sync to this Contact Crystal Felten x1178 challenge! If you do not have a Fitbit and would like one for easier participation, sign up in the lunchroom, or contact Crystal Felten for more information. Note: You do not need a Fitbit to participate. Requests for a Fitbit MUST be received by March 1st! Limited supply is available! Step into Spring Challenge is open to the first 500 people to register! https://fitforlife.dailyendorphin.com/de/signup/join/group/3428/bb1cf0
Contact: Crystal Felten Fitness and Health Specialist | Human Resources Crystal.Felten@metc.state.mn.us P. 651.602.1178 | F. 651.602.1507
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Retirements! Donald Schmidt #5162 41 years
Terry Johnson #9010 26 years
Darrell Krepsky #5373 35 years
Gene Conley #68226 7 years
Clyde Gillespie #3646 16 years
Steve Schurmeier #5242 36 years
Ed Anstett #3054 37 years
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New On-Site Clinic FREE!
That’s what you will get if you visit the new on-site clinic opening February 26, 2016 called Well@Work, The address 375 Jackson Street, Suite 240, St. Paul MN. It is in the skyway across from the Robert Street Regional Administration building. Clinic hours are Monday, Wednesday and Friday from 6:00 am to 2:30 pm. and Tuesday and Thursday from 9:30 am to 6:00 pm. The visit is FREE as long as you and if married, your spouse, are employed with either Metropolitan Council or Metro Transit and you are covered by our Health Partners Insurance.
You can be diagnosed and treated for most routine things like: > > > > > > > >
Cold & Flu Seasonal Allergies Sinus Infections Strep Throat Ear Infections Back pain Sprains Blood Pressure Checks
All by Michelle Roubinek, a Certified Physician Assistant. She is Coming February 25, 2016. also a Health Partner employee, so that means all that you are seen for Your Well@Work on‐site clinic. We’re a lot like your regular clinic – but free! or information you provide will be confidential as if you were seen by your regular doctor. So now all you have to do is pick up the phone and schedule an appointment @ 952-967-5474. Location: 375 Jackson Street, Suite 240 Saint Paul, MN 55101 Hours: Monday, Wednesday and Friday, 6 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Tuesday and Thursday, 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.
FREE: The medicines that you will be prescribed are available right there in the clinic, if they are available. Well@ Work can not fill any prescriptions from other clinics or outside doctors. Visit MetNet to learn more. The HealthPartners family of health plans is underwritten and/or administered by HealthPartners, Inc., Group Health, Inc., HealthPartners Insurance Company or HealthPartners Administrators, Inc. Fully insured Wisconsin plans are underwritten by HealthPartners Insurance Company.
So all this sounds great but I guess now you say all this free stuff and I have to look and pay for parking, well think again.
FREE: The parking is also free, just get your ticket and have the receptionist validate it. We will be validating parking for employees who drive here to use the on-site clinic. The clinic provider will validate the parking ticket. Two ramps are eligible: First National Bank parking ramp – 332 Minnesota Street. Enter from 5th street between Minnesota and Robert Streets. US Bank Center parking ramp – East 5th Street and Minnesota Street – Enter from Minnesota between 5th and 6th Streets. There will be an open house February 25, 2016 from 11 am to 1 pm. Speakers and Lunch provided at the location. I asked the question what about Minneapolis? The answer was there are plans for a secondary location in Minneapolis but that will be after the completion of the new Heywood facility so that they can find a location for the clinic.
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BRT provides faster service: • Signal prioritization and expedited boarding allow BRT vehicles to move faster than conventional local bus service. Some BRT routes will include dedicated lanes to bypass congested traffic. • A Line Stations will be placed approximately every ½ mile instead of at 1/8 mile intervals. This speeds up transit time dramatically. • Boarding is faster because fares are purchased in advance and passengers can board and exit the bus using two doors. A better wait for the bus: • Substantial shelters with better light and heat • Real-time bus arrival screens. • Security cameras and emergency telephones • Ticket machines Transit stimulates economic growth: • A recent analysis of the Red Line BRT corridor from Apple Valley to the Mall of America via Cedar Avenue, found a significant economic impact. Transit was one of several factors that contributed to 42 new developments in retail, housing and hospitality totaling $273 million. • An earlier analysis of the Green Line, using the same methodology, identified over 120 new projects at a value of over $3 billion • All funding to construct the A-Line and to design the C-Line has been secured. Accelerating the build out of the future long term network of ABRT lines on a dedicated funding source; that wasn’t part of last year’s legislative session. • The A-Line and future ARBT lines will be operated by Metro Transit and picked by ATU operators. 12 Lines have been studied and are planned for implementation in the coming years. The next line in the program is the C-Line that will run on Penn Ave No, and substantially replace the route 19. The C-line is targeted for construction in 2017-2018.
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Here is an idea for a night out! Why not take in a movie, not just a movie. A labor movie night. Twin Cities Labor Movie nights are once a month and in two different sites. In St Paul it’s held at Eastside Freedom Library 1105 Greenbrier Street, St. Paul, MN 55106. In Minneapolis it’s held at United Labor Centre, 312 Central Ave. SE. Suite 356, Minneapolis, MN 55415.
The Schedule is as follows: February 15, 2016 Have you Heard from Johannesburg: Episode 5 ( In St Paul) The film details the movement in South Africa to end Apartheid and to end racial inequalities in the aftermath of it’s collapse. vvvvvvvvvvv March 18, 2016 Norma Rae ( In Minneapolis) A young single mother and textile worker agrees to help unionize her mill despite the problems and dangers involved. vvvvvvvvvvv April 15, 2016 Northern Lights The bitter-sweet story of young lovers caught up in a political struggle waged by farmers against the grain trade, the banks and the railroads. vvvvvvvvvvv
The twin cities labor movie night 2016 is sponsored by AFSCME locals and IBEW and Minneapolis Labor review.
WEINGARTEN RIGHTS I believe this discussion could lead to my being disciplined. I therefore request that my union representative be present to assist me at the meeting. I further request reasonable time to consult with my union representative regarding the subject and purpose of the meeting. Please consider this a continuing request; without representation, I shall not participate in the discussion.
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