FULL-TIME AND PART-TIME OPERATOR LAY-OFF / RECALL (REVISED 2/24/03) Article 20, Section 16: In the event of a reduction in force of bus operators, such reduction shall be made by laying off the youngest bus operator in the bus service determined by the date of hire in the bus service. Article 21, Section 16: No full-time operators on the payroll December 1, 1986, shall be laid off while part-time operators are employed. In addition, full-time operators hired after December 1, 1986, who accumulate two (2) years of full-time service shall not be laid off until all part-time operators have been laid-off. Full-time operators hired after December 1, 1986 will have the option of being laid-off or bumping back to part-time status with their former part-time seniority. Laid-off bumped operators will be recalled by their full-time seniority. LAY-OFFS For purposes of clarification, it was determined that there are three (3) categories of bus operators: Full-time operators with more than two (2) years of service (does not need to be consecutive years) (vested); Full-time operators with less than two (2) years of service (does not need to be consecutive years) (non-vested), and; Part-time operators. Vested full-time operators cannot be laid-off until all the part-time operators have been laid-off. Non-vested full-time operators have a choice of either bumping back to part-time or taking the lay-off. Selection will be based on full-time seniority. Operators bumping back to part-time relinquish their full-time status, seniority and ability to be recalled back as a full-time operator. The decision to be laid-off or bumped back to part-time shall be a one-time decision. An operator who elects to be laid-off may not rescind the decision at a later date. Operators electing to bump back to part-time will be placed on the part-time seniority list using their most recent part-time seniority date. A non-vested full-time operator may only bump back to part-time operator if there is an available position. Part-time operators may be laid-off based on their part-time seniority, starting with the part-time operator with the lowest seniority. This includes weekday and weekend. RECALL Non-vested, full-time operators who elected to take the lay-off will be recalled based on their full-time seniority date. Non-vested, full-time operators who elected to bump back to part-time status will be allowed to re-apply as full-time operators have been recalled. ADDITIONAL INFORMATION Article 21, Section 2: shall be applied in the determination of lay-offs. The maximum number of part-time operators shall not exceed 24% total or 19% weekday. This document was agreed to by the Amalgamated Transit Union and Metro Transit after research and discussion regarding the intent of the Collective Bargaining Agreement. Signed 2/25/03 by: Ron Lloyd, President ATU Local 1005
Sam L. Jacobs, Director of Bus Transportation
A T THE O FFICE Heywood
The Transit Information Center is housed at Heywood Office on second floor. TIC is budgeted to staff 36 full-time and three parttime representatives, three supervisors and one lead supervisor. TIC employees’report to the Transit Information manager. There are 26 telephone stations where each rep takes an average of 2,180 calls monthly. The job of providing bus information has changed dramatically since the computerized ‘Automated Travel Information System’(ATIS) was created in 1999. While driver maps and pocket schedules are still handy tools, the bulk of research to assist customers is done on the computer, using ATIS and the integrated bus routes, stops and schedule information available there. Savvy customers can access ATIS on-line and plan their own trips, but that hasn’t reduced the number of calls TIC receives from those who need a little help from a live agent who understands Metro Transit’s system and knows the cities we serve. Taking and processing over a hundred calls daily to the satisfaction of customers who often don’t have a clue how to take the bus is a challenge the department strives to reward with an extensive recognition program. Individually, each TIC rep is presented with a certificate after completing their six-month probation. Milestones: five, ten, twenty years of service are also recognized with framed plaques. Occasionally a satisfied customer takes the extra effort to commend a helpful TIC rep; recipients of commendations get to select from a ‘goodie’basket of useful recognition items. Quarterly award presentations
Order Report # (800) 685-1111 Fraud # (888) 766-0008 Equifax Credit Information Services, Inc. P.O. Box 740241 Atlanta, GA 30374-0241 www.equifax.com TransUnion Corporation: (800) 680-7293 or 800-680-7289 or (800) 680-7289 Order Report # (800) 888-4213 Fraud # (800) 680-7289 TransUnion LLC Consumer Disclosure Center P.O. Box 1000 Chester, PA 19022 (Or at) Fraud Victim Assistance Division P.O. Box 6790, Fullerton, CA. 926346790 www.tuc.com These numbers change frequently, you may have to check their website for the current number. Persistence is probably a victim’s biggest asset. Never give up until your ordeal is totally resolved. Be proactive in guarding your identity. Write to your State and Federal Legislators to demand stronger privacy protection. Demand that the State Finance and Banking Committees pass legislation to protect consumers from negligent bank and credit reporting practices. Does this article seem like overkill? Ask someone who had his identity stolen! Related links: www.identitytheft.org — Identity Theft Prevention and Survival — offers specific steps, expert consumer and legal information, as well as important advice. Also, consumers can see The Identity Theft Survival Kit and other self-help products, and find out ordering information. The kits have form letters that you can use when dealing with credit agencies. www.privacyrights.org/ — A comprehensive site dealing with privacy that provides thorough, up-to-date information on the basics of identity theft, relevant laws, organizations to contact, and more.
www.ftc.gov — The Federal Trade Commission has information on privacy and identity theft. www.prig.org Provides consumer information and research about consumer problems, including identity theft. www.consumerpro.com/ File an online complaint at this site that provides information and training designed to help reconcile differences between consumers and businesses. Not specifically identity theft. www.igc.org/pirg/consumer/credit/ind ex.htm — You’ll find fact sheets, reports, and lots of outside resources on this page, entitled “Nightmare on Credit Street.” Other helpful sites: Freecreditreport.com – Free Credit Report U.S. Postal Service For the nearest Postal Inspector if the mail was used. (800) 275-8777, Website: www.usps.gov/websites/depart/inspect U.S. Secret Service Website: www.treas.gov/usss U.S. Social Security Administration – Fraud Reporting (800) 269-0271, Free Personal Earnings and Benefit Estimate Statement (800) 772-1219, Website: www.ssa.gov www.federalreserve.gov/boarddocs/rp tcongress/privacy.pdf — Check out the March, 1997 Report to Congress concerning the Availability of Consumer Identifying Information and Financial Fraud. To Report Fraudulent use of your checks, contact Chexsystems at (800) 428-9623 VOIT – (Victim of Identity Theft Support Group) www.pirg.org/calpirg
Page 21 your reports by calling the numbers below. By Federal law they can charge no more than $9.20 per report. 70% of all credit reports have errors on them and 30% have errors serious enough to affect your credit and even stop an issue of credit. (i.e. mortgage) Immediately correct all mistakes on your credit reports in writing. Send those letters Return Receipt Requested, and identify the problems item by item with a copy of the credit report back to the credit reporting agency. You should hear from them within 30 days. 14. Take your name off all promotional lists. Do not put your full name on your checks, only use your first initial. Call the three credit reporting agency numbers to opt out of preapproved offers. Write to the following to get off promotional lists: Direct Marketing Association Mail Preference Service P. O. Box 9008 Farmingdale, NY 11735 Direct Marketing Association Telephone Preference Service P. O. Box 9014 Farmingdale, NY 11735 15. Consider making your phone an unlisted number or just use an initial. 16. Make a list of all your credit card account numbers and bank account numbers (or photocopy) with customer service phone numbers, and keep it in a safe place. (Do not keep it on the hard drive of your computer if you are connected to the Internet.) 17. If you have a computer and use a modem on a internet connection, run a firewall on your computer such as Norton’s Personal Firewall or McAfee Personal Firwall. If you keep personal financial information, it may be accessed by web cookies and back door Trojan programs. Also there is a lot of hidden reporting programs that report back information to marketers like the popular “KAAZA” music downloading website.
If You Have Been Victimized Even doing all this, you can still be a victim. First reaction is usually that there has to be some sort of mistake, and your initial reaction is simply one of disbelief, how can that be done? The primary issue for the identity theft victim is to halt the crime spree, but that’s the tip of the iceberg. A victim’s major concern is to get his/her life back. Victims have lost their cars, their employment, their homes, and their reputation. Some have filed bankruptcy just to survive. What do you do first if you find out you are a victim? First call the big three credit reporting agencies to report the fraud. Request that a “fraud alert” be placed on your account, as well as a “victim’s statement asking that creditors call you before opening any new accounts or changing your existing accounts. Also call your local creditor and put watches on your accounts. At the same time ask all three credit bureaus for copies of your credit report. They must give you a free copy of your report if your report is inaccurate because of fraud. Second, call your local enforcement agency. Demand, Make them do an investigation and give you a report. They won’t want to do it because it takes time and it is not a physical crime of immediate danger. The credit card company will want proof of the crime. Third, take that report to the following credit agencies and demand that all fraudulent information be removed in 30 days. Having a police report will put teeth into that request. Experian Information Solutions, Inc.(Formerly TRW) (800) 353-0809 or 888-397-3742 Order Report # (888) 524-3606 or (888) EXPERIAN Fraud # (888) 397-3742 P.O. Box 2104 or P.O. Box 9530 Allen, TX. 75013-2104 www.experian.com Equifax Credit Information Sevices, Inc, (888) 567-8688 or (800) 290-8749, or (800) 525-6285
G ARAGE Nicollet THE
NICOLLET GARAGE By Theresa Collins, #1378
Congrats to Donald Hanson, #8825, who has retired after 15 years of service. Thanks to Annette Floysand, Assistant Transportation Manager, for sewing aprons for the Nicollet Club. We now have a “Nicollet News” newsletter, which runs about once a month. Look for additional information about our garage in the next issue of that publication. Kudos to all the Nicollet drivers who received 2002 awards; we’re especially proud of Elite Operators: Charles Wilson, #820 and Richard Mannie, #1518. The AM / PM Extraboard is now up and running at Nicollet.
A T THE G ARAGE East Metro The new driver pick starts June 7. At that time East Metro will welcome fourteen drivers who transferred from other garages and say goodbye to four who transferred out. Best wishes to all. Congratulations to Marshall Freeman driver #6320 for his second place finish in this years Roadeo. This is Marshall’s fourth top five finish. Congratulations also to Harry Mandik driver # 655 for his fourth finish in the top ten. Everyone give a big thank you to Mark Miller driver 3005 for providing a number of prizes for recent East Metro raffles for the garage Wellness Fund. Watch for another soon at a potluck luncheon coming in June. The 1000 series Gilligs are finally here. They have an expanded AC control system. Ask about settings. There are four Fit for Life bikes available. Check one out, even for a few days. Get in shape for summer.
It’s easy to change the name of the recipient on the check with an acid wash. 5. When you order new credit cards in the mail, or your previous ones have expired, watch the calendar to make sure that you get the card within the appropriate time. If it is not received by a certain date, call the credit card grantor immediately and find out if the card was sent. Find out if a change of address was filed if you don’t receive the card or a billing statement. Cancel all credit cards that you do not use or have not used in 6 months. Thieves use these very easily - open credit is a prime target. 6. Put passwords on all your accounts and do not use your mother’s maiden name. Make up a fictitious word, something outrageous, after all they may know you mothers maiden from genealogy off the web. You can put a requirement that they call you at a number before issuing credit. Make that number your cell number, that way you can be out and about and use your credit. Every time you charge, they will call you. The downside to this is to make sure you have your phone with you. Monitor all your check and credit card statements every month. Check to see if there is anything that you do not recognize and call the credit grantor to verify any discrepancies. 7. Ask all financial institutions, doctors’offices, etc., what they do with your private information and make sure that they shred it to protect your information. Tell them you are concerned about identity theft and what are they doing to protect you. The more people that express concern, the more likely they actually will follow some sort of procedure protecting your information during disposal. 8. Empty your wallet of all extra credit cards and social security numbers, etc. Only carry the identifiers you need. Don’t carry your birth certificate, social security card, or passport, unless necessary. Memorize
social security numbers and passwords. Don’t give out your Social Security number. Don’t put it on checks, don’t carry your card in your wallet. If you need to have the number handy, make a copy and block out the last four numbers. Don’t put your telephone number on your checks. 9. When a person calls you at home or at work, and you do not know this person, never give out any of your personal information. If they tell you they are a credit grantor of yours call them back at the number that you know is the true number, and ask for that party to discuss personal information. Provide only information that you believe is absolutely necessary. 10. Do not put your social security number on your credit receipts. If a business requests your social security number, give them an alternate number and tell them why. They do not need that to identify you. If a government agency requests your social security number, there must be a privacy notice accompanying the request. 11. Get credit cards and business cards with your picture on them. In conjunction with a credit card sale do not put your address, telephone number, or driver’s license number on the statement. Do not put your credit card account number on the Internet (unless it is encrypted on a secured site.) Don’t put account numbers on the outside of envelopes, or on your checks. 12. When you are asked to identify yourself at schools, employers, or any other kind of institutional identification, ask to have an alternative to your social security number. Unfortunately, your health insurance carrier often uses your social security number as your identification number. Try to change that if you can. 13. Order your credit report at least twice a year. Review it carefully. If you see anything that appears fraudulent, immediately put a fraud alert on
Identity Theft By Stephen Babcock
Identity-Theft is the fastest growing crime in America, affecting approximately 900,000 new victims each year ! et me stress that no one is immune. Identity theft occurs when someone wrongfully uses your personal identification, usually your social security number, to obtain credit, loans, services, employment, health care services, even rentals and mortgages in your name. Sometimes the imposter will file bankruptcy in your name. But your identity could also be used by someone who has committed crimes, so you could have a felony criminal record without even knowing it. Worse yet, there have been many victims who were wrongfully arrested! You may not know it is happening for months or years! As you know, there are many ways to steal private information about you (i.e., anyone who has access to your social security number and other identifying information.) There are a lot of businesses that have your information: Your doctor, accountant, lawyer, loan officer, health insurance, schools, courts, etc. A shady employee of any of these people could steal your identity! Remember, you don’t have to lose your wallet or have it stolen to become a victim of identity theft. Even dead people can become victims. Unfortunately, a family member stealing the identity of another family member happens very frequently. They have enough inside knowledge to open bank accounts and do other financial damage without raising suspicion. Some get desperately involved in drugs and to get money, steal the identity of a sibling. How do most people find out their identity has been stolen? The most common way is that they get a letter in the mail demanding payment for a bill past due or they have been
denied credit when they have applied for a loan. Another way of finding out is that they get a call demanding payment. For the criminal, identity theft is a relatively low-risk, highreward endeavor. Credit card issuers often don’t prosecute thieves who are apprehended. Why? The firms figure it’s not cost efficient. They can afford to write off a certain amount of fraud as a cost of doing business. Federal law in regards to credit cards limits your responsibility to the first $50, if reported promptly. This law protects you from the money but not the hassle of reclaiming your identity. It could cost you thousands of dollars to do that. In identity-theft cases, the victim often has to prove his or her innocence. This shocks most new identity-theft victims. They naturally expect the police, the credit grantors, the credit-reporting agencies and others in high places to help them. Maybe it should be that way… but often it isn’t. Identity Theft and Assumption Deterrence Act of 1998 establishes that the person whose identity was stolen is a true victim. Previously, only the credit grantors who suffered monetary losses were considered victims. This legislation enables the Secret Service, the Federal Bureau of Investigation, and other law enforcement agencies to combat this crime. It allows for the identity theft victim to seek restitution if there is a conviction. It also establishes the Federal Trade Commission as a central agency to act as a clearinghouse for complaints, (against credit reporting agencies and credit grantors) referrals, and resources for assistance for victims of identity theft. It should also provide you leverage to influence law enforcement to investigate your case. Its website provides a
compliant form that can be transmitted to the FTC via the Internet. (Consumer Response Center (202) FTC-HELP or (202) 382-4357, Email: email@example.com . As of 11/19/98, there are only a handful of states that have identity theft statutes. California, Wisconsin, Arizona, Colorado; Georgia; Kansas; Mississippi; West Virginia and New Jersey, that make it a felony. Legislation is pending in many other states . PREVENTION: “An Ounce is worth a Pound of cure” 1. Buy a cross-cut type shredder (you can purchase cross-cut type shredder very cost effectively for approximately $60 - $70.) Shred all your important papers and especially preapproved credit applications received in your name and other financial information that provides access to your private information, this includes bills and bank statements, anything with your name on it. Don’t forget to shred your credit card receipts. 2. Be careful of “Dumpster Diving.” Make sure that you do not throw anything away that someone could use to become you. Anything with your identifiers must be shredded (crosscut) before throwing away. 3. Be careful at ATM’s and using Phone Cards. “Shoulder Surfers” can get your “Pin Number” and get access to your accounts. 4. Get a post office box or a locked mailbox, if you possibly can. Get all of your checks delivered to your P.O. Box or bank - not to your home address. Do not put checks in the mail from your home mailbox. Drop them off at a U.S. Mailbox or the U.S. Post Office. Mail theft is common.
Page 18 (Meet the Members Continued from page 9) Qualifications: One year of electronics training at an accredited school, or its equivalent, which may include military electronics training school or two years hands-on experience with electronic circuitry including small electronic mechanism repair, or equivalent combination of training and experience. Must have a good mechanical aptitude. Pass a criminal background check. Must have good communications skills both verbal and written forms. No lifting restrictions. Must qualify on Personnel Selection Tests. Desired Qualifications: Associates Degree or higher in the electronics field. Physical Requirements: Must be able to lift 110 lbs. Will work in bus bays.
worked for General Farebox Incorporated, for three years. GFI originally provided the electronic fareboxes for Metro Transit; Mike was hired to maintain them while under GFI warranty. When asked how he liked his position with Metro Transit, Mike responded, “It’s something different everyday, I don’t just sit in a cubicle all day in front of a computer. Hey I love my job, each situation is different and I meet a lot of drivers. Here’s an example of one of the oddest stories: I went out on a service call one day and the driver told me that a guy got on his bus wearing a nose ring. The guy sneezed while standing in front of the farebox and blew the ring right into the coin mechanism and jammed it up! Once I found fake fingernails that fell off while a passenger threw their coins into the coin mech! And believe it or not, once baby teeth! The only negative really is trying to get through rush hour traffic on a service call or severe weather.”
Position Responsibilities: Perform corrective and preventive maintenance, non-routine repair, troubleshooting, removal and installation of fare collection equipment when required. Perform diagnostic testing of revenue collection equipment when faults are reported. Removal of fare collection equipment from buses when required. Perform initial inspection of newly installed or repaired equipment. Entry of data into a Maintenance Tracking Program. Repair faulty fare collection equipment components as assigned. Replacement of consumable fare collection equipment items such as belts, bulbs and fuses. Perform other technical and clerical tasks as assigned
Mike explained that there are five mobile Senior Farebox Technicians; they’re the only ones who do service calls. They usually only work at layover locations for safety and security of both the employees and Metro assets.
Mike Korhonen Mike has been a Senior Farebox Technician for 7 years. Prior to his employ at Metro Transit, Mike
“It’s a good job. It is never the same job everyday - redundancy is something you never see here. A few times you see extreme circumstances, like
“Garage Technicians do all of the preventive maintenance, they tear them down and clean them up and replace worn out components. Anything that cannot be fixed goes to the Overhaul Base.” Tim Maloy Garage Electronic Farebox Technician, East Metro “I just turned 18 when I started here!” in 1980, beginning as a Vault Puller, seven years, a Money Counter six years and nine years in Farebox Repair. “I love it bad!”
when a passenger got slugged and bled into the farebox right into the coin mech. I put on gloves and took it apart and sent the part to the Overhaul Base. (My least favorite is hot chocolate). Most of my days start off by going out into the bays, A-1 where bad order farebox buses are put, and I repair them. Without fail, when someone sees this blue shirt, you’re fair game, someone needs something. I have a pretty good rapport with the drivers.”
“I like it here, being on my own, setting up my own work schedule. We get a list of fareboxes for preventative maintenance. Each 187 are rotated every six months. They come off of the TX base, the software for Maintenance. On Mondays I rebuild bill transports, I’m estimating that I have rebuilt maybe 3,000 through the years. Tuesday through Friday I do preventive maintenance, a minimum of seven a week or one-three per day. What I don’t do the road tech’s have to do. I disassemble the unit by components, then clean and replace components when necessary. Overhaul Base rebuilds coin mechs and logic boards but Garage Techs rebuild the rest. “I love my job! “I make good money and good benefits.”
Page 17 What else would you like to see in the publication? Please be specific. Transit legislative bills on local website as they are introduced Transit jokes, drivers’anecdotes – funny bus stories More hard news More educational articles: how buses work, how diesel engines work, history of public transit (not unions), how bus schedules are determined etc. For sale / Want ads on back – for members to sell goods & services More drivers input and comments Keep up the good work! I would like to see: Swede, German, Spanish, Polish, Indian, Jew, French, Greek, etc, etc More letters to the editors. Other comments, suggestions, complaints? Advice column – Dear Transit Person – help on how to handle or what you have done in given situation Contract negotiations – if union leadership isn’t taking positive, aggressive attitude, why did they run for office. We need leadership that has our pocketbook! Great tool for accurate info; expand detailed reports from union officers to keep membership updated on latest events. This is union publication, no great need for mgmt’s. viewpoint; we get that in company publications. “Keep up the good work” A feature that tracks grievances and settlements; mgmt. is kept abreast, why aren’t we? How come when a member is hurt, sick or something, we don’t read it in The 1005 Line; we should have more info on those things. Excellent as is! This is the best thing our union has going to help get accurate info out to the members! No Black History Month until there is at least a dozen other nationalities written up Good job, all you volunteers, thanks.
The committee would like to thank everyone who took the time to respond. If you missed the survey, feel free to talk to the representative at your work location, send a note to the union office, or write or call Sheila Miller, Chair of the Education Committee. Sheila is the Bus Stop Coordinator; her office is at the Heywood Office Building, telephone number 349-7691.
Page 16 Which of the Sections in #1 above could be deleted? History of ATU lllll lll Transit Technology ll None lllll l Someone probably likes everything What subject matter would you like to see expanded or added? Local 1005 activities lllll lllll l ATU International activities l Other local union activity ll Metro Transit activity lllll lllll lll ‘dirt’ l National transit activity l More political news lll Would you like to see information about Local 1005 members? Yes lllll lllll lllll No lll If you responded yes above, what kind of information would you like to see? 1005 Officers profiles ll 1005 Executive Board Members profiles l Interesting things that members do on duty lllll ll When members are hurt or other things Interesting things that members do off duty lllll llll With employee’s picture l Do you favor continuation of interviews of various individuals? Yes lllll lllll lllll lll Let us write the questions ll No l If you responded yes above, whom would you like to see interviewed? 1005 Officers lll 1005 E-Board Members ll Metro Transit executives lllll ll Garage managers lllll lll Politicians who affect transit decisions lllll llll Met Council executives lllll l Met Council members lll Others (please be specific)ll Metro employees: share ideas re: changes / opinions for better svc (Co. rarely asks) 1005 members llll Drivers 1 Would you like to see more Humor in the publication? Yes lllll lllll lllll l No lll Would you like to see more things like Puzzles? Yes lllll lll No lllll lllll l Maybe l
AT FEBRUARY 2003 1005 Line Membership Survey RESULTS The 1005 Line is a communication vehicle to keep you informed about activities of ATU Local 1005. As such, it is your newsletter. The Education Committee, which publishes The 1005 Line, is constantly attempting to improve the quality of the publication. Toward that end, the committee is soliciting your opinion about its contents. Please take the time to read and respond to the following questions about the 1005 Line.
G ARAGE South
Dispatchers have changed at South. After 32 years with Metro Transit, Gary Koll retired recently. South is very happy to have Tim Bell and Mike McCabe back as dispatchers. Greer Gentry has been reassigned to Heywood Garage.
Circle all that apply What section of the publication do you read most frequently? Garage Columns lllll lllll lll Letters to the Editor lllll lllll ll Safety & Security Report lllll llll The Cover story lllll lll The President’s Report lllll ll Meet Our Members lllll l Transit Technology llll The History of ATU lll All lll Which of the above do you read least frequently? President’s Report lll Transit Technology lll Meet Our Members ll Letters to the Editor ll Cover Story l History of ATU lllll lllll Tend to be too long I’m more concerned with ‘future’ None, I enjoy all the great info Which of the sections in #1 above is your favorite section Garage Columns lllll ll History of ATU l President’s Report llll Letters to the Editor lll Transit Technology l Cover Story l Which of the sections above would you like to see expanded? Garage Columns lllll llll South Meet Our Members l Letters to the Editor lllll Dear Abby-type column Safety & Security Report l None ll President’s Report l
A jigsaw puzzle is always under construction at South; feel free to stop by and help. Completed puzzles are glued together and hung on the walls. An auction notice will be hung on the refrigerator, watch for it if you’d like to take one of the completed puzzles home. It takes four people to play the card game ‘500’. Feel free to ask to sit it and play. The ‘500’players will be happy to teach you the rules.
SURVEY SAYS: YOU LIKE US n February 2003, a reader survey was included in The 1005 Line. The Education Committee received twenty responses, of a possible 1,000, a return of two percent. While that may not sound like a large sample, it’s similar to national survey results. The twenty responses provide a wide-range of preferences, observations and suggestions. The results are tallied below on the original survey.
There are clear favorites and some obvious ‘least read’choices, but every regular article had at least one favorable response. The hands down favorite is the Garage Column feature, with 13 of 20 possible votes. Letters to the Editor is a close second with twelve. It’s up to you, the reader, to increase the number of ‘Letitors’(Letters to the Editor); so start those cards and letters coming. We can’t print what we don’t have! You can give your letter to the volunteer representative or E-board member at your facility or mail it to Sheila at the Heywood Office. We do have a few ground rules: the letter must be legibly signed, it cannot be abusive or profane and the tone of the letter cannot be damaging to the union (Constructive criticism is welcome). The Editorial Board, made up of the committee chair and two E-Board members, makes the final decision on what is printed in the newsletter and what doesn’t make the cut. Watch for interviews with politicians and Met Council members in the next few months. If you have an interesting hobby, favorite charity or volunteer activity, we’d like to talk to you too, because
the survey indicates your co-workers want to know what their peers are doing. Do you have some funny, poignant or enlightening bus stories to tell? Inquiring minds want to know! Have you discovered unique, clever or innovative ways of dealing with transit challenges? Share them here with your co-workers. There are data privacy issues that make it difficult to inform the membership if a union brother or sister is injured or ill. The newsletter is only printed monthly or bimonthly, so we have timelines that make such information outdated very quickly. While we don’t make a regular practice of listing indisposed members, if you know of someone who would welcome cards, phone calls or visits during a long recuperation, we can print that information. We’ll do our best to honor the requests to expand the articles/topics you suggested. The Education Committee is made up of volunteers, two for each primary work location, plus four at-large positions, to total sixteen members. The committee has never enjoyed a full membership; we’re currently nine members strong. If you’re interested, come to visit a meeting or take the plunge - ask your E-Board member about appointment to the Education Committee! Our next meeting is Monday, June 16, at 1:00 PM at the Central Avenue union hall.
Each service garage currently has at least one representative on the committee: East Metro Dan Boden, Mechanic Del Hoppe, Dr #9325 Heywood Liz Goldberg, Dr #1630 Nicollet Stephen Babcock, Stores Ruter Scott Lindquist, Dr #6401 Nona Wood, Dr #6822 South Linda Kaup, Dr 9673 Tom Campbell represents Overhaul Base. Sheila Miller represents Heywood Office. When you have news to contribute or suggestions for your work location column, seek out either the volunteer rep. or your E-board member.
Page 13 independent variable possible in the laboratory, they do provide another type of data for evaluating hypotheses. Despite some ambiguity, the findings of the study, taken together, evidence the salutary effects of the intervention. In general the combination of reduced traffic congestion, safer driving conditions and improved information systems for passengers appear to have had some positive effects on drivers’well-being. The findings are consistent with those of prior studies that have suggested that stressful psychosocial and physical job conditions play a crucial role in the excess morbidity documented for urban bus drivers. An additional contribution of this study is its multimethodological assessment of the intervention. Urban bus operation appears to be an especially stressful occupation because of the constellation of physical and psychosocial stressors faced by drivers. Physical stressors abound, particularly traffic congestion, safety hazards, noise and ergonomic problems. These are coupled with relentless time pressure and responsibility for safe and courteous service. We believe this intervention described here improved workder’health and well-being by reducing job stress. The results of this study point to the need for further introduction and evaluation of changes to work design for unhealthy occupations. It is possible to make extremely stressful jobs such as urban bus operation more suitable for workers. More smallscale experimentation as in the present study is called for to reduce job stress an improve workers’health. Our data suggest that changes to physical and psychosocial condition together can make work environments healthier.
Welcome (continued from page 1) Expected to attend this years conference will be affiliated locals from Phoenix Arizona, Denver Colorado, Boise and Idaho Falls Idaho, Butte Montana, Las Vegas Nevada, Portland Oregon, Salt Lake City Utah, and Seattle, Tacoma, Bellingham, Everett, Spokane, Olympia, Snohomish County, Tri-Cities Washington. Also in attendance will be affiliated locals from Edmonton, Calgary, and Lethbridge, Alberta Canada. All told, there are expected to be approximately 100 delegates and guests attending the four-day conference. In addition to regular conference business, there will be a number of
presentations/workshops at the conference. These presentations/workshops are open to all local 1005 members who wish to attend. They include a workshop on “Dealing with Difficult People” by the Labor Education Service (U of M) on Friday June 6, from 1:30-3:00 PM. A “Nike (as in the shoe) Sweatshop” presentation from 3:15-4:45 PM on Friday. And on Saturday June 7, from 9:0010:30 AM, the Labor Education Service will present “Solidarity Kids Theater.” Space at these presentations is limited so please contact the Union Office (612-379-2914) as soon as possible if you wish to attend.
page 12 Reducing stress by improving personal safety and fitness On certain, high-risk routes or during night shifts, various measures should be considered including two persons on the bus and alarm buttons or two way radios. Drivers need to be trained in dealing with aggressive passengers and supervisors need to be trained in coping with drivers who have been assaulted or intimidated. A range of re-education programs should be considered including instruction by medical professionals on improving posture while sitting in the driving seat, learning how to stretch muscles and reduce muscular tension; stress management courses; and voluntary physical fitness programs. The main source for this information is: Bus drivers: Occupational Stress and Stress Prevention by Professor M. A. Kompier and published as working paper COND/WP.2/1996 by the International Labor Office, Geneva
â€œThe Human Side of the Road: Improving the Working Conditions of the Urban Bus Driverâ€?.
The combination of schedule demands and traffic congestion is a primary factor contributing to stress reactions. Earlier studies have found that those drivers who reported the greatest difficulty adhering to schedules also manifested higher rates of stress hormone excretion. When queried as to why they had difficulty meeting schedules, they gave traffic congestion as a major reason. It was concluded that traffic environment interventions should constitute the main strategy for improving work conditions in the transit sector. A guiding principle is to improve the road access for the transit traffic and thereby reduce fluctuations in driving times. This can be achieved*, inter alia, by creating separate bus lanes, by priority for buses in intersections, and by changed principles for time schedules at routes with high transit traffic volumes. The present article evaluates the effects of a work environment intervention on city bus driversâ€™health and well-being. To our knowledge no research to date has examined what happens to bus drivers when their workload demands are altered by a planned intervention. The intervention was undertaken to reduce traffic congestion and improve passenger service, but we also expected it to reduce the workload demands imposed on the drivers.
The following are excerpts of a study done by Gary W. Evans of Cornell University; Leif Rydstedt and Gunn Johansson of Stockholm University.
Key elements of the intervention included the following;
Urban bus operation appears to be an especially stressful occupation because of the constellation of physical and psychosocial stressors faced by drivers. Physical stressors abound, particularly traffic congestion, safety hazards, noise and ergonomic problems. These are coupled with relentless time pressure and responsibility for safe and courteous service. We believe the intervention described here improved workers health and well-being by reducing job stress.
1. A reduced number of bus stops. Some of the less utilized stops along the route were closed, and some stops were relocated so as to achieve more even distribution of stops. 2. Changes in the design of the bus stops. To facilitate access, many bus stops were reconstructed as projections from the sidewalk extending out in the road. This move was also considered a partial remedy for illegally parked cars. At some of the route segments where bus lanes were located in the middle lane of the road,
bus stops were designed as passenger islands directly adjacent to the bus lane. 3 Active signal priority for bus traffic via a computerized system that provides green lights to oncoming buses. 4. Increases in number and length of separated bus lanes. These lanes were largely located in the middle lane of the road, to avoid interference from illegally parked cars, unloading from transport vehicles, and so on. 5. Minor route reconfiguration to minimize some well-known bottlenecks and avoid sharp left turns, along with adjustment of time schedules. 6. Improved street maintenance and broadening of some segments of the roadway. 7. A system for automated passenger information was also implemented. This system includes automated announcement of all approaching bus stops and adjoining transfer routes. This technical traffic intervention was initiated by the Stockholm municipal transit agenct on one of the ;most heavily congested urban city bus lines, Line 54. Two general approaches were taken to data collection. We administer three waves of questionnaires-one if the early phase of the intervention, one after some changes had been made and one after the intervention was completed. In addition we conducted in-depth field studies that included observations of workload conditions, physiological reactions at work, and actual selfreported stress during and after work; at approximately the same times as wave 2 and 3.
The introduction and evaluation of interventions provided a rare opportunity to examine the role of occupational stress in the health and performance of workers. Although changes in job design and environment do not provide the clean, straightforward manipulation of an
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reducing stress by improving personal safety and fitness. physical comfort and safety sufficient rest workers’voice to be heard personal safety and fitness.
Many studies have been conducted among bus drivers. The International Trade Federation joint working group on health and safety in urban transport is aware of at least 32 studies. All of them show that bus driving is a high risk occupation. Bus drivers tend to be absent due to sickness more often than workers in other occupations, and they go on ill health or disability retirement more often. This means bus companies have very high turnovers among drivers. But bus driving doesn’t have to be this way. There are many ways in which the health risks can be eliminated or reduced. There are also many ways in which drivers already suffering from stress-related illnesses can be helped to cope with the effects or they can be treated. The improved health of bus drivers is not only in workers’interests, but can also result in reduced stress for their families. In addition, reduced absenteeism and reduced turnover means reduced costs to the employer.The studies have shown that there are a number of sources of stress and illness in the workplace for bus drivers and there are a number of fairly obvious solutions. The key areas for change are the layout and design of the bus (ergonomics), working time, rest periods and good relations at work, including management listening to the voices of workers.
Layout, design and mechanics of the cabin (ergonomics) Bus compartments are often uncomfortable, inflexible, and exposed to the elements which makes them too hot or too cold. No allowance is made in the design for drivers of different height or weight. The ideal cabin design should include the following: •The driver’s seat should be ver-
tically and horizontally adjustable and have adjustable lower back support and adjustable springs. The controls for adjusting the seat must be easy to operate. • The steering wheel should be no more than 460 mm in diameter and be adjustable along the axis of the steering column. Its angle of inclination should also be adjustable. • The pedals should be within easy reach for small and tall drivers alike. They should have equal angles. • The dashboard should have easy- to-read displays which are arranged according to functions and frequency of use. It should be easy and safe to operate all manual controls, especially emergency controls. • Big and small drivers must be able to enter and leave the working space easily. Effective heating and cooling systems should be provided for the cab. • New drivers should always be provided with proper training and later retraining must be provided for all drivers when new models are introduced.
Timetables, shift schedules and break periods There is a common myth that drivers are the “boss of the bus”. In reality bus drivers often feel themselves to be prisoners of the timetable and unpredictable or unsocial shift times. They often feel helpless in the face of conflicting demands on them to stick to the timetable, drive safely, and provide a friendly service to passengers. This powerlessness, or “low autonomy” as the experts call it, is in itself a cause of stress. Working-time practice should include: • The working week should not be more than 40 hours, and the normal working day not more than eight hours. • No driver should be allowed to drive continuously for more than four hours without a break. Ideally a twenty minute break should be provided after two hours of continuous work. Drivers should be able to use their
breaks to refresh and replenish themselves. • There should be enough time in the working day to reduce the conflict between the demand to stick to the timetable and the need to drive safely. This conflict is the underlying cause of a great deal of stress for drivers, resulting in them either driving too fast or being continually behind schedule. • The daily rest of drivers should be at least 11 consecutive hours, and split shifts should be avoided. •Assignments (routes, times, etc) should be regular and predictable, not day-to-day. • Days off should be guaranteed and should be at least two days at a time.
Reducing stress by getting your heard and improving relations at work We talked above of the problem of powerlessness or “low autonomy” experienced by bus drivers. This problem is made worse through the isolation that many drivers experience as a result of working alone in the bus. Democratisation of the workplace by the introduction of greater worker participation in decision-making can play an important role in reducing stress and illness. There are also a range of other physical and social interventions which can be pursued in order to help prevent or cure stress and illness. Some examples of social improvements are: • Improved consultation procedures where the workforce is involved in any changes, e.g. to timetables, and where their views are taken seriously. Improved information flow within the company so that everyone knows what is going on. •Allowances should be made for the work-plans to be adjusted for individuals with special needs, e.g. older drivers, those with serious health complaints, and those recovering from an illness. Any such allowance must of course not make conditions worse for the rest of the workforce.
STRESS Part II What can be done? Saying what can be done to reduce stress is a tough issue to tackle, mainly because there are so many reasons/stressors that effect individual drivers differently. The following articles feature two different studies that shed some light on possible solutions. Some of these can be as simple as picking work that fits a normal schedule. Many more solutions would require changes to Metro Transit’s way of doing things. First up is a Bus Driver’s alert from the International Trade Federation which discusses stress and urges you to become more involved in helping to get things changed. Following that is a study called an intervention which was conducted in Stockholm, Sweden and is aimed specifically at reducing stress in urban bus systems. It involves changing the physical bus environment- road changes, bus stop changes, computerization etc. This study was done in part by Gary Evans of Cornell University, who introduced us to the concept of “stressors” in the first part of this series
The relationship between stress and health: a guide for union members and shop stewards Stress is a union issue Dothe bus drivers in your union experience any (or all) of the following? • bone or muscle pains (especially back) • headaches • frequent tiredness • swollen or upset stomach • shortness of breath • numbed or tingling limbs • dizziness • difficulty in sleeping • high blood pressure • occasional pain in the chest or heart area • mental overload. Do the bus drivers feel stressed by any (or all) of the following? • the possibility of assault by passengers • traffic congestion and peak running times • lack of information about company management, and no chance to suggest changes • no recognition of work well done. If so, you are not alone. Read about your rights to fight for: layout, design and mechanics of the cabin (ergonomics) timetables, shift schedules and break periods reducing stress by getting the voice of workers heard and improving relations at work
Page 9 Senior Electronic Farebox Technician: Qualifications: Associate degree in electronics training at an accredited school with proficiency in: Ability to read and understand electronic schematic diagrams. Understanding Transistor Transistor Logic (TTL). Correct soldering and desoldering procedures. Ability to understand and interpret signals viewed by oscilloscope and meters. Understanding of bipolar and cmos transistor technologies, germanium and silicon diodes. Understanding of resistance, capacitance and inductance. Use and understanding of microprocessor. Two years hands-on experience in electronic circuitry and components similar to farebox. The ability to communicate effectively both verbally and written form. Must have good mechanical aptitude. Pass a criminal background check for theft, drugs, and revenue crimes. Minnesota Commercial Drivers License and good driving record. No lifting restrictions. Must qualify on Personnel Selection test. Position Responsibilities: This position will work out of the Overhaul Base. To perform diagnostics, testing and maintenance of electronic circuit boards, LED’s and other revenue collection equipment electronics. To perform corrective and preventive maintenance, non-routine repair, troubleshooting, calibration, removal and installation of complex electronic systems and equipment. Repair bad order fareboxes on buses in service as directed by TCC. Repair bad order fareboxes on buses at service garages as required. Replace consumable farebox items, belts, bulbs, fuses etc., as required. Order parts and perform inventory control duties as assigned.
Removal of fareboxes from buses when required. Perform inspections of installed or repaired equipment. Perform other technical and clerical tasks as assigned. Qualify on Personnel Selection test. Senior Electronic Farebox Lead Technician: Qualifications: All of the qualifications above plus one-year experience as a Senior Electronic Farebox Technician. Position Responsibilities: Coordinate the repair and maintenance activity of Electronic Farebox Technicians, order parts and maintain adequate levels of inventory for all farebox equipment including record keeping. Perform diagnostics, testing and maintenance of electronic circuit boards, LED’s and other revenue equipment electronics. Perform corrective and preventive maintenance of non-routine repair, troubleshooting, calibration, removal and installation of complex electronic systems and equipment. Repair bad order fareboxes on buses in service or in garages as required. Enter data into Maintenance Tracking Program. Garage Electronic Farebox Technician Electronic Farebox Technician (Service Garage Floater and Weekend Mobile Tech) Primary Purpose of Position: To perform preventative maintenance and repair of fare collection equipment and related control system components in service garage, including accurate record keeping. Garage Floater may originate from one garage but cover all garages and may work weekends serving as the Mobile Technician to service buses on the street as requested by TCC. Continued on page 18
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In Memory of LeRoy Maass LeRoy graduated from Patrick Henry High School in 1974. He came to work at Metro Transit in January 1980, where he had 23 years of Safe Driving. LeRoy loved his job and he loved life. He loved to cook; he showed this by cooking/grilling for all the potlucks held at MJR Garage. LeRoy loved to play video games; he’d sit between runs, playing and trying to beat the other guy. LeRoy also loved to travel. He loved going down to Sanibel Island in Florida to visit his mother and work on his tan. He was a friend to all those who knew him. Life was what he lived for. “Large, big-hearted, red-head, always ready with a “Hi” and a “Hello”. #6844 “Great cook, loved to BBQ, great at toasting folks at TGIF. Nice man, he’ll be missed a lot. #115 “Always a smile and warm “Hello!” #2219 “I remember him sitting at the game plunking in 25 after 25 trying to become the top person. And then at times he’d put my name in to throw everyone off.” #6822 “Big Red always was ready to help out everyone or anyplace where he was needed.” #2499 “Going to TGIF’s on Friday’s, LeRoy would buy rounds, leave generous tips and if the check was short, he would make up the difference. Very generous man. Never felt others took advantage, even though some did.” ?? “There is an old saying that goes, “To know me is to love me.” That was LeRoy. I’m glad that I knew him.” #17 “LeRoy was a great guy and loved to cook. We are going to
A T THE G ARAGE H EYWOOD In 1984, Northside Garage located on Washington Ave. and 26th St. N. was vacated and relocated in the newly constructed Fred T. Heywood Garage and Office Building located at 560 Sixth Ave. North. in Minneapolis. Heywood Garage, the largest of the five bus and service garages within Metro Transit, houses 252 full-time regular picked work drivers, 79 full-time extra board drivers and 85 part-time drivers (24 weekend & 61 weekday) with a grand total of 416 drivers. Operating an estimated 60 routes which include 198 AM pull-outs and 168 PM pull-outs. Heywoodâ€™s fleet of 239 buses consists of: 1 Hybrid Electric, 1 New York City Transit 60 ft Artic, 2 MCI 40 ft coaches, 6- 28 ft. Federals, 28- 60 ft. Articulated and 201- 40 ft. buses.
etro Transit, a complex structure comprised of numerous specialized departments working interdependently but yet at the same time, functioning dependently towards the common goal of providing efficient, reliable, cost efficient and safe mass transportation to a rapidly growing and demanding customer base.
Our series introduces you to these unique departments and the many roles that ATU Local 1005 member's play within the constant evolution of Metro Transit. With aggressive initiatives to progressively address the complexity of the growing concerns relating to mass transportation, Metro Transit has lead the transportation industry with innovative approach using state of the art advanced technology.
Meet Our Union Members BY ELIZBETH GOLDBERG Electronic Farebox Technician
nder the Revenue Department, the Electronic Farebox Technician is responsible for the maintenance of revenue collection equipment which includes the Trim and Farebox units installed in buses.
Position Objectives are to perform diagnostics, testing, repair and maintenance of revenue collection equipment and related control systems components, as well as accurate record keeping. Electronic Farebox Technicians
Heywood Maintenance includes 78 positions, which includes: Mechanics, Inspectors, Cleaners, Skilled helpers, and Helper/Fuelers. Additional union members include: 7 positions in Central Accounting, 3 Vault Pullers, 1 Garage Clerk, 3 Stockkeepers and 1 Electronic Farebox Technician. The Office Building, headquarters for Metro Transit, employs an estimated 200 personnel, includes: Customer Services & Marketing, Lost & Found, Administration, Finance, Service Development, Engineering, Public Facilities, Transit Control Center and Metropolitan Transit Information.
Senior Techs Richard Anderson
Lead Senior Tech Don Westring OHB
Floater Techs MJR
Work picks are every two years. Garage Technicians and Senior Technicians may only pick within their respective positions, using their Maintenance Department seniority. There are four categories of Electronic Farebox Technicians:
Dispatch Full Time:
Garage Techs Nicollet
Page 7 1:30 - 3:00 PM “DEALING WITH DIFFICULT PEOPLE” Labor Education Service, University of Minnesota 3:00 - 3:15 PM Break
Friday, June 6, 2003
3:15 - 4:30 PM "NIKE SWEATSHOP PRESENTATION" 4:30 PM Adjournment 7:00 PM Hospitality Suite
Saturday, June 7, 2003
8:00 - 9:00 AM Continental Breakfast 9:00 - 10:00 AM Conference Business 10:00 -10:15 AM Break
Mall of America Bloomomgton
10:30 AM "SOLIDARITY KIDS NETWORK" 11:30 - 12:00 AM Conference Business 12:00 - 1:00 PM Lunch 1:00 - 4:30 PM "Organizing in a Diverse Workforce" Ms. Kate Shaughnessy Labor Education Service, University of Minnesota 4:30 PM Adjournment 6:00 PM Banquet
Sunday, June 8, 2003
Stone Arch Bridge Minneapolis
Skyline, St. Paul
ATU NORTHWEST CONFERENCE Minneapolis, Minnesota June 5 - 8, 2003 (Hosted by Local 1005) Tentative Agenda
Thursday, June 5, 2003 4:00 PM - 7:00 PM Delegate & Guest Registration 7:00 PM Hospitality Suite
Friday, June 6, 2003
State Capitol, St. Paul
Excel Energy Center St. Paul
8:00 AM - 9:00 PM Late Delegate & Guest Registration 8:00 - 9:00 AM Continental Breakfast 9:00 AM Conference Convenes Welcome by Mr. Ron Lloyd, President ATU Local 1005 Introductions by Mr. Rick Sieppert, NWC President Greetings from: Mr. R.T. Rybak, Mayor of Minneapolis Mr. Randy Kelly, Mayor of St. Paul Mr. Ray Waldron, President Minnesota State AFL- CIO Miss Julie Johanson, Assistant General Manager, Metro Transit Rep. Olav “ Martin” Sabo, Congressman Rep. Jim Oberstar, Congressman
10:15 - 10:30 AM Break 10:30 - Speakers: International President James La Sala (presentation) IVP Don Hansen IVP Bob Hykaway IVP Ron Heintzman
Metrodome, Minneapolis 11:00 - 11:15 AM Conference Business 12:00 - 1:30 PM Lunch
Transportation Bill he Republican-controlled House passed a transportation bill that will put $800 million into roads, and it was expected to pass a tax bill that slashes aid to local governments.
But the DFL-run Senate went home without taking any action. Its leaders want to force the House to pass their top priority — a $217 million borrowing bill to fund state projects, known as the Bonding Bill. Leaders from the House, Senate and governor’s office reached deals on all three bills, but the Senate wasn’t taking any chances. “We adjourned because part of our agreement with the House and the Governor includes the Bonding Bill, and the House is not taking up the Bonding Bill until tomorrow,” said Assistant Senate Majority Leader Ann Rest, DFL-New Hope. “The Bonding Bill is a marquee issue for the Senate Democrats in terms of economic development and jobs. Once we know that that Bill as part of the agreement has been passed by the House, then we can move on to the other bills.”
state would pay $220 million in interest over 20 years. $37 million in annual savings would be realized through cuts at the Minnesota Department of Transportation.
and keep highway rest stops open for a year, said Bob McFarlin, Assistant to the Commissioner on Transportation Policy and Public Affairs.
The deal minimizes cuts to Metropolitan Council transit funding so transit officials will have to plug a $5.3 million hole, instead of $18.8 million hole, over the next two years. Lawmakers redirected 2 percent of revenue from the motor vehicle sales tax to transit in order to reduce that cut.
Editors note: At press time the final Transportation Bill had not been acted on.
BORROWING FOR ROADS The Transportation Bill passed in the House 82-50, with most Republicans in favor and most Democrats against.
Transit advocates praised the restoration, but said the Bill will result in bus service cuts and a bus fare increase.
The transportation-funding package includes $400 million in state funds, borrowed over four years, with a $400 million match in federal funds. The
MnDOT will cut $42 million from its budget under the bill, and plans to lay off 160 employees. That cut will help buy extra maintenance, repair projects
Posted on Wed, May. 28, 2003 A slow creep toward consensus BY RACHEL E. STASSENBERGER and JIM RAGSDALE Pioneer Press
Page 4 (History continued frompage 3) 1969 - Strike of unknown length 1970 – Twin Cities Rapid Transit purchased by the Metropolitan Transit Commission (MTC) established by the Met Council to operate the bus system. March 15, 1975 – Legislator’s report opposes rails for transit. October 1995 – Local 1005 strikes against MCTO for 19 days. Tentative agreement reached at Governor’s mansion with ‘independent’consultant hired to examine work rules and practices.
Operator Wage Rates Year Rate 1933 - 43¢, 1941- 77¢, 1946 -$1.02, 1949 - $1.52, 1960 - $2.55, 1968 - $3.44, 1975 - $6.19. 1980 - $8.27, 1985 - $13.57, 1990 - $15.09, 1995 - $17.28, 2000 -$20.04, 2003 - $21.80,
Bookkeeper - $312.84 per month Stock keeper - $242.70 per month Garage Clerk - $268.38 per month. Electric Maintenance men - $1.53 per hour. Motor Builders - $1.77 per hour.
Contract Notes: 1940 - Regular trainmen shall not be required to work more than 6 days per week. Regular runs shall be minimum of 46 hours for the week.
1994 – Health insurance offered to part-time employees on a pro-rated basis.
1949 - 7 days per year sick leave. Maximum bank = 35 days. Three weeks max vacation earned. 1949 – Sample pay rates: Information Clerks - $197.68 per mo.
1978 - Wage rates began at $7.85/hr. Part-time operators hired.
1999 - Part-time operators became eligible for 30-hour pay guarantee by letter of agreement; guarantee became contract language August 2001, along with paid sick leave benefit.
THE AMALGAMATED TRANSIT UNION OUR STORY… OUR HISTORY By Scott Lindquist
LOCAL 1005 – 70 YEARS STRONG he 2003 ATU Northwest Conference, hosted by Local 1005, coincides with the 70th
anniversary year of our local. Below are some excerpts from various sources that help illustrate our union’s growth in the past 70 years. In 1933, the streetcar company employed about 3,000 workers. September 12, 1933 – More than 150 St. Paul Street Railway Co. employees met in the Labor Temple, voting to form a branch of the Amalgamated Association of Street & Electric Railway Employees of America.
1934 – Twin City Rapid Transit Company had laid-off employees with no regard to seniority in some cases. The Regional Board of Arbitration ruled in favor of the Street Railway Union in its first arbitration. All affected employees were reinstated. October 6, 1934 – Motorman / Conductor Ole Johnson was shot and critically wounded while resisting a hold-up. He died two days later. Two 17-year old boys confessed to the slaying. One youth was sentenced to five to thirty years. February 14, 1938 – Valentine’s Day Strike lasted all of 36 hours.
Education Education Committee Comittee M ICHELLE S OMMERS R ON L LOYD ATU 1005 ATU 1005 V ICE P RESIDENT V ICE P RESIDENT A DVISOR A DVISOR C HAIR S CHEILA HAIR M ILLER H EYWOOD O FFICE
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October 4, 1933 – The first meeting of Local 1005 was held. Mr. Fay O. Rice elected president.
Tokens and cash fares in 1941 were streetcar tokens 7½¢ and cash fare 10¢.
October 9, 1933 – Governor Olson gave his “wholehearted support” in a speech to more than 1,500 employees of the St. Paul & Minneapolis Street Railway Companies.
In January 1953, a strike vote was taken with the outcome: 1,850 YES, 38 NO. The strike was avoided when a contract ratification vote passed 1,103 YES and 65 NO.
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November 19, 1933 – Contract proposals made at a board meeting included the following: Extra men to be allowed a $100 minimum wage per month. Hours to be reduced to 7 hours per day at 43 cents per hour. All runs to be completed in 11 hours. Overtime paid for all work in excess of 7½ hours. One hour allowed for each accident report. Mechanical wages: Apprentice – 40¢/hr., Laborer – 50¢/hr., Helper – 60¢/hr., Mechanic – 75¢/hr.
August 11, 1953 – Monthly membership meeting attendance: 57 1959 - Strike of unknown length December 1964 – Milwaukee and the Twin Cities are the last two areas in the country which have privately owned transit systems. April 1965 – Editorial headline in Minneapolis Star reads, “Let’s Plan Now for Rail Transit.” (continued on page 4)
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ATU Local 1005 President–Business Agent Ron Lloyd
Executive Board Union Meeting Minneapoilis
Local 1005 Officers President/Business Agent
Ron Lloyd Vice-President
Michelle Sommers Recording Secretary & Asst. Business Agent
Kellie Miller Financial Secretary Treasurer
Union Office Phone 612.379-2914
t is my privilege to report to the membership that the ATU 1005 scholarship awards will be starting in July 2003.
The scholarship committee consisted of three E-board members: Steve Schurmeier, Curt Botner and Ken Dolney, and advisor Michelle Sommers. They have completed the task of setting up the program and the document was finalized at the regular Executive Board meeting on May 27th. The applicant must have one parent with at least two years membership in Local 1005 in continuous good standing, up to and including the closing date of the application period on July 25, 2003. Continuous good standing is the period during which the member has paid monthly dues in an uninterrupted manner, whether active or retired. There will be four separate awards of $1,250 per year for a two-year period. Each year, two awards will be given to be used to aid in the attainment of a Bachelor’s degree and two awards will be given to aid in the attainment of an Associate degree or two-year vocational-technical certification. Applicants must have held a C average upon graduation and must submit
a copy of their high school transcript. Complete scholarship award criteria and qualifications are posted at each facility. Applications can be obtained from any board member or officer. Submit the completed application with a copy of school transcript to a board member or officer or mail to the union office at ATU Local 1005, 312 Central Ave., Room 438, Minneapolis, MN 55414. All qualified applicants’names will be entered in a public drawing to be held at the July 22nd membership meetings held at the United Labor Centre, 312 Central Ave. Two names will be drawn at the 10:00 AM meeting and two names will be drawn at the 7:30 PM meeting. Good luck to all the applicants in the first annual ATU 1005 Scholarship Awards.
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LOCAL TO HOST ATU NORTHWEST CONFERENCE ocal 1005 will be host this summer to the 2003 Annual General Meeting of the ATU Northwest Conference. The Conference will run Thursday, June 5 through Sunday, June 8, and will be held at the Hilton Hotel, located at 1001 Marquette Avenue in Downtown Minneapolis.
The Conference meets on a yearly basis in affiliate cities. Delegates gather to listen to and learn from each othersâ€™experiences, as well as to discuss situations and seek solutions to problems that are affecting us all in the transit industry. This is all done while promoting and building solidarity between the locals. Continued on Page 13