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CDL Changes Took Effect 8/1/05 Under the federal regulations (49 CFR 383.51), penalties for non-Commercial Motor Vehicle (CMV) convictions which result in the states' suspension, revocation or cancellation of a Commercial Driver’s License (CDL) holder's license, are the same as the penalties for offenses committed while driving a CMV. The Motor Vehicle Safety Act of 1986 retained the state's right to issue a driver's license, but established minimum national standards which states must meet when licensing CMV drivers. The goal is to improve highway safety by ensuring that drivers of large trucks and buses are qualified to operate those vehicles and to remove unsafe and unqualified drivers from the highways. It is important to note that the Act does not require drivers to obtain a separate Federal license. It merely required states to upgrade their existing testing and licensing programs, if necessary, to conform to the Federal minimum standards. Over 8 millions drivers have passed the knowledge and skills tests and obtained a CDL. Approximately 11 percent of these CDL drivers have been disqualified at least once during the period of April 1992 through June 1996. Drivers who are disqualified from operating a CMV cannot be issued a "conditional" or "hardship" CDL or any other type of limited driving privileges to continue driving a CMV. For disqualification purposes, convictions for out-ofstate violations will be treated the same as convictions for violations that are committed in the home state. The CDL Iinformation Services will ensure that convictions a driver receives outside his or her home state are transmitted to the home state so that the disqualifications can be applied. States have the option to reduce certain lifetime disqualifications to a minimum disqualification period of 10 years if the driver completes a driver rehabilitation program approved by the state. If a CDL holder is disqualified from operating a CMV, the state may issue him/her a license to operate non-CMVs. Article continues on page 19, Charts on page 8, 9, 19


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LOCAL 1005 OFFICERS PRESIDENT/BUSINESS AGENT RON LLOYD VICE-PRESIDENT MICHELLE

THE PRESIDENT’S CORNER ATU Local 1005 President–Business Agent Ron Lloyd

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Constitutional Amendment One thing that Governor Pawlenty could not veto in the recent legislative session was the constitutional amendment to dedicate the Motor Vehicle Sales Tax (MVST) to highways and transit. Now our work begins, even though we have thirteen months before it will appear on the ballot, it's not too early to get started. I met with a group of transportation colleagues at a half-day conference to learn more about the proposed constitutional amendment on Monday, September 26, 2005. We heard from people from other parts of the country who were successful in their communities in passing this type of package for future funding of their transportation systems, and plan to implement their strategy. Prior to the November 2006 referendum vote for dedicated funding, we will be asking all of you for help by way of getting involved in knocking on doors, helping with phone banks and mailings to actively seek support from the voters on this issue. If we all work together, we can prevail on this amendment to protect public transit and our futures.

BE-Line Organized The ATU International, with the help of Local 1005, has successfully organized BE-Line, the small bus circulator serving Bloomington and Edina. Many thanks to the Organizing Committee, and especially Marlin Jensen and Ray VanderWyst. More information will follow.


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THE AMALGAMATED TRANSIT UNION OUR STORY‌OUR HISTORY THE LABOR UNION MOVEMENT IN AMERICA By John Van Hofwegen The roots of our country's trade unions extend deep into the early history of America. Several of the Pilgrims arriving at Plymouth Rock in 1620 were working craftsmen. Captain John Smith, who led the ill-fated settlement in 1607 on the James River in Virginia, pleaded with his sponsors in London to send him more craftsmen and working people. Primitive unions, or guilds, of carpenters and cordwainers, cabinet makers and cobblers made their appearance, often temporary, in various cities along the Atlantic seaboard of Colonial America. Workers played a significant role in the struggle for independence; carpenters disguised as Mohawk Indians were the "host" group at the Boston Tea party in 1773. The Continental Congress met in Carpenters Hall in Philadelphia, where the Declaration of Independence was also signed in 1776. In the "pursuit of happiness" through shorter hours and higher pay, printers were the first to go on strike, in New York in 1794; cabinet makers struck in 1796; and carpenters in Philadelphia in 1797. By the 1820s, various unions began to show an interest in the idea of joining together in pursuit of common objectives for working people. With workers recognizing the power of their employers, the number of local union organizations increased steadily during the mid-19th century. In a number of cities, unions joined together in citywide federations. The Nation Labor Union, (actually a federation - an organization of local unions) formed in 1866. The NLU eventually persuaded Congress to pass (for Federal workers) what most workers today take for granted, the eight-hour work day. The American Federation of Labor was founded in 1886. A statement by the founders of the AFL expressed belief in the need for more effective union organization. The AFL was a federation of unions that organized only unions of skilled workers. Many times the government would offer moral and military force to break strikes, as in the Pullman strike in 1894 when the American Railroad Union struck the company's manufacturing plant and called for a boycott of the handling of Pullman's sleeping and parlor cars. The government swore in 3,400 special deputies, and President Cleveland moved in federal troops to break the strike. The Pullman strikers were essentially starved into submissive defeat. In 1902 more than 100,000 miners in northeastern Pennsylvania called a Continued on Page 4

Education Committee MICHELLE SOMMERS ADVISOR CHAIR MEMBERS ROTATE SOUTH FRANK COLLINS LIZ GOLDBERG VICE CHAIR HEYWOOD OFFICE CECILE CLOUTIER RECORDER NICOLLET THERESA COLLINS STEPHEN BABCOCK LAYOUT OVERHAUL BASE TOM CAMPBELL RUTER SCOTT LINDQUIST EAST METRO K.H. RICE RAY VANDER WYST HEYWOOD GARAGE JOHN SUTTLES TONY HARMON JOHN VAN HOFWEGEN EDITORIAL BOARD SHEILA MILLER DELROY SCHAFER KEN DOLNEY DAN ABRAMOWICZ


Page 4 Our Story Our History Continued from Page 3 strike under the United Mine Workers Union. President Theodore Roosevelt intervened, but in a different way. He appointed a commission of mediation and arbitration. Five days later the miners returned to their jobs, and five months later the Presidential Commission awarded them a 10 percent wage increase and shorter work days, but not the formal union recognition they sought. The post WWI depression brought wages down sharply and caused major erosion of union membership. The fear was that unions where simply communist run organizations. Strikebreaking and blacklisting became, for a time, acceptable aspects of patriotism. The "yellow dog contract," which many workers had to sign in order to get a job, bound them to never join a union. In 1935, the Committee for Industrial Organization (CIO), composed of about a dozen leaders of the AFL unions, was createdto carry on the effort for industrial unionism. These were in short, unions created for unskilled workers. John L. Lewis, its leader and a remarkable orator, voiced increasingly bitter attacks on his colleagues on the AFL Executive Council. Then in 1936, the CIO was expelled from the Federation. During WWII, the AFL and CIO, both began a remarkably successful series of organizing campaigns, and over the next few years, brought industrial unionism to large sectors of basic American industry. The AFL and CIO, while still having areas of disagreement, began to find more substantial bases for working together on problems affecting all workers. The stage was set for a merger and at the New York convention on Dec 5, 1955 they were reunited into the AFL-CIO. Information gathered from socialstudieshelp.com/eco_unionization.htm

16th Annual ATU Latino Caucus By Russell Dixon Sr. The 16th Annual Latino Caucus was held on September 22 - 25, 2005, in Sacramento, California. Ms. Lona Burgin and Mr. Russell Dixon Sr. represented Local 1005. Thursday was registration and the actual caucus started on Friday with opening remarks from Latino Caucus President Jose Guerrero. The first speaker was Phil Angelides - candidate for California Governor. He immediately attacked President Bush and California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger's stand on education (Proposition 75), which is a form of No Child Left Behind. He stated that California's population is projected to be 75% people of color by 2030. He also stated that politics and organizing is the way to win elections, not millions of dollars. The next speaker was Oscar Owens, International Financial Secretary. He spoke on how the Bush administration could not be trusted due to constant lies about weapons of mass destruction, his anti-labor movement and his total lack of action in New Orleans. He felt it was a crime referring to the people as refugees. Ray Rivera, International Vice President, spoke on organizing and 13C, federal protection for public transit workers. The caucus in general was well put together and very informative. We attended a class on communications between union representatives and rank and file members given by Gene Morrill. He gave me a little static when I said that I was from St. Paul/ Minneapolis. I had no idea he was from Minneapolis. He gives one terrific class. There was also Cruz Bustamante, Lieutenant Governor of California. He made one of the most memorable statements at the caucus. It was "If you want to live like a Republican you have to vote Democratic". Finally during our sessions, in a unionized hotel, in the very next room there was a management seminar, by Marshall’s Department Store and the name of their session was, "How to avoid Unionization at your workplace."


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Transit Safety and Security Committee July / August 2005 Summary Members: Christine Kuennen, Management Advisor Marshall Freeman, Chair Jerry Larsen Jim Merkl Mary Vasterling Theresa Collins- absent Others in Attendance: Dakin Hargest, TCC Supervisor Lee Bennett, Asst. Mgr. Street Ops Georgia Stinson, Asst. Director Transportation Jeff Wostrel, Manager Heywood Garage John Cook, ATM Heywood Garage Brian Funk, ATM Heywood Garage Sam Jacobs, Director Bus Transportation Lt. Mike Johnson, MT Police STROLLER POLICY There have been a number of calls regarding issues with the new stroller policy, many passengers are refusing to fold the stroller and take the child out. In one incident where a passenger refused to take the baby out and attempted to load with the baby still in the stroller the baby actually fell out of the stroller coming up the steps of the bus. The Union, represented by Ron Lloyd and Kellie Miller, expressed their concern regarding the Stroller Policy. The union is not opposed to the policy but believes it may lead to more Operator/Customer confrontations.

Georgia Stinson stated that while this may be true, the stroller problem has been around for years and has been ignored. Many other customers complain about customers with strollers blocking the aisle, running over feet, etc. Other transit agencies have this basic policy in place and it also goes in line with homeland security - keeping the aisles clear. We may only need to give it more time, get more placards on the buses to make the public more aware of what the policy is, to get them to conform. Dakin Hargest reports that training sessions regarding emergency use of radios are being conducted with the Transit Ambassador training program, also in security incidents, TCC asks all operators to find out if ANYONE wants to file a report. Even if involved parties are off the bus, there may be a "victim" still on board. Operators can also file reports as complaintants. STREET OPERATIONS Lee Bennett reports that the Nicollet Mall pilot test has gone quite well with no obvious problems, except when other detours such as the Aquatennial Parade came into effect. We are looking into the Crosstown/I35/Cedar shoulder lanes which are used by Metro Transit for many pullouts/pull-ins. Our Safety Department is questioning if the shoulder lane is wide enough. We are NOT using them Continued on Page 14

AT THE GARAGE East Metro Contact Kim Rice #5975, Scott Stone #6328 or E-board reps Gary Rosenberger or Ken Dolney Driver Complement: Full Time 328, Part Time Weekday 56, Part Time Weekend 14 Barb Osadchuk (#2499) is making several blankets for a raffle to benefit our ATU brothers & sisters in New Orleans. Hurricane Katrina has left a vivid reminder of how much we need each other. Let's get behind this effort, and participate in this worthy effort. Drivers, the rumor is true. We are not to open the coolant caps on our buses. We should check the eye glass. If it appears low, we should call Maintenance. Safety Recognition for George Hernandez, Operator #1354 for achieving 25 years of uncompromised commitment to public safety. George has driven for 25 years without a "responsible" accident. This is a significant achievement considering less than ½ of 1% of the operators have earned this distinction.

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Government 101 The Political Party System Liz Goldberg A brief history of party politics Our nation's founding fathers, the framers of the constitution had seen vicious fighting among political interests in Europe and wanted to avoid this in the new nation. As framers of the Constitution, they were concerned about not creating crippling dissension within our political system. On June 2, 1787, Ben Franklin took the floor at the Constitutional Convention as a skeptic; Franklin feared that greed-driven competition for the presidency would divide the new American government into factions. He warned, "There are two passions which have a powerful influence on the affairs of men. These are ambition and avarice; the love of power, and the love of money…..Place before the eyes of such men a post of honor, that shall be at the same time a place of profit, and they will move heaven and earth to obtain it. The vast number of such places….renders the British government so tempestuous…(and is the true source) of all those factions which are perpetually dividing the nation (and) distracting its councils…" Just a few days later June 6, 1787, James Madison weighed in by saying that if unregulated, "All civilized societies would be divided into different sects, factions, and interests,…of rich and poor, debtors and creditors,…the inhabitants of this district or that district, the followers of this political leader or that political leader, the disciples of this religious sect or that religious sect. In all cases where a majority are united by a common interest or passion, the rights of the minority are in danger. A political party is an organized group of people with similar views on the nature of government and the methods by which government should be run. In order to avoid factions, the Constitution grants political parties no role in selecting a president. Ironically, political factions sprang up right away to support the Constitution and to oppose it. By the presidential election of 1796, political parties were firmly in place in America. Originally, there was one main political party, the Federalists party lead by Secretary of the Treasury Alexander Hamilton. It was felt that the Federalists had overstepped their boundaries, by imposing harsh federal control over the people. The Democratic-Republican party was formed, led by Thomas Jefferson and James Madison, and elected Jefferson as president. This marked the start of the traditional two-party system. The Federalists however declined and, until the 1824 election, the country was virtually a one party system. Andrew Jackson's rejected win of the presidency enraged many. He won a plurality, but due to numerous candidates, not a majority. The House of Representatives gave the office to John Quincy Adams. In 1828 Jackson won a landslide victory, but the people, still seething over the power of "big government" to take charge of the vote, formed the Whig party (named after the British party that represented the "people" as opposed to the upper classes) in opposition to the D-R, now called simply, the Democratic party. Whig President William Henry Harrison died within a month of his inauguration, and Vice-President John Tyler was historically inconsequential. The Whigs became a major, if never a dominant force in politics. They did not become a majority party because of the numerous factional parties that were being formed at the time over a number of local issues, and one over-riding one…slavery. By the 1850's many of the smaller anti-slavery parties had joined to form the new Republican Party which soon displaced the Whigs in power, leading to their demise. The 1860 election of Republican Abraham Lincoln to the presidency solidified the party's standing. Continued on Page 15


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Mechanic's Appreciation Day This popular and highly successful event was held September 21 and featured a BBQ steak/chicken dinner and raffle.

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Contact Liz Goldberg The Dispatchers system pick will begin October 1 and will be effective October 15. South's 6 current full time dispatchers: Bob Hurajt, Frank Collins, Larry Pederson, Bill Mayer, Edwin Pedersen and Robin Gerdesmeier.

Mary Vasterling #9662, organizer and Maestro for this annual event did a super job this year. Although open to the entire South membership, complimentary dinners were given to honor the approximate 40 mechanics and vault pullers in South's Maintenance Department. Mary also packed dinners for shifts not present, making certain everyone was recognized. Funds for this event are raised through out the year beginning with the Annual Holiday Party which is in the planning stages for December. The raffle: Eleven prizes, consisting of gas gift cards and coolers with proceeds going to the American Public Transportation Association Relief Fund (APTA), to help transit workers and families who were recently devastated by Hurricane Katrina.

Relief Dispatchers: Glenda Quashie, Tom Loehlein, John Carrier, Tom Mansk, and Charles Kelly. Relief dispatchers, five per facility, do not pick work but fill open dispatch shifts over one week on a rotating board. Shifts open one week or less are filled by FT dispatch. Congratulations to these members celebrating Anniversaries! August 5 years of service: Fletcher Comely Dr#7024 retired pt, Donald Linquist Dr#7023 retired pt, Donald Jefferson Dr#2107, Roland Jones Dr#2105, Ray Garner Dr#2114. 20 years: Lyle Sanders Dr#382. 25 years: Arthur Shelton Dr#1347, Kathleen ViltzDrinkerd Dr#1401 September 5 years: Richard James Dr. #2122.

Thank you again to our South Maintenance Department! And congratulations Mary, another successful event because of you! Pictures by Cornelious Sykes, driver #847

10 years: Daniel Till Dr. #9513, William Carlstrom Dr. #9509. 20 years: Mitchell O'Brian mechanic, Marion Swentik Dr. #562. October 5 years-Anthony Fitzgerald Dr#2141, Fredrick Stallings Dr#2145. 20 years: Dale Patrin Dr#715, Cornelious Sykes Dr#847. 30 years: John Mattson, mech.


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AT THE OFFICE Heywood Contact Cecile Cloutier Credit and Collections Specialist Laura Gisch was named Employee of the Month for July. Congratulations! Graphic Artist, Judy Turner, retired October 3. Anyone who ever crossed paths with her was impressed by her professionalism, knowledge and friendliness. Farewell, and thanks, Judy, we'll miss you!

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If you have information you would like to share contact: Tom Campbell

On September 8, 2005, Jerry Langness (Body Shop) retired from Metro Transit after 30 years of service.

FYI Previouseditions of The 1005 Line are available online at www.ATU1005.com on the Education page. The next meeting date of the committee is also listed there. All union members are welcome to attend as visitors. Committee members are paid 2 hours at regular rate for attending each monthly meeting. Come check us out, we are a friendly group.

Union Election - 2005 By Kim Rice The International ATU Constitution & Local 1005 By-laws spell out in detail the rules for Union elections; union officers and representatives serve a three-year term. The Executive Board serves at the will of the members, conducting union business. Effective January 1, 2006, we will have four full-time officers, and fourteen Executive Board (E-Board) members (sometimes referred to as stewards) who represent the members by location. The 2nd VicePresident position will be eliminated at the end of the current term. The duties of these positions and eligibility requirements are clearly detailed in the by-laws. If you are interested in running in the future, be sure you meet these basic requirements. They are not difficult or unreasonable. You must be a member in good standing for at least two years, attend six regular monthly meetings in each of the two years prior to and including the nomination meeting. There are exceptions for confinement due to sickness or injury and a waiver in the event that no nominee meets these requirements. E-Board members assist and represent ATU employees and handle first step grievances at their locations. The full-time officers handle second and third step grievances and may request the assistance of the E-Board rep. Full-time officers are also the chief contract negotiators. A lot of "on the job" training goes into the making of a good union official. One representative, asked to tell something he learned that wasn't spelled out in the official duties of the position he was elected to, said, "I expected it to be difficult, and I was not disappointed". If you want to make an informed decision, take a look at who is running. Talk to them when you have the chance and listen carefully to their response. Ask them what they hope to accomplish, and how. Remember to VOTE! This might just be the most important duty you perform for your Union this year, by casting YOUR vote YOU are picking our representatives for the next THREE YEARS! The primary election will be held on Wednesday, November 16, 2005; a run-off election will be held on Wednesday, December 14, 2005, necessary only if any office is not decided by simple majority, 50% plus one.

"Minnesota at Work" is the weekly cable TV program by and about working people. It is produced by the Labor Education Service at the University of Minnesota. On Cable, it is on channel 6, 9 AM on Saturdays on Channel 16: Sunday 6:30 p.m.


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What is National Disability Awareness Month? By Theresa Collins ANSWER: Congress designated October as National Disability Employment Awareness Month (NDEAM). The office of Disability Employment Policy has the lead in planning NDEAM activities and materials to increase the public's awareness of the contributions and skills of American workers with disabilities. Various programs carried out throughout the month also highlight the specific employment barriers that still need to be addressed and removed. This effort to educate the American public about issues related to disability and employment actually began in 1945, when congress enacted a law declaring the first week in October each year "National Employ the Physically Handicapped Week" In 1962, the word "physically" was removed to acknowledge the employment needs and contributions of individuals with all types of disabilities. In 1988, Congress expanded the week to a month and changed the name to "National Disability Employment Awareness Month." In our jobs as operators we deal with many types of people. There is one group of customers we should make more of an effort to be kind, considerate, and compassionate to, they are passengers with disabilities. These passengers depend and rely on us more than any other customers. These passengers by law have the right to ride our buses. I realize that with the schedules we are forced to keep it is hard for us to pick up someone in a wheelchair and stay on time, however, any one of us due to an accident or an illness could spend the rest of our lives in a wheelchair. How would you feel if you needed a bus, and the driver was not nice to you or was irritated with you because of the delay you may cause? Elderly passengers who ride our buses may also fit into this category because they often are unsteady and frail, and slower moving because of their age. Please have patience and wait until they are safely seated before leaving your bus stop (this may prevent a falling accident and a lot of paperwork). Seeing impaired customers are usually very independent, however, ask which stop they need, wait until they are seated, and call streets loudly and clearly. So next time you pull up to a bus stop and you have a customer with a disability who is using a wheelchair, cane, or walker, or is getting up there in the years; SMILE, HAVE PATIENCE, and BE KIND! Treat people how you want to be treated. Source: Source:US Department of labor, Office of Disability Employment Policy. www.dol.gov/odep

AT THE GARAGE Heywood Contact Cecile Cloutier Route H kicked off at Heywood October 8. Researchers contiue to collect questionaires from employees. Heywood, along with Ruter, will be the "control group" for the experiment. Based on the surveys received regarding the Nicollet Mall evening detour, there doesn't seem to be a clear-cut preference on the part of the drivers. Transportation and Service Development are still processing responses from the riding public and businesses involved. The sometimes treacherous sidewalk that leads from 7th Street to the Garage and Office facilities is going to be torn up within the next few weeks. The project is expected to take about a month while a contractor installs a retaining wall and drain tile and widens the sidewalk. Operator Jack Berner, #8927, won the large bus competition at the State Roadeo on July 30. The event was hosted by Metro Transit and held at Century College in White Bear Lake. Heywood hosted a scholarship lunch for United Negro College Fund and netted $209. The luncheon is slated to become an annual event for different scholarship programs. More details elsewhere in the paper.


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If you have information to share contact E-Board Reps Bob Boyle or Mark Ammend A great big welcome to our 4 new train operators. They are Brian Sager #7682, Joseph Calabrese #2124, Curtiss Corr #6724 Craig Pope #64004. We also said goodbye to Fred Beamish #3527 who picked back to Heywood at the system pick. We will miss you Tree. Congrats to David Rogers #9065. Dave will be sitting on the Transit Safety & Security Committee. Dave has already been vocal on a few concerns we have at rail - Thanks Dave! The Signal Dept. has been very busy installing white flashing lights alerting oncoming trains if the crossing gates have not been properly lowered. Should a gate not lower properly or be broken by a vehicle running the gate arm, the white light will stay solid. If all is correct with the gates at the crossing the lights will flash. More and more safety features are being added to our railline.

In the last legislative session, we were only 18 votes away from passing the 2020 Transit package. Gov Pawlenty would have had no say in the matter. We have to get the bill introduced again in the next session, but we need your support. We need you, yes you, committ to your livehood, call up your legislator, tell them your concern. This is not a Democrat or a Republican thing, this is a quality of life issue for the Twin Cities. Join Transit for Livable Communities (TLC)

Health & Welfare Kim Rice The Education Committee has been assigned the task of addressing several health and welfare issues that were the main topic of a recent seminar in June 2005. This important work was completed by ATU Local 757 in Portland Oregon. The main topics were: STRESS, SHAKEN BODY SYNDROME, and PHYSICAL STRAIN and POLLUTANTS. We will highlight some of the more important aspects of this information in upcoming issues. We will begin with the issue of stress. Stress 101 The idea that we should live stress free lives is appealing, but only when the pressure seems overwhelming. We often seek excitement. This apparent contradiction is a clue to the real role of stress in our lives. We need some, but not too much. How much depends on who we are and what our life experience has been. What's stressful to one person is nothing to another. Having said this, we all seem to have our limits. Delayed Stress Syndrome is a well documented medical fact per case studies by physicians and legal authorities. That is why it is vital for us to find ways to get relief when needed. The important thing to remember is we all need relief from time to time, and no one single method works all the time for everyone. The University of California at Berkeley cites a study of 200 people in different occupations. They concluded that people who hold high stress jobs, such as air-traffic controllers or city bus drivers have been shown to have higher average blood pressure than others. The consequences of the "daily grind" are potentially very serious. We get sick more often, disabled younger, and die at an earlier age. We also experience heart disease and hypertension at much higher rates. The list goes on and on, including problems associated with the constant "whole body vibration". The Union is looking for ways to provide contract relief and we must think seriously about coping strategies. Anger works, but the collateral damage it causes makes it a poor answer. Alternatives include the following: exercising, intense work activity, humor, writing, relaxation exercises, verbalizing pain (self controlled), recreation, problem-solving activities, problem-solving communications, music, fishing, crying and just resting. Stress is a serious problem and not something we can afford to ignore. If you feel stressed out, get help before it gets out of hand.


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Meet the Education Committee: Theresa Collins A series on Education Committee Members 17 year employee, Driver #1378 I started working at the old Nicollet Garage, moved to Heywood then came back to Nicollet ten years ago. I was on the original Drivers Safety & Security Committee as well as Vice president of the Community Outreach Committee. I’m currently writing articles for the Education Committee. My articles mainly focus on drivers, with ideas to make their jobs easier, and on customer service and job security. I am a member of the Nicollet Club, and I decorate the driver's room for all the holidays. I also do diversity displays for all the different cultures. By doing these activities I hope to help with morale at the Nicollet Garage. I am great with organizing; you need help, come and see me. I am very people-oriented. I am currently on the Transit Safety & Security Committee. I try hard to help anyone who comes to me with a problem concerning safety. I am also the Fit for Life Coordinator for Nicollet Garage. I take my job as a bus driver very seriously and "go the distance" for my passengers. I grew up in Anoka, have one older brother and wonderful parents. I am especially proud of my one and only child Evan, who will soon be fourteen. He is currently in the eighth grade and is a straight "A" honor student. I love crossword puzzles. I carry crossword puzzle dictionaries around in my work bag to help me finish a puzzle. My older brother Ben made a unicycle out of an old bicycle. After he learned to ride it, I worked the entire summer that I was twelve to learn to ride it too. I used to ride it to work all the time when I was at Heywood Garage. I don't ride as much these days because I'm so busy, I hope I don't forget how to ride it. I recently became engaged to the man of my dreams and we look forward to planning our wedding and our future together. We have started a foreign coin collection and hope to travel the world. I have traveled to almost every major city throughout the United States and Canada. I have been to almost every country in Europe. I have been to Northern Africa and throughout most islands of the Caribbean. My dream trips however are an African safari, and Australia.

A Food for the Mind - Thank You Thank you to all of the staff and friends of Metro Transit and Metro Mobility who supported the recent drive to raise funds for our education fund. This year, the funds went to the United Negro College Fund in the amount of $209. We appreciate all those who took time out of their day to stop by and contribute to this cause. Special thanks go to Brian Lamb, Melissa Walker, Charles Robinson, Brian Funk, and all the people who helped to coordinate this event, including the Heywood maintenance staff that provided the BBQ grill. We will be scheduling future dates for similar events, so please watch for notices regarding other fund-raising efforts. Thanks, John Suttles, operator 6852


Page 14 TSSC Continued from page 5 at this time and a bulletin will be time, but a few officers are now in published to this effect. their final weeks of training and when finished there may be a posIt has been noted that newspaper sibility of plainclothes personnel. boxes and refuse receptacles have become a problem at some busLRT stops, namely on Central Ave. (not leaving enough room between the TSSC member David Rogers will stop and the shelter) this will be meet with Ray Abraham in an taken care of. attempt to find a solution for signal over runs. POLICE REPORT LRT is working with Safety for LT. Mike Johnson states that all more specific guidelines for a Rail "onboard" surveillance has been Evacuation plan. on the "5" route, mainly at night for Mpls, and on the 16 and 21 There is still a need for improved routes in St. Paul. He also stated police communications with the that using plainclothes officers, Rail. Police dispatch cannot concauses a shortage of officers on tact the train operator directly to the street and they cannot be shiftclarify a situation or get a descriped to other duties as they are not tion, and this may cause miscomuniformed. Staffing numbers do munication of information. TCC not allow for plainclothes at this dispatches the police not RCC,

and things may be getting lost in the shuffle. Christine Kuennen, Management Advisor; will be working with police dispatch in an attempt to enhance the situation. LRT is also looking into increasing the visibility at grade crossings. When the crossings are not working properly, it is vital that Bus Operators have a clear field of vision. It was mentioned that the Train doors seem to close too fast. The meeting scheduled for Thursday, September 3, 2005, was cancelled due to the State Fair. The next regular committee meeting was held on Thursday, October 6, 2005. Notes were not available at time of printing.

A Benefit to Being Involved; By-Law #30 No member shall be eligible to any elective or appointive office, or as a delegate or alternate of this local, or to be able to attend any caucuses or seminars unless they have been a regular member of this Local for a period of not less than two (2) years, and shall have attended not less than six (6) regular meetings each year during the twenty-four months prior to and including the nomination meetings except; in the case of a member being confined on account of sickness or injury the duration of which would prevent them from attending the required number of meetings.

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The Republicans and Democrats have remained the dominant parties, but there are still challenges 1. In 1912 Theodore Roosevelt's Progressive (a.k.a. Bullmoose) Party took enough votes from Republican William Howard Taft to assure Democrat Woodrow Wilson victory. 2. In 1920 the Socialist Party candidate Eugene V. Debs garnered nearly one million votes. He "campaigned" while in prison for his socialist activities. 3. Progressive Party candidate Robert M. LaFollette secured 17% of the vote by running on a platform of state ownership of railroads and utilities.

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Contact Theresa Collins #1378 Patricia Parnow #1412 has 25 years safe driving. Renee Stafford #603 has 25 years safe driving.

Although there continued to be many small parties running for office, their effect at least for the next 50 years would be minimal due to the "Great Depression". The collapse of the economy in 1929 brought many small factions together under the Democrat banner. Franklin Delano Roosevelt promised and initiated the "New Deal" programs that overcame differences of race, religion, sectionalism, etc because of the overriding need for jobs and survival.

Help your job security, make sure to record all rides on the farebox.

It was at this time that the images of the two parties emerged: the Republicans as champions of capitalism, growth and business, and the conservative running of government. The Democrats as champions of the "little people" and the liberal running of government.

Please shut vents, front door, and drivers window when parking in the bays, this will help keep our buses cleaner.

Keep your stress levels down especially concerning fares and strollers; remember we’re informers not enforcers.

For over 50 years, there was no real challenge to this two-party system. The closest was the 1980 presidential run of John B. Anderson as an Independent. Anderson made a credible showing in the polls, but was no real threat and moreover ran more as an individual than as a representative of a party or platform. In 1992, self-proclaimed "plain speaking" billionaire Ross Perot got 19% of the vote in a campaign he personally financed. He then formed the Reform Party to challenge both the Republicans and the Democrats. While the Reform Party never gained any presidential electoral votes, it did become a national presence and succeeded in getting several of its members elected to other positions, most prominently Jesse Ventura as Governor of Minnesota. By the year 2000, dissatisfaction with the two-party system brought about numerous "third party challenges". Ralph Nader's Green Party was among the most prominent. Although none of these gained more than 5% of the vote (the standard for federal funding), given the closeness of the election, they may have had an effect on the outcome. Nevertheless, "third" parties seem to be dormant at this time. The chosen method of expressing dissatisfaction seems to be by not voting at all. Sources: The Library of Congress/American Memory Collection online resource. U.S Government/BarChartsInc/Academic Outline

"Ted Foss" Move Over Law Minnesota State law 169.18 subd. 11 "When approaching and before passing an authorized emergency vehicle that is parked or otherwise stopped on or next to a street or highway having two or more lanes in the same direction, the driver of a vehicle shall safely move the vehicle to a lane away from the emergency vehicle." The "Move Over Law" was amended to clarify that on roads with two or more lanes in the same direction a passing driver must provide a full lane of buffer space. Additionally, a four hour provision, similar to that for school buses, was added that allows a peace officer to issue a citation based on probable cause for a violation of this statute within four hours of the actual violation.


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Have a college-bound scholar in your house? Since 1992, the Union Plus Scholarship Program has awarded more than $2 million to students of working families who want to begin or continue their secondary education. Over 1,300 families have benefited from our commitment to higher education. The students selected for university, college, trade school or technical scholarships represent a wide sampling of backgrounds, union affiliations, goals and accomplishments. The program is offered through the Union Plus Education Foundation with funding provided by HSBC, issuer of the Union Plus Credit Card. The 2006 scholarship application is now available. All applications must be postmarked by January 31, 2006. Download the 2006 Union Plus Scholarship application from http://www.unionplus.org/benefits/education/scholarships/UPScholarshipApp.pdf If you are using the free Acrobat reader, you must print the form after you fill it out because you will not be able to save your information. Eligibility for Scholarships: Members of unions participating in any Union Plus program, their spouses and their dependent children (foster children, step children, and any other child for whom the individual member provides greater than 50% of his or her support) can apply for a Union Plus Scholarship. (Participating union members from Puerto Rico, Canada, Guam and Virgin Islands and U.S. citizens are eligible.) Members do not have to purchase any Union Plus program product or participate in any Union Plus programs to apply for the scholarships and scholarship awards are not based upon participation in a Union Plus program. The individual must be accepted into an accredited college or university, community college or recognized technical or trade school at the time the award is issued. Graduate students are not eligible. Scholarship award amounts: The amount of the award ranges from $500 - $4,000. This is a one-time cash award sent to individual winners for undergraduate study beginning in the fall of the same year. All applications must be postmarked by January 31, 2006. Search an online database of over 100 union scholarships at www.UnionScholarships.com.

ATU Eastern Can-Am Conference Michelle Sommers - Vice-president The Eastern ATU Can-Am Conference was held in Denver, Colorado, on September 7-10, 2005. Executive Board Member Bob Schaller and myself attended. There were several speakers including Cal Marsella, General Manager for the Regional Transportation District in Denver. Mr. Marsella stated, "I don't mind having the highest paid employees with the best benefits for the best workers." Most of us questioned the truth of that statement. There were classes on negotiating benefits, pension funds, cameras on buses, terrorist activity, sexual harassment, and the challenges of unions today. On the last day of conference business, Bob and I stood up to present a by-law change our members had sent with us. The by-law submitted was an effort to support other unions by using union hotels and union vendors whenever possible. We were asked to withdraw our by-law by Conference President Vito Forlenza. We respectfully declined the request. After a limited debate the by-law passed unanimously. Bob and I thank you for the opportunity to represent 1005 at this conference.

ATTN: CDL Holders Drive safely in your personal vehicles too! CDL holders are now held to a higher standard. Even speeding tickets of just a few mph over the limit will now be reported to your insurance company - the trooper has no discretion. It’s the law.


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Bush Uses Disaster to Ram Through Low-Wage Work Hurricane Katrina wreaked havoc in the lives of millions of Gulf Coast residents. Rather than helping these communities cope with the tremendous upheaval, the Bush administration is using the catastrophe as a starting point for attacks on working people. Workers in the Gulf Coast area were dealt yet another blow last week when U.S. President George W. Bush announced that he has suspended Davis-Bacon prevailing wage protections for federal projects in the disaster area - allowing contractors to pay substandard wages to construction workers in the affected area. The Davis-Bacon Act, enacted in 1931, requires federal contractors on federally funded construction contracts to pay workers at least the prevailing wages in the area where the work is conducted. In a notice to Congress, Bush said the hurricane had caused "a national emergency" that permits him to take such action in ravaged areas of Alabama, Florida, Louisiana and Mississippi. In addition to the wage protection rollback, the administration already has handed out no-bid contracts to companies with ties to the administration and Republican Party while deferring affirmative action requirements and weakening preferences for small and minority-owned business. The Bush administration also has suspended requirements that petroleum products travel on U.S.-flagged ships while operating in U.S. coastal waters and eased rules on how many hours truckers can drive when transporting fuel. "President Bush should immediately realize the colossal mistake he has made in signing this order and rescind it and ensure that America puts its people back to work in the wake of Katrina at wages that will get them and their families back on their feet," says Rep. George Miller (D-Calif.). "I regret the president's decision," says Sen. Edward Kennedy (D-Mass.). "One of the things the American people are very concerned about is shabby work and that certainly is true about the families whose houses are going to be rebuilt and buildings that are going to be restored." The ATU is joining other unions in calling on Congress to reverse Bush's executive order. Please call your Members of Congress today and tell them to pass legislation that reinstates wage protections for Katrina rebuilding. In an related issue the ATU is calling on Congress to take action to expand access and eligibility for the Disaster Unemployment Assistance (DUA) Program, as well as Medicaid for almost 1,000 ATU members in the Gulf Coast area affected by Hurricane Katrina. Specifically, the ATU and other unions are urging Congress to provide DUA benefits for 52 weeks to all workers whose job loss is directly related to the hurricane, as well as to secondary workers whose job loss is the result of subsequent economic effects. The benefits should be paid at the national average for unemployment benefits, rather than the average for the area - which in this instance is significantly lower than the national average. Congress is also being asked to eliminate certain other restrictions and offsets to DUA benefits. In addition to expanding DUA benefits, the ATU is urging Congress to provide Medicaid health care coverage for at least one to all hurricane victims. Source: ATU Action Weekly Update - 9/12/05

Answer To CRYPTO: DUBIOUS DECISIONS IN WASHINGTON MAKE MOST PEOPLE AVOID TALKING POLITICS. THEY'D RATHER BEAT AROUND THE BUSH.


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1st Annual Charity Bike Run Nets over $910 for Charity

On Saturday September 10, 2005, the first of what this writer hopes to be many bike rallies was held. Kevyn Snavely, Heywood operator #7725 was the organizer and main component in putting this charity run for Big Brothers and Big Sisters together. The run started at East Metro Garage, went through White Bear, then a lunch at Taylor's Falls, headed east into Wisconsin, following a hilly and winding road to Star Prairie, over to Somerset, down to Hudson and finally ending at Pappe's in Stillwater. A total of just over 120 miles. The 39 bikes involved where quite a sight, snaking through the sunny countryside at a leisurely pace. The registration fee of $20.00 allowed you to ride. This covered the costs of a raffle, which consisted of gift certificates to Appleby's, "Mudspringers" and Best Buy, along with a coat and shirt with the logo from the 1005 Union. It also raised a whopping $910 for Big Brothers and Big Sisters!

WELL DONE KEVYN!!!! Submitted by John Van Hofwegen


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If you are caught speeding, you may appear before a referee to plead your case (insanity, whatever). On first offensives with otherwise clean records, some cities will make the deal that if you pay the fine, get no other tickets for an entire year, they will expunge the ticket from the city records after that one year. They are able to do this because the record gets held in the city’s files, not reported to the state. You sign an agreement with the city. State Troopers do not make these deals as they report directly to the state. NOTE: A conviction for a violation that occurred before August 1, 2005 while operating a noncommercial motor vehicle is not counted as a first or subsequent violation for purposes of determining disqualification periods. Disclaimer: This article did not go into the consequences of violations in regards to hauling hazardous waste improperly. (Table 4) If you need information it is posted on the union boards. If you find yourself in any of these legal situations, please contact legal advice or talk to your Union Representative. Sources: 1. ATU Office. 2. Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration's (FMCSA). 3. A full and complete CDL driver's Manual can be found at http://www.dps.state.mn.us/dvs/Co mmercial%20Drv/CDL.htm . 4. Minnesota Statues regarding disqualifications can be found at http://www.revisor.leg.state.mn.us/ stats/171/165.html

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Foss Rollin "Raleigh" Driver #11 at South garage passed away peacefully at his home on August 7. Survived by wife, Monica; children, Lara, Asa, Joshua: and mother, Margaret. He loved serving as the Committee on Publication of MN for the Christian Science Church. His life brought him and continues to bring him on a marvelous spiritual journey.

Retirements

Retirements

Congratulations to the following employees who Retired in July

Congratulations to the following employees who Retired in August

Norbert R Zylla, Ruter PT Operator #7876 David A Reisewitz, OHB Senior Mech #1473 Lowell A Stunick, Ruter Operator #1091 Ronald L Dvorak, Heywood Operator #521 William H Treleven, East Metro Operator # 409 Charles E Leonard, Heywood Office Data Collector # 1277 Marlyn G Roberts, Ruter Operator # 6207 John F Thoe, Ruter Operator #106 Ellis D Sibley, Ruter Operator #1304 Richard L Anderson, South Operator #9133

Shirley T Walker, East Metro PT Operator #5842 Julie K Jergenson, Ruter PT Operator #9362 Gary D Thurber, South Operator #1072

Retired in September Donald T Renelt, Ruter Operator #6479 Maureen Lundquist, Ruter Maintenance Clerk James J Greene, Senior Mech, Bldg. Maint. Gerals D Langness, OHB Senior Mech. Wayne C Roal, South Operator #7871


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Under the federal regulations (49 CFR 383.51), penalties for non-Commercial Motor Vehicle (CMV) convictions which result in the states' susp...

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