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October / November 2010 Larry Hanley Elected International ATU President (ORLANDO, FL - THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 30) Delegates assembled at the 56th ATU International Convention elected Larry Hanley as ATU President. He will be the ninth to hold the position in the union's 118-year history.
Democracy is not something that happens, you know, just at election time, and it's not something that happens just with one event. It's an ongoing building process. But it also ought to be a part of our culture, a part of our lives. - Jim Hightower Whatâ€™s Inside... Officerâ€™s Corner page 2 Union Meeting Highlights page 3 Overtime Data Request page 7 Minnesota AFL-CIO 50th Constitutional Convention page 8 ATU International Convention page 12 Retirements / Anniversaries pages 17, 18, 19, 20 Video Security on Light Rail page 22 Fitness and Health page 24, 25 Editorials / Obituaries page 26, 27
Larry Hanley's Biography Larry Hanley began driving a bus in 1978 at age 21 in Brooklyn, NY, and attended his first union meeting that September. He was an activist in Transport Workers Union (TWU) during the 18 months he was a member, organizing efforts to get police protection on buses in New York City. In November 1979, Hanley transferred to Staten Island and became a member of the ATU Local 726. By April 1980, he was involved in his first strike and walked picket lines every day and night. The strike was ruled illegal and lasted eleven days. In 1984, Hanley was elected secretary treasurer of the local. Shortly after his election, a strike broke out in Austin, Minnesota, at the George Hormel Company. This strike caught the attention of the media due to the anti-union climate in the Reagan administration and the brilliant tactics of the strikers. He joined the New York support group who traveled to Austin. About the experience he said, "It was a chilling experience to see the National Guard brought out by the governor to take the side of the owners. I joined many thousands of union members from across America and I walked the line. It was a formative experience." He served as secretary treasurer until January 1987, when he was elected president, the youngest in his local's history. Hanley would go on to be re-elected to five terms and served until 2002. "No sooner had I become president than our local union faced a threat to completely privatize all of our express bus work. This crisis led us to devise a creative form of protest: carrying coffins into hearings, hiring stagecoaches to demonstrate the poor funding of mass transit, and taking the fight directly to our opponents." In 1988, Hanley started a radio show in New York called "Mass Confusion," and went on to host a weekly show on Staten Island Community Television that ran for 12 years. Many elected officials were guests on the shows, enhancing the power of Local 726. The cable TV Continued on page 11
LOCAL 1005 OFFICERS President/Business Agent
Michelle Sommers Vice-President
Dorothy Maki Recording Secretary/Assâ€™t. Business Agent
Dan Abramowicz Financial Secretary/Treasurer
Tommy Bellfield Union Office 312 Central Ave. Suite 438 Mpls., MN 55414 612-379-2914 email: firstname.lastname@example.org website: www.atu1005.com
OFFICERâ€™S CORNER Dorothy Maki Vice-President with Senator Amy Klobuchar
UNITED WE STAND, DIVIDED WE FALL Since the Reagan days of firing the Air Traffic Controllers, to the current days of corporate take-overs, I have witnessed the slow picking off of unions. It was done through brute force, deceit, with an arm around the shoulder, lies, promises, outsourcing, and outright threats. NAFTA, without enough language to protect AMERICAN JOBS, is an exercise in human greed; this is one of the items our great president Obama is tackling. In January 2009 he said "We cannot have a strong middle class without strong labor unions. We need to level the playing field for workers and the unions that represent their interests." On January 30th 2009 President Obama reversed three Bush-era anti-worker executive orders and created a Cabinet-level task force to rebuild the nation's middle class. He needs our constant vigilant (alertly watchful) support with our words and our deeds. We often forget what unions and our hardworking, hard-FIGHTING forefathers did for us working-class people.
Calendar Education Committee Meeting11:30 a.m. November 16th December 21st
The republication of 'American City' by Charles Rumford Walker provides an important opportunity to revisit the grassroots activism that once fueled the Minneapolis labor movement. The rise and demise of Local 574 (Minneapolis in 1934 truck drivers' strike) can both inform and inspire future struggles for change. If the lessons of its legacy are carried forward, then history will have served us well.
Membership Meetings October 26 - Mpls. November 23 - St. Paul 10:00 a.m. - 7:00 p.m.
CONTRACT UPDATE We are still negotiating, with dates in November set up. Because we have not settled on a contract, HealthPartners will charge the company and members the 'interim rate.' These costs will be adjusted when our contract is settled. January rates will be deducted from your December check. These deductions reflect the cost of our current plan, with no changes.
Union Meeting Highlights August 2010
Arbitration Requests An East Metro operator requested arbitration after being charged for an accident. The company claims that the driver made a rolling stop and a left hand turn, making contact with a car. A video showed that the driver failed to make a complete stop (a minor rolling stop) at the stop sign located ten feet back from the intersection. Pictures taken by Metro Transit police were not supplied to the union. The driver of the car was not paying attention and encroached upon the bus. The operator has had a safe driving record for over 34 years. After an explanation in which the operator appeared, a secret ballot was cast. This case will be going to arbitration. A South operator requested arbitration after being given a Class A violation, a final record of warning and a twenty-day suspension for violating the Cell Phone Policy. He is asking the company to expunge all records, written and electronic, and make his record whole. The company did not present all evidence. (There is a card to give to family members with a number to call during an emergency for employee contact.) After an explanation, a secret ballot was cast. This case will be going to arbitration. A Heywood operator was charged with a Class A violation, and given a final record of warning with a twenty-day suspension for cell phone use. An incorrect bus was pulled out. The Control Center did not know where the bus and operator were. A call driver was sent out and found the regular driver at the route layover with a different bus. He used his cell phone to call FTH dispatch as he was turning the bus around at the layover, and TCC called him on the company radio. A South operator was charged with a Class B violation for pulling out late. The operator had trouble with cycling the lift before pullout. He accidently positioned the bus so the lift cycled into a slight hill. After freeing the lift by removing some dirt, he was able to leave. If he had called bay service, he would have pulled out even later. As it was, the video shows that he pulled out within the five minutes allowed on a late pullout. The operator was clearly not late. A secret ballot was cast. This will be going to arbitration. Financial Secretary/Treasurer's Report Members stood for a moment of silence for the following members who have passed away since our last meeting: Herbert Friedrich - Retired operator John Parent - Retired East Metro mechanic President's Report The membership overwhelmingly rejected the company's offer by 98%. This was the company's proposal. Just because you do not see Continued on Page 4
Advisor Dorothy Maki Chair Melanie Benson South Liz Goldberg Vice Chair Stacey Taylor Heywood Office Ilona LaDouceur Rec. Secretary Nicollet Alec Johnson Ryan Timlin Twaya McIntosh Debbi Sievers Blayne Williams Overhaul Base Open Ruter Tim Robinson East Metro Philip Jarosz Lisa Callahan Heywood Garage Faye Brown Walter T. Curry, Jr. LRT Stephen Babcock Layout Carl Rice 725 Bldg. Scott Lindquist Editorial Board Ken Dolney Mark Lawson Gary Bier
Union Minutes Continued your proposal, it does not mean it isn't being discussed. It only means that the company did not put it in their proposal. The media is making requests about drivers' salaries. Our contract/salaries are public information. The election challenge was thrown out by the judge. (This was reported in the last edition of The 1005 Line.) Operators will now get more time to apply for other jobs when they lose their license.
Tim Robinson #1617 With the drivers' system pick there are many new drivers up here at Ruter. We wish to welcome Glen Wiemelt 9803, Lona Burgin 6936, Stephen Butler 2448, Lamar Robertson 65111, Kimberly Timmers 66186, Deborah Van Mende 66228, Gregory Hoffman 67091, Dale Hembroff 67330, Edwin Clinton 67391, Tarnue Abraham 68311, Takenya Williams 70014, Thomas Kane 70015, Sharonda Sellers 70016, Abreham Habtemicheal 70017, and David Burnett 70020. We wish to welcome our newest Leadership Academy OJE. He comes to us out of the driver ranks at the Nicollet Garage. He is Robert M Brevig 7641 and is training to be an Assistant Transportation Manager under Doyne. We wish the best to all roadeo participants. We have some of the best drivers and mechanics here at Ruter. Go Ruter. We continue to remember Dispatcher Gordon Raveling, still in Iraq. We all miss him at Ruter and look forward to his safe return. TV FUND If MJR drivers wish to continue with the satellite TV service, you will need to donate money towards it FLOWER FUND To comfort those who have lost loved ones flowers are sent from MJR Driver flower fund. This fund is kept up by donationsmostly from our potlucks.
We now have nine delegates to the International Convention instead of the eight we elected. We are sending the first alternate to take that position. The state AFL-CIO convention is at the same time. The union chose five delegates based on meeting attendance. We were able to cut back on arbitration assessments this month. Cell phone violations We do not need to be big brother to each other. Please go to your board member before you notify management if you witness someone using a cell phone. Eventually the grievant finds out who reported it, and the situation escalates. The name has to come out during the procedure. A Trial Boards is an option for those members who turn others in to management. It takes five members. But the truth of the matter is all it will do is make them a member in bad standing and will take time and money to achieve that. We would rather they just talk to their board member. We are grieving policies, like the cell phone policy, until we see a more defined policy. New Business When we agree on this new contract, the implementation agreement will not be in effect.
September 2010 Guest speaker Liz McCloon of the AFL-CIO came before the membership and talked about the need to support Mark Dayton, candidate for governor. He sticks up for labor, our pensions, and has even been on the picket lines for some unions. Executive Board recommendations At the Special Executive Board Meeting (contract review) the board voted 10 against and 9 in favor of Metro Transit's most recent contract offer. A membership meeting took place Sunday, September 19th, to allow the membership to vote. Voting continued on Monday, September 20th. The membership turned down the company's offer 69% to 31%. Additional comments will be in the president's report. A motion was made and carried to purchase 3,000 pocket calendars.
Union Minutes Continued Various campaign contributions were made to candidates.
Arbitration Requests An East Metro operator requested arbitration after being charged with a Class "A" violation and given a 20-day suspension for violating the Cell Phone Policy. (This had come to light after a customer complaint.) He is requesting "to be made whole" (means erase everything and put it back the way it was). The violation involves Bulletin 74 and page 2 of the "Bus Operator's Guide" dealing with electronic devices. The operator was listening to the Twins baseball game on a personal radio. Radios are allowed if drivers are on layover and it does not disturb the customer. The operator feels that the punishment does not fit the crime (Class A). It was an oversized radio, nothing being hidden. The policy does not mention this type of radio, but the driver's pocket guide (blue book) has it as a class B violation. Evidently, the company does not want to spend the money to update their policy (book). And why does Metro Transit buy non-revenue vehicles with radios in them? The Executive Board recommended arbitration. After an explanation in which the operator appeared, a secret ballot was cast. This case will go to arbitration. A Nicollet operator is requesting arbitration after being discharged for fraud and gross misconduct. The operator was injured in a car/bus accident in which the car was found to be at fault. He was put on limited restrictions and was listed as totally disabled. The company videotaped the operator playing soccer without showing any disability. The operator stated he was unable to work because of the pain medication he was on. He would not pass a drug test. He wanted to push his body towards faster rehab and soccer was good exercise to do this. He was not trying to hide anything. The Executive Board did not recommend arbitration. After an explanation in which the operator appeared, a secret ballot was cast. This case will go to arbitration. A Heywood relief instructor is requesting arbitration for an occurrence of absenteeism. There was some confusion on what was required on a Monday from a Thursday meeting. The operator thought, or was told, that not all instructors would be needed Monday. It was her third occurrence and that eliminates her as an instructor. The Executive Board recommended arbitration. After an explanation in which the operator appeared, a secret ballot was cast. This case will go to arbitration. Financial Secretary/Treasurer's Report Members stood for a moment of silence for the following member who passed away since our last meeting: "Radiator" Don Lindner, retired FTH Operator # 259, passed away on September 7. President's Report Do not update your information online. This is the job of the ATU
Philip Jarosz, Dr. #65015 Lisa Callahan, Dr. #6716 Welcome to new part-time drivers Daniel Segal 70202 and Brendan Anderson 70206. Welcome to Camille Mitchell 70146 from Nicollet and David Gray 70179 from Heywood. The class Security Awareness and Terrorism Recognition has to be done on your day off, but you will get paid for it. It's a class letting you know what things to look for, maybe bags left behind or suspicious people hanging around. Sounds like it could be a great class to take and get paid for. Dates and times vary. See Cheryl Kienietz-Hall to sign up. Metropolitan Council Benefits Open Enrollment is being held here at East Metro October 28th, 2010 from 5:00 a.m. until 5:00 p.m. They should have all the information on health insurance, so bring your questions because they would love to answer them for you - maybe get your flu shot at the same time. Or they will tell you when flu shots will be available at our location. Welcome, fall. Winter is knocking on our door, but don't let it in. lol. Congratulations to 2nd and 3rd place finishers for the Roadeo: David Palm, 2nd place and Marshall Freeman, 3rd place Way to go, guys!
Commuter Rail Big Lake
Union Minutes Continued clerks. Please see your clerk if you want to make any changes to your address, contact information, deductions, etc. Management wants to put all bus inspections on third shift . There is a possibility that 4-day, 10-hour shifts might be in the works, Hastus is finally taking its predicted toll on dispatchers. While not as bad as projected (the loss of five positions), three positions are being lost and the company is trying to do some shift alignment between the garages.
On September 1, 2010, Northstar commuter rail experienced its first and hopefully its last fatality. Our thoughts go out to the family and coworkers affected by this accident. On a good note, we would like to welcome Kelly Craven # 2005, our newest employee, to Northstar. She came here July 10th from TIC and worked as a transit information rep there. Ridership for the Twins game day trains continues to be a great success, so on September 19th we will have a 10-car set running for the first time to provide service to not only the Twins game but also the Vikings game. Northstar has provided special trains for most of the Twins games this season and will provide special trains for ALL the Vikings games this season. Northstar Commuter Rail made history on September 19, 2010 when the first 10-car train set was put in service. A 10-car train has 1,400 passenger seats but is designed to hold a maximum of 3,650 passengers. The total number of passengers for that Sunday was 2,796. The total weight without passengers was 1,775,260 lbs. The consist was 986 feet long All fans returning by Northstar boarded the regularly-scheduled 4:55 p.m. trip home. MPI training is in the development stage. It will include QES, Electrical Troubleshooting, Basic Engine Inspection and more. Watch for more information and class schedule coming soon.
Drug policy changes are being implemented because of recent changes in federal law. The company must test for additional drugs. The 160 hours (4 week, 20 working day) suspension seems excessive. For full- time, the penalty is a month but for part-time, it could be as much as three months. We are telling the Met Council to bring our payroll jobs back now! We were going to wait until after the contract, but with the uncertainty after the membership vote, we have decided to ask that they do it now. We fought, we won, we want the jobs back now. The company agreed to let National Group Protections (an insurance group) come on the property and offer disability insurance. It will be at employee expense, but there will be a payroll deduction set up for it. Contract Vote A member requested an explanation on why someone would have recommended the contract for passage. The simple explanation is that it was felt that this is the best and final offer the company has coming. There were some unfounded rumors that were floating around that blurred some people's judgment. It was a difficult vote. Health care is a big issue. The Met Council is trying to make us conform to what other unions have, which takes away free health insurance for singles.) The membership has spoken. What is important now is that we are all in this fight together regardless of our differences. Let's move forward. Michelle will be meeting with board members and the Met Council. Vice President's Report The Hardship Fund was explained. If every member just donated a dollar a pay period, the fund would work. There was a problem with the form, and the ATU Hardship Fund has to be written in. New Business The new buses are coming without cup holders. Michelle will bring it up. Rick Steffels talked about signing up and volunteering to work on the November election. Never has such an election been so important. Whoever is governor has a direct relation to the funding of your job. The phone bank will operate Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday from 5:30 p.m. until 8:20 p.m. Also there is door knocking on Saturdays, 11:00 a.m. until 2:00 p.m.. Rick may be reached at 651-278-9651.
KSTP Requests Overtime Data Recently, the top overtime drivers of 2009 received a memo stating that their names are on a list that a KSTP Channel 5 reporter received. The memo states "The reporter has asked us how we could allow operators to work this many hours and questioned the safety of the practice in light of operator fatigue." The infomation they received was public information under state law. Metro Transit pointed out in a follow up e-mail to employees and in the company newsletter that MT's overtime is 10.2%, which is in line with KSTP's expert. What this reporter does not know or probably will not show is that most of the drivers who are doing this overtime are our safest drivers. What is also probably not going to be mentioned is that many drivers are doing the overtime because the recession has meant they now have to support more people. Many other drivers are supporting families in remote locations who have no source of income. Whatever the reason for the overtime, one must ask the question as to why a news story such as this aired during contract negotiations. These drivers' wages were reported in a recent news story in a general way. Obviously these will be way above the average driver, but by listing these wages the impression of the article will be that we as drivers are making too much money. This of course is not true. One can hope that in the future instead of looking forward to articles that invade our privacy and disrespect us, that we could see articles that show the wonderful things being done by our drivers.
Transit Safety/Security Committee (TSSC)
Light Rail Facility
Stephen Babcock #3128 Carl Rice #6223 We are in the middle of campaigns to remedy problems with doors, speed sensors and lifeguards (Lifeguards are like the old catchers that the old trollies use to have in front to keep wheels clear of debris). We hope to complete one train a day. Contractual parts (spare parts) are due to arrive in 2012 for the new cars from Siemens, $10 million worth. We are on the verge of awarding the contract for the maintenance building expansion here and we have started construction on the system maintenance building on 24th and Minnehaha.
TRANSIT SAFETY/SECURITY COMMITTEE (TSSC) MEETING MINUTES There was no August meeting.
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Overhaul facilities (in the basement) got a new hoist installed. We will be having 4 new students starting training November 8, 2010. Winter parking rules will begin soon. Check the board for the notice.
MINNESOTA AFL-CIO 50TH CONSTITUTIONAL CONVENTION by Ilona LaDouceur #66048
Melanie Benson #854 Twaya McIntosh #9002 Debbi Sievers #64222 Alec Johnson #66034 Ryan Timlin #66279 Blayne Williams #77 On August 18, Nicollet Garage hosted the Nicollet Schedule Forum held at 12:30 p.m. in the drivers' room. Prior to the forum, the Nicollet Food Club provided a lunch of burgers, hot dogs or sloppy joes plus beans, potato salad and chips for $4.00 a plate. Nicollet Garage Manager Ellen Jackson welcomed everyone to the event and made introductions. Christy Bailly, Director of Bus Operations, spoke on "Let's Talk OCR's." Brian Funk, Assistant Director of Field Operations, answered the question, "What the heck is an OTPC?" and Director of Service and Development John Levin addressed the topic, "Why don't they just fix the schedule?" Others attending included Nicollet Service Advisory Team/Service Development Staff members Kristin Thompson, Analyst; John Dillery, Planner; and Kellie Miller, Schedulemaker. Union officers were also present. A Question and Answer session followed the presentations, and the discussion was quite lively, lasting until almost 2:00. There may be plans to hold similar forums at other garages.
The Minnesota AFL-CIO 50th Constitutional Convention was held Sunday, September 26th through Tuesday, September 28th, 2010 at the Sheraton Hotel in Bloomington, Minnesota. Representing ATU 1005 were delegates Ilona LaDouceur (Heywood Office), Marlin Jensen (Heywood Garage), Carl Rice (Rail), Lisa Callahan, Rick Steffels and Ken Dolney (East Metro) and Dave Gosha (Rochester). The theme of this event was "Building our Future." We all checked in and met in the lobby at about 11:00. I got to catch up with the members I already knew, and got to know the ones I didn't. At 3:00 we convened in the Grand Ballroom for the start of the convention. In attendance were about 40+ unions of 500+ members. It was fun looking around the room seeing the various unions. I recognized many of these union brothers and sisters from my participation in the 2007 election and from various other functions. Most of the faces were new to me, however, so it was kind of exciting to be gathered all together. Bill McCarthy, President of the Minneapolis Regional Labor Federation, opened the convention. We then had a Call to Order from Minnesota AFL-CIO President Shar Knutson. I worked with President Knutson back in 2007 at the St. Paul Regional Labor Federation before she was elected president. She is a warm person and very knowledgeable. Incidentally, she is the first woman president of the Minnesota AFL-CIO. The speakers of the day were United States Senator Al Franken; Secretary of State Mark Richie; Tarryl Clark, Congressional District 6, Minnesota AFL-CIO endorsed candidate (running against Michelle Bachmann); and AFL-CIO Secretary-Treasurer Liz Schuler. They all spoke of Minnesota in its present but, more importantly, about Minnesota and its future. That evening there was an optional State Convention Banquet sponsored by the Minneapolis Regional Labor Federation. It was held at the Target Field Stadium where, after dinner, we had the opportunity to go on an hour-long tour of the stadium. We got to see all the various clubs for season ticket holders, the most opulent being the "Champions Lounge." It was fun going into a place I never would have had the opportunity to on my own. We saw club houses, training rooms, weight rooms, various radio and TV media centers, bullpens and of course the field. It was pretty fun and educational…again, something I probably would never have done had I not attended this banquet. Monday morning at 8:45 a.m., it was time to attend workshops. There were several offered and we tried to split up our group so that we would attend different ones. A few of the workshops offered: "Delivering Our Economic Message and Keeping it Positive," "Getting America Back to Work" and "Time to Take it Back - Politics and the Economy." The latter is what Rick Steffels and I attended. It lasted about an hour but it could have been 90 minutes to two hours with all the information they could have covered.
Page 9 One of the more interesting pieces of information I received was a 2009 Minnesota Tax Incidence Study from the Minnesota Dep't. of Revenue. In it were 2011 estimated state and local tax rates arranged by household income. Household incomes of between $35, 170 to $74,595 are paying 12.5% to 12.8%. The top 5% of household incomes in Minnesota (over $193,687) carry a tax rate of 9.7% and further, the top 1% (over $481,439) has a tax rate of only 8.8%. I don't know about you, but this seems incredibly unbalanced and unfair to me.
We reconvened for committee reports and speakers later that morning. Speakers included Susan Brown, Public Policy Director of Invest in Minnesota; Senate Majority Leader Larry Pogemiller; House Majority Leader Tony Sertich; and Katie Gulley from the Blue/Green Alliance. The highlight of the convention for me, and many others in attendance, was the appearance of United States Senator Amy Klobuchar. Of all the speakers that day, she really excited and stimulated the room. She really seems to be in touch with the people and the times of Minnesota.
Ilona La Douceur #66048 Faye Brown # 6331 Walter T. Curry, Jr. #3815
More committee reports and speakers followed lunch. Speakers included Kris Fredson, Minnesota AFL-CIO Political Director; David Wehde, Minnesota Field Director of Working America and then, to highlight the afternoon and to close out the day was Mark Dayton, Minnesota AFL-CIO Candidate for Governor. We were on our feet for him. He brought with him a lot of positive energy and an even more positive message. Later that afternoon, we formed our caucuses for nominations of the Executive and General Board Members. That evening was the Delegate Dance in the Grand Ballroom. The music was by "Uncensored." They were a kind of old school R&B and Jazz band. By the end of the night the dance floor was busy. I was out there once for an old Marvin Gaye song (I believe). However - and thankfully - no one got a picture. Tuesday, before the close of the convention, the Community Service Awards were presented to the Minnesota Association of Letter Carriers for their annual Food Drive. They collected over 1.6 million pounds of food the second Saturday of May. Also awarded was Kevin Smith from the IUPAT for his work and effort at the Maple Plain Library; and the Youth Award was given to Katie Turnten from Washington County who volunteered her time to several various charities and events. The last order of business was the vote for our President and Secretary /Treasurer. Shar Knutson and Steve Hunter were both reelected easily to their positions. Final committee reports were given and door prizes were awarded (I won $50). The convention adjourned by 12:00. In closing, this was a great learning experience for me. I have been active in the union for about four years. I really became politically active in 2007. I just want to say that it is important to get information about the issues at hand and the candidates out there…no matter how you vote. Look at what the candidates have to say not only for you personally, but also in regard to our union and to future transit issues. But, most importantly, Get Out and Vote on November 2!
TRANSPORTATION DEP'T. Congratulations to Leatha Falls for her election to the Safety/ Security Committee. She has worked for Metro Transit for ten years as a driver and later became a relief trainer. We know she will be a good addition to the committee. MAINTENANCE DEP'T. With the purchase of the new low-floor buses, we will see the majority of Heywood's fleet consisting of these more fuel-efficient buses, and the rest of the fleet will be sent out to different garages. Mechanic Chuck Mincey #5367 had his retirement party September 28th in the Heywood mechanic's lunchroom. SAFETY DEP'T. School has started, so be careful and more aware of increased unpredictable behavior from youth that are running and playing on the streets. Safety is our job on the buses and at the garage. So don't let people come into our workplace by opening the doors for them and not seeing proper ID, and allowed to leave packages. Check your buses for left bags. It's our job and it's our lives. TRAINING DEPT. The training department will be scheduling classes for Safety Keys until every driver at Heywood garage has had the class. See you there.
Welcome Stacey H. Taylor to the Education Committee Stacey H. Taylor, Driver 70055, was born in Monrovia, Liberia in 1966 and came to the US in 1969. Taylor grew up and went to school just 45 minutes north of Chicago on Lake Michigan in the city of Waukegan, Illinois (also the home town of Vincent Price, Jack Benny and Ray Bradbury). Taylor comes to Metro Transit from a writing and communications background. He started his career in media as a recognized college music journalist at Illinois State University, interviewing popular pop/rock acts such as KRS-One, Smashing Pumpkins, Jethro Tull, Living Colour and and Reggae Grammy Awardwinner Black Uhuru. Taylor’s professional journalism time was spent at the Peoria Journal Star newspaper in Peoria, Illinois in 1992. In 1995, Taylor moved to the Twin Cities and earned a certificate in Radio/Television Production from Brown Institute. In 1996, he became co-host for a weekly morning drive show on community radio KFAI Minneapolis. While at KFAI he reported, hosted and helped produce KFAI’s 1996 Welfare and Immigrant Health Care reform programs. Since 1998, Taylor has worked as a reporter for both Minneapolis Insight News and Spokesman Recorder, where he focused on community reporting covering police, politics and business. Taylor has interviewed many of Minneapolis’ dynamic political figures, including Rep. Keith Ellison, Mayor R. T. Rybak, City Councilperson Ralph Remington and noted personality Barbara Carlson, former wife of former Governor Arnie Carlson. Taylor continues to write features and editorials for Insight News but, as a newly-single father, spends much of his free time helping to raise three young boys.
A Selfless Act This story (if you haven't heard it yet) is so touching. It's the story of love of life and trust in God. We watch TV and see all kinds of tragic stories and think, "Wow, what can I do to help?" but then we go on our way and most times do nothing or just offer up a prayer for the person(s). But this particular day one of our drivers, a single mom, was watching TV with her son. He saw his classmate on TV with her mom, who needed a kidney. The driver didn't know the lady, but decided to go get tested to see if she was a match, and she was. Surgery was scheduled and everything seemed good, but in reality things couldn't have been more right. The surgery uncovered a tumor hidden inside of the donor (non-cancerous) but there, hidden. So the donor's unselfishness could have saved her life. Maybe next time we hear of a situation (after hearing this) we will jump in and help if we can. The driver is Mary Alexander, Driver # 13. Her sick time has run out, so here's your time to jump in and help if you can. Thanks for reading, and feel free to send more to me. Faye Brown, Driver # 6331, Heywood Garage
An Elvis sighting at Nicollet Garage is part of a campaign to promote safety awareness. The campaign 'Look + See' asks us to identify rock and roll musicians, most of whom are deceased. ...more on this next issue.
Hanley Elected Continued from page 1 show and his local newsletter won national AFL-CIO awards. The new international president says, "During this period, our local union became the most politically active chapter in the ATU. Our COPE program went from zero to the highest in the entire ATU. By 1998, we were responsible for 25% or more of the entire national COPE program war chest." In 1996, Brother Hanley raised money through COPE to run a campaign to lower the fares, build "bus only" lanes and get 57 new passenger buses. After getting ten thousand passengers involved, they gained the support of churches, rotary and other service clubs, fellow unions, the Chamber of Commerce, the Board of Realtors and most elected officials. This coalition convinced the governor and mayor to enact their plan. The result was a 125% increase in ridership and 500 more jobs in his local. The local's investment of $160,000 on the campaign has now generated $450 million in ATU salaries and $1 billion in capital spending on transit. Hanley relates, "Around the same time, I organized a multi-union effort that successfully elected 515 labor union members and officers to the Staten Island Democratic Party - effectively putting labor in charge. Then in 1998, along with the Communications Workers and the United Auto Workers, I helped create the New York State Working Families Party. The Party has championed workers' issues ever since, including raising the minimum wage. Hillary Clinton was one of our first candidates and won the U.S. Senate seat with our statewide help. I served as an executive board member and state treasurer of the party until I went to work for the International Union in 2002." In 2002, Hanley was asked by President Jim LaSala to join the staff of the International. "Though it was difficult for me to leave my local," he says, "I took the job. I immediately went to work bargaining contracts, often seven days a week throughout the East Coast." Hanley was the international vice president in the ATU assigned to the most local unions. He negotiated the national Greyhound contract with Local 1700 that resulted in his working with ATU members in many states. Hanley has worked in about 80 Locals in 14 states, including Right to Work states and Canada, and bargained in units as small as 14 people and as large as 50,000. He negotiated school bus, over-the-road, subway, light rail and para-transit contracts. Congratulations Larry!
Rochester City Lines
Rochester City Lines and ATU Local 1005 Rochester's bargaining contract is ending December 31, 2010. ATU has put together its contract committee and negotiators for the upcoming negotiations. Contract proposals were exchanged with the company on 10/21/2010. As with Metro Transit, the main points to negotiate will be affordable and adequate health care and wages. So far, we will start negotiations November 9, 10, and 11, with more tentative dates set for December. The company has already told the ATU NOT to expect any increases in any category. Imagine that! The new Transit Operations Center and Public Works facility is well under construction. Funding issues with the FTA and local government are playing a major role in when the transit center will be up and operating.
BAKER ELECTED International Executive Vice-President
It's anticipated that those issues will be resolved shortly, and rumor (that's rumor) has it that we may be in the new garage by June, 2011! It's a state of the art facility like no other.
(ORLANDO, FL - THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 30) Robert Baker has been elected International Executive Vice President, and Oscar Owens has been re-elected International Secretary-Treasurer by the delegates assembled at the 56th ATU International Convention.
RCL will be receiving five new Gillig low-floor buses by the end of December. We can finally put to rest our three old Phantoms that keep getting resurrected every other day!
Robert Baker Biography Robert H. Baker, Sr. is a 37-year member and a 35-year union officer. He graduated from Robert A. Taft High School in 1966, and in '67 and '68 attended Continued on page 16
ATU International Convention Delegate Report Stephen Babcock The ATU International Convention in Orlando, Florida September 27 thru October 1 was attended by nine delegates from ATU Local 1005: Michelle Sommers, President/Business Agent; Dorothy Maki, Vice-President; Dan Abramowicz, Recording Secretary/Ass't. Business Agent; Tommy Bellfield, Financial Secretary/Treasurer; Gary Bier, Heywood Office Board Member; Russ Dixon, Heywood Driver/Dispatcher Board Member; Gerry Ewald, retired member; Deb Sievers, Education and Organizing Committee member; and Stephen Babcock, Education Committee member. The flight down to Orlando was nice and fairly short (about 3:45 hours). The first thing that impressed me about the area was the Disney bus system. We rode to our hotel room at the Contemporary Resort on a Gillig coach bus that was equipped with a handicap lift. The hotel was full. This was where the convention was to be held, with the overflow of members staying next door at the Polynesian (another Disney resort). I also noticed that there was water everywhere. Nobody was swimming in any of the small lakes, just the pools. I did not see any alligators loose, but the staff said there are five known ones in the lake. Disney World seems to have a good transportation model. They have a monorail that stops inside their buildings and on a station connecting all of their facilities. They run a fleet of buses that go everywhere else. They also run slow-speed, open shuttle cars, five or six of them hooked together, to transport people around inside the parks. In addition, there is a fleet of boats that transports between facilities. Customer service with a smile is the rule of the day. Union employees are constantly saying, "Good morning, how are you?" There is help everywhere, and lots of it. Disney is a union shop, with over 30,000 members employed at various parks. Since Sunday was a free day before the convention started, we took in the Vikings game at a place called Ale. This place had about 60 wide-screen LCD TV's set up on the walls, and every football game was on two or three television sets. We had tried to get into the ESPN sports bar, but the waiting line was so long, we would have still been in line waiting at the end of the first quarter. Well, the Vikings squeaked a win (with Brett throwing his usual two interceptions per game and Peterson fumbling.)
Gary Bier arrives in style at the hotel
Sunday evening, we went to a get-together of all the ATU delegates for a showing at Disney Hollywood Studios. The gala evening started with cheers for members as we entered the Backstage Disney World Studios on the "red carpet." The food was endless in variety and quantity. The entertainment was small groups of actors and performers roaming the crowd. They were great. The open bar loosened the way to many new friendships. Just when we were full of drink and food and thinking about going back to the hotel, the group was led to the ride aspect of the park. Not every ride was open, but the Speedway Rollercoaster and the Tower of Terror seemed to be the favorites. Of course there was dancing to deejays spinning popular tunes. The convention itself started with uncertainty about the election for top union leadership. Deb Sievers, Dorothy Maki, Dan Abramowicz and I were required to go to the "New Delegates Breakfast" at 7:00 a.m. Ron Heintzman, International President, welcomed us and explained what was required of us. Oscar Owens, International SecretaryTreasurer, then spoke to us about how the union is 118 years
Page 13 old this year and that the delegates at the convention represent 195,000 members. He explained that this was only the third time in our history that there had been opposition candidates to the seated leadership. He ended by saying, "We can have our differences, but when we leave here, we'd better be together." The morning opening session started off with a rousing Disney band and the singing of the Canadian national anthem followed by the American anthem. Opening remarks by Oscar Owens mentioned that we were there to "keep the dream living on, to keep the hope alive." Randy Top - Left to right: Gary Bier, Dan Abramowicz, Graham, International Executive Vice President, got up and Dorothy Maki, Deb Sievers, Russ Dixon, (Back) introduced Ron Heintzman. Michelle Sommers, Stephen Babcock, After his introduction, Ronald Heintzman, International Bottom - Gary Bier, Dorothy Maki, Gerry Ewald, ATU President, announced the settlement with First Deb Sievers, and Tommy Bellfield, listen to speakTransit. We had initiated a lawsuit over the unauthorized ers on convention floor. background check of employees. Operators were dismissed for offenses that occurred over twenty years ago. The settlement was $5.9 million. He went into the problems that we face as a union, and the conditions that employees face at Greyhound. In Colorado, transit legislation requires that fifty percent of work must go out to private providers. The effect is to just lower our wages. The international will assist any local in fighting these initiatives. There is a study coming out that shows these acts actually cost more money in the long run. On the positive side, we organized over 4,000 new members last year. There is no better organizing tool than our members today, but we have to do better. The raiding by the Teamsters has ended. We should never have gotten in that position in the first place. We are now more focused on local members' needs. Oscar Owens, Financial Secretary, introduced the first speaker, Michael Lowery, President of the Florida State Legislative Convention Conference and President/Business Agent for ATU Local 1395 in Pensacola, Florida. Michael said that "public-private partnerships" is just another term for contracting out service. We must campaign against these serious threats to our membership. We must fight with every available means. He also touched on the raids by the Teamsters in Chicago and L.A. We need to do a better job of serving our members. Michael Williams organized the construction workers of Florida. "There is a lot of apathy out there." He said that our issues are not just local, but we have to be involved on the federal level. We have to network. We need our friends elected. After they are elected, we must hold them accountable. Transportation services are so vital to our economy. They are our lifeline. The ATU must "work together to secure our future, fight for fairness." He suggested organizing techniques: Passing things out to the public such as pens and pencils to kids who will use them for school. (Adults and children will remember that); community charity events; fundraisers; giving away T-shirts; sponsoring sports groups. (Children will remember the little league team, sponsored by unions, as adults.) "The beginning starts with you. You might be the person to change things."
Page 14 Ed Wykind, the President of the Transit Trades Department of the AFL-CIO (TTD) since 2003, recapped the Bush years and the decline of transit. A lot has happened since Obama was elected, but a lot of things need to change that haven't. Today, the door is open for transit funding. We are at a very important time in our history. We are approaching a moment of choosing, a choice about what we are going to be. We need to be fighting for operation funding for mass transit, fighting for safety and job security. Bush ran us into the ditch. During the Bush years, the infrastructure was allowed to crumble. "If we can afford an eight-year war on foreign soil, we can afford to invest in America." He talked about support for the Surface Transportation bill. Nationally, about 70% of voter transit initiatives are passing, but legislatures are not paying attention. We need to "rebuild the middle class by rebuilding the labor movement." Allen Greyson, United States House of Representatives for the 8th District of Florida talked about our early twentieth-century labor history that everyone should know but are not taught in school. In 1914, for example, Colorado mine workers worked for a company owned by John d. Rockefeller, Jr. The company owned everything, controlled everything. Labor to maintain the mine timbers and shafts went unpaid. Miners were only paid by the ore coming out of the mine. The workers organized and went on strike. The company threw the miners out of their housing in the middle of winter. They were not even allowed to buy any supplies at the company store (which was the only store). The miners went to the edge of town and pitched tents. The tents were recessed into the dirt to provide some shelter from the cold winter. At Rockefeller's bidding, the governor called out the National Guard. They burned down the tent city with women and children still in the tents. Nineteen people were burned alive in what is now known as the Ludlow Massacre. This happened less than one hundred years ago. Other assaults on labor occurred - Haymarket Square, the Triangle Shirtwaist Factory tragedy. Because of the response to these horrific acts, we ended up with the "National Labor Relations Board" and other acts. Maybe today we will end up with the "Employee Freedom of Choice Act". We need to support this basic right to organize. Call your representatives. Seven words to remember: "The people united will never be defeated!" Clayola Brown, National President of the A. Philip Randolph Institute counseled, "We need to do good things with our young people to build the trade unionist of tomorrow." She gave many examples of how the national ATU has helped young people. There is 9.7% unemployment, 16% for African Americans, 13% for Latinos. We are broke, poor and hurting. Pressure on families is on the rise with grown children moving back home. "A unified labor movement is the key to workers' rights and good benefits. Stay organized, stay together, grow the local." She asked locals to throw some money at organizing. She told a story about how a senator had died and went to the "Pearly Gates." St. Peter asked him where he thought he deserved to go. He didn't know, so they agreed that he would try 24 hours of hell and then 24 hours of heaven, and then decide where he should go. St. Peter and the senator rode the elevator down to hell. The elevator opened and there were all his friends, dressed fancy, eating and drinking and having a good time. They invited him over and they tore the place up, remembering good times. Everything was perfect. Twenty-four hours went by and it was time to go. His friends promised him even more fun if he came back. He rode the elevator back up to heaven and sat around for the next 24 hours. It was pleasant, but nothing exciting like the previous 24 hours. Well, it was time to decide. St. Peter asked "What will it be?" The senator said that it was an easy choice and that he wished to spend eternity in hell. St. Peter said, "So be it," and the senator got on the elevator and rode down. The doors opened to screaming and wailing. People were in pain, screaming, skin hanging off their bones, bleeding, some were being beaten, just a horrible mess. The senator could not believe what he was seeing and he asked the devil, "What happened to all the partying, the good times?" The devil looked at him and said, "Oh that, that was last week when we were campaigning." Beware of campaign promises.
Page 15 Richard Trumka, President of the AFL-CIO: "We need not fight amongst ourselves for a shrinking piece of the pie. We will, we must, work together." Greed is an ugly vision for America. Banks are sitting on a trillion dollars, but are not lending. Corporations are sitting on money. They received $837 billion in stimulus money but created very few jobs. Healthcare providers are raising their premiums, but use the money for executive bonuses. If we want "Made in America" again, we are going to have to work for it. The ATU and all unions must mobilize their members for the upcoming election in order to stop those who would privatize industry, cut unemployment benefits and put an end to federal funding used to help states from going bankrupt. "We are going to have to stand together, march together, fight together, vote together!" Michelle Sommers, President of ATU Local 1005, received an award for organizing. We took on three campaigns and investigated several others. We negotiated a first contract for Rochester City Lines and organized two First Transit maintenance units in Minneapolis and Blaine. Several other locals were also recognized (1181, 1338, 1573, 1724, 1733, and 1756). A motion was made, seconded, and passed that committees should be notified of impending votes and should be on the convention floor before the votes takes place. This was also the first year that we have used professional election administrators to provide transparency and accuracy in a fair election.
Michelle Sommers, President of Local 1005, with Ron Heintzman, International President and Randy Graham, International Vice-President
The Romanian Delegation has been associated with Local 757 out of Portland, Oregon. The speaker, Ion Raddi, ATU Romanian Council USLM, Bucharest, Romania, spoke through an interpreter about our relationship and how everyone (trade unions) are facing the same problems (job loss, etc.). We must be aware and help each other. Trade union solidarity is the only thing that can save us. We must be united. The ATU played a huge part in supporting Romanian workers to fight for security and dignity at work. He ended his speech with a gesture of gratitude. He took off his hat off to us (a saluting gesture in his country). Barbara Byers is the Executive Vice-President of the Canadian Labour Council, which represents over 3.2 million members and won 800 parliamentary seats in the last election in Canada. Her message was that there hasn't been a more important time than now to work together since the great depression. Governments have turned their sights on the public sectors, demanding more concessions. "Labor rights are human rights and human rights are labor rights." Companies are trying to make us give up defined benefit pension plans and go to unfunded, undefined plans (e.g. 401K saving plans with caps and limits). "When issues cross borders, having brothers and sisters fighting for common causes on a global scale makes the job easier, and success can be shared around the world. We have to talk about the things that we win and do!" "Solidarity forever, for the union makes us strong, Solidarity forever!" William Miller, President of the American Public Transportation Association, told the story of when he was young and played baseball on an ATU-sponsored team. He never forgot it. One of the greatest things about our industry is that it cannot be shipped overseas. In 40 years he has not seen things as bad as they are now. 59% of our transit systems have, or will have, raised fares and/or cut service. "The future of transportation depends on major investments now. Champions of transportation in Congress like Jim Oberstar need ATU's help to get long-term, well-funded transit authorization bills passed." There is an online petition at Continued on page 21
Page 16 Baker Elected Continued from page 11 the University of Cincinnati Co-op School of Engineering. He then went to work for the city as a draftsman. Baker then started as a bus operator with the Southwest Ohio Regional Transit Authority in 1973. Baker became an executive board member in 1975, vice-president in 1977, and then became president of Local 627 from 19791989. During his terms as president, Baker was able to attend the Cincinnati Branch of Ohio State University, from 1976 through 1980 and earned his degrees in Labor Law and Labor History. In 2005, he graduated from the Harvard Law School/Trade Union Program. While serving his local union, he also served as president of the Ohio Legislative Conference for 10 years, president of the ATU Joint Conference for six years and president and executive board member of the over100,000 member Cincinnati AFL-CIO for 12 years. In 1989, he was elected as an international vice-president and has been re-elected to that position for the last seven International Conventions. While assisting over 90 different local unions in the ATU, Baker negotiated hundreds of contracts, presenting many interest arbitrations and fact-finding reports. He has done several local union audits, fair-share audits, bylaw amendments, organizing drives and fought against raids from other unions.
OWENS RE-ELECTED International Secretary-Treasurer Oscar Owens Biography Oscar was appointed International Secretary-Treasurer of the Amalgamated Transit Union on January 1, 2001, and was unanimously elected to that office at the 53rd ATU International Convention in September of that year. Owens was unanimously re-elected to that office in 2004 and 2007. A U.S. Army veteran, Oscar began his career in the transit industry in 1966, with ATU Local 192,Oakland, California, as an operator for AC Transit. His union career began in July 1973, when he became shop steward. In 1977, he was elected local union president and served in that position until 1982. Oscar joined the international staff as a special organizer in 1982, and was appointed International Representative in July 1984. He was elected International Vice President in 1986.
2010 Bus Roadeo There were 82 bus operators who took the challenge this year, down slightly from the recent record of 99 bus operators in 2009. Weather could have been an issue. Feedback from the judges was that we can handle more contestants. (Brenda Himrich). Champion Second Place Third Place Rookie of the Year South Garage Champion East Metro Garage Champion Nicollet Garage Champion Heywood Garage Champion MJR Garage Champion
Randy Finch, 128 David Palm, 2410 Marshall Freeman, 6320 Edward Espinoza, 70022 Randy Finch, 128 David Palm, 2410 Darel Hanson, 9289 Jack Berner, 8927 William Morris, 68103
South East Metro East Metro South South East Metro Nicollet Heywood MJR
The 82 contestants had experience at Metro Transit ranging from 4 months to 31 years. The numbers competing from each garage were as follows: East Metro - 13, Heywood - 22, MJR - 11, Nicollet - 18, South - 17
Clifton B. Hammock - Retired after an Excellent Career!! Cliff was a wonderful driver of 35 years who we would be well to model, and a driver who helped pave the way for African Americans to drive for Metro Transit. He was hired January 6th, 1975, when out of the roughly 1000 drivers only about 50 were African Americans and about 10 were women. Tim: "Cliff what made you such an excellent driver with such a good attitude after all these years?" Cliff: "I knew what it was like personally to depend on the bus because I had depended on the bus before I was hired. I sought to provide safe reliable transportation. I also felt that it was important to treat people like you wanted to be treated and that people paying for service should get what they paid for. Also don't allow bad behavior on the bus. Tim: "How was Metro Transit when you started and how has it changed and how has it stayed the same? Cliff: "When I started the buses had no radios, no power steering, and mostly inoperable A/C. Now the buses are much better. In the 1970's the passengers paid the drivers more respect and the schedules provided the drivers with more recovery time. Also dispatchers, garage managers, and drivers worked well together in contrast to the struggles in working together in the present." Tim: "How did you balance bus driving with home life? Cliff: "It was hard especially with young children because in the beginning I had to work weekends and had no summer vacation. Also one's schedule working nights, split shifts disrupts family life." Tim: "Cliff, you work many hours of overtime, why? Cliff: "It is one way to give yourself a pay raise up to 15%. It has also benefited me greatly as regards to my high five. The income received is good because of it. Cliff also related to me many good stories about his experiences and others he heard about during his 35 years of driving. If you ever see him, be sure to have him tell you about some of these experiences.
Retirements Congratulations to August Retirees 8/20/2010 Levorn Bumpers, MJR Operator 5244 8/21/2010 Michael McMonigal, OHB Brake Shop Mechanic 1200
Congratulations to September Retirees 09/07/2010 Marcus Thomas, E.M. Operator 621 09/11/2010 Kahn Seung Phanthavong, So. Operator 1663 09/17/2010 Donald Smith, Hey. Operator 9326
Congratulations to Employees Celebrating Anniversaries
November Five years 11/21/05 Pamela Davis, 65184 Ten years 11/04/00 Joseph Flascher, 2154 11/04/00 Deanna Goines, 2153 11/04/00 Pamela Hamlow, 5857 11/18/00 Ryan Pitman, 2165 11/16/00 Jessica Trettin, 2161 11/30/00 Larry Wilson, 2172 Twenty-five years 11/25/85 Peter George Durant, 5304 Thirty years 11/12/80 Steven Chatterton, 5415 11/24/80 Steven Fisher, 5129 11/24/80 James Graham, 5441 11/17/80 Gene Hayes, 1586 11/03/80 Sabina Miller, 1548 11/20/80 Joseph Stauffer, 5434 Thirty-five years 11/03/75 Thomas Gilligan, 798 11/17/75 Thomas Hooker, 5261 11/20/75 Paul Thour, 5282 11/03/75 Glenn Vierling, 802, Forty years 11/02/70 Lawrence Delmore, 3231 11/02/70 Ron Tucker, 1474
December Five years 12/19/05 Paul Anderson, 65202 12/05/05 Benedda Cotton, 65197 12/03/05 Joshua Helmeke, 65195 12/19/05 William Humphries, 65201 12/31/05 Kellie Miller, 3100 Ten years 12/21/00 Harold Baines, 2198 12/07/00 Thomas Biggs, 2098 12/21/00 Paris Dunn, 2199 12/02/00 David Fields, 2178 12/14/00 James Jackson, 2663 12/02/00 Gregory Lindwall, 2176 12/11/00 Kathy Morson, 3687 12/04/00 Craig Pederson, 5600 12/21/00 Robert Pratt, 2197 12/07/00 Miriam Rife, 2185 12/02/00 Jesse Roberts, 2179 12/02/00 Cher Vang, 2180 Fifteen years 12/16/95 Jeffrey Marshall, 5224 Twenty-five years 12/12/85 Gary Andren, 5453 12/12/85 Brad Stark, 5295 12/12/85 Thomas Stolarek, 5454 Thirty years 12/01/80 Edgard Alvarez, 5161 12/08/80 Richard Bledsoe, 1609 12/04/80 J. Steven Williams, 463 Thirty-five years 12/08/75 Larry Bennett, 3129 12/16/75 Glenn Berg, 5350 12/11/75 Terrance Lukoskie, 1562 12/19/75 Richard Neuberger, 5147 12/01/75 Gregory Stigen, 5325 12/19/75 Gary Turchin, 5405
Mike “Mongal” McMonigal # 5244 Retires Michael McMonigal, Overhaul Shop Mechanic 1200 (affectionately called "Mongal" by his coworkers) retired on August 21, 2010. He started with Metro Transit on June 6th, 1978. His good humor and lovable personality will be missed.
Ken Braun, Brake Shop foreman, helps display “Mongal’s” cake.
Retired Members’ Clubs Northside Breakfast Club Meets 8:30 a.m. the 2nd Tuesday of each month at Barnacle Bill’s, Shingle Creek Parkway and Freeway Blvd, Brooklyn Center.
Have you heard this one…? A passenger gets on the bus in an HCMC wheelchair. The PCA (Personal Care Assistant) has a problem trying to wheel her on, so the woman in the wheelchair gets up, lifts the chair and pulls it onto the bus. The PCA, tired from trying, sits down. The woman in the wheelchair brings up $.75 and asks for two transfers - without any mobility ID.
Southside Breakfast Club Meets 8:00 a.m. the 1st Wednesday and the 4th Thursday of each month at the VFW Post, 67th Street & Lyndale Ave in Richfield.
A passenger has a ticket citation that she received for riding the LRT without paying ($180.00 fine). She says, "They told me to show it to you and that I will be able to ride for free for a week."
St. Paul Retiree Lunch Club Meets 12:00 p.m. the 2nd Wednesday of the month at Mattie’s (formerly Wells Lanes ) So. Concord St., South St. Paul.
A passenger says, "Wait, I have to help my companion. She has limited mobility. How much does it cost?" The driver says $.75 with ID. She says she doesn't have ID, but they are on their way to the office to apply. The driver states that the fare is $1.75 each, and they pay it. They get off at Target and run across the street.
Metro Transit Mechanic Teammate Meets at 12:00 p.m. the 3rd Tuesday of the month at Old Country Buffet (by Petco), 2000 South Robert St., West St. Paul.
A passenger asks the driver for a napkin. When the bus pulls into the lot at the Louisiana Transit Station, she jumps up and shouts, "I got to go, I got to go." And she did - right there in the bushes.
A passenger gets on the bus, looks for her 31-day pass and says, "I left it at home. I always do that. Can I get an emergency transfer?"
Thanks for reading, and feel free to send more to me, Faye Brown, Driver # 6331, Heywood Garage
Chuck Mincey, Mechanic Technician, Retires
Chuck Mincey, mechanic technician, retired on September 20, 2010 with 24 years of service. He started with Metro Transit on April 25th, 1985. He spent his most recent years at Metro Transit as a bay service mechanic at MJR and FTH. Chuck plans to spend some time up north and to travel down south to visit relatives.
Greg Stowe presents Chuck with a union jacket.
Carl Olding #5390 Retires Over 50 people attended the retirement party at the Overhaul Base for Carl Olding, who retired September 28, 2010 after 37 years. He started with Metro Transit on June 18th, 1972. One retired coworker in attendance at the party, Frank Benson, described Carl as a quiet man and a good motor builder. Carl's wife, Sherry, is next to Benson.
Carl is a reserve sheriff's deputy and continues to pursue working on the Ramsey County Dive Team. He will also spend some time on his cruiser on Lake Superior and at his cabin in Merrifield.
Bill Schimmelman, John Lund, Mike Sabaka, Frank Benson and others help Carl celebrate.
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Page 21 www.transportation.org where people can sign to support investments in transit. The APTA was instrumental in the development of ASA programs in transit. There is a study coming out that makes the case that many dollars to one comes back many times (instead of going out to private providers). "We cannot let differences divide us!" Cecil Robert, President of the United Mine Workers, took time to recognize military veterans. "When wars arise, it's the working class, the real patriots who fight them." "Pray for the dead and fight like hell for the living." "The labor movement has been quiet too long." Fourteen workers die on the job every day, 5,200 per year. He spoke about how he personally knew the 29 miners who had recently died. Some were just young kids, not even past probation as a "red hat" (newbie). We don't need a bailout. "No worker should be enslaved." "Give the American worker the right to organize and that will fix the nation's problems. If you want higher wages - join a union. If you want to eliminate poverty - join a union. If you want safety standards - join a union. If you want a pension - join a union. If you want healthcare - join a union. If your boss wants to send you into a dangerous situation and you want to tell your boss to "kiss my ass" - join a union!" But it won't get done here at the ATU Convention. Workers must walk the streets with picket signs demanding what they need and want, and march together with unified voices to the Hill - just like Gandhi, like Martin Luther King, like Jesus. We need to walk and march like Moses who confronted the pharaoh and demanded, "Let my people go." The delegates gave him a standing ovation until he left the hall. (A video of this charismatic speaker can be seen on facebook.com) Michael Roschlau, President of the Canadian Urban Transit League, talked about "Vision 2040." This is CUTA's newest campaign (launched two years ago) which focuses on transit needs of the next thirty years. Transit will be at the centerpiece of communities. There will be more focus on the customer, especially those with mobility challenges. Transportation will be greener with a reduced carbon print. They seek increased government funding. Their goal is to double per capita ridership in Canada. Everyone has a stake in this. A remembrance video was played of those ATU officers that have passed away since the last convention, including Ron Lloyd, former President of ATU Local 1005.. Senator Tom Harkin (D-IA), in a video presentation, announced that he was a proud sponsor of the "Employee Free Choice Act". "Why should working people have to crawl on their knees through glass just to join a perfectly legal organization?" He advocates major labor law reform. He urged everyone to get out the vote for the upcoming midterm elections. Larry Hanley, the newly-elected international president, asserted, "I can't emphasize how important this election is. If union members sit this one out, we could well see a Republican takeover of the Senate, the House, or both. As such, the fortunes of transit workers and labor in general hang in the balance. With Republicans in control of Congress, it will become difficult, if not impossible, to change the law to allow transit properties to use their federal dollars for operating assistance, the campaign to drive the ATU out of the transit industry will continue unabated, and labor law reform restoring U.S. workers' right to organize will be delayed indefinitely." The common theme throughout the convention was: If we are united and get involved, we can help solve many of the problems confronting the labor movement and make this a better place to live for all of us. I want to thank the membership for sending me to the convention. I have learned a lot, and I will continue to learn. I hope to become more involved. Thank You, Stephen Babcock
Video Security on Light Rail An article in the last issue of The 1005 Line focused on video security on the buses. The information in this article on light rail was provided by Fritz Coulter, Supervisor of Asset Protection and Clarence Blackmon, second-shift foreman at the LRT facility. Light rail car On any given day, there are about 23 cars on the LRT Hiawatha Line. Each car is divided into three sections: A, B and C. The C compartment is the one in the middle of the train that has some flexibility. The operator's compartment is separated from the rest of the car by a wall, a door and windows covered by shades. Because of the need for intense concentration in highspeed vehicles operating on a track at 55 mph, the operator cannot hear anything inside the car, and can see very little. The only official observations of what's taking place inside the cars, therefore, are four cameras per car (unless the police are present).
One camera is located above the driver's compartment at each end of the car, and two cameras are placed in the middle of the car, on either side of Section C. These cameras record the video in the car, but have no audio component, as is present on the buses. These cameras can record, only, and are not monitored unless there's an incident. There is an intercom in each car, next to the door, that passengers can use to contact the operator. Once the intercom is triggered, it will stay on, so the operator can then control the volume and monitor what's happening in the car and contact the proper authorities. There are plans to increase the surveillance inside the cars by the end of 2011, when there will be eight cameras inside the cars and two in the front (as there are currently). The additional cameras will give better coverage of the doors of the light rail cars. Plans are to make them live-feed instead of record-only. Two microphones will also be installed to add the audio component to each car. Light rail platforms The surveillance of the light rail platforms is both live-feed and recorded. The cameras are monitored by the Rail Control Center located in the light rail facility located near Franklin and Hiawatha. Not all platforms can be monitored at all times, so if the RCC hears of some trouble at a particular station, they can punch up those cameras and focus on the platform in question. The cameras on the platforms are very good quality and can zoom in on anyone. Light rail facility The light rail facility is the most secure of all the Metro Transit properties because it is the newest. The Rail Control Center will be undergoing a major renovation starting this fall and going through March 2012. The new Center will accommodate the increasing demands made by the inclusion of the University Corridor and eventually the Southwest Corridor in the Metro Transit system.
Blayne Williams Joins the Education Committee Hi, Blayne here, just wanted to let you all know I have decided to join the Education Committee and will hopefully contribute some worthwhile stuff, yes stuff. You see, after eleven years as a driver and 14 years in maintenance, I thought maybe I have some stuff to contribute. To the folks that do not know me, I am an all-around good guy most of the time, but like most transit employees I have my moments indeed. So it is an honor for me to be on this committee and maybe now and then bring some information to one and all, amen. Blayne Williams, Nicollet Garage
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Hope to see you there next year. The date will be chosen in January and will be announced at the membership meetings and by notification in this paper.
Fitness Health Article From: Stacey Taylor #70055 It can be a daunting task as a Metropolitan Council employee and bus driver to always feel, look and stay healthy. With our busy schedules it can be hard to find the time, energy and motivation to acquire good habits and stay physically motivated in our journey towards personal health and fitness. Sometimes the most exercise we get as bus drivers is running for a cup of coffee during our layovers. By now, many Metropolitan Council employees have received the Health Partner's Insurance JourneyWell newsletter. I am sure many of us have let the newsletter collect dust on our mail table for a few days. Hopefully, when we pick up it up again, we should be able to take advantage of the many benefits that it contains. After registering with Health Partners and getting your personalized health score, you can connect with a real person called a wellness coach who can guide you through your assessment in your quest to be "Fit for Life." I had several questions for the wellness coach, so I enlisted the help of Metropolitan Council Wellness Coach Lindsey Good RD, LD at MCWellnessCOACH@healthpartners.com: What does a health coach do and why should someone seek to meet with a health coach? I work to help employees feel better by working toward better health and fitness choices. I really help employees to bridge the gap between 'thinking' and 'doing.' During one-on-one wellness appointments, we discuss any health or wellness changes an employee wants to make such as weight management, blood pressure or cholesterol management, healthy eating, stress management, tobacco cessation or diabetes and heart disease management. I help them set realistic goals and follow up on their progress, working through barriers and providing continuous support. What are some basic health strategies for good health that a health coach can help fine tune for good health and wellness and being "Fit for Life"? A few basic strategies include controlling portion sizes, eating plenty of fruits and vegetables and choosing lean protein sources. I can help people identify how many calories they should be eating to help them reach their goals and what a healthy, well-balanced diet looks like for them. I can also help people find ways to fit exercise and activity into their lives and develop exercise routines for them to follow. How important is exercise or working out for individuals who sit or drive a bus all day? How many times a week should a person exercise? It is very important for those with a sedentary job to fit in some form of activity or exercise into their daily routine. Current guidelines for healthy adults under 65 years of age from the American College of Sports Medicine and the American Heart Association include: Five days a week of moderate intensity activity for 30 minutes, three days a week of vigorous intensity exercise for 20 minutes and at least two days a week of planned muscle conditioning working the ten major muscle groups. Is there a difference in the type of exercise (weights, cardio) one does that makes one healthier? A well-rounded workout routine includes cardiovascular exercise, muscle conditioning and flexibility exercises. Each has its own benefits and all work together. Cardiovascular exercise is the cornerstone of most fitness training programs. Aerobic exercise causes you to breathe faster and more deeply, which maximizes the amount of oxygen in your blood. The better your aerobic fitness, the more efficiently your heart, lungs and blood vessels transport oxygen throughout your body - and the easier it is to complete routine physical tasks. Muscle conditioning can help you increase bone strength and muscular fitness. Each person's needs may be different depending on their specific goals. Flexibility is great for balance in your exercise routine, it's important to stretch your muscles, too. Stretching improves the range of motion of your joints and promotes better posture. Regular stretching can even help relieve stress. How does one choose which type is right? To choose which type is right for you, you need to keep in mind your specific goals. Everyone will benefit from having a well-balanced routine. It is also important to start slowly if you are just beginning to exercise, and to set realistic goals. A few other tips include: Find an exercise buddy; invest in a good pair of exercise shoes;
Page 25 choose a type of exercise that you enjoy and will look forward to doing; and break up your exercise into smaller, more manageable segments if that works with your schedule better. In the next issue I will focus on some fun and competitive activities that a few employees have found to help them in the quest to be "Fit for Life."
Coffee/Caffeine Health Effects by Philip Jarosz, East Metro Driver 65015 Anybody suggest to you that you should give up coffee? Although coffee has drug-like qualities, do they ever tell you why? It's an addiction-forming product sought after daily as a social connection, and it stimulates the local economy. What are the real effects of drinking coffee every day? Here is some information to ponder. Although coffee has been shown to have negative effects when very high dosages are administered, coffee has actually been shown to decrease the risk of a heart attack (but only when made with paper filters, not metal filters). It also temporarily helps with cognitive performance. This is going to help you when you simultaneously have to deal with a confrontation going on in the back of the bus, a rider asking for directions, having someone run towards the bus trying to get on, and the car pulling out in front of you. Caffeine is a central nervous system stimulant which has the temporary effect of warding off drowsiness. It thins the blood to increase blood flow - thus flushing the system of impurities. Without the sugar, coffee has been shown to have a positive effect on controlling blood sugars - which means, in the long run, you'll have a lower chance of getting diabetes. One's own body can then regulate the energy needed to function naturally. One of the best things about switching from high-sugar coffee to no-sugar coffee is that it's cheaper. Reducing by just one packet of sugar can prevent six pounds of fat a year. Thin the wallet and the waistline. For those able to reduce caffeine without side effects, water is a great natural energizer. Caffeine taken three to five hours before sleep can cause dehydration and disorders in the quality of rest. The pick-me-up cup is similar to a hangover reliever. When the body becomes dependent on energy boosts from caffeine, it lacks natural stimulants produced by the body's own resources, such as stored fat. Having a little water throughout a shift or a small snack will increase your metabolism. Try cutting a sandwich in half or eat small natural snacks on layovers. It will take some time to see results. Your body will adjust as time goes on. A little snack can go a long way in getting you energized naturally. Coffee has been shown to prevent Alzheimer's disease, Parkinson's disease, cirrhosis of the liver and gout. The bottom line for coffee consumption is how you respond to it. Some individuals do not tolerate caffeine well at all. If you're one of those persons, you should not drink it. But if you already rely on coffee for your morning pick-me-up, you may be helping yourself in a lot more ways than you thought. In our sedentary environment, we need all the natural stimulants we can get to keep us moving on time safely. A well-managed diet and weekly exercise can have lasting effects on our health-care concerns. Lastly, reducing caffeine may cause some psychological changes that may affect our performance with others. Seek a close friend to help the transition go smoothly. Addictions are hard to give up and may cause friction among those closest to us - our riders and our families.
Answer If you like your job and Emmer is Satan, get off your duff and vote for Dayton.
Letters To The Editor
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AM I MY BROTHER'S (SISTER'S) KEEPER? No, I'm not. I am his/her union partner. And in today's time, if we don't stick together, forces that can make it hard on an individual may cause one to stand alone. Union means bond, togetherness and solidarity. There are times when people on the side where you stand may do something that's not quite right, but that's what I said: THEY DO, not you, so it's not your job to go tell on them. There are people at Metro in place for that: management, snoopervisors and the well-meaning public (LOL). Once you cross the line to informant, you can be looked at unfavorably by the ones who should have your back. No way am I condoning wrongdoing - it will get its justice (karma) - but remember what goes around comes around. Would you want someone to report you to management? Now, since we talked about togetherness, let's talk about what to do. If you have a problem with a fellow driver, or you see something that's not quite right, the proper procedure in any one of these situations would be to talk to that driver and tell them what you saw - or tell the union and let them talk to that driver. That's one of the things we pay them for. Let them work for us. In some of these situations of telling on your fellow union member, you could have the burden on you to know that that person could have to go in to talk to their manager, possibly be written up, suspended or even fired. Let them do it to themselves. This is nothing I would want on my heart. At a time like this, when contracts are being looked at, you can see the union togetherness. People are talking to each other, asking questions and sharing opinions on how we will handle this with our union leaders. Take that as a sign as to how to deal with drivers' issues. 1. Talk to each other about a problem. 2. Talk to our union about the problem. We are part of what makes this company run, so let's know how important we are and not stoop to levels not becoming of the words UNION BROTHERS AND SISTERS Faye Brown, Heywood Driver 6331
In Memoriam Kerry "Butch" Schiro, Driver 1071, age 52, of Eagan, passed away unexpectedly in his sleep on September 26, 2010. He was a beloved father and grandpa. Butch was preceded in death by his parents and a brother, Gary. He is survived by children, Bob (Sherry), Melissa, and Danny (Leah); grandchildren, Cyla and Cloe; siblings, Terry (Susan), Larry (Deb), Jerry (Cheryl), Susie, Wendy (Roger); and many other nieces, nephews, relatives, friends and his best friend, Champ. Butch was an extraboard driver at South Garage. According to his daughter, Butch's family and the Metro Transit world were "his whole life."
In Memoriam Hansen, Donald E., retired driver #2500, passed away peacefully in Maplewood, Minnesota on October 12, 2010, at the age of 81. He was a loving husband, dad, grandpa and great-grandpa. He was preceded in death by parents Aage and Mildred. Don is survived by Joan (Schaller) Hansen, (Bob Schallerâ€™s cousin) his loving wife of 60 years. He worked out of Snelling Garage where he loved being in the middle of the action working the Selby-Lake line.
Fern, Theodore W. "Ted," age 73, of Brooklyn Park, passed away September 6, 2010. He was preceded in death by parents, Leonard and Agnes. He is survived by loving wife, Bernice; children, Paul and Sandra Fern, Karen and Michael Melling, Julie and Chris Berczyk; grandchildren, Briana and Marisa Fern, Jamie and Jenna Melling, and Carson Berczyk; brother, J. Edward Fern; sisters, Delores Fleer, Gerllean Mackey, Carol Hockert and Sharol Fern; many other relatives and friends. Ted worked for over 41 years for MTC/Metro Transit. His interment is at Glen Haven Memorial Gardens. Ted was a stockkeeper who spent his last years at Metro Transit on the day shift at MJR. Ted was hired July 11, 1961 and retired on January 5, 2002. He was a most colorful person. Instead of a simple yes to a question, he would respond, "You Dam Betcha!" He was also known for his fondness of doughnuts and coffee. Lindner, Don, age 65, of Minneapolis, passed away peacefully at home on September 7, 2010 surrounded by his family. He was preceded in death by his parents, Hugo and Agnes; and his first wife, Patricia. He is survived by wife, Sherry; five children, Lisa (Mike) Egan, Scott (Cheri) Lindner, Jenni (Joe) Klein, Lori Chorzempa, Shane (Amanda) Lindner; eleven grandchildren, David, Ashley, Derrick, Travis, Emily, Amanda, Zach, Kate, Autumn, John, Shane Jr.; two brothers; four sisters; many friends. Don worked for 30 years with Metro Transit and was a 20year veteran of the United States Marine Corps. Don Lindner, Driver 259, was hired February 10, 1975 and retired February 10, 2005. He spent most of his 30-year career at the Old Northside and Heywood Garages. Dero, Jason #64217, 48, of Cottage Grove, passed away on Sunday, October 10, 2010. Jason was the beloved husband of Julie Finch; loving dad of Kevin (Amanda) Finch, Kelley (Jon) Kaup, Kerry (Dustin) Stuempert, Kris Finch; grandpa of Mia, Joey; son of Janis Voight; brother of Debbie Puckett, Steven, Dawn (Earl) Salmons, twin of Janet Spencer; will also be missed by eight nieces and nephews; and his cats Tuffy, Thomas, Slim and AnnieMae. He was preceded in death by grandparents, Kenneth and Pearl Jones; brothers, Joey, Kenneth; stepfather, Harold Voight. His interment was in the Cottage Grove Cemetery. Jason was a six-year Metro Transit employee, having started his transit career at the Hiawatha O&M facility on July 6, 2004. There, he provided janitorial support for five years before moving on to South Garage. He was recently promoted to the position of Lead Janitor, and was to begin in his new role on Monday, October 18.
Working Together From Dorothy Maki: This was taken at monthly meeting for the St. Paul Labor Federation (I am on the board.) We had a cookout and invited many labor-endorsed candidates to come and speak. From left to right are: Dean Grotto (SEIU Local 26), Dave Nasby (Laborers 132), Mark Dayton, canidate for governor, Frank Loffler (retired Laborers 132), Tom Besaw (Laborers 132), Dorothy Maki, Local ATU 1005 and Jordan Blakely (Laborers 132).
Donâ€™t Forget to VOTE November 2 DRUG TESTING RIGHTS If you do not use the specific wording when you request results from a positive drug test, the agency has no obligation to comply. All they are required to do is give you a paper stating the results are positive. Every employee has the legal right to request, in writing to the Medical Review Officiers (MRO), copies of: the Litigation Package* of the initial test. (this will tell you how your test turned up positive); the Confirmation (breaks results down into specific levels); the Threshold levels (baseline of all tests) The Litigation Package can be nearly 100 pages of technical data, which cannot be analzed or understood by a layperson, including union officers. Professional interpetation is available at memberâ€™s expense, starting at about $50 minimum.
WEINGARTEN RIGHTS STATEMENT If disciplinary action is suspected, read this statement to your foreman: I request to have a union representative present on my behalf during this meeting because I believe it may lead to disciplinary action taken against me. If I am denied my right to have a union representative present, I will refuse to answer accusational questions and any I believe may lead to discipline.
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