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Prepared and distributed by the Education Committee ATU Local 1005 President/Business Agent - Michelle Sommers Vice-President - Dorothy Maki Recording Secretary/Assistant Business Agent- Mark Lawson Financial Secretary/Treasurer - Tommy Bellfield Your next step now is to get to know your board Continued on page 14 The news and information publication of Faye Brown # 6331 Executive Board Members of Metro Transit Facilities: The Executive Board Officers:

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  • The 1005 LineThe news and information publication of ATU Local 1005

    Prepared and

    distributed by the Education

    Committee

    For The People Who Know Where They Are Going

    November / December 2011

    "Our members are struggling every day and working hard, and these are their children. ese are our children who are out here saying America must change. America must take care of its people. " - ATU Int'l. Pres. Larry Hanley, applauding the Occupy Movement

    Whats Inside...

    Officers Corner

    page 2

    Union Meeting Highlights

    page 3

    Met Council Recognition

    page 6

    Transit Funding Committee

    page 10

    March for Peace

    page 12

    TSSC Minutes

    page 15

    Retirements

    page 13, info page 18

    Yellow Ribbon

    page 19

    Midwest School

    page 20

    ATU Rally

    page 23

    Holiday Greetings

    back cover

    UNION ELECTION RESULTSFaye Brown # 6331

    On November 9, 2011 ATU 1005 held its election and the WINNER

    is you, because you came out to make your vote count. Now that it's over

    and the dust has settled, here are the people's choices.

    The Executive Board Offi cers:

    President/Business Agent - Michelle Sommers

    Vice-President - Dorothy Maki

    Recording Secretary/Assistant Business Agent- Mark Lawson

    Financial Secretary/Treasurer - Tommy Bellfi eld

    Executive Board Members of Metro Transit Facilities:

    Overhaul - Ron Laumeyer

    LRT Maintenance - John Hawthorne

    LRT Operators - Dave Rogers

    South Transportation - Lisa Benson

    South Maintenance - Tim Dixon

    Heywood Transportation - Russell Dixon

    Heywood Maintenance - Greg Stowe

    Nicollet Transportation - Cliff Bolden

    Nicollet Maintenance - John Zapata

    MJR Transportation - Gordy Raveling (In a runoff December 14th)

    MJR Maintenance - Jody Theisen

    East Metro Transportation - Ken Dolney

    East Metro Maintenance - Chuck Feucht

    Rochester - Dave Gosha

    Big Lake Commuter Rail - Tom Mevissen

    Your next step now is to get to know your board Continued on page 14

  • OFFICERS

    CORNER

    Page 2

    Dan AbramowiczRecording Secretary/Asst.

    Business Agent

    LOCAL 1005

    OFFICERS

    President/Business Agent

    Michelle Sommers

    Vice-President

    Dorothy Maki

    Recording Secretary/

    Asst. Business Agent

    Dan Abramowicz

    Financial Secretary/

    Treasurer

    Tommy Bellfield

    ATU Local 1005

    Union Office

    8 a.m. - 4 p.m.

    (Closed 12:00 - 1:00)

    312 Central Ave.

    Suite 438

    Mpls., MN 55414

    612-379-2914

    email:

    office@atu1005.com

    website:

    www.atu1005.com

    Calendar

    Education Committee

    Meetings - 11:30 a.m.

    on the third Tuesday

    December 20th

    January 17th

    Membership Meetings

    on the fourth Tuesday

    December 27th - Mpls.

    January 24th - St. Paul

    10:00 a.m. and 7:00 p.m.

    This is the last article I write as an officer of Local

    1005. I want to make it a good one.

    Many have asked me why. Why arent you running? Why didnt you

    run for another term? The reasons are several. Mostly, Id say it was

    organization. My lack of organization at home came with me when I

    began my term. Many who have seen my desk will attest to this.

    Keeping track of grievances, taking phone calls, answering questions,

    returning messages, grievance preparation (yes, we actually try to do

    that), contract negotiations, membership meetings, political action, videos

    and more - all this requires an enormous amount of internal organization.

    I thought I could keep up and couldnt. For that I apologize to all my

    union brothers and sisters.

    Now, several moments of personal privilege:

    Anyone wishing to become active and make a positive change in their

    union should start by attending some membership meetings. I know sim-

    ple meeting attendance is not the only measure of a good union member,

    but its a start!

    If attending a meeting just isnt possible, and you are determined to be

    an integral part of the union, try running for delegate to one of the region-

    al labor federations. These days there are plenty of things to get involved

    with if political action is your thing. (Its not mine, never was.)

    So where does one start actually representing members? The next step

    is the garage-level Executive Board Member. This is the position that

    teaches the fundamentals, where one learns about the contract, policies,

    laws, management and members (not necessarily in that order).

    Being a full-time union officer is not, nor is it supposed to be, an entry

    level position to a union career. Sorry.

    And now for something different:

    A lot of our members have to deal with sleep apnea. Some require the

    use of a C-Pap machine. I recently participated in a project with our

    office neighbors, Froeber Dentistry. They tested me for sleep apnea,

    which I knew I had because I snore and Im overweight. When the

    Continued on page 27

  • Page 3

    Education

    Committee

    Advisor

    Dorothy Maki

    Chair

    Melanie Benson

    South

    Liz Goldberg

    Stacey Taylor

    Heywood Office

    Ilona LaDouceur

    Rec. Secretary

    Nicollet

    Alec Johnson

    Ryan Timlin

    Twaya McIntosh

    Blayne Williams

    Ruter

    Anastasia Bloodsaw

    Jackie Williams

    Scott Lindquist

    East Metro

    Philip Jarosz

    Doug Barton

    Heywood Garage

    Faye Brown

    Vice-Chair

    Walter T. Curry, Jr.

    Debbi Sievers

    LRT

    Carl Rice

    Lisa Callahan

    725 Bldg.

    Stephen Babcock

    Layout

    Editorial Board

    Ken Dolney

    Mark Lawson

    Gary Bier

    Requests for Arbitration

    An FTH operator requested arbitration for a Class B Violation (Red

    Light). After a brief explanation in which the operator appeared, a secret

    ballot was cast. This case will go to arbitration.

    A South operator requested arbitration after being discharged for

    violating Metro Transits Operating Policy (Violations). After a brief

    explanation in which the operator appeared, a secret ballot was cast. This

    case will not go to arbitration.

    A Nicollet operator requested arbitration for a responsible accident.

    After a brief explanation in which the operator appeared, a secret ballot

    was cast. This case will go to arbitration.

    A South operator requested arbitration for a responsible accident/

    Record of Warning (Safety). After a brief explanation in which the

    operator appeared, a secret ballot was cast. This case will go to

    arbitration.

    A South mechanic technician requested arbitration because Metro

    Transit management violated the overtime rotation procedure. After a

    brief explanation in which the mechanic technician appeared, a secret

    ballot was cast. This case will go to arbitration.

    Michelle Sommers presented a proposed Letter of Agreement

    regarding the probation period of non-operator employees (Art. 6, Sect. 6,

    7th paragraph). After a brief explanation a standing vote was taken. The

    proposal passed.

    The Reduced Service Day agreement for 2012 was read and discussed.

    After a brief discussion, the Executive Board took a recommendation

    vote. The proposal passed.

    Presidents Report

    National Group Protection representatives have been visiting the

    properties talking to members about supplemental insurance. This

    company is union-run.

    There are two rallies coming up on behalf of public transit. The ATU

    International has sent T-shirts and signs for a rally downtown on

    September 28, and the AFL-CIO will be sending representatives from its

    meeting at the Hilton to join us at the Hennepin County Government

    Center on Friday, September 30.

    One arbitration award was received since the last meeting was denied.

    ATUs involvement in the Safety and Security Committee has been in

    question after requests for minutes of the meetings were not supplied to

    us upon request. A meeting has been scheduled to take place right before

    the Oct. 6 scheduled meeting.

    ATU 1005s new website is close to being up and running. Any Continued on page 4

    Union Meeting Highlights

    September 2011

  • Light Rail

    Carl Rice #6223

    Lisa Callahan #6716

    With the 2011 Election for LRT

    mechanic board member, we will

    be saying goodbye to Clarence

    Maloney and hello to John

    Hawthorne. As for the Operator

    Board Member, Dave Rogers ran

    unopposed.

    Winter is just around the corner!!

    Are YOU ready?

    The new pick started December

    3, 2011. It's a 12-week pick.

    LRT had four new students start

    training to be new operators

    October 24, 2011. They are:

    Tri Thiem 67439

    James Fischer 68050

    William Morris 68103

    Gene Conley 68226

    Also remember: With the Central

    Corridor coming in, we will need

    more operators!

    Page 4problems or suggestions should be sent to us.

    Local 1005 received thanks for our support of the Crystal Sugar

    workers.

    Issues that came out of this years State Fair service

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