September 1, 2014

We must understand the meaning of solidarity

Morr, Bonnie.2011

By Bonnie Morr, Vice President, Bus –  The Merriam-Webster Dictionary defines solidarity as a feeling of unity between people who have the same community of interests or goals based on certain objectives and standards. Is this not what our union, and all of organized labor around the world, is truly about? The term “solidarity” became well-known [...]

Send message to our politicians: ‘Improve our wages’

Morr, Bonnie.2011

By Bonnie Morr, Vice President, Bus –  As I travel around the country working on grievances, arbitrations, negotiations and labor agreements, as well as the health and well-being of our locals and our members, one underlying issue is always present: wages. Our wages are not keeping up with what our lives and our families’ livesare costing [...]

Morr: Stop privatization, keep our tax dollars here

Morr, Bonnie.2011

By Bonnie Morr, Vice President, Bus –  In December, I attended a school bus summit in Washington hosted by the Transportation Trades Department of the AFL-CIO. Though the topics of discussion centered around school bus issues, many were pertinent to our global bus community. Whether we are operating a tour bus, transit bus, school bus, van [...]

Addition of new members brings additional responsibility

Calvin Studivant

I hope this edition of the SMART Transportation Division News finds that all our members enjoyed a safe and happy holiday season. The SMART TD has been successful in recent organizing campaigns, adding new members to our union in general, and the bus department in particular. With the addition of new members comes the task [...]

AFL-CIO convention addressed issues that affect us

Morr, Bonnie.2011

By Bonnie Morr, Vice President, Bus –  The AFL-CIO held its convention from Sept. 8-11, 2013. The International Association of Sheet Metal, Air, Rail and Transportation Workers had a large delegation in attendance from both the Transportation Division and the Sheet Metal Division. During the convention, many resolutions were passed, some of which will have a [...]

Our regional meeting workshops were a success

Morr, Bonnie.2011

By Bonnie Morr, Vice President, Bus –  I was recently informed of the passing of one of our best bus vice presidents. Kenny Moore was the vice president that helped us at Local 23 to become part of this great organization. Kenny Moore was my mentor. He was active in Washington, D.C., and on the [...]

Morr: The union voice allows us to be heard

Morr, Bonnie.2011

As I work with our members from around the country I hear about struggles that we are facing. Whether it is discipline where our members may be losing their jobs, or a legislative issue that will impact our work, the union voice is there.  All of us deal with negotiations. Some negotiations are for our labor agreements, some [...]

Bus companies target sleep apnea

Calvin Studivant

By Calvin Studivant, Alternate Vice President, Bus –   Sleep apnea is a serious ailment and certainly one that should not go untreated. But it also should not be used to discriminate against our members, which it appears some carriers are doing. There are reports from some of our locals that their carriers are more likely [...]

Healthy drivers are happy drivers

Morr, Bonnie.2011

By Bonnie Morr, Vice President, Bus Department –  As the year kicks off, I must ask you: “How are you doing?” “I am healthy and happy” is the answer I’d love to hear, but, sadly, it’s the answer I hear less and less. Consider our work schedules, and the nature of our jobs: We sit all [...]

Transit friend to head Senate Budget Committee

Morr, Bonnie.2011

By Bonnie MorrVice President, Bus Department –  Sen. Patty Murray, a Democrat from Washington State, is the new chairperson of the Senate Budget Committee, which makes decisions on how much of the annual federal budget is available for transit. As chairperson, Sen. Murray will set the agenda and tone of Senate Budget Committee hearings and [...]