December 22, 2014

We are monitoring bus-belt regulations

By Calvin StudivantAlternate vice president, Bus Department Newly manufactured motorcoaches would be required to have lap-shoulder seat belts – and older motorcoaches might be required to add them – under proposals from the U.S. DOT that are open for public comment. The federal proposals do not include city or school buses. Only a handful of [...]

LACMTA talks continue; operational funding a must

Vic Baffoni; Baffoni, Vic; Baffoni

By Vic Baffoni, Vice president, Bus Department I extend my congratulations to all the newly elected and re-elected Bus Department officers and delegates, and I ask that they do their best to represent all their membership. Dedication and hard work must include conversation and compromise to produce results. Results are our business. The Los Angeles [...]

Strength, unity will help us win a good contract

James Williams; William, James

By James A. Williams General Chairperson, LACMTA Contract negotiations are underway between the UTU and the Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority (LACMTA). As required by California law, the parties exchanged proposals prior to April 1, and, as also dictated by state law, began bargaining April 30. The proposals exchanged were basically the same as [...]

UTU, AFL-CIO tackle school bus driver issues

By Bonnie Morr Alternate Vice President-Bus The UTU, other labor unions and the Transportation Trades Department (TTD) of the AFL-CIO are jointly tackling workplace training, discipline and other workplace safety and economic issues on behalf of school bus drivers. Nationwide, school bus drivers face daily challenges in their work, with their employers and with school [...]

Bus operators too often face assaults

By Calvin StudivantAlternate Vice President, Bus Department There is no question that more must be done to protect bus operators. When operating a motor coach — whether carrying students, commuters, tourists or the handicapped – whenever we open the door, we are exposed to assaults. Just in recent weeks, a driver in Utah was injured [...]

I am optimistic for 2010

By Rich Deiser Vice President, Bus Department During my six months as Bus Department vice president, I have done my absolute best to meet many of you, and I look forward to getting to know more of you in 2010. I still have a lot to learn and look to you for guidance. Hopefully many [...]

Deiser: Distracted bus drivers a safety risk

By Richard DeiserVice president and director, Bus Dept. One of the most important issues facing the motor carrier industry is distracted driving. Safe driving requires total concentration — not just on our own part, as we must also worry about other drivers not paying attention to what they are doing. In fact, distraction can occur [...]

Shorter bus contracts protect earnings

By Richard Deiser Vice President, Bus Department Kudos to Alternate Bus Vice President-East Calvin Studivant and Alternate Bus Vice President-West Bonnie Morr for being chosen as delegates to the AFL-CIO convention in Pittsburgh, where a highlight was President Obama’s speech that may be viewed on the UTU Web site at www.utu.org. Calvin reports that he [...]

Bus members learn at regional meetings

By Richard DeiserVice President, Bus Department It was gratifying to see the large number of Bus Department local and committee officers and legislative representatives in attendance at the regional meeting in New Orleans. There were many long-time experienced veterans and many new faces. President Futhey’s emphasis on organizing efforts will no doubt increase the need [...]

Keeping close watch on proposed bus law

By Richard Deiser, Vice President, Bus DepartmentBonnie Morr, Alternate Vice President, Bus Department The Surface Transportation Authorization Act, introduced by House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee Chairman Jim Oberstar (D-Minn.), includes provisions of interest to bus operators. The proposed law would: Require interstate motor coach carriers to demonstrate knowledge of safety, accessibility and financial responsibility prior [...]