July 25, 2014

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 [...]

Looking back, but moving ahead

Morr, Bonnie.2011

By Bonnie MorrVice President, Bus Department As we approach year end, I wish everyone happy holidays and a healthy and prosperous new year. During 2012, we have had wonderful success negotiating 11 new contracts, and others are in the negotiating process. I could not be more proud of the negotiating and educational skills demonstrated by [...]

Regional meeting workshops improved skills

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By Bonnie MorrVice President – Bus Department The UTU regional  meetings in Portland, Ore., and Memphis, Tenn., provided hands-on workshops – led by experts from the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) and the Federal Mediation and Conciliation Service (FMCS) — designed to improve skills of members and officers in pursing grievances where members’ rights have [...]

Santa Cruz bus operators ratify new contracts

SANTA CRUZ, Calif. — UTU-represented members employed as bus operators by the Santa Cruz Metropolitan Transit District have become “the highest-paid bus operators in America” following ratification of a new three-year labor agreement, said Bonnie Morr, vice president of the UTU Bus Department. UTU Local 23 members ratified two agreements – the one by bus operators, [...]

Colo. short line is 30th organizing win in 53 months

Train and engine employees on Colorado short line San Luis & Rio Grande Railroad have voted to be represented by the UTU. This is the 30th organizing win in 53 months for the UTU. International Vice President Bonnie Morr led the organizing effort. The 150-mile San Luis & Rio Grande – one of three rail [...]

Calif. bus line 29th organizing win in 53 months

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More than 170 bus operators, mechanics, service employees and store keepers employed by the Los Angeles area Montebello (Calif.) Bus Lines are now UTU members after overwhelmingly voting, “UTU, yes.” In the Los Angeles area, the UTU also represents employees of Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority (LACMTA) and Santa Monica Municipal (Big Blue) Bus Lines. [...]

Bus locals respond to survey

Morr, Bonnie.2011

By Bonnie MorrVice President, Bus Department Many of our bus locals have responded to a survey focusing on the health conditions of bus operators. This is a very important step in identifying some of the health issues that we face while on the job. The Transit Bus Operator Workplace Health and Wellness Survey, sponsored by [...]

Big pride in bus, transit victories

Morr, Bonnie.2011

By Bonnie MorrVice President, Bus Department The UTU has gained a new First Transit property in Farmington, N.M., which is now in Local 1687 out of Albuquerque. Contract negotiations have begun. We also are in the initial stages of organizing some 200 workers on a transit property and a light rail property in Southern California. [...]

Driving a bus ‘a potent stress cocktail’

Morr, Bonnie.2011

By Bonnie MorrAlternate Vice President – Bus Department Operating a bus may be the most stressful job in America. Early in November, 100 Detroit bus operators walked off the job after repeated passenger assaults. In New York, a study found a pattern of physical and verbal assaults on drivers. Add to the fear of being [...]

Fighting the fight for equitable transit funding

Morr, Bonnie.2011

By BONNIE MORRAlternate Vice President, Bus Department As some in Congress seek to slash spending on public transit – the only affordable means for millions of Americans going to and from work – ridership is soaring. The American Public Transit Association says more than five billion trips were taken via public transit during the first [...]