November 26, 2014

L.A. bus passenger tells driver: ‘I have ebola’

LOS ANGELES – Sheriff’s deputies were searching for a man Monday (Oct. 13) who made threats while traveling on a Metro bus through Lincoln Heights. According to the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department, a man and a woman boarded the bus from Line 33 around 1:45 p.m. at Venice Boulevard and Hoover Street. Read the [...]

Slain UTU bus operator eulogized at funeral

Some 600 mourners – including more than 300 coworkers and UTU officials — attended the funeral June 9 of slain Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority (LACMTA) bus operator Alan Thomas, who was murdered May 20 by a lone passenger. Also in attendance were law enforcement officials, transit executives and political leaders and representatives of other labor [...]

UTU-member bus driver murdered in Los Angeles

Thomas, Alan

WEST HOLLYWOOD, Calif. – A Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority (LACMTA) bus driver, and member of UTU Local 1563, was murdered aboard his bus here Sunday morning, May 20, by a lone gunman, according to media reports. Alan Thomas, 51, who began driving part-time for LACMTA in 2007, and became a full-time driver in 2010, was [...]

LACMTA bus operators have new contract

James Williams; William, James

Williams LOS ANGELES – The almost 5,000 UTU members employed by Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority (LACMTA) have ratified a new contract, through June 30, 2014, by better than a three-to-one margin. The new contract provides for wage increases, a signing bonus, improved work rules, narrows the pay gap between the top and bottom [...]

9 years in prison; but UTU victims left holding bag

LOS ANGELES — For 15 years, Thomas L. Mitchell worked a Ponzi scheme targeting and draining the retirement funds of retired LACMTA bus workers, many of whom were UTU members. The con artist will now spend his next nine years in federal prison – having pleaded guilty to mail fraud, according to The Los Angeles Times. [...]

Troubling times for public transit

Vic Baffoni; Baffoni, Vic; Baffoni

By Vic Baffoni Vice President, Bus Department   These are troubling times for our nation, states and municipalities. Budget problems are forcing cutbacks in a wide variety of public services, and public transit often is targeted for cuts. At the extreme is the union busting going on in Wisconsin, Indiana, Ohio and other states. But [...]

UTU bus operator drives home his price

Darrin Dawson; Dawson, Darrin; Jimmy Kimmel

LOS ANGELES — A Thursday morning in February started like most for bus operator and UTU Local 1564 member Darwin Dawson — making fruit and vegetable protein shakes for fellow Division 18 workers as part of the Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority’s health and wellness program. By afternoon, Dawson was standing on the set [...]

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 [...]

Baffoni: LACMTA negotiations underway

By Vic Baffoni Vice president, Bus Department Negotiations are underway on UTU’s largest bus property, the Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority (LACMTA). The UTU negotiating committee, headed by General Chairperson James A. Williams, exchanged contract proposals March 19 with the LACMTA negotiating team. The first negotiating session was held April 9, and dates have [...]