The ATU Tommy Douglas Center has been very busy this week. Recently-elected Local officers have been taking part in innovative trainings to learn new strategies to make their Locals stronger, and to empower members to get involved and prepare for the battles ahead. The participants are hearing from experts on a wide variety of topics to learn new skills to effectively run their Locals and serve their members. They also get the unique opportunity to exchange ideas and experiences with their fellow local officers.
Nashville Local on how to grow a union in an anti-union state
This week the US Supreme Court heard arguments in the Janus vs. AFSCME case that seriously threatens unions by making “right-to-work” a national law. But in the South, right-to-work has been on the books since the 1940s. Yet in Tennessee the number of union members has grown since 2010. And Local 1235-Nashville, TN, has been leading the way growing membership from 300 members to 460 out of an eligible group of about 530 eligible workers. Local President Patrick Green says he didn’t view Tennessee’s right-to-work laws as a death sentence — instead, he saw it as something that forces the union to try harder to connect with the workers it is supposed to represent. Read more.
MetroLink to offer innovative grocery service?
Imagine taking light rail home from work and having your groceries waiting for you at your transit station. That’s exactly what Metrolink and Canada’s largest retailer, Loblaws, will be offering at five GO Transit stations starting this spring. Orders placed online by midnight will be filled for next-day, homebound pick-up. “Commuting is a big part of everybody’s lives,” said Jeremy Pee, senior VP of e-commerce at Loblaws. “It seems to fit what people are thinking of on their way home from work: getting groceries and preparing a meal.” This is innovation done right. Read more.
Radio ad: Fighting GOP attacks on DC Metro workers?
“Don’t look now, but the Republican tag team of Comstock and Hugo are back at it. We all know Barbara Comstock’s record of voting against the most important funding measure in years for transportation in Northern Virginia, calling the vote tough,” starts a radio ad airing on Washington, DC area radio stations. The ad criticizes Rep. Comstock and her 'pal' GOP state delegate Tim Hugo for holding Metro funding hostage unless any Metro Board is allowed to completely disregard any contract agreement with its workers. The ad concludes “It’s time for Northern Virginia commuters to tell Comstock and Hugo - we’re tired of both of you, now we’re going to get tough.” Listen to radio ad.
San Jose’s Proposed Service Cuts are Misguided
San Jose Mayor San Liccardo’s plan to further slash transit service to help close a $20 million operating deficit this fiscal year and a $26 million operating deficit in 2019 is misguided and bad for the community writes Silicon Valley Transit Users founder Eugene Bradley in an op-ed. He points out that the Mayor’s plan contradicts the city's goals to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and vehicle miles by 40 percent within the next 22 years set forth in San Jose’s own General Plan 2040. Bradley calls on commuters to contact the Mayor to tell him transit - especially bus service - must be a priority for the community. Read more.
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