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In this section, you will find Alerts, Notices, Items of Interest that may be of importance to your safety, and job performance.

Nominations for Officers will be held on November 8th. Primary Election will be December 6th. The runoff election will be December 20th.


ATU Local 268 Gives to the Community

Everyone is aware of the plight of those hit the hardest by hurricane Katrina. Several families are re-locating in the Cleveland area. Once again, the Union Members have opened up their hearts. We will be donating $5,000 to assist families from New Orleans re-locating in the area. We have also sent $5,000 to the ATU International Offices to be sent to New Orleans to help our Union Brothers and Sisters that remained in the New Orleans area.

ATU Local 268 is also donating $250 to the City Mission to help feed those who may not have a hot meal during the approaching holidays.


Effective August 1, 2017, there will be
a 1% wage increase
for all union members, Grade 1 through 6.


Memorandum of Understanding
Between the
Amalgamated Transit Union
The Greater Cleveland Regional Transit Authority


Effective upon execution, this memorandum of understanding will confirm the acceptance of the below listed procedures to return to the rebuilt Triskett Garage. The Greater Cleveland Regional Transit Authority and the Amalgamated Transit Union, having met and conferred, agree to the wages, hours and conditions of employment outlined herein. Except as outlined in this agreement, no other terms and conditions shall be effected in the Collective Bargaining Agreement between the GCRTA and the ATU effective August 1, 2017 through July 31, 2017.

  1. Management will develop and issue route and vehicle assignments to the ATU before full-time operator have to transfer locations and pick work assignments.

  2. Based on Part II, Article 2, Section 4 Transfer or Merger of Lines of the contract, the number of operators required to work the transferred lines plus 117 will be transferred along with the line. Hayden, Harvard and Triskett Operators will request by seniority to transfer to another District and fill tle requircd number of operator positions or remain at their current District. All operators must submit their first and second choices prior to 4:00 p.m., Wednesday, July 27, 2017to the dispatcher at their current District. Operators failing to submit a request will have their District assignment selected by the Union Board Member at their current District.

  3. Management will review all requests and honor operator requests in seniority order until all available positions are filled. Management will compile new District seniority lists based on the new District assignments and each operator’s current District seniority. Operators will pick work at their new Districts based on the revised seniority lists.

  4. Full-time operators assigned to each District will pick their work from all of the run packages at the District; transferred operators will not be restricted to work only those lines that they transferred with to the new District.

  5. Management will assign part-time operators their work as needed at each District. Management will, however, allow part-time operators to identify their District preferences and will give consideration when re-assigning part-time operators.

  6. Management will post specific dates and times for specific route training opportunities. Operators may sign-up for those routes that they wish to receive training on. Operators may not sign up for more than four route-training opportunities. Full-time and part-time operators will be required to familiarize themselves with any additional routes that they are unfamiliar with on their own time. Management will provide extra board operators with the normal route training procedures as needed.

  7. During the December operator pick, operators who requested or were assigned to another District will have the opportunity based on seniority to return to their prior District. The ability of Operators to return to their previous District in December is a one-time opportunity only. Operators at the home District will then be offered an opportunity to volunteer to fill those vacancies caused by operators returning to their former Districts. If there are not enough volunteers, management will draft Operators in inverse seniority to fill those remaining vacancies caused by operators returning to their former Districts. Those operators that management reassigns (through volunteers or drafting) to another District will have that new location become their home District. The Operators will not have another opportunity to voluntarily return to the District that they left.

  8. All operator vacation picks (for 2017) will continue to be honored after the Triskett reopening.

  9. Triskett at Woodhill equipment positions will all move to Triskett.

The GCRTA and the ATU acknowledge that they have had ample opportunity to confer and bargain over all negotiable matters affecting wages, hours and, terms and conditions of employment for the return to the rebuilt Triskett District. This agreement represents a complete and final understanding between the GCRTA and the ATU on all bargaining issues.



Fall Service Change 2017
Line Transfers
Operators to...HaydenHarvardTriskett
... Remain285207136
... transfer to Hayden0025
... transfer to Harvard00137
... transfer to Triskett18980


Please Remember...

There should not be any use of Cell phones or Ear Plugs in your ear while operating your Coach!!!

If there is a need for an **EMERGENCY** call, park your coach and get out of your seat to make the call!!




Topic: Weingarten Rights

Summary: When management begins to ask you questions that could lead to you being disciplined, you don't have to face it alone. If you have a reasonable belief that answers you give could be used by the supervisor to discipline you, the U.S. Supreme Court says you can refuse to answer any questions until a union representative is on the scene and has had a chance to talk things over with you first. It's your right to have the union representative present during the questioning to advise you, ask supervisors for clarifications, and provide additional information at the end of the session. The employee subject to the interview must reasonably believe that the investigatory interview will result in disciplinary action. A meeting called by the employer for the purpose of informing the employee of the imposition of discipline already decided, is not an interview subject to Weingarten rights.

Weingarten rights apply to workers in the private sector, and although most public employees have similar rights, the rules vary from state to state for public employees.

Under the Supreme Court's Weingarten decision, when an investigatory interview occurs, the following rules apply:

The employee must make a clear request for union representation before or during the interview. The employee cannot be punished for making this request.

After the employee makes the request, the employer must choose from among three options. The employer must either:

  • Grant the request and delay questioning until the union representative arrives and has a chance to consult privately with the employee; or
  • Deny the request and end the interview immediately; or
  • Give the employee a choice of (1) having the interview without representation or (2) ending the interview.

If the employer denies the request for union representation, and continues to ask questions, it commits an unfair labor practice and the employee has a right to refuse to answer. The employer may not discipline the employee for such a refusal

from "In Transit", May/June 2017


Eligibility Criteria will be strictly enforced.

  • As stated in the Collective Bargaining Agreement a physician must attend you within the first three (3) days of your absence from work.
  • The Short Term Disability Employee's Section must be signed, dated and returned to the GCRTA within 10 days of your last day worked. (If the claim is not received within 10 days of your last day worked, payments on approved claims will only be made for the time period subsequent to the receipt of the claim.) Xerox copies of the Employee's claim form will be accepted. Forms can be mailed or faxed to the Workers' Compensation Staff. The fax number is: 216-771-4426.
  • Take the Short Term Disability Attending Physician's Statement to your physician. Have your physician complete, sign, date and return the form to our office within fifteen (15) days of the reported absence. Upon receipt of the Attending Physician's Statement, you will be sent a letter confirming same. If you do not receive said letter, your Attending Physician's Statement has not been received. These forms may also be faxed to the number above.
  • Benefit checks will be mailed to the address on file with the Human Resources Department. Notify them of any change in your address.
  • Short-Term Disability and Family Medical Leave (FMLA) are NOT the same. Submitting FMLA paperwork does NOT meet the criteria of Short Term Disability.

Short-Term Disability Claim Forms can be obtained from your supervisor, the Workers' Compensation staff, Medical Services, or the GCRTA Intranet Site. If you need a form mailed to you, or if you are off on Short-Term Disability, please call: Medical Services at 216-566-5106; or Workers' Compensation Staff at 216-771-4240.


Traffic Violations

June 9, 2017: This bulletin is to inform you that when you are operating your coach, please be aware of the speed limit on your Route. Please refer to the following penalties of any violations that are committed.

If the offense occurs while you are operating a CMV that is placarded for hazardous materials, you will lose your CDL for at least three years. You will lose your CDL for life for a second offense. You will also lose your CDL for life if you use a CMV to commit a felony involving controlled substances.

Serious Traffic Violations:

  • You will lose your CDL:
    • For at least 60 days if you have committed two serious traffic violations within a three-year period involving a CMV
    • For at least 120 days for three serious traffic violations within a three-year period.
  • Serious Traffic Violations" are excessive speeding (15 mph or more above the posted limit), reckless driving, improper or erratic lane changes, following a vehicle too closely, and traffic offenses committed in a CMV in connection with fatal traffic accidents.


  • It is illegal to operate a CMV if your Blood Alcohol Concentration (BAC) is .04% or more. You will lose your CDL for one year for your first offense. You will lose it for life for your second offense. If your Blood Alcohol Concentration is less than .04% but you have any detectable amount, you will be put out-of-service for 24 hours.

Transporting Passengers

Bus drivers must have a commercial driver license (CDL) if they drive a vehicle designed to seat more than 15 persons, including the driver.

Bus drivers must have a passenger endorsement on their commercial dirver license. To get the endorsement you must pass a knowledge test on Sections 2 and 4 of this manual. (If your bus has air brakes, you must also pass a knowledge test on Section 5.) You must also pass the skills tests required for the class of vehicle you drive.

This Section Covers:

  • Definition of a Bus
  • Pre-trip Inspection
  • Loading
  • Safe Drivng with Buses

4.1 Pre-trip Inspection: Befor driving your bus,you must be sure it is safe. You must review the inspection report made by the previous driver. ONly if defects reported earlier have been certified as repaired or not needed to be repaired, should you sign the previous driver's report. This is your certification that the defects reported earlier have been fixed.

Make sure these things are in good working order before driving:

  • Service brakes, including air hose couplings (if your bus has a trailer or semi-trailer)
  • Parking brake
  • Steering mechanism
  • LIghts and reflectors
  • Tires (front wheels must not have recapped or regrooved tires)
  • Horn
  • Windshield wiper or wipers
  • Rear-vision mirror or mirrors
  • Coupling devices (if present)
  • Wheels and rims
  • Emergency equipment

Access Doors and Panels
As you check the outside of the bus, close any open emergency exits. Also, close any open access panels (for baggage, restroom service, engine, etc.) before driving.

Bus Interior
People sometimes damage unattended buses. Always check the interior of the bus before driving to ensure rider safety. Aisles and stairwells should always be clear. The following parts of your bus must be in safe working condition:

  • Each handhold and railing
  • Floor covering
  • Signaling devices, including the restroom emergency buzzer, if the bus has a restroom
  • Emergency exit handles

The seats must be safe for riders. All seats must be securely fastened to the bus.

Never dirve with an open emergency exit door or window. The "Emergency Exit" sign on an emergency door must be clearly visible. If there is a red emergency door light, it must work. Turn it on at night or any other time you use your outside lights.

Roof Hatches
You may lock some emergency roof hatches in a prtly open position for fresh air. Do not leave them open as a regular practice. Keep in mind the bus's higher clearance whil driving with thme open.

Make sure your bus has the fire extinguisher and emergency reflectors required by law. The bus must also have spare electrical fuses, unless equipped with circuit breakers.

Use Your Seatbelt!!
The driver's seat should have a seat belt. Always use it for safety.

4.2 Loading and Trip Start: Do not allow riders to leave carry-on baggage in a doorway or aisle. There should be nothing in the aisle that might trip other riders. Secure baggage and freight in ways that avoid damage and:

  • Allow the driver to move freely and easily.
  • Allow riders to exit by any window or door in an emergency.
  • Protect riders from injury if carry-ons fall or shift.

Hazardous Materials
Watch for cargo or baggage containing hazardous materials. Most hazardous materials cannot be carried on a bus.

The Federal Hazardous Materials Table shows which materials are hazardous. They pose a risk to health, safety, and property during transportation. The rules require shippers to mark containers of hazardous material with the material's name, identification number, and hazard label. There are nine (9) different 4-inch diamond-shaped hazard labels like the examples shown in Figure 4-1 (not available at this time). Watch for the diamond-shaped labels. Do not transport any hazardous material unless you are sure the rules allow it.

The above information was taken from teh Commercial Driver's Manual/2.0



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