Local 788


It has been less than two months since we settled a new contract with Metro, and already John Nations is refusing to honor key parts of it.

Despite losing his fight to steal our pension and being named "Scrooge of the Year" by Jobs with Justice, he still doesn't understand that when working people unite and fight back, we win.

So we're gearing up for an Honor Our Contract campaign to send the message louder and clearer than ever.

Please join us at the union hall this Friday, December 12, from 9 a.m. - 4 p.m. for a special training on internal organizing. Contact your shed captain/steward or the union office if you have any questions or concerns. Read more >>>

The ATU is proud to offer three training sessions for 788 members this month.

December 10: Why Do Unions Matter?

RSVP by December 8

December 12: Internal Organizing

RSVP by December 8

December 13: Getting the Public on Your Side

RSVP by December 10

Please contact Allen Nuccio at 202-537-1645 ext. 267 or email him at anuccio@atu.org.

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With all votes counted, the operations & maintenance tentative agreement is ratified. The clerical tentative agreement is also ratified.

Regardless of how you voted, please join your union brothers and sisters tomorrow at 9 a.m. outside of Metro headquarters for our RALLY FOR RESPECT. We aren't going to let John Nations and Metro get away with their outrageous Oreo insult or the other games they've played with us or our riders.

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This Friday, September 26, at 9 a.m., we need you to RALLY FOR RESPECT outside of Metro headquarters.

Despite the gains that our tentative agreement will bring if ratified, we aren't going to let John Nations and Metro get away with their outrageous Oreo insult or the other games they've played with workers and riders.

We will be joined by community and labor allies who believe that every person deserves respect, whether that's in the shop, on the bus, or anywhere else.

Click here to see event details on Facebook.

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The first official copies of the Clerical and O&M tentative agreements have been printed and are being distributed on the properties today. If you're not able to pick them up in your shop or garage, please speak to a shed captain or shop steward, who will have copies to share with you.

Copies of the T.A. will also be available at the informational meetings. As a reminder, those meetings are:

  • Sunday, September 21 at 2:00 p.m.
  • Monday, September 22 at 9:00 a.m.
  • Monday, September 22 at 7:00 p.m.

The ratification vote will be held on Thursday, September 25th at the union hall. The voting boxes will be open from 6:00 a.m. until 6:00 p.m.

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Thanks to the hard work you have done to unify, organize, and take action over the past several weeks, we have reached a tentative agreement! Metro has backed down from its demand to eliminate our pension. That alone is a huge victory that few unions have achieved in St. Louis or anywhere else in the United States in a very long time.

As we write this, official copies of the T.A. are being prepared. They will be distributed on the properties as soon they are printed. Any paperwork that you encounter before then should be viewed cautiously as it could be yet another tactic to divide us.

To make sure that everybody has a chance to have their questions answered after receiving official copies, we will have three informational meetings:

  • Sunday, September 21 at 2:00 p.m.
  • Monday, September 22 at 9:00 a.m.
  • Monday, September 22 at 7:00 p.m.

A ratification vote will be held on Thursday, September 25th at the union hall. The voting boxes will be open from 6:00 a.m. until 6:00 p.m.

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Thanks to your hard work this week, the entire St. Louis area is hearing about the outrageous and embarassing way that John Nations and the Metro Board treat their employees. We have forced Nations out of his hole to try to explain away his staff's behavior, his ludicrous raise, and his plan to eliminate a secure retirement for our union brothers and sisters.

But here is the big news: At 9 a.m. on September 26th, we will have our biggest action yet: the Rally for Respect.

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Metro is willing to insult us at the bargaining table with an Oreo recipe, trample our First Amendment rights, and threaten our retirement security. The good news: we have the power to push back and win. Please call these elected officials. Otherwise, the only person they’ll hear from is John Nations.

Click "Read More" for the full list of names and phone numbers.

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We're demonstrating again outside of Metro HQ to send a message to the Metro Board:

  • We can fix the buses
  • We can fix the trains
  • But only YOU can fix John Nations!

WHAT: Demonstration
WHEN: 12:00 p.m., Friday, September 12
WHERE: Metro HQ, 707 N. First Street

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Our campaign is gaining momentum and support is pouring in from around St. Louis and the nation. So this week, we are going to focus on how to grow even stronger.

On Monday, September 8, we will have our regular union meetings. But from 5:00-7:00 p.m., we will be joined at the hall by legendary IAF labor organizers Jonathan Lange and Keisha Krumm. They will lead a training on how members can play a leading role in bringing our fight to the next level.

Please sign up by replying YES to this email or leaving a message at 314-549-8631.

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This morning, John Nations once again tried to silence us. At three different transit stops, he forced off-duty members to leave so that they couldn't keep telling the truth to our riders.

What are we going to do? STAND UP, FIGHT BACK.

Join us and some of our St. Louis Aldermen tomorrow at 14th Street/Civic Center from 3:00-5:00 p.m. to let your voices be heard.

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ATU Action Alert: It's time to get our truth squad out there to tell St. Louis what John Nations is really up to.

4:00 - 6:30 p.m., TODAY, September 3: Rider leafleting at two Metrolink stops: 8th and Pine and Convention Center.

5:30 - 9:30 a.m., TOMORROW, September 4: Rider leafleting at three stations: North Hanley, Rock Road, and Fairview Heights.

To volunteer, email 788atu@gmail.com or leave a message at 314-649-8631.

Remember: You have to be off-duty and out of uniform to participate.

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Let's show the rest of St. Louis our unity and commitment to economic justice this Labor Day. On Monday, join us at the hall at 6:30 a.m., when we'll load into buses to line up for the parade.

Call Felicia Clayton (314-537-3484) or Melvia Summers (314-537-3241) for details.

St. Louis, MO – The Amalgamated Transit Union (ATU) has called on Missouri Governor Jay Nixon and Illinois Governor Pat Quinn to remove Metro CEO John Nations for his failure to “correct the outrageous conduct of his staff at the bargaining table” in a letter to the Governors.
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Tomorrow at 1:00 p.m., we're gathering outside of Metro Headquarters for our next action. Let's let John Nations know that, despite his attempts to silence us and divide us, we stand united and ready to win a fair contract for our members and economic justice for our communities!

Please spread the word.

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St. Louis METRO Workers Stripped of Civil Rights

ATU Calls for End of "Race Baiting" in Contract Talks, METRO Responds with Gag Order

St. Louis, MO – Within hours of receiving a letter from ATU International President Larry Hanley demanding that METRO management end “race baiting at the bargaining table,” METRO issued a gag order to prevent workers from talking with the people of St. Louis.

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Today, we stepped up to talk to our riders about the struggle we share. How did Metro CEO John Nations respond? With an intimidating bulletin sent out to all of our properties warning us against talking to our riders. But we know our First Amendment rights, so we will keep on telling the truth.

We will hand out leaflets again tomorrow, beginning at 11:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m. Email 788atu@gmail.com or call 314-649-8631 to volunteer.

If you volunteer, please do not wear your uniform. If you're on duty, remember not to distribute any literature on the job.

Can't make it out tomorrow? Here is how you can help:

  • Call or email anyway to learn about actions later in the week.
  • Call 314-982-1400, ask for Nations' office, and tell him to settle a fair contract. Be respectful to your ATU brothers and sisters who will be answering the phone there!
  • Follow ATU 788 on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/ATU788
  • Sign up for text alerts by texting "ATU788" to 33733
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Our rider outreach began on Monday, Aug 25. We are handing out leaflets and talking to riders at key transit centers.

We need all hands on deck to show John Nations and Metro that 788 is ready to win. PLEASE SPREAD THE WORD!

We'll be scheduling the work in shifts over the next few weeks. To volunteer, email 788atu@gmail.com or call 314-649-8631.

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The events in Ferguson, MO, both the killing of an unarmed teen and the aftermath of civil unrest are having a spell-binding effect on people all over the world. A column by Kareem Abdul-Jabbar in Time magazine describes the underlying issue that nobody on TV is talking about.

We need to step back a few feet from the TV facts, the 24 hour a day speculation about who was "right" and who was "wrong." And let's not get caught in the trap of thinking this is just a race issue. It is a class issue.

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Join ATU 788 and our allies from across the St. Louis area for a Night of Unity!

WHEN: 7:00 p.m., Saturday, August 23rd

WHERE: Local 788 Union Hall, 1611 S. Broadway, St. Louis, MO

WHY: Because we as transit workers, as Americans, as human begins cannot wait any longer to unite, organize, and fight for a fair contract for our members and economic justice for all.
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ATU 788 is ready to unite, organize, and fight for a contract for all of our Metro members. To win, we need you to take action. Join us for a short meeting to answer your questions and learn more about our plan. Read more >>>

ATU 788 represents more than 2,000 transit workers and retirees - from Metro maintenance, operations, and clerical staff to school buses workers - across the St. Louis area. Read more >>>

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