TEAMSTERS UNION LOCAL 533
NORTHERN NEVADA/NORTHEASTERN CALIFORNIA

Updated 5-5 & 5-10-2022 GMT

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March 21, 2022

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
FOR MORE INFORMATION CONTACT
GARY WATSON, President
Teamsters Union Local 533
(775) 348-6060 ext. 104

Links, recent archives & 3+ decades of Teamsters/RTC history at NevadaLabor.com

STRIKE 4 SHUTOUT: Teamsters 40, Bus Busters ZERO

KEOLIS TRANSIT SIGNS SETTLEMENT AGREEMENT ON MORE LABOR VIOLATIONS
40 National Labor Relations Board Charges Settled
in Teamsters Union Favor

RENO, Nev. USA (March 21, 2022) — Go and sin no more —> and you have to confess your transgressions to your workers in writing.

So said the National Labor Relations Board, or words to that effect last week as the federal body validated the latest settlement between Teamsters Union Local 533 and foreign-owned Keolis Transit for violations of the National Labor Relations Act.

FIRE KEOLIS! —Teamsters Union members march on Reno City Hall (11-10-2021)

“This brings the total number of charges settled to 40, with more likely to follow,” stated Teamsters Local 533 President Gary Watson.

The agreement requires Keolis to post the more than two dozen findings verbatim where all employees may read them. (View the full decision at the Teamsters 533 section at NevadaLabor.com/)

"These 40 charges, all resolved in union workers’ favor, should finally paint a clear picture of how the contractor for the Regional Transportation Commission of Washoe County mismanages public transit operations," Watson added.


“This settlement agreement was obtained due to our members’ dedication and resiliency by standing strong together against adversity. The National Labor Relations Board settlement agreement includes a monetary settlement for two of our sisters who were retaliated against for honoring picket lines, among many other violations related to the three strikes of 2021,” Watson noted.

“I am incredibly grateful for my union," stated union member Rachel Drum.

"They have diligently protected me against the retaliation of Keolis Transit which tried to coerce and intimidate me to cross the picket line. I refused and was subsequently terminated,” she added.
Sister Drum will be returning to the job shortly, recouping all back wages and benefits.

Numerous labor violations were committed specifically against female workers.

“It is appalling and unacceptable for anyone to be subject to such draconian treatment by Keolis," Watson asserted.

"Workers deserve safe working conditions free from harassment. This settlement is a victory for all our members,” he added.

“The appointed commissioners of RTC WashoeNeoma Jardon, Oscar Delgado, Bob Lucey, Vaughn Hartung and Ed Lawson — allowed their Executive Director, Bill Thomas, to explicitly state during the strikes that Keolis was bargaining in good faith, while the Teamsters were not,“ Watson said. [CONTACT INFO] [LAWSON: Burn it down and start over]

“Those commissioners should demand that Mr. Thomas publicly denounce Keolis’ actions and should offer the passengers, our community and our members a public apology. Additionally, they should retract their endorsement of Keolis and put safeguards in place to protect our workers in public transit,” Watson stated.

PENSION FUND STILL OWED A QUARTER MILLION:
Last year, an independent audit found Keolis past due on pension fund contributions dating as far back as 2019. The money has still not been paid. This came on top of an independent arbitrator's finding that Keolis failed to enforce COVID-19 masking mandates which are still in effect. Keolis and elected officials have taken no action despite two years of smoking gun violations.

HEART OF THE UNION. Logan Lansborough, now 11, became the poster child of the 2021 Hat Trick Strikes which the union won to national acclaim last year. He has no lower legs due to a genetic flaw but nonetheless took to his wheelchair and joined his father, Michael, on downtown Reno picket lines. (Photos at the front page of NevadaLabor.com/)

The Lansboroughs had little time to savor their union's victories.

RTCRide transit operator Michael underwent successful heart surgery earlier this year. He is the sole support of his family and will not be cleared to return to work for weeks if not months.
A GoFundMe page has been set up by friends
https://gofund.me/7eae2ed0

Those who would like to help by mail may make checks or money orders payable to Michael Lansborough and send to his attention at Teamsters Local 533, 1190 Selmi Drive, Suite 100, Reno NV 89512.

Chartered in 1934, Teamsters Local 533 represents about 2,300 workers in various trades throughout northern Nevada and eastern California, including about 200 RTC/Keolis employees. For more information, go to http://teamsters533.org/.

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BLASTS FROM THE PAST — The Barbwire never forgets: The Washoe County Commission will consider a raft of voting "reforms" at its March 22 meeting. The Nye County Commission recently passed similar requirements, several of likewise questionable legality. Both would require a return to old-fashioned handwritten ballots. Read about two legendary Nye County paper ballot boondoggles at NevadaLabor.com and in Wednesday's Sparks Tribune. Also: How to skulduggerously impact a handwritten ballot recount.

Those who forget history are condemned to repeat it.

And don't forget to check your local voter registration.


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March 17, 2022

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
FOR MORE INFORMATION CONTACT
GARY WATSON, President
Teamsters Union Local 533
(775) 348-6060 ext. 104

Links, recent archives & 3+ decades of Teamsters/RTC history at NevadaLabor.com

Workers win, abusive contractor loses. Again.

KEOLIS TRANSIT SIGNS SETTLEMENT AGREEMENT ON MORE LABOR VIOLATIONS
40 National Labor Relations Board Charges Settled
in Teamsters Union Favor

RENO, Nev. USA (March 17, 2022) — Keolis Transit has come to terms and settled 17 additional labor charges with Teamsters 533 for violations of the National Labor Relations Act.

“This brings the total number of charges settled to 40, with more likely to follow,” stated Teamsters Local 533 President Gary Watson.

Gary Watson, President
Teamsters Union Local 533
(775) 348-6060 ext. 104

These 40 charges, all resolved in the union workers’ favor, should finally paint a clear picture of how the contractor for the Regional Transportation Commission of Washoe County mismanages public transit operations.

“This settlement agreement was obtained due to our members’ dedication and resiliency by standing strong together against adversity. The National Labor Relations Board Settlement agreement details a monetary settlement for two of our sisters who were retaliated against for honoring the picket line, among many other violations related to the three strikes in 2021,” said Watson.

“I am incredibly grateful for my union," stated union member Rachel Drum.

"They have diligently protected me against the retaliation of Keolis Transit which tried to coerce and intimidate me to cross the picket line. I refused and was subsequently terminated,” she added.

Sister Drum will be returning to the job shortly, recouping all back wages and benefits.

Numerous labor violations were committed specifically against female workers.

“It is appalling and unacceptable for anyone to be subject to such draconian treatment by Keolis," Watson asserted.

"Workers deserve safe working conditions free from harassment. This settlement is a victory for all our members,” he added.

“The appointed commissioners of RTC WashoeNeoma Jardon, Oscar Delgado, Bob Lucey, Vaughn Hartung and Ed Lawson — allowed their Executive Director, Bill Thomas, to explicitly state during the strikes that Keolis was bargaining in good faith, while the Teamsters were not,“ Watson said. [CONTACT INFO] [LAWSON: Burn it down and start over]

“Those commissioners should demand that Mr. Thomas publicly denounce Keolis’ actions and should offer the passengers, our community and our members a public apology. Additionally, they should retract their endorsement of Keolis and put safeguards in place to protect our workers in public transit,” Watson stated.

Chartered in 1934, Teamsters Local 533 represents about 2,300 workers in various trades throughout northern Nevada and
eastern California, including about 200 RTC/Keolis employees. For more information, go to http://teamsters533.org/.

 

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Up your UPS in Sparks

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KTVN TV-2 video

Debbie Calkins
Secretary-Treasurer & Principal Officer
First woman to head the union

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Teamsters Local 533 will hold a day of action in support of our Teamster membership working at United Parcel Service (UPS). This action will take place at all UPS facilities in Northern California and Northern Nevada, in peaceful support of our members who just recently were forced to take a massive pay reduction while United Parcel Service has been raking in billions of quarterly profits. (See above.)

Times: 8:30am to 10am & 4pm to 6pm
Date: January 27, 2022
Location: UPS Facility – 45 Vista Blvd. Suite 102, Sparks NV 89434

For more information contact
Teamsters 533 CEO Debbie Calkins (775) 348-6060 ext. 105
Business Agent Ross Kinson (775) 348-6060 ext. 106

NevadaLabor.com Teamsters Local 533 War Room
including complete local coverage of 1997 UPS national strike


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Transportation commissioners blast their own transit system
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By Bob Conrad / ThisIsReno.com 1-18-2022

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SUPERSPREADER 2.0
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BUSINESS AS USUAL: Regional Transportation Commission meets today to "approve safety management plan" while jam-packed buses continue as COVID-19 superspreader

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
FOR MORE INFORMATION CONTACT
CHRIS FUQUA, Vice-President
Teamsters Union Local 533
(775) 348-6060 ext. 103

Links, references, supporting documents, recent archives & 3+ decades of Teamsters/RTC history at NevadaLabor.com

RENO, Nev. USA (January 21, 2022) — "Our collapsing bus system is collapsing around its passengers and workers, crushing them with COVID," Teamsters Local 533 Vice-President Chris Fuqua will tell Regional Transportation Commissioners on Friday morning.

"We have beaten the commission's for-profit foreign contractor on the streets, winning the three Hat Trick Strikes of 2021," Fuqua says.

"This week, we again beat them before federal regulators who found in favor of the workers on 17 counts with 17 more to go," he added.

"Most important, federal arbitrator Stephen Hayford ordered France-based contractor Keolis Transit to “take whatever steps are necessary to ensure going forward that when a bargaining unit Coach Operator reports the presence of an unmasked passenger on his/her bus to RTC Dispatch, the passenger is promptly intercepted and engaged by a Keolis supervisor, management official or Security official. Keolis is further directed to make certain that when that encounter transpires and a non-exempt passenger continues to refuse to wear a mask while on the bus, the passenger is removed from the bus.”

“Just that situation happened this week to our member Chastity Lockridge, a longtime bus operator. The passenger was not removed and Ms. Lockridge is now on sick leave with COVID-19,” Fuqua charged.

In an identical situation last year in Los Angeles, Keolis fired an immuno-suppressed African-American driver on from chemotherapy because she told a passenger to don a mask.

"Turning the transit system into a superspreader could have largely been avoided had not Regional Transportation System of Washoe County Executive Director Bill Thomas secretly and unilaterally waived all cash performance penalties starting in March of 2020. Keolis could thus operate with impunity and they continue to do so, endangering the public,” Fuqua said.

"Subcontracting of critically needed public services needs serious review," the labor leader added. [UPDATE: Wonder of wondersRTC commissioners agree. Finally.]

"The current pass-the-buck system is good for only one thing: nothing is ever anyone's fault or responsibility," Fuqua stated.

“No one will accept responsibility at Friday’s meeting of the five elected RTC commissioners,” Fuqua said.

The meeting begins at 9:00 a.m. PST at the RTC Administrative Building, 1105 Terminal Way, first floor Reno 89502. Masks are apparently required. It will also be streamed live at RTCWashoe.com.

“Those who are able should try to speak in person, as online statements are not read at meetings,” Fuqua said. “Anyone without an underlying condition who is vaccinated, boosted and double-masked should consider attending.”

HELP AN AILING DRIVER: Longtime union member and transit operator Michael Lansborough is away from work and facing major surgery to save his life. He and his 10 year-old son, Logan, helped man union picket lines during the Hat Trick Strikes. Logan did it from his wheelchair, as he has no lower legs due to a genetic affliction. (Photos on the front page of NevadaLabor.com/)

A GoFundMe page has been set up to help the family. Please consider donation via https://gofund.me/7eae2ed0 or at the front page of NevadaLabor.com/ Checks or money orders, payable to Michael Lansborough, may be sent to his attention at Teamsters Local 533, 1190 Selmi Drive, Suite 100, Reno NV 89512. (Thank you.)

Chartered in 1934, Teamsters Local 533 represents about 2,200 workers in various trades throughout northern Nevada and eastern California.


RTC Washoe Contact Information — Utilize frequently

The Regional Transportation Commission of Washoe County is comprised of Sparks Mayor Ed Lawson (R), Washoe County Commissioners Vaughn Hartung (R) and Bob Lucey (R); Reno City Councilmembers Oscar Delgado (D) and Neoma Jardon, (R), board chair. RTC board e-mail <rtcpubliccomments@rtcwashoe.com>, bthomas@rtcwashoe.com (RTC Executive Director Bill Thomas),

HIGHLIGHT, COPY AND PASTE
delgadoo@reno.gov (Reno Councilmember Oscar Delgado-D),
vhartung@washoecounty.us (Washoe County Commissioner Vaughn Hartung-R),
jardonn@reno.gov (Reno Councilmember/RTC Chair Neoma Jardon-R),
elawson@cityofsparks.us (Sparks Mayor Ed Lawson-R),
blucey@washoecounty.us (County Commissioner Bob Lucey-R),
bthomas@rtcwashoe.com (RTC Executive Director Bill Thomas),
rtcpubliccomments@rtcwashoe.com (RTC board e-mail),

 

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