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CHRIS FUQUA, Vice-President
Teamsters Union Local 533
(775) 348-6060 ext. 103
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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 wonders
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 Fridays 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
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.
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The Regional Transportation
Commission of Washoe County is comprised of Sparks
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 <firstname.lastname@example.org>,
Executive Director Bill Thomas),
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