Mike Hursh (ACT Transit General Manager and former VTA Chief Operating Office) and Jamaine Gibson (ATU Director of Apprenticeships and Workforce Development) discuss worker voice and trust as part of the "secret formula of a true labor management partnership."
Footage courtesy of the Transit Workforce Center
In support of Labor/Management training efforts, CTW recently joined representatives from the Santa Rosa Jr College Adult Ed program for a behind the scenes tour of Golden Gate Transit.
ATU Int'l President Costa addresses the Building Workforce Partnerships Conference
ICT 2040: ARE WE READY?
IT'S OUR WORK: BUILDING SUCCESSFUL PEER MENTORING PROGRAMS
"Jamaine Gibson, Director of ATU Apprenticeships and Workforce Development, joined U.S. Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg and U.S. Labor Secretary Marty Walsh on a virtual meeting to announce a new partnership between the DOL and DOT to use the funds from the Infrastructure bill to create good union jobs, apprenticeships, and workforce development programs to ensure transit workers are trained to safely repair, maintain, and operate new zero-emission vehicles."
Today, we celebrate the life and legacy of Rosa Parks, a true pioneer in the struggle for transit equity.
“The training and mentorship programs position transit workers as leaders who set quality service standards for the industry, provide support to new workers, take ownership of operations, and create solutions rather than problems…As a testament to the power of integrated worker voice, the mentoring program creates leaders in both management and unions, who in turn reinforce the value of working in partnership.”
-The High Road to Public Transit
On Thursday, November 18th, CTW was invited by ZEBRA (Zero Emissions Bus Resource Alliance), to give a presentation on ZEB impacts on frontline worker training programs. ZEBRA (Zero Emissions Bus Resource Alliance) is composed of 48 agencies whose goal is to advance transit agencies’ capacity for ZEB adoption through information exchange, training programs, shared research and public education. We at CTW are excited to be working together with key personnel to meet the 2040 mandate that requires all buses in California to be all electric or hydrogen fuel cell by 2040.
On July 13th, 2021, CTW conducted a mentor training class to help prepare both new and senior mentors for moving forward after being dormant for some time. The curriculum for the day included reviewing the mentor handbook, health and wellness activities, being a mentor, working with mentees, trust building, professional operator skills and the changing landscape in public transit. Two days after the training, the Golden Gate Transit Mentor Program put on a relaunch event to let the workers know who they are and what they do. In attendance were the Golden Gate Bridge District General Manager Denis Mulligan, GGT Deputy GM Mona Babauta, GGT management, mentors, CTW staff and more. The Mentors put together a dynamic presentation on what the program is and what they plan to do moving forward.
From the Amalgamated Transit Union: "ATU International President John Costa offered condolences and support for families of victims at a moving vigil for our Local 265-San Jose, CA brothers killed in the tragic shooting. Also speaking were Local 265 President John Courtney, Mayor Sam Liccardo, family members of the our lost brothers, and others."