On November 8th and 9th, California Transit Works! (CTW) newly formed High Road Training Partnerships (HRTP) start up team conducted meetings with new HRTP’s in Southern California.
The team, comprising members Shandis McGlothen, Ray Messier, Russell Anderson, David Lawhorn, Rich Hibbs, Eliseo Acosta Jr., and Robert Hannibal, began the first day with a visit to OmniTrans/ATU 1756. In-depth discussions were held between both labor and management representatives on strategies to advance their bus operator mentor program. The collaborative selection of mentors and the anticipation of their training by CTW were key discussion points. The shared commitment of both labor and management to advance a successful Labor Management Partnership and mentor program was evident. A subsequent meeting is scheduled for early December to facilitate the formulation of a comprehensive work plan.
On November 9th, CTW engaged with SunLine Transit at the request of the new CEO/General Manager, Mona Babauta. The meeting involved a comprehensive discussion with the staff regarding Labor Management Partnership and Mentor/Apprenticeship programs. This initial meeting served as a valuable introduction to the agency, providing insights into their goals and future needs. The active participation of all attendees underscored the belief that implementing a Labor Management Partnership and related programs would be mutually advantageous. Further meetings are scheduled to delve into their specific objectives and future plans.
Also on November 9th, CTW met with Foothill Transit/ATU 1704, where both labor and management were represented. The agenda encompassed discussions on the significance of a Labor Management Partnership, the establishment of a maintenance mentor/apprenticeship program, development of classroom curriculum, training protocols, funding considerations, and collaboration with colleges. Plans for a subsequent meeting were set to provide continued assistance in propelling these initiatives forward.
The California Workforce Development Board has announced a substantial $5 million grant from the USDOL Building Pathways to Infrastructure Jobs Program. The funding is a significant milestone in expanding workforce development programs for transit maintenance workers, preparing them for the future of transportation with Zero Emission Buses (ZEBs). The CWDB partnered with the Amalgamated Transit Union (ATU), California Transit Works, Oregon AFL-CIO, various public transit agencies, and dedicated frontline transit workers, resulting in a grant that plays a pivotal role in aligning with the goals of the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law, specifically focusing on reducing emissions and addressing the climate crisis. California Transit Works is privileged to be part of this momentous venture, anticipating a positive impact on the state's workforce and the environment, and invites everyone to stay tuned for further updates as we collectively shape a cleaner and more sustainable future for all. #CleanTransportation #workforcedevelopment #ClimateAction