WIN (Workforce Investment Network) peer mentors, Golden Gate Transit and Amalgamated Transit Union Local 1575 leadership attended the annual apprenticeship stakeholders meeting held at the College of Marin. Also in attendance were California Transit Works, College of Marin and Santa Rosa Junior College (SJRC) staff, and John Dunn from the Bay Area Community College Consortium.
The attendees went over the progress made in the last year and discussed what is working and what needs to be improved. They presented an overview of the program, best practices, and building and implementing the apprenticeship program. SRJC did a presentation on the Pre-Apprenticeship Program and we ended with the road ahead and what to expect.
What an inspiring day to watch this incredible group work together during this historic gathering of Colleges, Labor, and Management!
-GGT Bus Operator Apprenticeship Stakeholders meeting with ATU, GGT, COM, SRJC, and CTW
On 2/11/2023 the San Joaquin High Road Training Partnership (HRTP) held their first all day mentor meeting. In attendance were their operations supervisor and 8 mentors. Lots of great information was exchanged and they are excited to be building their Mentor Program. The San Joaquin HRTP is a partnership between the San Joaquin Regional Transit District (SJRTD) and the Amalgamated Transit Union, Local 256 (ATU).
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.