On January 19th, members of CTW (Deb, Jamaine, Robert and Sue) took part in an all-day mentor training at AC Transit. The day started out with intros from the mentors and the coordinators Danny Marshall and Michael Flocchini of their program, followed by COO Salvador Llamas and the Director of Transportation Derik Calhoun. Deb Moy led the mentor focus group in the morning to help the mentors design their own GYR forms for the program. Deb stressed the importance of “letting the mentors voice their own words and reach their own conclusions during this process.” In the afternoon, Jamaine, Robert, Sue and Eric Chavez led a discussion on how we started our JWI program and some of the experiences that we’ve had throughout the years at VTA.
An event was held November 10th, 2018 at Golden Gate Transit's main yard in San Rafael, CA. to introduce the mentoring program and the mentors to the drivers. The mentors spent the day answering driver's questions, providing an overview of the role of a mentor, and explaining to drivers how they can also become a mentors.
CTW helps unions create apprenticeship programs that gives their members pride in their profession. During VTA’s general signup for coach operators at the Chaboya division in San Jose, a ceremony was held for all the apprentices that couldn’t attend the JWI coach operator apprenticeship graduation that was held at the ATU local 265 union hall on October 27, 2018.
Handing out the certificates are ATU President Terry Russell, who is also on the CTW steering committee, ATU Recording Financial Secretary John Courtney, and a union shop steward from each one of the bus divisions.