Ron Heintzman Returns to TriMet Drivers' Union as Legal Contractor


The TriMet drivers’ union just fired its lawyer—and replaced him with a familiar foe of the transit agency. Leaders of Amalgamated Transit Union Local 757 announced at a meeting Monday night that the union has eliminated the job of Lane Toensmeier, who has been ATU Local 757’s general counsel since January. ATU Local 757 President Shirley Block says Toensmeier is being replaced by three new contractors, ...   More
Tuesday, August 11, 2015 ANTHONY MACUK

Longtime Transit Union Leader Toppled in Election

The new ATU 757 president is Bruce Hansen

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Four months before its much-vilified contract expires, the TriMet employees union has upended a power structure that has held sway for nearly 25 years. Amalgamated Transit Union Local 757 elected Bruce Hansen president on Friday—an upset of Ron Heintzman, the take-no-prisoners negotiator who steered the union for five straight terms as president from 1988 to 2002. Heintzman was crucial in winning ...   More
Monday, June 18, 2012 AARON MESH

TriMet and Drivers At Contract Impasse

TriMet and its drivers union have gone through months of bargaining on a new contract after the existing deal expired last Nov. 30. That was followed on June 7 by mediation between TriMet and the 2,000-member Amalgamated Transit Union, Division 757. Mediation failed to bring a new deal, so now both sides told the state Employment Relations Board they're at an impasse. And that means each side ...   More
Wednesday, July 21, 2010 HANK STERN

TriMet Union's Response to McFarlane Memo

As we reported yesterday, TriMet general manager Neil McFarlane laid out some grim news on wages and health care costs for union and non-union employees. Well, the union—Amalgamated Transit Union #757—responded today with a "not so fast" letter from president Jon Hunt, in which he called McFarlane's message a "crude attempt to incite anxiety in folks" or as Hunt put it, "blatant ...   More
Wednesday, September 29, 2010 HANK STERN

TriMet Employees Picket Meeting

With less than a week before voters decide whether to approve TriMet's $125 million bond request, the agency had to deal publicly this morning with one group that's clearly unhappy—its own employees. More than 100 TriMet employees converged outside the Portland Building this morning before the board meeting. The members of Amalgamated Transit Union #757 demanded the transit agency continue ...   More
Wednesday, October 27, 2010 Jason Slotkin


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