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

Murmurs: New/Old Candidate for ATU President

Meet the new union boss, same as the old boss.

A $400 million plan to reduce Interstate 5 congestion in the Rose Quarter has one surprising element: a freeway cover on I-5 at North Vancouver and Williams avenues. The lid—similar to the freeway   More
Wednesday, June 13, 2012 WW Editorial Staff


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