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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, including Ron Heintzman, who was president of the union from 1988 to 2002.

Heintzman was a take-no-prisoners negotiator who in 1994 won the union sweeping benefits for retired members.

Meanwhile, six union members have filed challenges to June's election results, including the election of Block. Among those challenging the results: Dan Martin, who lost a bid for union vice president after opponents raised allegations regarding his criminal history.