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San Jose California
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    Weingarten Rights

    Know Your Rights!
    "If this discussion could in any way lead to my being disciplined or terminated, or affect my personal working conditions, I respectfully request that my Union representative, officer, or steward be present at this meeting.    

    Without Union representation, I choose not to answer questions.   




    When management begins to ask you questions that could lead to you being disciplined, you don’t have to face it alone.  If you have a reasonable belief that answers you give could be used by the supervisor to discipline you, the United States Supreme Court says you can refuse to answer any questions until a union representative is on the scene and has had a chance to talk things over with you first.  It is your right to have the union representative present during the questioning to advise you, ask supervisors for clarifications, and provide additional information at the end of the session.  The employee subject to the interview must reasonably believe that the investigatory interview will result in disciplinary action.  A meeting called by the employer for the purpose of imposing discipline, is not an interview subject to Weingarten Rights.
    • St. Onge Family

      Dear Brothers and Sisters,

      On Thursday night, Sister Stephanie lost her husband unexpectedly. She and her 3 daughters are dealing with the harsh reality of losing their loved one. Let's pray and support our family members in their time of need.

      Thank you,

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      ATU/VTA Contract 

      March 7, 2022, through March 3, 2025

      PDF Version Available by clicking the arrow in the upper right corner  

      VTA Workers Slam Agency's So-Called "Independent" Investigation into Tragic May 2021 Mass Shooting as Sham, Insufficient, and Unacceptable

      ATU offers real recommendations to change culture, improve safety, and mental health support at the VTA

      Media Contact: John Courtney 408-348-8839

      Silver Spring, MD – Calling the Santa Clara Valley Transportation Authority (VTA)'s independent investigation into the tragic 2021 mass shooting unacceptable, insufficient, and designed to get the agency “off the hook,” the Amalgamated Transit Union (ATU) is slamming the report and offering real solutions to prevent future violence.

      In a letter sent by ATU International President John Costa and President/Business Agent of Local 265-San Jose, CA, John Courtney, to the VTA Board of Directors among others, the ATU outlines numerous reasons the independent investigative report was a transparent effort by the agency to avoid any accountability or culpability for the tragic shooting that took the lives of ten VTA workers. Click here to read the full letter.

      "The VTA should be ashamed of this 'so-called' independent investigation with a completely false narrative that lets the agency off scot-free in the face of ongoing litigation. Not only does the report fail to provide a full analysis of the circumstances and employee discontent that led to this preventable tragedy, but it is also silent on any serious recommendations for preventing such tragedies in the future," said Courtney. "While our Union has worked to ensure much-needed funding for mental health resources and to address the shortfalls in VTA's employee assistance, safety, and violence prevention programs, the VTA workplace is still far from perfect, and our members are still not fully protected."

      In December 2022, the VTA touted what they called an "independent investigation" into the tragic events of May 26, 2021, claiming the VTA had no prior knowledge or warning that employee Samuel Cassidy was planning a mass shooting

      The ATU points to the narrow scope of the VTA's report with no "root cause" analysis, criminal liability evaluation, or recommendations for preventing such events in the future. It also points out the report’s failure to meet even the minimal requirements for an "investigation" as defined by the Federal Transit Administration (FTA), which looks at "determining the causal and contributing factors of an accident, incident, or hazard for the purpose of preventing recurrence and mitigating risk."

      The letter goes on to outline the missed signals or behavioral "red flags" the shooter exhibited, including signs of discontent, distrust, and "hatred" for the VTA and certain employees over a long period of time and repeated complaints by his co-workers that the employee "could go postal." In fact, critical witnesses were not even contacted for the report. Instead, co-workers' concerns about potential violence were discounted, and Cassidy's immediate supervisors took limited or no action to address the shooter's increasingly erratic behavior.

      "This report was a sham and an insult to the families of the victims and our brothers and sisters at Local 265 whose lives will never be the same after this tragedy," said Costa. "As the epidemic of violence against transit workers continues unabated, we call on the VTA, the FTA, and indeed, all transit agencies to incorporate comprehensive 'Violence Prevention Programs' into their Public Agency Transit Safety Plans, which our Union helped to secure under the landmark bipartisan Infrastructure law. We owe it to those whose lives were lost in San Jose and to all the heroes serving our nation's transit systems every day."

      The ATU is also demanding that the FTA issue a set of specific standard requirements for effective Violence Prevention Plans and that the federal agency make additional funding available to the agencies to provide for effective and lasting implementation of these vital measures.


      Click Here To See The ATU International Press Release


      Congratulations Graduates

      NOVEMBER 17, 2022

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