May 10, 2008

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

FOR MORE INFORMATION CONTACT
LUCILLE ADIN, President
NAACP Reno-Sparks Branch No. 1112 (775) 322-2992
ANDREW BARBANO (775) 786-1455

Reno-Sparks NAACP asks Regional Transportation Commission of Washoe County to fully honor Martin Luther King, Jr., Holiday

Negotiations with Teamsters Union today

SPARKS, Nev. (May 10, 2008) — A contract provision to fully observe the annual Martin Luther King, Jr., Holiday has again been rejected by the Regional Transportation Commission of Washoe County in contract talks with Teamsters Union Local 533.

The Reno-Sparks NAACP has passed a resolution asking that RTC honor the King Holiday like the six others recognized every year.

"The Martin Luther King, Jr., Holiday has for years been the only holiday treated as a weekday with all buses running," the resolution states.

"This policy not only deprives many employees from celebrating King Day with their families but also costs the system money by running full service despite lower holiday passenger loads," the document asserts, adding that "the system has recently had to substantially increase rates."

The resolution further notes that "RTC's Access (formerly CitiLift) system treats the King Holiday as a full holiday." The Access program serves senior citizens and disabled individuals and is operated by a separate management company.

The RTC Ride bus system is managed by Transit Management of Washoe, Inc., a subsidiary of Cincinnati-based First Transit, which is owned by FirstGroup of Great Britain.

"Treating the King Holiday in a separate manner from the other six holidays seems questionable management at best and raises serious ethical questions at worst," the NAACP resolution asserts, and asks that "the King Holiday be treated like all six others and that this policy be reflected in the Regional Transportation System's collective bargaining agreement(s) with its workers."

The resolution was unanimously passed by the NAACP membership at its general meeting of May 1. The full text may be viewed at renosparksnaacp.org

Negotiations are underway on a new three-year contract between the Regional Transportation Commission of Washoe County and its workers represented by the Teamsters. Talks are being held today at John Ascuaga's Nugget in Sparks.

The current agreement expires in June. The union struck the bus system for the first time ever in 2002. The King Holiday provision has been rejected by RTC several times over the years.

Teamsters Local 533 represents about 2,200 workers in a variety of businesses and government agencies throughout the region.

The Regional Transportation Commission of Washoe County is comprised of five elected officials: Reno City Councilmembers David Aiazzi and Dwight Dortch; Sparks Councilmember John Mayer and Washoe County Commissioners Bob Larkin and David Humke.



Teamsters Union Local 533 contact
Mark Tracy (775) 348-6060, ext. 12

RTC RIDE Bus System contact
Mike Steele (775) 335-1834

Transit Manager Mike Steele is employed by Transit Management of Washoe, Inc., a subsidiary of Cincinnati-based First Transit, which is owned by FirstGroup of Great Britain.

 

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Amended Resolution asking that the Regional Transportation Commission of Washoe County fully honor the annual Martin Luther King, Jr., Holiday

NAACP Reno-Sparks Branch No. 1112
General Membership Meeting, 1 May 2008

WHEREAS both the governments of the United States and the State of Nevada have declared the third Monday in January as a holiday in honor of the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., and

WHEREAS the Regional Transportation Commission of Washoe County recognizes the King holiday as one of seven to observed every year, and

WHEREAS the bus system runs reduced schedules on the other six holidays (New Year's Day, Memorial Day, Independence Day, Labor Day, Thanksgiving Day and Christmas Day), and

WHEREAS the Martin Luther King, Jr., Holiday has for years been the only holiday treated as a weekday with all buses running, and

WHEREAS this policy not only deprives many employees from celebrating King Day with their families but also costs the system money by running full service despite lower holiday passenger loads, and

WHEREAS the system has recently had to substantially increase rates, and

Whereas RTC's Access (formerly CitiLift) system treats the King Holiday as a full holiday,

WHEREAS treating the King Holiday in a separate manner from the other six holidays seems questionable management at best and raises serious ethical questions at worst,

BE IT THEREFORE RESOLVED that NAACP Reno-Sparks Branch 1112 endorses that the King Holiday be treated like all six others and that this policy be reflected in the Regional Transportation System's collective bargaining agreement(s) with its workers.


Dated this First Day of May, 2008


By Lucille Adin
President



"While the union, which is proposing to run the holiday at a Sunday holiday schedule, meaning fewer busses and fewer available bus routes, TMW said the ridership on that day is high enough to demand a regular weekday schedule."

Daily Sparks Tribune 5-21-2008 Read the complete article

The awful truth: King Day has less traffic than some other major holidays

Source: Regional Transportation Commission of Washoe County

 

 


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Rose Gordon, First VP, Youth Co-chair
Larry Wilson, Second VP, Labor & Industry Chair
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