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 Osceola County has notified LYNX that it cannot afford the upgraded service that was due to begin in mid April 2016 Read more >>>

 GERALDINE THOMPSON has been elected chairwoman of the Florida Legislative Black Caucus. Thompson is a state senator who represents Orange County's District 12.

The House on Wednesday overwhelmingly approved a bill aimed at turning off red-light cameras across the state. But the proposal (HB 4027) appears almost certain to die in the Senate, where an identical measure (SB 168) passed only one committee. The House bill, sponsored by Rep. Frank Artiles, R-Miami, would repeal a 2010 law that authorized local governments to use red-light cameras to catch traffic violators. But Artiles and other critics contend the devices have not improved safety and have been used as a source of revenue for local governments. Artiles said the cameras "continue to fleece our citizens." But opponents of the bill said, in part, that local officials should be able to decide whether to use the cameras. "If it saves one life, it's worth it,' Rep. Kevin Rader, D-Delray Beach, said. House members voted 83-33 to approve the bill. Read more >>>

 THE CAPITAL, TALLAHASSEE, February 4, 2016.......... Senate Transportation Chairman Jeff Brandes' latest proposal to drive red-light cameras out of Florida squeezed through its first committee Thursday.



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 To: All members,

This letter is to explain to you how the location is chosen for a Special Meeting, when called.

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 A House committee Thursday approved a bill that would bar local governments from using red-light cameras to cite motorists who don't properly stop at intersections Read more >>>

 Transit Union Applauds Proposed Driver Fatigue Prevention Act to Address Single Largest Cause of Fatal Intercity Bus Accidents

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 This is a short update on what has been accomplished up to this point. Read more >>>

 This is an Update in our fight against Privatization of the Lynx System. Read more >>>

 Lately employees have asked questions about Workman's Comp Read more >>>

 On 11-03-2015, HB 155 which was introduced as a bill by Representative Cortes from Seminole County, which deals with privatization of LYNX, Read more >>>

 Safety Concerns Abound After Incident at LCS on 9?30/2015.  David Dees the new safety Director has invited the Union to the table in an after actions review, so the Union will not file any grievance as was suggested in the Operator's lounge recently.  The Union requested a seat at the table from current acting CEO, Susan Black, and was assured that she would forward the request.  The invitation was extended to the Union by David Dees and we will discuss our concerns in that forum Read more >>>

  TALLAHASSEE -- A Republican lawmaker has filed a bill that could lead to a private contractor running the day-to-day operations of the Central Florida Regional Transportation Authority, which includes the Lynx bus system..


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 Recently, a letter was sent to LYNX and the LYNX Board of Directors, signed by all the mayors of Seminole County Cities Read more >>>

FEDERAL MEDIATION AND CONCILIATION SERVICE BEFORE ARBITRATOR JOE HARRIS ATU LOCAL 1596, Union, FMCS Case No. 15-51561-3 ISSUE: Piedad Alexander - Termination and MV TRANSPORTATION, Company. ___________________________/ UNION=S POST-HEARING BRIEF   Read more >>>

Letter to the Board of Directors Thank you first of all Madame Chairwoman, and members of the Board for allowing me this time to address a few concerns from my fellow co-workers and the transit Riders that use our bus system. My name is Ismael Rivera and I am the Vice President of transportation for ATU Local 1596. I come before you to read this letter from our President, Normand Audet, who is out of state and could not be here. Read more >>>


THE CAPITAL, TALLAHASSEE, April 20, 2015.......... A private passenger-rail venture got the endorsement of one of the state's most-powerful business lobbying groups Monday in seeking $1.75 billion in tax-exempt bonds. Read more >>>

THE CAPITAL, TALLAHASSEE, April 20, 2015…… Ending a four-year legal battle that cost taxpayers at least $675,000, Gov. Rick Scott and lawyers representing a state workers' union have agreed on the types of Florida government employees who can be forced to undergo suspicionless drug tests. Read more >>>

Tentative Agreements and Discussions Labor Management Meeting Apr 16, 2015 Read more >>>

1) Carrying Passengers on return trips to LOC Base 2) License Suspension & Citations not being reported 3) Trippers? What are the guidelines? 4) Cell Phone Policy Update 5) Red Light Cameras-Progressive Discipline! 6) Revival of transit Ambassador program? 7) Separate labor Management meetings for Maintenance. 8) DOT Requirements on Sleep Apnea re: MRO Read more >>>

By BRANDON LARRABEE THE NEWS SERVICE OF FLORIDA ©2015 The News Service of Florida. All rights reserved. Posting or forwarding this material without permission is prohibited. You can view the Terms of Use on our website. Read more >>>

By DARA KAM THE NEWS SERVICE OF FLORIDA ©2015 The News Service of Florida. All rights reserved. Posting or forwarding this material without permission is prohibited. You can view the Terms of Use on our website. THE CAPITAL, TALLAHASSEE, April 1, 2015?? Negotiations have stalled between state and federal officials over a program that funnels money to hospitals and health providers for uninsured patients, putting more pressure on lawmakers already divided about how to deal with the issue. Agency for Health Care Administration Secretary Liz Dudek late Wednesday said talks between her agency and the federal Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services regarding the Low Income Pool, or LIP, are on hold for at least two weeks. Read more >>>

'BAD FAITH' CHANGES BOTTLED UP IN SENATE A plan backed by major business groups to change Florida's "bad faith" insurance laws stalled in a Senate committee Tuesday, raising doubts about whether it can pass during this year's legislative session. Senate Banking and Insurance Chairwoman Lizbeth Benacquisto, R-Fort Myers, tabled the proposal (SB 1088) after hearing testimony from people on both sides of the issue and after some senators asked pointed questions. In bad-faith cases, insurers are typically accused of not properly settling claims, which can affect their policyholders or other parties. The bill, at least in part, would provide a 45-day window for insurers to make payment offers and not be considered potentially liable for bad faith. "This bill sets out a clear and straightforward process,' bill sponsor Jeff Brandes, R-St. Petersburg, said. "That's all it does." But Dale Swope, a Tampa attorney who specializes in bad-faith cases, said major cases often can't be settled in 45 days. "This bill only protects one business in Florida, and that's the insurance company,' Swope said. Benacquisto tabled --- or, as the procedure is known, "temporarily postponed" --- the bill before the committee could debate it or vote. But the measure drew questions from Sen. Joe Negron, R-Stuart, Sen. Tom Lee, R-Brandon, and Sen. David Simmons, R-Altamonte Springs. The bill has the backing of groups such as the Florida Chamber of Commerce, Associated Industries of Florida and the National Federation of Independent Business, while facing opposition from the Florida Justice Association, which represents plaintiffs' attorneys. Read more >>>

By MARGIE MENZEL THE NEWS SERVICE OF FLORIDA ©2015 The News Service of Florida. All rights reserved. Posting or forwarding this material without permission is prohibited. You can view the Terms of Use on our website. THE CAPITAL, TALLAHASSEE, March 30, 2015..........Georgia Gov. Nathan Deal has tried to kick-start negotiations with Florida Gov. Rick Scott and Alabama Gov. Robert Bentley to try to reach agreement in the long-running battle over a river system the three states share. Read more >>>

THE CAPITAL, TALLAHASSEE, March 30, 2015.......... Spirits aren't high on the future of powdered alcohol being mixed in Florida. The Senate Commerce and Tourism Committee on Monday unanimously supported a measure (SB 998) that would prohibit the sale and possession of powdered alcohol throughout the state. Read more >>>

THE CAPITAL, TALLAHASSEE, MARCH 27, 2015?..The House and Senate are expected during the coming week to approve their proposed budgets for the fiscal year that starts July 1. But with the two chambers more than $4 billion apart, the real action likely will come in late April as they try to negotiate a final spending plan. Also during the coming week, legislative committees are expected to debate hot-button issues such as school choice and abortion. Read more >>>

CONVENED: The House convened at 10 a.m., Speaker Steve Crisafulli, R-Merritt Island, presiding. Read more >>>

THE CAPITAL, TALLAHASSEE, March 27, 2015.......... Florida marched one step closer Friday to requiring American and state flags flying at government buildings to be sewn in the United States with home-grown materials. Read more >>>

MV Transit located at Orlando International Airport, Division 95, Read more >>>

To All Date 10-28-2014 It is with great regret that ATU Local 1596 has been left with no choice but to boycott Family Day. This was not a decision that we wanted to make but one that was made because of the lack of respect that the Authority has for its Employees. Read more >>>

Lack of toilet breaks forces bus conductors to wear diapers!! If you have access to a clean toilet at your workplace, you’ll probably appreciate it a lot more after reading this. We usually take common things like toilets for granted, without once thinking about how lucky we are! Bus conductors in Bangkok, Thailand, don’t even get toilet breaks, they wear adult diapers instead, and are forced to answer nature’s call on the job. Read more >>>

PRESTON — Drivers for the Southeast Area Transit District are at odds with SEAT management over bathroom breaks. The bus drivers say they've been denied both time for bathroom breaks and access to safe and clean restroom facilities on their routes. Read more >>>

Jersey City Mayor Steve Fulop, Sen. Robert Menendez and labor leaders held a rally today to urge federal legislators to rescue the Federal Highway Trust Fund from impending bankruptcy. Read more >>>

On June 18 and 19 , from 9:00 AM To 5:00 pm, the International will train Union members, hosted by ATU Local 1596. Read more >>>

The leader of the Lynx bus drivers union told Channel 9 on Friday that his drivers are dangerously fatigued because they're forced to stay behind the wheel without a break way too long. Read more >>>

THE CAPITAL, TALLAHASSEE, June 3, 2014..........A committee looking for a new president for Florida State University will now cast a net that extends beyond powerful state Sen. John Thrasher, the head of the panel announced late Tuesday. Read more >>>

Washington, DC – Larry Hanley, international president of the Amalgamated Transit Union, issued the following statement today on the passing of Maya Angelou: Read more >>>

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REDISTRICTING BATTLE CONTINUES: Leon County Circuit Judge Terry Lewis is expected to resume hearing testimony in a case about whether the Legislature followed constitutional requirements when drawing new congressional districts in 2012. (8:30 a.m., Leon County Courthouse, 301 South Monroe St., Tallahassee.) Read more >>>

The Month of June will continue to promote Transit and issues important to all. Read more >>>

The Authority has recently sent out letters to members about vacation being denied due to vacation time having been used for FMLA. Read more >>>

Is sleep apnea a disqualifier? Read more >>>

ON TAP IN THE CAPITAL: MONDAY, JUNE 2, 2014 THE NEWS SERVICE OF FLORIDA Posting or forwarding this material without permission is prohibited. Contact news@newsserviceflorida.com REDISTRICTING BATTLE TO RESUME: Leon County Circuit Judge Terry Lewis is expected to resume hearing testimony in a case about whether the Legislature followed constitutional requirements when drawing new congressional districts in 2012. (9 a.m., Leon County Courthouse, 301 South Monroe St., Tallahassee.) Read more >>>


ON TAP IN THE CAPITAL: FRIDAY, APRIL 4, 2014 THE NEWS SERVICE OF FLORIDA PENSION REVAMP CONSIDERED: The House State Affairs Committee will take up a proposal (PCB SAC 14-02) that would make changes in the state pension system. Speaker Will Weatherford, R-Wesley Chapel, has made a priority of overhauling the system, though lawmakers likely will not go as far as he wanted. (9:30 a.m., Morris Hall, House Office Building, the Capitol.) Read more >>>

Chris, As President of ATU Local 1596, I believe that the reason for the running of red lights by the Bus Operators, has everything to do with unrealistic Schedules, compounded by ridiculous work rules. Read more >>>

By: Bailey Myers February 12th, 2014 Tallahassee FL- If last year was any indicator-- pension plans for the State of Florida will be a hot topic again this Legislative session. There are however, some changes to a Bill reforming pensions this year.

FOCUS TURNS TO RED-LIGHT CAMERAS: The Senate Transportation Committee will take up a series of issues, including hearing a presentation about red-light camera programs. (9 a.m., 37 Senate Office Building, the Capitol.) Read more >>>

 ATU LOCAL 1596, after working with the international since the 57th convention, Read more >>>

The union representing bus drivers and other Regional Transit System workers declared an impasse Tuesday in bargaining negotiations with the city of Gainesville. Read more >>>

All those employees that were either at 92% (trans) or 95%(MAINT), Read more >>>

Let us all welcome Wanda Beale back to her LYNX family! Read more >>>

Paychecks were distributed this week with several issues. Read more >>>

Often times there is a great deal of negative talk about the Union from disgruntled workers, well.... Read more >>>

A Volunteer Committee has been formed and has actively begun searching out and working out the details of the Union Christmas Party...... Read more >>>

ATU Local 1596 and the Authority have reached a tentative agreement during the wage reopener, in negotiations, yesterday..... Read more >>>


Every day they don't vote is another day families are torn apart, that another family is deported," said Eric Clinton, president of the Central Florida AFL-CIO. "That's not the United States of America." Read more >>>

it has been brought to the Union's attention that the bid has been postponed until December 2013 and... Read more >>>

This is the management company that runs our pension. click on the link for their home page then click on links on that page. Read more >>>

When it comes to confronting its own historically low approval ratings, Congress is less of head-on type than a head-up-its-own-ass type. Read more >>>

This RAP Video Says it all!! PROUD TO BE UNION!!!!! Read more >>>

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