Publications and Reports

As an advocate of the labor-management training partnership model, the Center supports its programs and mission through research and information ranging from broad overviews of public transportation, training and partnerships to technical white papers to research briefs and metrics reports on the benefits of labor-management training partnerships.

All publications are available for viewing or download as free PDF files, but the Center does not generally provide documents in hard copy. For more information on our publications, please email Julie Deibel, Program Manager,Instructional Design at jdeibel@transportcenter.org

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National Joint Transit Rail Vehicle Standards Committee Report

Category: Partnerships | Posted: May, 2012 Read More »
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After seven years of diligent effort the transit industry‚Äôs National Committee on Transit Rail Car Training Standards has released its Findings and Recommendations for Implementing Standards-Driven, Partnership-Based Training.  This important document is the product of joint transit management and union subject matter experts working together to develop better industry training and thus a more efficient and effective frontline rail vehicle maintenance technician cadre.

Bus Operator Restroom Use Case Study

Category: Case Studies | Posted: Feb, 2012 Read More »
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In collaboration with the Bus Operator National Joint Training Standards Committee, the Center is please to present Bus Operator Restroom Use, a case study and compendium of practitioner resources on restroom use, including a history of restroom use policy at Minneapolis Metro Transit. The resources in this report also include a model community restroom licensing agreement, route-specific restroom locations chart, and example collective bargaining language.

Quality Training Pays: Training Investment Pays for Itself Six Times Over

Category: Fact Sheets and Issue Briefs | Posted: Jun, 2011 Read More »
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You never know how well you are doing until you find metrics with which you can measure outcomes. The Transportation Learning Center has capitalized on this insight through a series of in-depth research reports chronicling work by labor-management partnerships in Philadelphia, PA and Albany, NY. This fact sheet outlines these findings and shows an astonishing return on training investment - 745%.

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Working Together: A Systems Approach for Transit Training

Category: Partnerships | Posted: Sep, 2010 Read More »
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This publication draws example from the Center’s national labor-management committees, which have met regularly for several years to develop consensus training guidelines. These joint committees have focused on five transit maintenance occupations: bus, rail signals, traction power, rail vehicles and transit elevator/escalator. A parallel joint effort has been crafting a national framework for transit apprenticeship.

This publication outlines the process of creating and utilizing labor-management training partnerships through such things as:
o Skill gap analyses
o Training standard creation
o Forming training networks and labor-management committees
o Developing new courseware

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Green Transit Jobs Fact Sheet

Category: Fact Sheets and Issue Briefs | Posted: Sep, 2010 Read More »
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Public Transit saves 37 million metric tons of carbon dioxide annually yet it is grossly ignored in the world of “green.” This fact sheet makes the case that transit jobs are not only green jobs but they are also good, union jobs which grow the economy.

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International and Domestic Comparisons: Building Capacity for Transit Training

Category: Research and Metrics | Posted: Jun, 2010 Read More »
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This research paper outlines the Center’s initial findings on how other countries and industries implement labor-management training systems. The paper explores workforce development practices in countries including Germany, Denmark, the Netherlands, Australia, Canada and the United Kingdom as well as in the US based industries of electrical work, masonry, pipefitting and iron working that also promote a joint structure for workforce training.

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Establishing Guidelines for Quality Training: Elements of Effective Training Programs

Category: White Papers | Posted: Apr, 2010 Read More »
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A system of training elements can provide a framework for the implementation of quality transit training programs. This paper describes a system of training elements based on several national models for training program review and accreditation. In the future, the use of training program guidelines may lead to an established process for industry training program accreditation for college credit and apprenticeship, as well as an established precondition for possible future testing and qualification.

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Training for Transportation Technicians: Which Delivery Methods Work Best?

Category: White Papers | Posted: Apr, 2010 Read More »
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What is the most effective way to train transit technicians? This paper aims to answer that question - going beyond the most common method of instruction, classroom lecture where instructors talk and students just listen and desperately try to grasp all of the conceptual information delivered to them in rapid succession. At the other end of the spectrum is the “sink or swim” approach where students are thrown into the job to work alongside veterans to pick up their good, or bad methods. Somewhere in the middle is a better, blended approach, where classroom lecture is continually complemented by interactive hands-on demonstrations and followed by structured on the job training (OJT) and mentoring.

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Training Partnerships That Work: An Emerging National Network

Category: Partnerships | Posted: Feb, 2010 Read More »
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Training Partnerships That Work provides vivid summaries of successful labor-management training partnerships at sites across the country.  The partnerships profiled range from long-established training systems such as that between Chicago Transit Authority and International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers Local 9 to Pennsylvania’s broad, statewide Keystone Transit Career Ladder Partnership, which encompasses over 25 transit agencies and local unions. In contrast, relatively young joint efforts, such as that between Metropolitan Atlanta Regional Transportation Authority and Amalgamated Transit Union Local 732 are also included. The cases included here represent a diverse set of transit systems and unique training partnerships. Most importantly, they illustrate how labor and management can work together successfully on issues of training, and provide valuable lessons for other industries facing the problem of retiring baby boomers and inadequate capacity to train replacement workers.

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Joint Labor-Management Training: A New Opportunity in the Railroad Industry

Category: Fact Sheets and Issue Briefs | Posted: Sep, 2009 Read More »
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The labor-management partnership training model has the potential for success in many industries outside of public transportation. Passenger and freight railroading are just two sectors that could strongly benefit from training under the partnership model.

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