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Posted December 2023
GCRTA Celebrates Mentor Programs
On November 17, the Greater Cleveland Regional Transit Authority (GCTRA) and Amalgamated Transit Union (ATU) Local 268 held an intensive day-long session on their Positive Impact Program (PIP), highlighting the success of their mentorships, with a focus on operator mentoring, across rail, paratransit, and bus. GCRTA's General Manager and CEO India Birdsong Terry and ATU Local 268's President William Nix kicked off the session, joined by ATU's International Director for Apprenticeships and Workforce Development Jamaine Gibson, and labor and management leads from rail, paratransit, and two bus garages. All participants addressed how labor and management have worked together to make this program a success. Mentors were celebrated and received certificates recognizing the completion of their mentor training programs, and a newly-established bus maintenance apprenticeship program was acknowledged. Observers from Toledo Area Regional Transit Authority (TARTA), Central Ohio Transit Authority (COTA), and Metro Transit (St. Louis) attended, as well as ATU Local 697 from TARTA and TWU Local 208 from COTA. In addition, as part of its preparatory work on a video about PIP, GCRTA interviewed ITLC's Executive Director Jack Clark, who participated in the event, on mentorship.
Check out Jack's full interview below.