The news is in and almost the entire CCTA Board of Commissioners will be up eligible for replacement June 30, 2014. The two exceptions are Chapin Spencer (Burlington) and Bob Buermann (Grand Isle County) who will be finishing out their terms.

This is monumental news. It means that we can make an incredible difference in how CCTA conducts business. By replacing those individual members of the Board who took the odious step of voting to hire scab workers during the recent strike we can remove “Union Busters” from the Board. As good as this news is we need the help of all of the activists and interested people in Vermont!

You can make a difference in your community. Your actions will help determine whether CCTA will remain a bastion of predatory management, unsafe schedules and working conditions, and abusive treatment of workers, or if it will become a model transit agency treating workers and passengers with respect and dignity, thereby fulfilling the needs of the communities it serves in a responsible and sustainable fashion. You have a voice please speak up!

Some things you can do:

  1. Talk to your friends and neighbors. Explain what is going on with CCTA. Talk about transit-related issues. Ask them to contact their elected officials and challenge them to appoint new, progressive-thinking people to the CCTA Board of Commissioners!
  2. Send emails to your elected officials and encourage your neighbors to do the same.
  3. Attend a town meeting, select board meeting or city council meeting and speak up! (see talking points below).
  4. If possible, volunteer to be on the CCTA Board. The job takes about 4-8 hours a month. In Williston they have no applications to fill the opening left by Al Turgeon’s departure. If you can’t volunteer, talk to someone who might be available.
  5. Join VT CAPT and show your support. Show up for the meeting on Sunday May 18 at the Vermont Workers Center, 294 N Winooski Ave, Burlington, VT 05401 at 2:00pm. The meet-ing will only take an hour. We can all get on the bus together and roll forward for better transit for everyone.
  6. Winooski residents, show up at your Select Board meeting May 19 at 6:00pm and tell your leadership to replace Tom Buckley with Bob Millar. Mr. Buckley has been on the Board for a long time and it is time for fresh ideas! This is important!

Talking points:

  • Regarding CCTA:
    • CCTA belongs to the people of Vermont. It is the Board of Commissioners’ responsi-bility to answer to the people. The CCTA belongs to us, not some plutocrats who use it to their own ends.
    • The CCTA is primarily funded by tax payer dollars and as such they must answer to a higher authority. The people of Vermont want accountability as to how our money is spent on transportation.
  • For Select Board members and Town Managers:
    • As long as the composition of the CCTA Board remains the same the culture will remain the same. We want people on the CCTA Board who represent us. The entrenched culture of exclusion, obfuscation and confusion at CCTA will continue until such a time as the CCTA Board is more representative of the communities it serves.

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