Letter: Mike Schemm, Hagerstown, MD

Editor: I have worked at Loudoun County Transit since 2004. I work hard to help make sure that people can get to work and home safely. 

A new company, a French corporation called Keolis, has been awarded the contract to take over the entire county transit operation, and this company has made clear from the get-go that they are going to take a hard line with employees.

So far, they have refused to recognize our union, ATU Local 689, and have proposed slashing benefits including our insurance, retirement, vacation, and more.

For me and my colleagues who have given the best years of our life to serve this county, we deserve better.

Keolis should not be allowed to come here and treat us this way.

 Mike Schemm, Hagerstown, MD 

3 thoughts on “Letter: Mike Schemm, Hagerstown, MD

  • 2021-03-22 at 8:40 pm
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    Unions are a thing of the past, time to break them up.

  • 2021-03-23 at 9:19 pm
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    Why would the country even consider a foreign company to manage transit operations. It begs the question as to who is getting kickbacks?

  • 2021-03-24 at 7:31 pm
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    A quick check on the National Labor Relations Board website, Amalgamated Transit Union has 1129 complaints filed against it. A large majority of those complaints are filed by union members (i.e. employees). Keolis has 111 complaints filed against it. Call me crazy but ATU seems to be a bigger issue than Keolis.

    OH and by the way:
    On March 30, 2016, in the United States District Court for the Northern District of Texas, Johnny L, Wilson, former Financial Secretary-Treasurer of Amalgamated Transit Union (ATU) Local 1338 (located in Dallas, Tex.), was charged and pled guilty to a one-count information of embezzling $120,352 in union funds, in violation of 29 U.S.C. 501(c). The charge and guilty plea follow an investigation by the OLMS Dallas-New Orleans District Office.

    On June 2, 2015, in the United States District Court for the District of Arizona, Richard Johnson, former Financial Secretary-Treasurer of Amalgamated Transit Union (ATU) Local 1433 (located in Phoenix, Ariz.), was charged with three counts of embezzlement of union assets, in violation of 29 U.S.C. 501(c); one count of forgery, in violation of 18 U.S.C. 513(a); and one count of false reporting, in violation of 29 U.S.C. 439(b). The charges relate to an embezzlement scheme that resulted in a loss of $273,489 in union assets. Johnson then pled guilty to all five counts. The charges and plea follow an investigation by the OLMS Los Angeles District Office.

    On September 4, 2012, in the United States District Court for the Southern District of Ohio, Claude Huff, former Business Manager/President of Amalgamated Transit Union (ATU) Local 1385 (located in Dayton, Ohio), pled guilty to one count of embezzlement of union funds, in violation of 29 U.S.C. 501(c). The amount will not exceed $110,348.49. On February 14, 2012, Huff was indicted for the same charge. The guilty plea follows an investigation by the OLMS Cincinnati District Office.

    On March 15, 2012, in the Justice Court, Las Vegas Township, Clark County Nevada, Rose Marie Sotak, former President/Business Agent and acting Financial Secretary Treasurer of Amalgamated Transit Union (ATU) Local 1758 (located in Las Vegas, Nev.), was charged with one count of felony theft. The complaint includes a warrant for Sotak’s arrest with a cash and surety bail of $10,000. The charge follows an investigation by the OLMS Los Angeles District Office.

    On February 15, 2012, in the United States District Court for the Western District of Pennsylvania, Thomas Conley, former President and Vice President of Amalgamated Transit Union (ATU) Local 1738 (located in Latrobe, Pa.), was charged in a two-count indictment for embezzling $15,432.26 in union funds and falsifying union records. The indictment follows an investigation by the OLMS Pittsburgh District Office.

    On March 2, 2011, in the United States District Court for the District of South Dakota, Terri Dunkelberger, former Financial Secretary Treasurer of Amalgamated Transit Union (ATU) Local 1356 (located in Sioux Falls, S.D.), was indicted on three counts of embezzlement of union funds in the approximate amount of $4,148.98. On June 3, 2010, Dunkelberger was also indicted for one count of embezzlement of union funds in the approximate amount of $24,148.98. The charges follow an investigation by the OLMS Minneapolis Resident Investigator Office and Milwaukee District Office.

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