Posts Tagged ‘Local 1701’

Police get suspect in assault on Montebello bus rider

Update:

Police now have a suspect in custody after members of the community identified the man in the video.

“On May 3rd, 2019, Montebello Detectives received information from several citizens who recognized the suspect from the video. Detectives were able to contact witnesses who positively identified the suspect. In an attempt to locate the suspect, Detectives discovered the suspect was currently in custody and being housed at the Los Angeles County Jail for an arrest for domestic violence which occurred on April 3rd, 2019,” Montebello police said in a statement on the department’s Facebook page.

“The Montebello police department will present this bus assault case to the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office for filing consideration. The suspect has been identified as Vincent Eric Ramirez, 32 years of age. Ramirez is a Montebello resident.

“Thank you to the community for your help and efforts in solving this crime. Your support made the difference in this case.”


Original story:

Police are asking for the help of the public in finding a man who brutally attacked another passenger as they both were exiting a Montebello bus March 12.

According to police and bus surveillance video, the suspect punched the victim in the back of the head as he got off the bus, knocking the victim unconscious. The attacker then kicked the man three times before walking away.

“The suspect appears to be in his mid to late 20’s, medium build with a goatee. He was wearing a gray hooded sweatshirt, blue khaki pants and a black backpack. Please also listen to the voice of the suspect at the beginning of the video,” Montebello police said in a post published May 2 on their facebook page in a plea for help in identifying the suspect.

SMART Transportation Division represents bus operators and mechanics employed by Montebello Bus Lines in Local 1701 in Montebello, California.

The assailant could have easily turned and assaulted the bus operator as well, which is why SMART TD supports H.R. 1139 – the Transit Worker and Pedestrian Protection Act, which would protect bus operators from violent incidents like this one.

Click here to ask legislators for their support on H.R. 1139.

Click here to read more from KTLA5.

Local 1701 bus operators demand protection after passenger stabbing

Bus Operators employed by Montebello Bus Lines (MBL) are angry and concerned for their safety after a college student was critically injured during an attack, which occurred Monday, April 9, while riding on one of their buses.

Local 1701 Chairperson Cecilia Lopez told the Montebello City Council at a meeting Wednesday, April 11, that members have been concerned for their safety for awhile and in light of Monday’s stabbing, are demanding that the city, who owns the bus system, make improvements to safety.

“People are crazy out there. Please don’t sweep this under the rug,” Lopez said at the meeting. “What does it take to make sure our employees are safe?”

Lopez has suggested that the city place uniformed officers on every bus. The Montebello police department says that they don’t have the manpower to place an officer on every bus, but that some officers can be placed on buses, especially if more complaints are lodged.

Click here to read more from the San Gabriel Valley Tribune.


SMART TD Local 1701 represents mechanics and bus operators employed by Montebello Bus Lines.

With a fleet of 66 buses, MBL serves over 8 million passengers a year throughout the communities of Alhambra, Bell Gardens, Boyle Heights, Commerce, Downtown Los Angeles, East Los Angeles, La Mirada, Montebello, Monterey Park, Pico Rivera, Rosemead, South Gate and Whittier.

Passenger stabbed aboard Montebello Bus Lines

Update: Manuel Ortiz, 27, was apprehended at 1 a.m., Thursday, April 12, and is being held on attempted murder charges. A motive for the attack is still unclear.

An update on the condition of the victim has not been released.

Click here to read more from CBS Los Angeles.


CBS Los Angeles reports that a passenger who was stabbed while riding aboard a Montebello Bus Lines (MBL) bus is not expected to survive. The attack happened along the 5700 block of Whittier Blvd., in East LA at 10:13 a.m. on Monday, April 9. The victim is said to be in his 20s and was on his way to East LA College where he is a student.

Video of the attack from an inward-facing camera shows that there was no provocation and that the victim appeared to be minding his own business. Authorities are still searching for the perpetrator.

Click here to read more from CBS Los Angeles.

SMART TD Local 1701 represents mechanics and bus operators employed by Montebello Bus Lines.

With a fleet of 66 buses, MBL serves over 8 million passengers a year throughout the communities of Alhambra, Bell Gardens, Boyle Heights, Commerce, Downtown Los Angeles, East Los Angeles, La Mirada, Montebello, Monterey Park, Pico Rivera, Rosemead, South Gate and Whittier.

Local 1701 takes labor dispute to city council

MONTEBELLO, Calif. – SMART Transportation Division Local 1701 bus members here July 9 picketed outside Montebello City Hall prior to and during a meeting of city council to bring attention to their dispute with city over wages, rest periods, meal periods and payment of pension contributions.

Approximately 30 members attended the picket that was organized by Local President Rachel Burciaga and Local Chairperson Cecilia Lopez.

The members of Local 1701 come under the jurisdiction of General Committee of Adjustment BNSF Railway GO 020 and General Chairperson Tom Pate serves as the local’s chief negotiator. The employees voted for SMART representation in 2012 and the local’s charter was issued on Jan. 1, 2013.

“The city of Montebello doesn’t want change to improve the quality of life for either its full-time or part-time transit employees,” Pate said. “Local 1701 is still a young organization within SMART, but I can feel the momentum building among its membership.”

“We’ve been in negotiations for the last two years. Everything we have brought to the table, they say no to,” Lopez said. “We ask for a pay increase, they say no. But there’s money for special projects to repave the streets of Montebello, get new buses and hire new supervisors.”

She said the transit employees last received a pay raise in 2008.

Member Javier Olvera also expressed his exasperation outside the council meeting.

“We haven’t got a raise for six years and the cost of living is increasing. Now, instead of giving us a raise, they want to take away eight percent. That’s less food on the table for my kids and my family,” said Olvera, a bus operator for the past 11 years.

Olvera was referring to the dispute over who should pay for the employees’ share of pension costs. During the last year, the city has paid its nontransit employees’ share of their pension costs, but not for bus drivers, mechanics and service operators.

For more information about Local 1701’s labor dispute, see this article in the Whittier Daily News.

local_1701_montebelloSMART Local 1701 members picket Montebello, Calif., City Council meeting July 9.

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Local 1701, city at odds over pension pay

bus_frontMONTEBELLO, Calif. – The city and its transit union are at odds over who pays for the employees’ share of pension costs.

During the last year the city has paid its nontransit employees’ share of their pension costs but not for bus drivers, mechanics and service operators. The latter still pay what amounts to 8 percent of their pay.

Read the complete story at the Whittier Daily News.