Amalgamated Transit Union Local 1555

Operations Forworker






Plans, directs, supervises, and reviews the work of a shift of operations staff involved in revenue system support in rail and/or station operations; acts as a primary tower foreworker in rail operations; provides for the instruction of staff in work and safety procedures; performs a variety of administrative or special assignments; performs related work as assigned.

Examples of duties:

Duties may include, but are not limited to, the following:

  1. Directs and instructs train operators in the daily performance of their work; coordinates their assignments during an assigned shift, ensuring staff assignment to the proper vehicles.
  2. Ensures that trains are built up and broken down according to a pre-established schedule for optimal revenue service.
  3. Ensures that train operators maintain schedules and are provided with appropriate break time.
  4. Under the direction of a senior foreworker or operations supervisor, visually monitors and controls on‑rail vehicle movement within a specific yard area; ensures that on‑rail vehicle movement within yard areas meets service requirements and is performed within District safety rules and regulations.
  5. Assists in coordinating on‑site or remote activities during emergency or unusual incident situations.
  6. Coordinates work with others to initiate corrective action so as to prevent interruptions to passenger service and ensure the safety of passengers and equipment.
  7. Analyzes problems and recommends improvements to work methods and procedures.
  8. Resolves minor disputes; conducts fact‑finding investigations and informs supervisors of disciplinary problems requiring action.
  9. Reads and interprets operating procedures and insures that train operators are following such procedures.
  10. Maintains logs and records and prepares reports of work performed.

Requirements and working conditions

  • Knowledge of transportation operational principles, rules, regulations, procedures and methods; basic supervisory principles, including work assignment, instruction and review, and employee discipline and motivation; principles and practices of safety in transit vehicle operations and the movement of transit vehicles.
  • Skill in assigning, directing and coordinating the work of train operators; instructing staff on work and safety procedures; analyzing on‑rail vehicle operations problems, evaluating alternatives, recommending solutions and implementing recommendations; preparing and maintaining accurate operational logs, records and reports; reading and interpreting operation policies and procedures; communicating clearly and effectively using two‑way radio equipment or in person; establishing and maintaining effective working relationships with those contacted in the course of the work; exercising sound independent judgment within established guidelines; solving multifaceted problems within time constraints.
  • Must be willing to work off‑hours shifts, weekends and holidays, and be subject to overtime. Must obtain and maintain required levels of District operational certifications.