News Articles - Amalgamated Transit Union http://www.atu.org/media/news The latest news from the Amalgamated Transit Union en-US contact@trilogyinteractive.com (Trilogy Interactive) http://www.rssboard.org/rss-specification Kelowna bus driver 'cold-cocked' on highway http://www.kelownacapnews.com/news/413835463.html?mobile=true Concerns about bus safety in the Central Okanagan are being raised again, following another assault on a bus driver. http://www.atu.org/media/news/kelowna-bus-driver-cold-cocked-on-highway Wed, 15 Feb 2017 16:02:24 CST Local 689 voices concern on possible Metro safety commission http://wtop.com/maryland/2017/02/md-lawmakers-consider-metro-safety-commission/ The Local testified at a committee hearing their concerns about the authority the commission would have regarding firing authority. http://www.atu.org/media/news/local-689-voices-concern-on-possible-metro-safety-commission Fri, 10 Feb 2017 16:18:00 CST Board overturns MARTA decision to outsource paratransit service http://www.ajc.com/news/local/board-overturns-marta-decision-outsource-paratransit-service/xzIMwayF2dFCuaYr0J1mZK/ The arbitration board found that MARTA’s chief aim in outsourcing paratransit service was saving money on employee salaries and benefits – in essence, avoiding its obligations under the labor contract. http://www.atu.org/media/news/board-overturns-marta-decision-to-outsource-paratransit-service Fri, 10 Feb 2017 16:00:45 CST CTA Port-A-Potties Are So Dirty Some Bus Drivers Wear Diapers https://www.dnainfo.com/chicago/20170207/downtown/cta-worker-port-a-potty-unsanitary-atu-local-241-diapers CTA bus workers are taking a stand against the portable bathrooms they're forced to use on the job, which they describe as "unsanitary, unsafe and degrading." http://www.atu.org/media/news/cta-port-a-potties-are-so-dirty-some-bus-drivers-wear-diapers Wed, 08 Feb 2017 11:24:18 CST Calgary bus driver goes above and beyond helping passenger home https://www.metronews.ca/news/calgary/2017/02/06/calgary-bus-driver-goes-above-and-beyond-helping-passenger.html?platform=hootsuite A frigid bus ride for Calgarian Helen McKay ended in a heart-warming helping hand from one of the city’s transit drivers. http://www.atu.org/media/news/calgary-bus-driver-goes-above-and-beyond-helping-passenger-home Tue, 07 Feb 2017 09:29:30 CST Another Edmonton bus driver attacked http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/edmonton/edmonton-bus-driver-bitten-and-cut-during-attack-union-president-says-1.3958393?cmp=rss In what has become an all too familiar scene on Edmonton buses, a bus driver was punched in the face, bitten and cut during attack by an angry rider. he suspect ran off, and no passengers were injured. http://www.atu.org/media/news/another-edmonton-bus-driver-attacked Tue, 31 Jan 2017 15:59:01 CST Kansas City rider helps bus driver fend off attacker http://www.kansascity.com/news/local/crime/article129698759.html Rodney Goldman didn’t think twice about coming to the defense of a female RideKC bus driver he saw struggling against an attacker. A frequent bus rider, he was raised not to stand for anyone mistreating a woman. http://www.atu.org/media/news/kansas-city-rider Tue, 31 Jan 2017 15:51:50 CST A Good Way to Avoid Injuries on the Road: Ride the Bus http://www.citylab.com/commute/2017/01/car-bus-safety-research/514670/?utm_source=nl__link6_012717 Another good reason to use public transit. You’re three times more likely to get hurt driving a car than taking the bus, say researchers. http://www.atu.org/media/news/a-good-way-to-avoid-injuries-on-the-road-ride-the-bus Tue, 31 Jan 2017 08:50:37 CST Labour arbitrator: TTC didn’t protect its employees from Twitter harassment http://radiopunjabtoday.com/ttc-loses-labour-ruling-over-abuse-of-workers-on-social-media/ In a labour ruling believed to be the first of its kind in Ontario, a provincial arbitrator has censured the TTC for its behaviour on Twitter, determining that the transit agency didn’t do enough to protect its employees from harassment on social media. http://www.atu.org/media/news/labour-arbitrator-ttc-didnt-protect-its-employees-from-twitter-harassment Wed, 25 Jan 2017 15:51:57 CST Could Commuters and Labor Really Get a Say in New Jersey Transit? http://www.njspotlight.com/stories/17/01/19/commuters-and-labor-could-get-real-say-in-new-jersey-transit/ A bill that would add two new members to NJ Transit’s board of directors who would have to be regular NJ Transit commuters was advanced. It also gives ATU's Ray Greaves who currently sits on the agency’s board full rights as a voting members. http://www.atu.org/media/news/could-commuters-and-labor-really-get-a-say-in-new-jersey-transit Mon, 23 Jan 2017 10:40:00 CST DC Metro riders voice opposition to planned cuts at town hall http://www.atu.org/media/news/dc-metro-riders-voice-opposition-to-planned-cuts-at-town-hall More than 100 riders, workers, transit advocates and elected officials called on Metro to abandon planned service cuts and fare increases in at a town hall meeting organized by Local 689. http://www.atu.org/media/news/dc-metro-riders-voice-opposition-to-planned-cuts-at-town-hall Thu, 19 Jan 2017 11:00:00 CST ATU hero in Ottawa https://ca.news.yahoo.com/oc-transpo-double-decker-bus-125552037.html A double-decker OC Transpo bus caught fire in rural Ottawa with 70 to 80 passengers on board, the bus driver safely got the riders off the bus before it exploded. http://www.atu.org/media/news/atu-hero-in-ottawa Tue, 17 Jan 2017 15:42:00 CST RTA, Union agree to end strike; buses to roll on Friday http://abc22now.com/news/rta-union-strike/local-leaders-urge-end-to-rta-union-strike DAYTON, Ohio (WRGT) -- RTA buses are expected to roll again Friday after 14 hours of negotiations ended with an agreement. http://www.atu.org/media/news/rta-union-agree-to-end-strike-buses-to-roll-on-friday Thu, 12 Jan 2017 08:39:02 CST Dayton transit workers on strike http://www.daytondailynews.com/news/local/rta-drivers-strike-officials-urge-end-contract-dispute/FBI9dWDxt4FNEcmRjL9RzN/ Despite Local 1385 and the Greater Dayton RTA meeting on the request of Dayton Mayor Nan Whaley and a State legislator a deal was not reached and workers are on strike. http://www.atu.org/media/news/dayton-transit-workers-on-strike Tue, 10 Jan 2017 09:27:30 CST Local 282 calls on NY state to fund public transit http://www.pressrepublican.com/news/local_news/as-ridership-grows-public-transit-looks-to-state-for-money/article_130bde0f-b0b2-5fdc-b68e-e4858b886dee.html The system does not have the resources to go where people need to travel," says the Local. Improvements elsewhere have been followed by "massive increases" in ridership on Niagara Frontier Transportation Authority. http://www.atu.org/media/news/local-282-calls-on-ny-state-to-fund-public-transit Mon, 02 Jan 2017 14:17:00 CST Worcester bus driver saves young woman http://www.telegram.com/news/20161231/wrta-bus-driver-glad-to-lend-helping-hand A Worcester Regional Transit Authority bus driver said he was glad to help stop downtown traffic, after a distraught young woman laid down in the street. http://www.atu.org/media/news/w-bus-driver-glad-to-lend-a-helping-hand Sun, 01 Jan 2017 12:47:00 CST AN ATU hero in Hamilton, ON http://www.thespec.com/news-story/7040568-hamilton-bus-driver-praised-for-quick-thinking-after-helping-man-who-slipped-on-ice/ A Local 107 member is being praised for his quick-thinking after helping man who slipped on ice outside his bus. http://www.atu.org/media/news/an-atu-hero-in-hamilton-on Thu, 29 Dec 2016 10:03:43 CST DC Metro workers hold toy drive for kids http://www.fox5dc.com/news/local-news/225358657-story Local 689 members brought a little holiday spirit to a tough neighborhood in DC raising hundreds of dollars to buy toys for 40 girls and boys. http://www.atu.org/media/news/dc-metrpo-workers-hold-toy-drive-for-kids Mon, 26 Dec 2016 08:09:00 CST CTA workers demand fair contract during ‘Day of Action’ http://wgntv.com/2016/12/21/cta-workers-demand-fair-contract-during-day-of-action/ Members of Local 308 and 241 gathered at at CTA headquarters and other locations for a “day of action” to protest “stall tactics over current contract negotiations and regressive, discriminatory contract offers.” http://www.atu.org/media/news/cta-workers-demand-fair-contract-during-day-of-action Thu, 22 Dec 2016 09:37:54 CST Bus Stopped: The Battle over Route 31 in Memphis, TN http://www.memphisflyer.com/memphis/bus-stopped/Content?oid=5088180 ATU Local 713 and the Memphis Bus Riders are fighting to restore access to the historic, and once well-used Route 31 Crosstown, which was discontinued in 2013. http://www.atu.org/media/news/bus-stopped-the-battle-over-route-31-in-memphis-tn Tue, 20 Dec 2016 11:18:43 CST