Dozens of members of ATU Local 1546 – Baton Rouge, LA have been hit hard by the historic flooding in southeastern Louisiana. “Our members were bravely driving Baton Rouge residents to safety before the storms began and then came home to sheer devastation once the flooding began,” said Local President Alfred Weeden, who had 3 people in his neighborhood killed by the dangerous flooding. “Many of their homes have been destroyed, gutted and beyond livable. Almost all have been without electricity or running water since Saturday.”
Weeden says his members are continuing to work and buses are rolling. The ATU salutes our Baton Rouge members for their dedication and commitment to safely transporting the people of Baton Rouge in the face of this historic disaster.
We pray for the safety of our Baton Rouge members and call on all ATU members to help those impacted by the floods by contributing to the ATU Disaster Relief Fund. From Hurricane Sandy to relief for victims of the Colorado fires and Oklahoma tornadoes, our members have supported workers in dire need and now it’s time we show our support for our Baton Rouge members.
ATU Disaster Relief Fund donations can be made online here of by mailing a check to:
Amalgamated Transit Union
Disaster Relief Fund
10000 New Hampshire Avenue
Silver Spring, MD 20903
Attn: Lawrence J. Hanley