A New Beginning for Progressive Labor Education & Activism as ATU Acquires National Labor College Campus
Today marks a rebirth and reinvigorated commitment to education and progressive training for organized labor as the ATU expands its long-standing union education and activism program to the newly acquired campus of the former National Labor College.
It’s time to act as the 88th Congress did in 1964 and set aside partisan politics in the interest of our nation and pass a multi-year transportation act that provides for increased funding to operate our public transit systems.
Thousands rally & descend on Capitol Hill for more, better & safer public transit Tuesday, May 20, Noon-1:30pm, Upper Senate Park
Rev. Al Sharpton, Sen. Sherrod Brown (D-OH) and others will join thousands of transit workers, riders and advocates from 40 states for a rally on Capitol Hill on National Transit Call Congress Day to galvanize support for more, better and safer transit.
ATU kicked off National Transit Month, an unprecedented effort of tens of thousands of transit workers and advocates mobilizing across North America to engage millions of riders to join in support of more, better, and safer public transit.
Sierra Club & Transit Union Announce Partnership Promoting Use of Public Transit to Combat Climate Change
With Earth Day around the corner, the Sierra Club and the Amalgamated Transit Union (ATU) announced a new partnership to highlight the key role that public transit use plays in combating climate change and pollution.
ATU & TWU Oppose Approval of the Keystone XL Pipeline and Call for End of Increased Use of Tar Sands Oil
James C. Little, President of the Transport Workers Union (TWU), and Larry J. Hanley, President of the Amalgamated Transit Union (ATU) issued the following joint statement in opposition to the approval of the proposed Keystone XL Pipeline.
Massive service cuts and dangerous traveling conditions for U.S. transit riders would result from the multi-year transportation reauthorization proposal unveiled today by House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee Chairman John Mica (R-Fla)
Republicans and special interest groups have hit a new low in infringing on workers’ basic legal right to organize says the ATU in condemning their shameful interference with the Volkswagen workers’ NLRB election in Chattanooga.
Washington, DC – The American Bus Association is dead wrong on driver fatigue and safety issues, says the Amalgamated Transit Union (ATU) in response to ABA’s recent criticism of Congressional testimony by ATU International President Larry Hanley.
Transit Workers Join thousands calling on President, Congress to Back the Robin Hood Tax, NYC, Tues. 9/17, 5pm
On the second anniversary of Occupy Wall Street, thousands of protestors in NYC will urge the President and Congress to pass financial transaction tax legislation that could bring $350 billion a year in new revenue to restore vital public services.
DOL Rules California Pension Reform Law Conflicts with Transit Employees’ Protected Bargaining Rights
The ATU supports the long awaited decision issued by the DOL finding that California’s new pension reform legislation, conflicted with transit employees’ federally protected collective bargaining rights preventing...
Charting a course to address the pressing issues facing workers, riders and the transportation industry, more than 1,300 transit workers from the U.S. and Canada will take part in the 57th International ATU Convention August 26 – 30, in San Diego, CA.
Calling BART’s overpaid negotiator Tom Hock’s decision to go on vacation during the crucial 30-day contract negotiations an outrage and an insult to Bay Area residents, the ATU says Hock’s action reconfirms his and BART GM Crunican’s disregard for riders.
The ATU opposes all violence. Because violence is all around us. It is found in the efforts of billionaires to cut food stamps, and the wages of the working poor. It is violence when banks rip working people from their homes,...
Facing tough bargaining fights with Palm Beach County ATU Local 1577 joined with CWA Local 3181 in a media and community support campaign, calling on the county commissioners to “do the right thing” by bargaining fair contracts that include real wage
More than 5,600 signed petitions calling on State Senators to vote against proposed legislation to outsource many of MARTA operations were delivered to Georgia Senate Transportation Committee by ATU Local 732 and Georgians for Better Transit.
Larry Hanley, International President of the ATU responds to today’s report from the American Public Transportation Association (APTA) showing that 2012 ridership on all forms of U.S. public transportation rose to the second highest level on record.
Crackdowns on unsafe tour bus companies will not significantly reduce interstate bus accidents until federal law is amended to require these companies to pay their bus operators overtime says the Amalgamated Transit Union (ATU).
The ATU applauds President Obama’s call for an agenda of broad, shared prosperity for all. Striking New York City School bus drivers and matrons, our members, are walking the picket lines today for the rights of all middle class Americans.
This morning ATU Local 1181 President Michael Cordiello was joined by ATU International President Larry Hanley, and other supporters in labor in announcing the Union’s latest attempt to bring City Hall to the table to end the two-week old strike.
Striking New York City school bus drivers and matrons today released television and radio ads to support their effort to maintain an experienced and skilled workforce in New York City’s school busing industry,...
Transit Union: Americans send clear message to Congress to increase investment in public transportation
“...public transportation takes cars off the road, reduces our dependence on foreign oil and improves our economic security. For every $1 billion invested in public transportation 36,000 jobs are created."
With bus and subway fares continuing to rise across the country the ATU praised Congress for adjusting the transit commuter tax benefit to match the current parking benefit as part of H.R. 8 – the bill passed last night to avoid the fiscal cliff.
Citing their aggressive, progressive approach in fighting for more and better public transportation, and social and economic justice, the ATU was named the “Most Valuable National Union” in The Nation’s annual progressive honor roll for 2012.
“The numbers don’t lie; more and more Americans are riding public transportation everyday and want more access to mass transit. As Congress works to avoid the fiscal cliff it also needs to recognize that we need to meet this rising demand.
After a bus accident in Miami left two dead the Amalgamated Transit Union, the largest transit workers’ union, asked how many more must die before overtime provisions are put in place to protect bus drivers and the passengers they carry.
In reaction to another vicious assault on an GCRTA bus driver, the ATU calls for felony laws to prosecute attackers, the immediate installation of protective bus shields, and a serious police detachment to randomly patrol buses...
The convicted Virginia bus crash driver is a scapegoat for an industry that has become a sweatshop on wheels, says the ATU in reaction to yesterday’s verdict convicting the driver on four counts of involuntary manslaughter.
Transit Union redeploys activists to prevent Lame Duck Congress' attempts to sell out working Americans
Putting the coming lame duck Congress on notice, the ATU is deploying activists who were so effective on Election Day for a campaign to end the Bush tax cuts for the rich, and prevent cuts to Medicare, Medicaid, Social Security, and transportation.
“Working families across this great country have spoken with the re-election of President Barack Obama and Vice President Joe Biden. It is time for our nation to move forward and continue the fight for economic and social justice for all Americans.
WASHINGTON, DC – Larry Hanley, president of the Amalgamated Transit Union (ATU) released the following statement in reaction to the decision by the US Supreme Court today to uphold the Affordable Care Act as fully constitutional.
ATU International President Larry Hanley expressed strong support for a one-day strike by London bus workers in their fight for the same “Olympic wages” that virtually every other public transport worker in London has won through negotiations.
WASHINGTON, DC – The Congressional conference committee reconciling the House and Senate versions of the transportation bill extension is urged to preserve key provisions of the Senate bill that provide transit systems much-needed flexibility.
ATU Statement on the Death of Mark Ayers, President, Building and Construction Trades Department, AFL-CIO
WASHINGTON, DC – Larry Hanley, president of the Amalgamated Transit Union (ATU) released the following statement in reaction to the death of Mark Ayers, president of the AFL-CIO Building and Construction Trades Department(BCTD) and AFL-CIO vice president.
Transit Union endorses president’s blueprint for an equitable economy built to last Calls investment in public transportation critical
A bipartisan group of eleven elected officials and sixteen labor, environmental, equity, good government, and transportation organizations issued a joint statement today to request that the Tappan Zee Bridge be rebuilt with transit, bus rapid transit.
With the majority of transit systems across the U.S. continuing to cut vital service and raise fares, a new bill would give transit agencies much needed flexibility in deciding how they use federal funds argues the Amalgamated Transit Union (ATU).
Cutting Federal Public Transportation Funding Will Result in Significant Job Losses and Service Cuts
“Today’s demonstrations reflect the frustration and anxiety felt by regular people facing the loss of the transportation they rely on every day,” said Larry Hanley, president of the Amalgamated Transit Union.