Calls investment in public transportation critical
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WASHINGTON, DC: Larry Hanley, international president of the Amalgamated Transit Union (ATU), released the following statement in reaction to President Obama’s State of the Union address tonight.
“The Amalgamated Transit Union 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 to work for honest wages and the chance to pursue the American Dream.
"Our nation has become a nation of two classes – the small cadre of the super rich and the rest of us - bus drivers, hotel workers, school teachers, fire fighters, and working families who have been victims of and taken the blame for this recession.
“It’s time for Republican leaders in Congress to get serious about shared sacrifice in our nation by requiring the wealthy to pay their fair share of taxes.
“There are few things that can do more to help our economy dig out of this recession than investing in public transportation to ensure all Americans can safely and affordably get to and from work, school, the doctor, the grocery store and other important daily tasks.
“Not only does mass transit provide reliable mobility for years to come, it creates good jobs, delivers customers to businesses, and helps keep the environment clean. There is literally nothing more effective in getting our economy moving than mass transit.”
About the ATU
The Amalgamated Transit Union is the largest labor organization representing transit workers in the United States and Canada. Founded in 1892, the ATU today is comprised of over 190,000 members in 264 local unions spread across 44 states and nine provinces, including 3,000 workers at Greyhound Lines, Inc. Composed of bus drivers, light rail operators, maintenance and clerical personnel and other transit and municipal employees, the ATU works to promote transit issues and fights for the interests of its hard-working members.