Local 1700 President Bruce Hamilton and International Representative Claudia Hudson have been appointed as International Vice Presidents.
“Bruce and Claudia bring a wealth of experience, commitment, leadership and service at ATU,” said International President Larry Hanley. “They are strong additions to our GEB and we look forward to both of them serving as International Vice Presidents.”
Since 2005 Hamilton has served as President of Local 1700, which represents Greyhound and other intercity bus workers. As president of the ATU’s only national local union, Bruce has worked in every part of the U.S., negotiating contracts and organizing terminal workers. He joined ATU in 1971 as a Greyhound driver in Des Moines, IA, and has been a union activist at Greyhound for three decades. Hamilton played a key role in all of the big battles, from deregulation of the intercity bus industry to the 1983 strike, to the struggle to preserve the terminal workers’ jobs, to the horrific strike of 1990-1993. He most recently led the latest contract negotiations that produced a contract for Greyhound drivers and mechanics that returns wage rules that have not been in the contract in years.
Bruce has been working on the extension of the Fair Labor Standards Act to intercity bus workers and his appointment signals a strengthened commitment by the International to that cause. Three times as many passengers and workers were killed in bus accidents in the last five years in the US than in plane crashes, largely due to working conditions imposed by deregulation. He lives in New York City with his wife Kathryn.
Hudson joined ATU as a bus operator in September 1979 in Oakland, CA for Alameda-Contra Costa Transit (AC Transit). In 1989 she was elected Shop Steward of Local 192-Oakland and served in that role until being elected Vice President in 1996. Hudson was elected President of the Local in 2009 and then left that post after being appointed an International Representative in February 2011. Hudson has worked extensively with the ATU Field Mobilization Department in campaigns across the US. Her experience includes work on the Chicago Trusteeship of Local 241 and campaigns in Michigan, Ohio, and in the south. She has been trained by the Gamaliel Foundation in community organizing and worked extensively on the 2012 ATU passenger organizing and political outreach campaigns.
A 2013 graduate of the Harvard Trade Union Program she will be the third woman on the ATU General Executive Board, and our first African American woman since the retirement of IVP Karen Simmons. A native of Richmond, California, she is a single mother of two and has five grandchildren and one great grandchild.