As members of the Amalgamated Transit Union we are part of a family of workers with a proud history and a rich tradition. And that history and tradition inspires us to pledge that we will work to promote the best interests of our ATU brothers and sisters as long as we are members.
We are also part of a broader labor movement in the United States and Canada – a movement which has fought for a better life for workers since the 1800’s, and which continues on today.
Most of us belong to an ATU local union which negotiates a collective bargaining agreement (labor contract) with our employer on a regular basis in order to secure better wages, benefits, and working conditions. This contract also protects us from unfair treatment on the job and gives us the right to seek redress if our employer violates our contract.
Negotiating contracts and protecting the rights of our members is the most important thing our locals do. But there is so much more to being an ATU member.
Many of us are involved in civic and charitable work in our communities. We are active in local and national politics. And we bring new members into the Union through “organizing.”
There are many benefits to being a member of the ATU which are described in this section of our website. The best benefit, however, is the fellowship we share as workers and families engaged in a common cause.
Hundreds of ATU members travelled to Chicago to participate in the latest new ATU Activist and Officer Training in coordination with the 2014 Labor Notes Conference. It was the largest training ever conducted by the ATU.
More than 75 California members from Locals 192-Oakland, 256-Sacramento, 265-San Jose, 1027-Fresno, 1575-San Rafael, 1605-Concord, and 276-Stockton were energized by a training in Oakland to make our locals stronger, and prepare for the battles ahead.
Connecticut members from Locals 1763-Rocky Hill, 425-Hartford, 1209-New London, and 281-New Haven were energized by a training in Hartford to learn new strategies to empower members to get involved and make our locals stronger.