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International President John Costa in Louisville, KY, to Visit Local 1447 Members and Meet Politicians

It was a busy and exciting day in Louisville, KY, as International President John Costa, International Executive Vice President Yvette Trujillo, and International Vice President Natalie Cruz joined Local 1447 President/Business Agent Lillian Brents, Financial Secretary Freda Withers, and Vice President Matt Staser to visit with our members on the job and meet with a group of prominent politicians to talk about the issues impacting our members and our Union ahead of a Stewards Training for our Locals in the region this weekend.
To begin the day, Costa went to City Hall to meet with ATU-endorsed Mayor Craig Greenberg for a discussion on how the City can support TARC and our Union, the search for a new TARC Director, and the importance of safety, concerns about microtransit, and other issues.
The next stop was the Local Union hall to first meet with ATU-endorsed Congressman Morgan McGarvey, who thanked Costa and our Union for supporting him. Then, in what may be a first, ATU-endorsed Governor Andy Beshear came to the Union Hall along with Deputy Mayor David James and Louisville Councilmembers Ben Reno-Weber and Phillip Baker. Costa led an engaging discussion about the importance of a robust TARC, the role of our Union, engaging our members in politics and elections, and other issues. “We are honored to have all of you come to our Local 1447 Union Hall,” said Costa. “As you know, our members play an important role in keeping Louisville moving, and we look forward to working with you to continue to make TARC a world-class transit system.”
Next stop was the TARC Main Garage, where Costa first met with TARC Interim Director Ozzie Gibson, TARC Board Member/Finance Committee Chairperson Steve Miller, and TARC COO Rob Stephens to discuss violence on TARC, our Local’s upcoming contract negotiations, and other issues. Then Costa visited with our operators in the break room and toured the maintenance facility, meeting with members to talk about their concerns and issues.
The final stop was the TARC3 – Paratransit facility, run by MV Transportation, where Costa met with our paratransit members to ask them how the Union was working for them.
Thanks to President/Business Agent Brents and the Local for their hospitality and the great day. #ATUStrongerTogether