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Convention Provides Opportunity for Solidarity and Action

At the end of August delegates from most of our locals will gather from all parts of Canada and the United States to participate in the 57th International Convention in San Diego, CA. And most of you will have at least one delegate representing you at the gathering.

More than likely, however, since most members don’t attend local union meetings, you don’t know who those delegates are, and you may not even care.

In a way that’s understandable.  The vast majority of our members will never go to a Convention, and they have a hard time getting excited about an event that doesn’t seem to have anything to do with them.

But that’s where they’re wrong.  The issues discussed and the decisions made at the Conventions are of vital importance to every one of us in this Union.



We will be discussing a reorganization plan for the Union at this Convention that we believe will make your local more effective in representing you to your employer.

For the first time we will be offering training at the Convention that we believe will improve the skills your officers use in representing you.

We will be passing resolutions that will affect the directions the Union takes in the future.

All of these things affect the organization that fights for your wages and benefits every day.


Why is it important?

And that should be important to us all, because, to be brutally honest, if labor unions disappeared tomorrow it wouldn’t be long before most transit workers were working for minimum wage, or less.

I know that many members will find that hard to believe – but that’s because they haven’t kept up-to-date with news about their Union and the labor movement.

I urge every single one of you to check out the ATU Convention website every day during the Convention.  I think you’ll find it an eye-opening experience, and maybe you’ll come away just a little more motivated to get involved with this grand enterprise called the Amalgamated Transit Union.

The Union is only as strong as its members make it.  We need you to strengthen the Union with your voice and your participation.
There’s nothing we can’t accomplish if we all act together, in solidarity.