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U.S. members: VOTE by Tuesday, November 3

I know, for all of us, it has been an endless, exhausting, and stressful time since the pandemic began in early Spring. Tragically, over 30 more of our members have died from Covid-19 since the last In Transit, bringing the total to over 85 sisters and brothers lost. Countless more have been sickened – some seriously – some for life.


Fighting for you every day

As infections and deaths rise, and states and provinces reopen, your Union continues to fight for you every day; fighting to force transit properties to require social distancing; insisting they provide personal protective equipment, and pressuring them to adopt all of our Safe Service demands (see atu.org).

Unsurprisingly, transit agencies are claiming that decreased tax revenue will force them to demand layoffs, and wage and benefit cuts. We are fighting this too, not only because it is wrong, but, because we know that many employers will try to make these cuts permanent.

Cutting transit funding and weakening unions are typical goals of Republicans in the U.S. and Conservatives in Canada. And you can be sure that if Donald Trump is re-elected, he and the GOP will do everything they can
to achieve those goals.


Is this really the way we want to live?

The United States is currently in the grip of multiple crises, but unlike previous crises such as 9/11, we’re not coming together as a nation. Rather the U.S. is so divided along political and ideological lines that the simple act of wearing a mask can spur outrage.

Name-calling has replaced political discourse. All sense of civility is gone.

President Trump has exploited it, creating division and hate. He “stirs the pot” for political gain. And it’s not good for our country or the world.

Is this really the way we want to live?


Would we tolerate this from any other President?

I do not doubt the sincerity of those who support the President. I only ask you to look at where we have arrived. 

America is in deep trouble, and we have a President who runs away from responsibility and blames others for every problem. The “buck” never stops with Donald Trump.

Would we tolerate this behavior from any other President? We have got to take back our democracy before we lose it altogether.


Leadership

We have to vote for Joe Biden and Kamala Harris.

ATU endorsed Joe Biden for President in February, before the coronavirus became the threat that it is today. And we still do. Why?

Because:

Joe Biden knows how to mount an effective crisis response based on the knowledge of scientists and health experts. 

Joe Biden made an historic pick in naming Senator Kamala Harris as his running mate. 

Joe Biden has a plan to create millions of good-paying jobs. 

Joe Biden will root out systemic racism and his policies will mandate that every American be treated with dignity and respect.

Joe Biden has a plan to strengthen unions and help all workers bargain for what they deserve. 

Joe Biden will support public transit with strong labor protections.

Joe Biden will protect and build on Obamacare.

Joe Biden will restore civility and respect for the United States.

 

Your one vote counts more than you think

Too many people think their one vote won’t count – and then we end up with a result that doesn’t respect the wishes of the majority of Americans. So, VOTE by Tuesday, November 3. It’s no exaggeration to say the fate of the U.S., Canada, and even the world is in your hands.


Be proactive

If you plan to vote by mail, do whatever you can to get ahold of a ballot and mail it in as soon as you can. 

You can read much more about the Biden/Harris ticket and the coming U.S. election in this issue.