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May 8

ATU mourns passing of International President Larry Hanley

This coming Tuesday, May 14, at 10am Local time we are asking all our Locals and members to pause for a moment of silence to remember International President Larry Hanley as his funeral is taking place in his hometown of Staten Island, NY, at Our Lady of Pity Church at 1616 Richmond Avenue, Staten Island, NY.

There will be a memorial service to remember International President Larry Hanley at our headquarters at the Tommy Douglas Conference Center in Silver Spring, MD, on Monday, June 24, which would have been his 63rd birthday. More details on that memorial service will be coming soon.


Statement from International Executive Vice President Javier Perez on passing of International President Larry Hanley

It is with great sadness that I write to inform you that our beloved International President Larry Hanley passed away suddenly yesterday. Our heartfelt sympathies and condolences go out to his family at this very difficult time. This is an unfathomable and tragic loss for the ATU and the entire labor movement. As further details are available additional information will be provided.

In solidarity,
Javier Perez
International Executive Vice President




Statement from the family of International President Larry Hanley

It is with greatest sorrow to share with you that our dear husband, father and brother, Lawrence J. Hanley, passed away on May 7, 2019.  He devoted his life to the union movement and to the Amalgamated Transit Union. His fondest wish for the union now would be to continue your everyday efforts for the members, because they were always the ones on his mind. He shared his love of defending the defenseless with you in the hopes that the ATU would be a shining beacon in the labor movement, the country, and the world. We wish to thank you for all of your hard work in your careers furthering these goals and wish you success as you continue in furtherance of them. As we go forward, the men and women of the ATU, and the labor movement will always be in our hearts. We will never forget the joy and privilege he felt in his over 40 year career, fighting for the people who needed a champion. We are so proud of everything the ATU has done and will do for the working women and men of this country. It was an honor.

"Pray for the dead and fight like hell for the living."
- Mary G. Harris "Mother" Jones (1837-1930)

Thelma, James, Monica and Lawrence, Jr.




In Memory of International President Larry Hanley