News Articles - Amalgamated Transit Union http://www.atu.org/media/news The latest news from the Amalgamated Transit Union en-US contact@trilogyinteractive.com (Trilogy Interactive) http://www.rssboard.org/rss-specification Local officials, transit workers raise concerns over transportation cuts https://www.theday.com/local-news/20180117/local-officials-transit-workers-raise-concerns-over-transportation-cuts Norwich — As the state grapples with how to fix its transportation fund, local officials and transit workers voiced concerns Wednesday to the head of the state Department of Transportation over the impact of proposed cuts. http://www.atu.org/media/news/local-officials-transit-workers-raise-concerns-over-transportation-cuts Thu, 18 Jan 2018 07:53:27 CST Maryland bill would make assaulting a transit operator a felony https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/dr-gridlock/wp/2018/01/17/maryland-bill-would-make-assaulting-a-transit-operator-a-felony/?utm_term=.cd6559de4ae4 The legislation in the Maryland General Assembly comes as Metro and Amalgamated Transit Union Local 689 have heightened their calls for enhanced penalties to deter attacks against bus drivers. http://www.atu.org/media/news/maryland-bill-would-make-assaulting-a-transit-operator-a-felony Thu, 18 Jan 2018 06:06:00 CST New Toledo mayor rides bus to work once a week, says city’s future hinges on public transit http://michiganradio.org/post/new-toledo-mayor-rides-bus-work-once-week-says-city-s-future-hinges-public-transit Once a week, the new mayor of Toledo gets to work by hopping a city bus. Mayor Wade Kapszukiewicz has promised to take a Toledo Area Regional Transit Authority bus to work once a week for his entire term. http://www.atu.org/media/news/new-toledo-mayor-rides-bus-to-work-once-a-week-says-citys-future-hinges-on-public-transit Wed, 17 Jan 2018 10:12:22 CST Safety comes first for Kelowna BC bus drivers http://www.kelownadailycourier.ca/opinion/article_b8cfb60a-f9a6-11e7-9776-6b0e01dfb05b.html Local 1722-Kelowna, BC President Scott Lovell on how safety comes first for Kelowna bus drivers in winter when it comes for snow removal at bus shelters and on routes. http://www.atu.org/media/news/safety-comes-first-for-kelowna-bc-bus-drivers Tue, 16 Jan 2018 08:32:00 CST Cincinnati Local says agency unloading unused bus parts https://www.wcpo.com/news/transportation-development/public-transit/sorta-transit-union-fight-over-decision-to-unload-800k-in-unused-parts "If our guys don't have parts, they can't fix the buses, and if the buses aren't going out on the road, bottom line, it affects the customer and the taxpayer," says Local 627 about the $800,000 in parts being thrown away. http://www.atu.org/media/news/cincinnati-local-says-agency-unloading-unused-bus-parts Wed, 10 Jan 2018 09:21:03 CST Local 113 bus driver goes above & beyond https://www.cp24.com/news/missing-man-84-located-by-bus-driver-in-york-region-1.3736108 An 84-year old man who went missing was found by Local 113-Toronto, ON, bus driver Domenic Gouveia along his bus route sitting in a bus shelter. ATU salutes Domenic for helping reunite the man with his family. http://www.atu.org/media/news/local-113-bus-driver-goes-above-beyond Tue, 09 Jan 2018 19:37:00 CST Denver Local calls for better protection in wake of gunfire https://www.thedenverchannel.com/news/local-news/rtd-bus-drivers-rattled-by-gunfire-near-capitol-violence-along-the-15-colfax-route Gunfire on a bus route highlighted the ongoing problem with violence against Denver bus drivers, prompting Local 1001-Denver to call for increased protection. on"We get cussed out all the time, We have no protection," said one driver. http://www.atu.org/media/news/denver-locals-calls-for-better-protection-in-wake-of-gunfire Mon, 08 Jan 2018 12:45:00 CST Winnipeg City Councillors roll with transit challenge https://www.winnipegfreepress.com/local/councillors-roll-with-transit-challenge-467967633.html "They’ll have the first-hand opportunity to see the issues that are surrounding the drivers for safety," said Local 1505-Winnipeg, MB, President Aleem Chaudhary about Councillors committed to riding the bus to and from work once per month in 2018. http://www.atu.org/media/news/winnipeg-city-councillors-roll-with-transit-challenge Thu, 04 Jan 2018 15:34:00 CST With assaults on bus drivers up, Ottawa Local wants protective shields for drivers http://ottawasun.com/news/local-news/bus-union-renews-push-for-transpo-to-install-protective-shields-for-drivers/wcm/172662a4-39c1-42d8-839d-0a4d2882774a OC Transpo reports more than 100 assaults so far in 2017, compared to 87 assaults in 2016. “I am at the point where I just feel it’s unacceptable,” says Local 279 President Clint Crabtree . “People need to be going home without being assaulted." http://www.atu.org/media/news/with-assaults-on-bus-drivers-up-ottawa-local-wants-protective-shields-for-drivers Sat, 30 Dec 2017 12:14:38 CST Twin Cities Local ratifies contract averts Super Bowl strike http://www.kare11.com/article/news/transit-union-vote-avoids-super-bowl-strike/89-500171222 Eighty-two percent of union members with Metro Transit voted to approve a new contract, avoiding a potential Super Bowl strike. http://www.atu.org/media/news/twin-cities-local-ratifies-contract-averts-super-bowl-strike Tue, 19 Dec 2017 08:50:00 CST When Public Transit Drivers Go the Extra Mile http://cutaactu.ca/en/node/1271 The most variable part of being a bus operator is dealing with passengers boarding the transit vehicle, and responding to unexpected situations. Here are a few ATU Canada bus operators who have gone above and beyond the call of duty. http://www.atu.org/media/news/when-public-transit-drivers-go-the-extra-mile Sat, 16 Dec 2017 12:22:00 CST Twin Cities Local recommends approval of contract to avert Super Bowl transit strike http://m.startribune.com/deal-in-sight-between-bus-drivers-met-council-to-avert-super-bowl-strike/464264293/ Local 1005 will be holding a ratification vote soon on the latest Metro Transit contract offer that addresses assaults on bus operators, arduous schedules and employee benefits were among other concerns. http://www.atu.org/media/news/twin-cities-local-recommends-approval-of-contract-to-avert-super-bowl-transit-strike Fri, 15 Dec 2017 14:22:54 CST Chattanooga Local protest CARTA poor working conditions http://newschannel9.com/news/local/union-plans-to-protest-carta-working-conditions-tuesday The ATU Local 1212 says some drivers are forced to work too much overtime. The union also claims discrimination by management, and says drivers are not allowed enough time for bathroom breaks. http://www.atu.org/media/news/chattanooga-local-protest-carta-poor-working-conditions Tue, 05 Dec 2017 10:41:11 CST Uber has no place in International Association of Public Transport http://www.businessinsider.com/r-update-1-uber-joins-forces-with-global-public-transport-association-2017-12?r=UK&IR=T ATU International President Larry Hanley says Uber should start being a better partner to the cities it operates in by "paying a living wage to their drivers who call those cities home." http://www.atu.org/media/news/uber-has-no-place-in-international-association-of-public-transport Tue, 05 Dec 2017 08:34:28 CST Milwaukee Local strikes deal to ensures streetcar workers can join ATU http://urbanmilwaukee.com/pressrelease/transit-workers-union-announces-milwaukee-streetcar-labor-peace-agreement/ Local 998 President James Macon says, “Whether on buses or streetcars, transit jobs should be good, union jobs.” He continued, “This agreement means that transit workers in Milwaukee can unite to protect and raise living standards.” http://www.atu.org/media/news/milwaukee-local Mon, 04 Dec 2017 15:07:00 CST Thunder Bay Local gives back with Santa Bus Food Drive http://www.chroniclejournal.com/news/santa-bus-food-drive-stuff-the-bus-feed-the-need/article_58657ca0-d6a1-11e7-802d-e3555f1aa615.html “Each year we are blown away by the generosity of all those who help us to stuff the bus,” said Local 966 President Ken Koza. “The donations we receive make a real difference in our community." http://www.atu.org/media/news/thunder-bay-local Fri, 01 Dec 2017 15:39:54 CST D.C. May Seek To End Private Contracts For Public Transit https://wamu.org/story/17/11/30/d-c-may-seek-end-private-contracts-public-transit/ A coalition of organized labor and social justice groups are calling on D.C. lawmakers to stop the District from contracting out public transit services, saying the private firms that operate the Circulator bus system and D.C. Streetcar ... http://www.atu.org/media/news/d-c-may-seek-to-end-private-contracts-for-public-transit Thu, 30 Nov 2017 10:12:44 CST TriMet workers approve new contract http://portlandtribune.com/pt/9-news/379817-267039-trimet-workers-approve-proposed-contract Local 757-Portland, OR members overwhelmingly approved their tentative agreement. The contract now goes to the TriMet Board of Directors for consideration at its Dec. 13 meeting. http://www.atu.org/media/news/trimet-workers-approve-new-contract Wed, 29 Nov 2017 12:37:11 CST It's time to begin the discussion about Transit Police... http://wkrn.com/2017/11/27/police-man-critically-shot-on-mta-bus-in-madison/ A man was shot on an MTA bus in Nashville, TN, and died just hours later. The bus driver, a member of Local 1235 wasn't hurt, but was shaken. http://www.atu.org/media/news/its-time-to-begin-the-discussion-about-transit-police Mon, 27 Nov 2017 14:59:00 CST Punched, spit on, hit with objects: Bus drivers regularly face violence on the job http://edmontonjournal.com/news/local-news/punched-spit-on-hit-with-objects-foip-request-reveals-violence-bus-drivers-regularly-face-on-the-job In 2015, the House of Commons passed Bregg’s Law - after Local 569's Tom Bregg who was brutally attacked, allowing steeper penalties for assaults on transit workers. But longer sentences don’t seem to be deterring attacks, said ATU Canada. http://www.atu.org/media/news/punched-spit-on-hit-with-objects-bus-drivers-regularly-face-violence-on-the-job Mon, 27 Nov 2017 14:42:08 CST