News Articles - Amalgamated Transit Union https://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 Transit Is a Social Justice Issue in the 2020 Election https://www.thenation.com/article/politics/transit-election-maya-cummings/ Too few candidates talk about the necessity of investing in transit options for working people. But Maya Rockeymoore Cummings does. https://www.atu.org/media/news/transit-is-a-social-justice-issue-in-the-2020-election Tue, 02 Jun 2020 09:03:52 CDT 'You're putting our people at risk.' After Metro buses used to haul prisoners, union leader worried drivers will be targeted https://www.cincinnati.com/story/news/2020/06/01/cincinnati-metro-buses-used-haul-protest-prisoners/5306991002/ After Cincinnati Metro buses were shut down to the general public Sunday night as part of the citywide curfew, several of the buses were later used to transport prisoners arrested as part of the protests. https://www.atu.org/media/news/youre-putting-our-people-at-risk-after-metro-buses-used-to-haul-prisoners-union-leader-worried-drivers-will-be-targeted Tue, 02 Jun 2020 09:12:40 CDT Cincinnati Local did not transport arrested demonstrators during protests in downtown Cincinnati https://www.wcpo.com/news/transportation-development/metro-provided-buses-to-transport-police-demonstrators-after-protests-union-drivers-abstain?fbclid=IwAR1ogf3m1Sesn0t_ypHs1_Udqi08cOhY75HIEUBEU6EUsXWkhq1A4T_z-HY Refusing to put bus operators in danger, Local 627 refused to have their members transport arrested demonstrators in city buses from the George Floyd protests in downtown Cincinnati, after Mayor John Cranley had asked the union to do so. https://www.atu.org/media/news/cincinnati-local-did-not-ransport-arrested-demonstrators-during-protests-in-downtown-cincinnati Mon, 01 Jun 2020 20:47:13 CDT Wearing masks could soon be mandatory in Brampton amid COVID-19 pandemic https://www.inbrampton.com/wearing-masks-could-soon-become-mandatory-in-brampton-amid-covid-19-pandemic On May 22, the Ontario government and the Region of Peel released a statement recommending that those who are travelling on public transit wear a non-medical mask where physical distancing may be a challenge. https://www.atu.org/media/news/wearing-masks-could-soon-be-mandatory-in-brampton-amid-covid-19-pandemic Mon, 01 Jun 2020 11:50:04 CDT ‘It’s our duty’: Kansas City bus drivers face danger to help others get to work https://www.kansascity.com/news/local/article242760466.html The drivers, Mitchell said, are the “unsung heroes” of the pandemic. They don’t have the option of working from home or the ability to stop working: They need to provide for their families. https://www.atu.org/media/news/its-our-duty-kansas-city-bus-drivers-face-danger-to-help-others-get-to-work Fri, 29 May 2020 11:38:46 CDT ART driver feels the stress of COVID-19 changes https://mountainx.com/news/art-driver-feels-the-stress-of-covid-19-changes/ “The No. 1 thing that has increased with the drivers — and I’m sure with the passengers as well — is stress,” says Diane Allen, who has worked as a city bus operator in Asheville for 14 years. https://www.atu.org/media/news/art-driver-feels-the-stress-of-covid-19-changes Thu, 28 May 2020 11:09:34 CDT MTA Paratransit Workers in Brooklyn, NY Go On Strike https://www.atu.org/media/releases/mta-paratransit-workers-in-brooklyn-ny-go-on-strike “These workers are fed up with being mistreated. Private companies like MV win contracts with false promises of saving money and improving service. Then they come in and cut costs on the backs of workers while raking in profits off their low wages. https://www.atu.org/media/news/mta-paratransit-workers-in-brooklyn-ny-go-on-strike Thu, 28 May 2020 09:14:54 CDT As states reopen, transit worker death toll reaches grim benchmark https://www.atu.org/media/releases/as-states-reopen-transit-worker-death-toll-reaches-grim-benchmark More than 50 Amalgamated Transit Union members have died from COVID-19 as Union renews demands for Safe Service https://www.atu.org/media/news/as-states-reopen-transit-worker-death-toll-reaches-grim-benchmark Wed, 27 May 2020 10:08:46 CDT Westmoreland Transit gets $7M in federal money to cover pandemic losses https://triblive.com/local/westmoreland/westmoreland-transits-gets-7m-in-federal-money-to-cover-pandemic-losses/?fbclid=IwAR3JaE-vrsjeRuSzK7Y2M1uBJ5e-9c43kV8-DW4Bq1MiLC2X29ueeE8uTeM Westmoreland County’s Transit Authority received $7.2 million in federal bailout money, an award officials say will enable the public transportation agency to continue operating its full schedule ... https://www.atu.org/media/news/westmoreland-transit-gets-7m-in-federal-money-to-cover-pandemic-losses Wed, 27 May 2020 08:49:46 CDT A bus driver told a rider to wear a mask. Then the passenger spit on her. https://www.channel3000.com/a-bus-driver-told-a-rider-to-wear-a-mask-then-the-passenger-spit-on-her/ On the afternoon of April 19, a homeless woman boarded Rolle’s bus and began coughing on passengers, according to a police report. Rolle told her she needed to wear a mask. The woman spat on Rolle and fled the bus. https://www.atu.org/media/news/a-bus-driver-told-a-rider-to-wear-a-mask-then-the-passenger-spit-on-her Tue, 26 May 2020 11:14:09 CDT ECAT to provide face masks for all passengers riding the bus https://weartv.com/news/local/ecat-to-provide-face-masks-for-all-passengers-riding-the-bus?fbclid=IwAR2mwjXDkYt1ngZ4emopnkvuXGQ8E1uUsZnUT8xjssc2nXtyN_CVUZRU3w8 Pensacola Local wins safety protections for transit workers and riders. https://www.atu.org/media/news/ecat-to-provide-face-masks-for-all-passengers-riding-the-bus Fri, 22 May 2020 08:11:57 CDT As More People Go Back To Work, Kansas City Bus Drivers Are New 'Front Line Workers' Fighting COVID-19 https://www.kcur.org/community/2020-05-20/as-more-people-go-back-to-work-kansas-city-bus-drivers-are-new-front-line-workers-fighting-covid-19 The Kansas City Area Transportation Authority has cut routes and limited capacity on buses to prevent spread, but not all riders are practicing safe habits. https://www.atu.org/media/news/as-more-people-go-back-to-work-kansas-city-bus-drivers-are-new-front-line-workers-fighting-covid-19 Thu, 21 May 2020 09:08:12 CDT CT Transit workers hold protest demanding hazard pay, better working conditions amid pandemic https://www.wtnh.com/news/connecticut/fairfield/ct-transit-workers-hold-protest-demanding-hazard-pay-better-working-conditions-amid-pandemic/ For those folks who have been staying home, you might not realize it, but buses are still running. Those essential workers in hospitals and grocery stores. A lot of them get to work on public buses, and somebody has to drive those buses. https://www.atu.org/media/news/ct-transit-workers-hold-protest-demanding-hazard-pay-better-working-conditions-amid-pandemic Wed, 20 May 2020 09:45:30 CDT “IN PANDEMIC FIGHT, PUBLIC TRANSIT IS PART OF THE SOLUTION, NOT THE PROBLEM” https://www.railwayage.com/passenger/in-pandemic-fight-public-transit-is-part-of-the-solution-not-the-problem/# Public transit is key in the climate change fight, which is in turn one defense against future pandemics. The potential long-term impact of lower ridership on equipment demand could be offset by social distancing measures. ... https://www.atu.org/media/news/in-pandemic-fight-public-transit-is-part-of-the-solution-not-the-problem Tue, 19 May 2020 10:34:14 CDT King County's face covering rules now in effect https://www.knkx.org/post/king-countys-face-covering-rules-now-effect A directive from Public Health — Seattle & King County that requires people to wear face coverings in most public spaces, including the bus , begins Monday. https://www.atu.org/media/news/king-countys-face-covering-rules-now-in-effect Tue, 19 May 2020 08:43:22 CDT Face Masks to Be Required on Metro, Buses https://www.nbcwashington.com/news/local/dc-to-require-face-masks-on-metro-buses/2301753/ D.C. will impose sweeping new face mask requirements starting this weekend, an executive order Wednesday by the mayor says. Masks also will be required in the entire Metro system, the general manager announced Thursday. https://www.atu.org/media/news/face-masks-to-be-required-on-metro-buses Fri, 15 May 2020 13:19:12 CDT Hamilton County voters make history, raise sales tax to fund transit and road improvements https://www.wcpo.com/news/transportation-development/move-up-cincinnati/hamilton-county-voters-make-history-raise-sales-tax-to-fund-transit-and-road-improvements?fbclid=IwAR177pLuhQxvwPSnFdsihuphnL-bUhlgXVBMYqWhAcZbGVOyJaPYX3XQQJI Local voters made history Thursday when they passed a sales tax increase to boost bus service and road improvements throughout Hamilton County. https://www.atu.org/media/news/hamilton-county-voters-make-history-raise-sales-tax-to-fund-transit-and-road-improvements Thu, 14 May 2020 12:33:54 CDT Hundreds of out-of-work bus drivers are descending upon Washington, D.C. to demand a bailout https://www.businessinsider.com/motorcoach-drivers-demand-coronavirus-bailout-dc-2020-5 More than 90% of the motorcoach workforce has been laid off, and small business owners like himself are still slammed with insurance and lease payments on their parked busses. https://www.atu.org/media/news/hundreds-of-out-of-work-bus-drivers-are-descending-upon-washington-d-c-to-demand-a-bailout Thu, 14 May 2020 08:07:18 CDT Transit union concerned reduction in service could be a problem for drivers and riders https://winnipeg.ctvnews.ca/transit-union-concerned-reduction-in-service-could-be-a-problem-for-drivers-and-riders-1.4936897 Eight in ten Winnipeggers support the Federal Government providing emergency funds for public transit, and more than 70 per cent said they consider transit to be a critical service. https://www.atu.org/media/news/transit-union-concerned-reduction-in-service-could-be-a-problem-for-drivers-and-riders Wed, 13 May 2020 18:24:07 CDT Man smashes rock into windshield of bus after being told he had to wear a mask to ride https://www.wxyz.com/news/coronavirus/man-smashes-rock-into-windshield-of-bus-after-being-told-he-had-to-wear-a-mask-to-ride DETROIT (WXYZ) — "It's disturbing to say the least," said Glenn Tolbert after hearing that a man threw a rock into the windshield of a DDOT bus because he was upset that the driver told him he had to wear a mask to ride. https://www.atu.org/media/news/man-smashes-rock-into-windshield-of-bus-after-being-told-he-had-to-wear-a-mask-to-ride Tue, 12 May 2020 08:33:23 CDT