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 TTC Union Alleges CEO Rick Leary Covered Up A 'Near-Catastrophic' Subway Crash https://www.msn.com/en-ca/news/world/ttc-union-alleges-ceo-rick-leary-covered-up-a-near-catastrophic-subway-crash/ar-AAOu9XP A union that represents nearly 12,000 transit workers is calling for the dismissal or resignation of TTC CEO Rick Leary. ATU Local 113 alleges Leary attempted to cover up a "near-catastrophic" subway crash near Osgoode Station on June 12, 2020. https://www.atu.org/media/news/ttc-union-alleges-ceo-rick-leary-covered-up-a-near-catastrophic-subway-crash Thu, 16 Sep 2021 16:00:27 CDT New Orleans transit union to RTA: Pay bus drivers for Hurricane Ida service https://www.nola.com/news/hurricane/article_d7bd3bec-14d1-11ec-95a5-2b7d0932a007.html "This agreement with hurricane pay was a fair deal, but they don’t want to pay them now," Jefferson said in a statement. “They were down drivers. Half left the city. Others were dealing with damage to their homes.” https://www.atu.org/media/news/new-orleans-transit-union-to-rta-pay-bus-drivers-for-hurricane-ida-service Thu, 16 Sep 2021 10:14:19 CDT Nicholas threatens flooding in Texas and Louisiana after making landfall as a Category 1 hurricane https://www.cnn.com/2021/09/14/weather/hurricane-nicholas-tuesday/index.html As the Gulf coast continues their recovery from Hurricane Ida, the ATU prays for the safety of all our members, their families and everyone in the path of yet another powerful storm, Hurricane Nicholas. https://www.atu.org/media/news/nicholas-threatens-flooding-in-texas-and-louisiana-after-making-landfall-as-a-category-1-hurricane Tue, 14 Sep 2021 13:23:33 CDT Someone Take the Wheel http://eugeneweekly.com/2021/09/02/someone-take-the-wheel/ Local 757-Portland, OR pushes for better wages and job stability to recruit bus drivers to deal with the shortage of transit workers. https://www.atu.org/media/news/someone-take-the-wheel Wed, 08 Sep 2021 15:42:14 CDT Chicago Local demands better protection for transit workers after CTA driver is shot. https://chicago.cbslocal.com/2021/09/06/dennis-green-charged-shooting-cta-bus-driver-downtown/ A man has been charged with attempted murder of a transit employee in the shooting of a CTA bus driver downtown over the weekend. ATU called for better protection for all transit workers in Chicago. https://www.atu.org/media/news/chicago-local-demands-better-protection-for-transit-workers-after-cta-driver-is-shot Tue, 07 Sep 2021 12:38:54 CDT School-Bus Driver Shortages Are Causing Chaos As Schools Reopen https://www.teenvogue.com/story/school-bus-driver-shortage “There's a lot of incentive out there to work in other places that not only pay but happen to do better on health care,” Costa says. “In the school-bus industry, health care is very expensive, or there is none.” https://www.atu.org/media/news/school-bus-driver-shortages-are-causing-chaos-as-schools-reopen Thu, 02 Sep 2021 15:44:23 CDT Groups, mayors urge U.S. Congress to back $10 billion in new public transit funding https://www.reuters.com/world/us/groups-mayors-urge-congress-back-10-billion-new-public-transit-funding-2021-08-30/?link_id=2&can_id=9ae9113d0771f5150ce4fe11c4994541&source=email-83121-ttd-clips&email_referrer=email_1275443&email_subject=83121-ttd-clips U.S. groups representing transit systems and city leaders on Monday joined unions and environmental groups in calling on Congress to back at least $10 billion in additional public transit spending along with new funding for high-speed rail. https://www.atu.org/media/news/groups-mayors-urge-u-s-congress-to-back-10-billion-in-new-public-transit-funding Tue, 31 Aug 2021 11:11:05 CDT As Schools Reopen, Districts Are Desperate for Bus Drivers https://www.nytimes.com/2021/08/27/us/school-bus-drivers-shortage.html School officials are getting creative, offering bonuses and other incentives to address a driver shortage that the pandemic made worse. https://www.atu.org/media/news/as-schools-reopen-distri Mon, 30 Aug 2021 14:52:13 CDT Hurricane Ida strengthens to a Category 4 storm as it nears Gulf Coast landfall https://www.cnn.com/2021/08/29/weather/hurricane-ida-sunday/index.html The ATU is praying for the safety and health of our members, their families, and everyone in the path of Hurricane Ida on the 16th anniversary of Hurricane Katrina. https://www.atu.org/media/news/hurricane-ida-strengthens-to-a-category-4-storm-as-it-nears-gulf-coast-landfall Sun, 29 Aug 2021 10:17:50 CDT CTA union members rally to bring awareness to violence against employees, transit riders https://wgntv.com/news/chicago-news/cta-union-members-rally-to-bring-awareness-to-violence-against-employees-transit-riders/ CHICAGO — A group of CTA workers, who are part of the Amalgamated Transit Union Local 308, rallied Wednesday from 6 a.m. to 9 a.m. to bring awareness to the violence their employees and CTA riders have been experiencing. https://www.atu.org/media/news/cta-union-members-rally-to-bring-awareness-to-violence-against-employees-transit-riders Thu, 26 Aug 2021 16:28:06 CDT Local 1189-Guelph, ON reaches strong tentative agreement https://www.guelphtoday.com/local-news/tentative-agreement-reached-between-city-local-transit-workers-4237757 The ATU Local 1189, which represents transit workers at Guelph Transit, is proud to announce a tentative agreement with the City of Guelph. The negotiations were led by President Scott Bate who shared the following comments on the tentative agreement. https://www.atu.org/media/news/local-1189-guelph-on-reaches-strong-tentative-agreement Wed, 25 Aug 2021 08:54:02 CDT RTA driver dies from COVID-19; Union demands better protection https://www.fox8live.com/2021/08/24/rta-driver-dies-covid-19-union-demands-better-protection/ RTA employees gathered Monday night to honor one of their own who died from COVID-19, one of three New Orleans drivers to die from the virus. https://www.atu.org/media/news/rta-driver-dies-from-covid-19-union-demands-better-protection Tue, 24 Aug 2021 11:21:57 CDT COVID-19 pandemic amplifies school bus driver shortage concerns https://www.atu.org/media/news/covid-19-pandemic-amplifies-school-bus-driver-shortage-concerns The long-standing lack of bus drivers – with at least 55,000 fewer than just two years ago because of retirements and some choosing just not to come back to work ... https://www.atu.org/media/news/covid-19-pandemic-amplifies-school-bus-driver-shortage-concerns Mon, 23 Aug 2021 10:30:24 CDT At least 22 dead, 20 still missing after flooding in Humphreys County https://www.wsmv.com/news/at-least-22-dead-20-still-missing-after-flooding-in-humphreys-county/article_b6b48f46-0346-11ec-bb1c-e3538241b442.html The catastrophic flooding happened Saturday after 17 inches of rain fell on the town of Waverly in less than 24 hours, setting a new one-day rainfall record for Tennessee. https://www.atu.org/media/news/at-least-22-dead-20-still-missing-after-flooding-in-humphreys-county Mon, 23 Aug 2021 08:07:55 CDT Mary Eatmon, Detroit's first female bus driver, cruises into her 90th birthday in style https://www.fox2detroit.com/news/mary-eatmon-detroits-first-female-bus-driver-cruises-into-her-90th-birthday-in-style?utm_campaign=trueanthem&utm_medium=trueanthem&utm_source=facebook&fbclid=IwAR10DwGdTVl9KYorbuU8xg-aB4_pOGShCAtHQv862td9UegMM2KNAov3OWc Based on the way Mary Eatmon looked back in the saddle of a Detroit city bus, it was clear she hadn't lost her touch. https://www.atu.org/media/news/mary-eatmon-detroits-first-female-bus-driver-cruises-into-her-90th-birthday-in-style Wed, 18 Aug 2021 13:59:43 CDT U.S. will extend COVID-19 transport mask mandate through Jan. 18 https://www.reuters.com/business/healthcare-pharmaceuticals/exclusive-us-expected-extend-transportation-mask-mandate-through-jan-18-sources-2021-08-17/ President Joe Biden's administration confirmed late on Tuesday it plans to extend requirements for travelers to wear masks on airplanes, trains and buses and at airports and train stations through Jan. 18 to address ongoing COVID-19 risks. https://www.atu.org/media/news/u-s-will-extend-covid-19-transport-mask-mandate-through-jan-18 Wed, 18 Aug 2021 10:09:03 CDT Metro Transit workers approve new contract, avert strike https://www.startribune.com/metro-transit-workers-approve-new-contract-avert-strike/600088596/ Deal calls for a raise, bonus, better sick leave, but union says issues remain. https://www.atu.org/media/news/metro-transit-workers-approve-new-contract-avert-strike Tue, 17 Aug 2021 19:38:44 CDT Transit agencies are struggling to make ends meet. They’re also preparing for record federal investment. https://www.washingtonpost.com/transportation/2021/08/14/transit-federal-infrastructure-package-electric-buses/ While transit agencies, including Metro in the Washington region, worry about the slow pace of riders returning amid the coronavirus pandemic and the effect telecommuting could have on revenue, they simultaneously are looking to make expensive ... https://www.atu.org/media/news/transit-agencies-are-struggling-to-make-ends-meet-theyre-also-preparing-for-record-federal-investment Sat, 14 Aug 2021 11:00:00 CDT Bus driver attacked by passenger; union and CityLink working to keep drivers safe https://week.com/2021/08/11/bus-driver-attacked-by-passenger-union-and-citylink-working-to-keep-drivers-safe/ Peoria Police reports explain how a bus driver was attacked by a passenger who was not cooperating with the rules of the bus. CityLink and the driver's union said it was working together to keep drivers safe. https://www.atu.org/media/news/bus-driver-attacked-by-passenger-union-and-citylink-working-to-keep-drivers-safe Fri, 13 Aug 2021 10:21:41 CDT Ensuring public transit’s survival means more than ribbon-cutting https://www.thestar.com/opinion/contributors/2021/08/11/ensuring-public-transits-survival-means-more-than-ribbon-cutting.html In recent weeks and months, the Liberal government has made one large transit announcement after another. It is clear that election time is on the horizon. https://www.atu.org/media/news/ensuring-public-transits-survival-means-more-than-ribbon-cutting Thu, 12 Aug 2021 08:50:48 CDT