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 Can talking buses save pedestrians’ lives? No says ATU https://www.thestar.com/news/insight/2017/11/18/can-talking-buses-save-pedestrians-lives.html “When we read the story … we thought it was an article from the Onion,” said ATU's Larry Hanley. “It’s basically a speaker broadcasting a loud message to pedestrians saying ‘Run like hell, the bus driver can’t see you.” http://www.atu.org/media/news/can-talking-buses-save-pedestrians-lives-no-says-atu Sat, 18 Nov 2017 17:04:00 CST An ATU hero in Cincinnati, OH http://www.masstransitmag.com/press_release/12381341/cincinnati-metro-bus-operator-recognized-for-coming-to-aid-of-lost-child Twenty-six-year Cincinnati Metro Operator Orlando King was recognized by the Southwest Ohio Regional Transit Authority board for his quick thinking in rescuing a child along his route. http://www.atu.org/media/news/atu-hero-in-cincinnati-oh Fri, 17 Nov 2017 11:01:33 CST Peoria, IL, paratransit workers authorize strike http://www.pjstar.com/news/20171112/citylift-employees-vote-to-authorize-strike-if-needed Local 416-Peoria, IL paratransit drivers overwhelmingly voted to authorize a strike if contract talks falter with MV Transportation. The 60 workers are looking for a contract that is inline with city transit workers http://www.atu.org/media/news/peoria-il-paratransit-workers-authorize-strike Mon, 13 Nov 2017 09:20:56 CST Grand Rapids Local on working without a contract for two years http://www.therapidian.org/placematters-Transit-union-president-talks-contract-disputes-Rapid Local 836 President RiChard Jackson talks about the impact on his members of working without a contract for two years and the Rapid's continued concessionary contract offers that are being rejected by members and upcoming millage vote. http://www.atu.org/media/news/grand-rapids-local-on-working-without-a-contract-for-two-years Wed, 01 Nov 2017 11:19:26 CDT Aspen Local calls for better protection of bus drivers http://www.denverpost.com/2017/10/30/bus-aspen-glenwood-springs-assaults/ Alcohol- and drug-fueled assaults on RFTA drivers — physical and verbal — have occurred more often in the past year and security measures by the transit agency are not curbing the problem says Local 1774-Aspen, CO. http://www.atu.org/media/news/aspen-local-calls-for-better-protection-of-bus-drivers Tue, 31 Oct 2017 08:50:45 CDT Peterborough Transit workers avert strike by reaching deal http://www.thepeterboroughexaminer.com/2017/10/25/tentative-peterborough-transit-deal-reached After threatening to strike, Local 1320 reached a tentative agreement. They had been negotiating since early Spring. A vote to ratify the contract is expected in the next few weeks. http://www.atu.org/media/news/local-1320-peterborough-on-averts-strike-by-reaching-tentative-agreement Fri, 27 Oct 2017 10:05:21 CDT ATU Canada & allies rally to demand transit be kept in public hands http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/toronto/labour-leaders-campaign-keep-transit-public-1.4369255 ATU Canada and allies launched a campaign to stop transit from being built as public-private partnerships, in which public services are delivered by private, profit-making consortiums. http://www.atu.org/media/news/atu-canada-rallies-to-demand-transit-services-be-kept-in-public-hands Tue, 24 Oct 2017 14:39:00 CDT Cautionary Tale for Metro: Contracting Transit Services May Not Save Money https://wamu.org/story/17/10/23/cautionary-tale-metro-contracting-transit-services-may-not-save-money/ New study found that six transit systems that employed competitive contracting — three in North America and three in Europe — cthe ost-savings outcomes are mixed, and efforts aimed solely at cutting costs usually ended in failure. http://www.atu.org/media/news/cautionary-tale-for-metro-contracting-transit-services-may-not-save-money Tue, 24 Oct 2017 10:14:00 CDT Brampton brother killed in horrific crash https://www.insidehalton.com/news-story/7679035-man-killed-in-horrific-head-on-crash-identified-as-brampton-transit-driver/ Please help the family of our brother from Local 1573-Brampton, ON, who was killed in a horrific head-on crash. http://www.atu.org/media/news/brampton-brother-killed-in-horrific-crash Tue, 24 Oct 2017 09:00:28 CDT Report urges TransLink to run HandyDART as a public service https://globalnews.ca/news/3814665/report-urges-translink-to-run-handydart-as-a-public-service/ Metro Vancouver’s aging population has some concerned that HandyDART buses won’t be able to keep up with demand. Now, a new report recommends boosting funding for the service and returning it to full TransLink control. http://www.atu.org/media/news/report-urges-translink-to-run-handydart-as-a-public-service Fri, 20 Oct 2017 14:13:02 CDT Local 956-Allentown, PA helping relief effort for hurricane-ravaged Puerto Rico http://bethlehem.thelehighvalleypress.com/2017/10/17/lanta-union-team-puerto-rico-relief Our union membership is fully engaged in this effort which will benefit the people of Puerto Rico,” Local President Ricky Vega says. “Many of our members have family on the island, as do many LANTA riders.” http://www.atu.org/media/news/local-956-allentown-pa-helping-relief-effort-for-the-hurricane-ravaged-puerto-rico Thu, 19 Oct 2017 15:52:00 CDT SEAT & Connecticut Transit Workers to Call for Worker & Rider Advisory SEAT Board Positions http://www.norwichbulletin.com/news/20171017/seat-labor-union-wants-more-members-on-board Citing the possibility of transit fare increases and service cuts, Southeast Area Transit District employees and transit workers from across the state will call for the creation of transit worker and rider advisory positions on the (SEAT) Board. http://www.atu.org/media/news/seat-connecticut-transit-workers-to-call-for-worker-rider-advisory-seat-board-positions Wed, 18 Oct 2017 13:54:31 CDT Local 1505-Winnipeg, MB warns that re-opening intersection could cause pedestrians harm https://www.winnipegfreepress.com/local/slam-breaks-on-opening-intersection-transit-union-says-451194093.html The millions of dollars proposed for the initiative could be better spent improving transit operations and other infrastructure needs, Local 1505 President Aleem Chaudhary. http://www.atu.org/media/news/local-1505-winnipeg-mb-warns-that-re-opening-intersection-could-cause-pedestrians-harm Tue, 17 Oct 2017 19:31:04 CDT Greyhound Canada strike averted as Local 1415 reaches tentative agreement http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/toronto/greyhound-canada-strike-drivers-toronto-montreal-1.4345900 After Local 1415 members previously unanimously rejected terms that included a five per cent wage cut and decreases in health and welfare benefits, the Local reached a deal with Greyhound Canada. A ratification vote is expected in the next two weeks. http://www.atu.org/media/news/greyhound-canada-strike-averted-as-local-1415-reaches-deal Wed, 11 Oct 2017 08:39:14 CDT First Amendment Victory for Spokane Transit Authority Workers http://www.spokesman.com/stories/2017/oct/09/federal-judge-sides-with-bus-drivers-union-over-ad/ Transit agency violated the constitutional rights of Local 1015-Spokane, WA, members working for the agency, by refusing to allow the Local’s advertisement to appear on STA buses. http://www.atu.org/media/news/first-amendment-victory-for-spokane-transit-authority-workers Tue, 10 Oct 2017 08:59:02 CDT Guelph Local: Shortage of bus drivers https://www.guelphtoday.com/local-news/is-there-a-shortage-of-city-bus-drivers-depends-who-you-ask-732716 A number of factors, including operators off work due to injuries, are resulting in a challenge covering all of the available city transit shifts, says Local 1189 President Andrew Cleary. http://www.atu.org/media/news/guelph-local-shortage-of-bus-drivers Wed, 04 Oct 2017 09:13:43 CDT Connecticut bus driver praised for handling crash http://www.wfsb.com/story/36480175/ct-bus-driver-praised-for-handling-crash A bus driver is being called a hero for saving the day after a head-on crash sent the vehicle careening toward a group of students on a sidewalk. http://www.atu.org/media/news/connecticut-bus-driver-praised-for-handling-crash Tue, 03 Oct 2017 08:37:51 CDT King County Metro to pay back wages to transit operators http://www.kingcounty.gov/depts/transportation/news/2017/20170929-Metro-operator-backpay.aspx King County Metro will pay eligible transit operators back wages and other payments totaling $6.4 million to 2,403 current and former Metro operators who meet specific criteria defined by the U.S. Department of Labor. http://www.atu.org/media/news/king-county-metro-to-pay-back-wages-to-transit-operators Sat, 30 Sep 2017 13:21:39 CDT Hamilton Local: Bus ‘blind spots’ a risk to pedestrians https://www.thespec.com/news-story/7579645-hsr-bus-blind-spots-a-risk-to-pedestrians-union/ The union local for Hamilton's 450-plus city bus drivers has endorsed a cross-North America call for safer bus design spearheaded by parent organization Amalgamated Transit Union. http://www.atu.org/media/news/hamilton-local-bus-blind-spots-a-risk-to-pedestrians Wed, 27 Sep 2017 16:43:00 CDT After First Amendment victory, Pensacola transit workers reach deal http://www.pnj.com/story/news/politics/2017/09/21/ecat-union-reach-deal-escambia-county-commission/688570001/ Local 1395-Pensacola, FL has reached an agreement with the Escambia County Commission to take over day-to-day operations of Escambia County Area Transit. http://www.atu.org/media/news/after-first-amendment-victory-pensacola-transit-workers-reach-deal Mon, 25 Sep 2017 16:56:21 CDT