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 Local 113-Toronto, ON calls for more protection amidst an uptick of attacks on transit workers https://www.680news.com/2021/06/18/toronto-ttc-ridership-assault/ TTC ridership has been way down during the COVID-19 pandemic, but it has been anything but quiet. Data from the TTC shows assaults against its employees is up by 50% and up by 34% against passengers over the course of a year. https://www.atu.org/media/news/local-113-toronto-on-calls-for-more-protection-amidst-an-uptick-of-attacks-on-transit-workers Mon, 21 Jun 2021 11:14:44 CDT Local 107-Hamilton, ON pushes back on transit cuts https://www.thespec.com/news/hamilton-region/2021/06/10/dont-use-hamilton-lrt-to-save-a-few-bucks-on-the-bus-budget-union.html?fbclid=IwAR1xns7oVp-l_7gWGO6jJqyYtypiE5891XwgnWylswSoC53Ppur2QhEWrCs The city’s transit union is warning councillors against using LRT as an excuse to cut Hamilton’s bus budget or workforce. https://www.atu.org/media/news/local-107-hamilton-on-pushes-back-on-transit-cuts Thu, 17 Jun 2021 14:25:25 CDT Transit Union votes 'no confidence' of Escambia County Administrator Gilley https://weartv.com/news/local/transit-union-votes-no-confidence-of-escambia-county-administrator-gilley https://www.atu.org/media/news/transit-union-votes-no-confidence-of-escambia-county-administrator-gilley Wed, 16 Jun 2021 09:44:20 CDT Beaumont transit workers reject contract, authorize possible strike https://www.beaumontenterprise.com/news/article/Beaumont-transit-workers-reject-contract-16246843.php#photo-21124867 “The last thing we want to do is impact our riders, but if that’s what we have to do to get city leaders to stop treating us like dirt, we are prepared to do so,” Arlon Jackon, local 1031 president and business agent, said in a statement. https://www.atu.org/media/news/beaumont-transit-workers-reject-contract-authorize-possible-strike Tue, 15 Jun 2021 08:49:58 CDT Metro board approves fare reductions, service increases in bid to lure back riders https://www.msn.com/en-us/news/us/metro-board-to-vote-thursday-on-reducing-fares-and-boosting-service-while-trying-to-lure-back-riders/ar-AAKTMuP Transit systems should follow WMATA's lead and expand service and reduce fares to increase ridership as the recovery from the pandemic continues. https://www.atu.org/media/news/metro-board-approves-fare-reductions-service-increases-in-bid-to-lure-back-riders Mon, 14 Jun 2021 12:52:37 CDT Transit union holds rally protesting outsourcing of more than 100 bus cleaner positions https://edmonton.ctvnews.ca/transit-union-holds-rally-protesting-outsourcing-of-more-than-100-bus-cleaner-positions-1.5467043 The union also presented a photo petition with more than 1,500 participants to city management to call on City Manager Andre Corbould and city council to cancel the outsourcing of jobs. https://www.atu.org/media/news/transit-union-holds-rally-protesting-outsourcing-of-more-than-100-bus-cleaner-positions Mon, 14 Jun 2021 09:23:45 CDT After Man Shoots At CTA Driver For Being Told To Wear A Mask, Union Leader Says City Must Do More To Protect Workers https://blockclubchicago.org/2021/06/10/after-man-shoots-at-cta-driver-for-being-told-to-wear-a-mask-union-leader-says-city-must-do-more-to-protect-workers/ "She has a family. Her life, the value of her life, flashed before her eyes. He shot three times. We are not protected as we do our job and provide service up and down these streets." https://www.atu.org/media/news/after-man-shoots-at-cta-driver-for-being-told-to-wear-a-mask-union-leader-says-city-must-do-more-to-protect-workers Sun, 13 Jun 2021 13:13:39 CDT Southern Maine public transit workers vote to unionize https://bangordailynews.com/2021/06/10/news/portland/southern-maine-public-transit-workers-vote-to-unionize/ The ATU welcomes our new Local 714-Portland, ME sisters and brothers to our family. https://www.atu.org/media/news/southern-maine-public-transit-workers-vote-to-unionize Fri, 11 Jun 2021 12:37:27 CDT ATU Canada Expresses Its Solidarity With Muslim Community After Violent Islamophobic Attack in London https://www.atucanada.ca/press-releases/atu-canada-expresses-its-solidarity-muslim-community-after-violent?fbclid=IwAR1_IiPE2ivZ9NY8Kp7mSVDYLqjvjBXm865i3-gAx8uGEy_QWJGnaaztALM Like Canadians across the country, we were horrified and saddened to hear of the racially motivated attack that occurred in London, Ontario earlier this week when a 20-year-old man drove into a Muslim family, ... https://www.atu.org/media/news/atu-canada-expresses-its-solidarity-with-muslim-community-after-violent-islamophobic-attack-in-london Wed, 09 Jun 2021 11:00:00 CDT Watch: Bus driver attacked, RTA adding protection https://fox8.com/news/i-team/watch-bus-driver-attacked-rta-adding-protection-for-drivers/?fbclid=IwAR1PtCUZjpouOZPv80SMYdwqce7japDchY1WqchzGXimy6S8RemyHaBE8KQ CLEVELAND (WJW) — Video released to the FOX 8 I-Team shows an RTA bus driver attacked behind the wheel, just the latest driver targeted. And, we’ve found something being done about it. https://www.atu.org/media/news/watch-bus-driver-attacked-rta-adding-protection Wed, 09 Jun 2021 08:09:10 CDT NY: MTA bus driver shortage causing Staten Island trip cancellations, frustrating commuters https://www.masstransitmag.com/bus/news/21224866/ny-mta-bus-driver-shortage-causing-staten-island-trip-cancellations-frustrating-commuters?fbclid=IwAR23-Zd1dpsHoxqiAS7ObQ3bhK94T3HKXMUov_3B76MHv0hK5HWXPs91S3A Currently, Staten Island is down about 40 bus drivers from pre-pandemic levels, according to Danny Cassella, president of ATU Local 726, the union representing Staten Island bus drivers. https://www.atu.org/media/news/ny-mta-bus-driver-shortage-causing-staten-island-trip-cancellations-frustrating-commuters Wed, 02 Jun 2021 11:00:00 CDT Transit bus attack and driver safety https://globalnews.ca/video/7914328/transit-bus-attack-and-driver-safety?fbclid=IwAR0Q8S9s7rDgYY3uAXMr7sOwPd7QWkQC2E3OjlxXfYNSpxOWoeAA8jjGxd8 ATU Local 1505 president Romeo Ignacio explains how a transit driver is feeling, after dealing with a belligerent passenger who allegedly grabbed the wheel of the vehicle and began swerving across the road. https://www.atu.org/media/news/transit-bus-attack-and-driver-safety Wed, 02 Jun 2021 11:00:00 CDT ‘There are no words for the heartache’: Family, friends remember victims of VTA shooting https://www.sfchronicle.com/crime/article/San-Jose-mass-shooting-Families-friends-endure-16205834.php The ATU mourns with our Local 265-San Jose, CA sisters, brothers, their families and their community. https://www.atu.org/media/news/there-are-no-words-for-the-heartache-family-friends-remember-victims-of-vta-shooting Thu, 27 May 2021 08:01:13 CDT Police: TriMet bus driver shot, injured in East Portland https://www.koin.com/news/crime/police-trimet-bus-driver-shot-injured-in-east-portland/ Shooting comes weeks after another TriMet bus driver was shot and killed in Portland’s Cathedral Park neighborhood. https://www.atu.org/media/news/police-trimet-bus-driver-shot-injured-in-east-portland Mon, 24 May 2021 08:38:47 CDT Essential workers protected us. Now it’s time we stand up for them https://ctmirror.org/category/ct-viewpoints/essential-workers-protected-us-now-its-time-we-stand-up-for-them-2/?fbclid=IwAR0O9rMvaADnW-p-aMsOz9q_FkcvT_79MlDaX6iQZEhhnM-3l10W5FBzV-g During the pandemic, our state’s public health and public safety have depended heavily on frontline essential workers. They have cared for patients, stocked grocery store shelves, staffed prisons, operated public transit systems, ... https://www.atu.org/media/news/essential-workers-protected-us-now-its-time-we-stand-up-for-them Fri, 21 May 2021 11:58:10 CDT Wear a mask or don't board the bus, Transit Windsor rules https://windsorstar.com/news/local-news/wear-a-mask-or-dont-board-the-bus-transit-windsor-rules?fbclid=IwAR0WsLlbAL_A1Yx_aBK7C_qJXrmb1fIlfbBT-CGuSsMh-t1xi1oNNJ2d3Yo Two work refusals by bus drivers have led Transit Windsor to stiffen its mask-wearing rule so that even passsengers claiming a medical condition must wear one. https://www.atu.org/media/news/wear-a-mask-or-dont-board-the-bus-transit-windsor-rules Tue, 18 May 2021 14:10:00 CDT THREE CHEERS FOR SCABBY THE RAT https://www.theverge.com/22405818/scabby-the-rat-union-labor-movement?fbclid=IwAR2tzUw0mfLBjGbOD-jnG78yLtuR0HiAOmtnPwztgY9Ofy4Mkb5cOD5fn8c The giant inflatable rodent that became the face of America’s labor movement https://www.atu.org/media/news/three-cheers-for-scabby-the-rat Mon, 17 May 2021 12:58:57 CDT MetroAccess contract dispatchers end strike over wages, easing concerns over disruptions for the disabled https://www.washingtonpost.com/transportation/2021/05/14/metroaccess-strike/?fbclid=IwAR0zAdEEwd48VC8i9uQcy_JR8qkK5aOdQp_R0TECUtySvdAnlrMHv0C0MOk More than 100 MetroAccess reservation-takers and dispatchers went on strike Friday in a dispute with a Texas-based transportation provider over pay and working conditions. https://www.atu.org/media/news/metroaccess-contract-dispatchers-end-strike-over-wages-easing-concerns-over-disruptions-for-the-disabled Sat, 15 May 2021 11:38:03 CDT HERO Act enforces safety standards https://www.qchron.com/editions/queenswide/hero-act-enforces-safety-standards/article_d9652db7-4205-5ea9-a720-697316d83c75.html ATU New York Locals joined with union allies to fight hard to get the New York HERO Act. The legislation requires businesses to have enforceable safety standards to prevent the further spread of the coronavirus and other airborne diseases. https://www.atu.org/media/news/hero-act-enforces-safety-standards Fri, 14 May 2021 06:40:42 CDT Local 113-Toronto, ON members deliver petition demanding TTC improve pandemic safety https://youtu.be/Vjoh4EeGXhc The Union delivered a banner petition signed by more than 7,000 members outside the TTC headquarters at a socially safe distanced protest. https://www.atu.org/media/news/local-113-toronto-on-members-deliver-petition-demanding-ttc-improve-pandemic-safety Thu, 13 May 2021 12:13:31 CDT