News Articles - Amalgamated Transit Union The latest news from the Amalgamated Transit Union en-US (Trilogy Interactive) Can talking buses save pedestrians’ lives? No says ATU “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.” Sat, 18 Nov 2017 17:04:00 CST An ATU hero in Cincinnati, OH 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. Fri, 17 Nov 2017 11:01:33 CST Peoria, IL, paratransit workers authorize strike 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 Mon, 13 Nov 2017 09:20:56 CST Grand Rapids Local on working without a contract for two years 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. Wed, 01 Nov 2017 11:19:26 CDT Aspen Local calls for better protection of bus drivers 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. Tue, 31 Oct 2017 08:50:45 CDT Peterborough Transit workers avert strike by reaching deal 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. Fri, 27 Oct 2017 10:05:21 CDT ATU Canada & allies rally to demand transit be kept in public hands 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. Tue, 24 Oct 2017 14:39:00 CDT Cautionary Tale for 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. Tue, 24 Oct 2017 10:14:00 CDT Brampton brother killed in horrific crash Please help the family of our brother from Local 1573-Brampton, ON, who was killed in a horrific head-on crash. Tue, 24 Oct 2017 09:00:28 CDT 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. Fri, 20 Oct 2017 14:13:02 CDT Local 956-Allentown, PA helping relief effort for hurricane-ravaged Puerto Rico 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.” Thu, 19 Oct 2017 15:52:00 CDT SEAT & Connecticut Transit Workers to Call for Worker & Rider Advisory SEAT Board Positions 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. Wed, 18 Oct 2017 13:54:31 CDT Local 1505-Winnipeg, MB warns that re-opening intersection could cause pedestrians harm The millions of dollars proposed for the initiative could be better spent improving transit operations and other infrastructure needs, Local 1505 President Aleem Chaudhary. Tue, 17 Oct 2017 19:31:04 CDT Greyhound Canada strike averted as Local 1415 reaches tentative agreement 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. Wed, 11 Oct 2017 08:39:14 CDT First Amendment Victory for Spokane Transit Authority Workers 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. Tue, 10 Oct 2017 08:59:02 CDT Guelph Local: Shortage of bus drivers 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. Wed, 04 Oct 2017 09:13:43 CDT Connecticut 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. Tue, 03 Oct 2017 08:37:51 CDT King County Metro to pay back wages to transit operators 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. Sat, 30 Sep 2017 13:21:39 CDT Hamilton Local: Bus ‘blind spots’ a risk to pedestrians 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. Wed, 27 Sep 2017 16:43:00 CDT After First Amendment victory, Pensacola transit workers reach deal 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. Mon, 25 Sep 2017 16:56:21 CDT