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 Uber shortchanging NYC drivers by millions of dollars https://consumerist.com/2017/05/23/uber-owes-some-nyc-drivers-up-to-45m-after-miscalculating-commissions/ Uber has time and time again demonstrated complete disregard for the welfare of its drivers and the news of this egregious and suspicious error comes as no surprise to the men and women who work for the company,” ATU Local 1181. http://www.atu.org/media/news/uber-shortchanging-nyc-drivers-by-millions-of-dollars Thu, 25 May 2017 11:21:08 CDT Local 689 Demands Safety on Metro Buses http://washingtoninformer.com/union-demands-safety-on-metro-buses/ WMATA isn't allowing bus operators to complete important daily pre-trip inspections before vehicles leave the lots threatening safety of riders and drivers. http://www.atu.org/media/news/local-689-demands-safety-on-metro-buses Fri, 19 May 2017 16:17:02 CDT Saskatchewan Government decision to eliminate STC is unlawful and shameful http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/saskatoon/stc-closure-injunction-court-province-sask-government-1.4118928 ATU Local 1374 filed a lawsuit alleging the closure of STC by the Saskatchewan government is unlawful because it violates one of provinces existing laws, the Crown Corporations Public Ownership Act. http://www.atu.org/media/news/saskatchewan-government-decision-to-eliminate-stc-is-unlawful-and-shameful Wed, 17 May 2017 12:07:03 CDT Toronto subway workers should be allowed to wear masks amid air quality concerns http://www.cp24.com/news/subway-workers-should-be-allowed-to-wear-masks-amid-air-quality-concerns-union-1.3416319 A new Local 113 video draws attention to a recent study into the air quality in the subway system and criticizes the TTC for refusing to address the problem or even allow employees to wear protective masks. http://www.atu.org/media/news/toronto-subway-workers-should-be-allowed-to-wear-masks-amid-air-quality-concerns Tue, 16 May 2017 16:16:56 CDT Not all heroes wear capes http://www.nydailynews.com/news/national/bus-driver-rescues-students-bus-bursts-flames-article-1.3154786?cid=bitly A South Carolina school bus driver is being called a hero for her quick action to help get 56 students off the vehicle before it burst into flames. http://www.atu.org/media/news/not-all-heroes-wear-capes Thu, 11 May 2017 09:35:34 CDT CEO pay increases to 347 times average workers https://aflcio.org/paywatch In 2016, CEOs of S&P 500 Index companies received on average, $13.1 million in total compensation In contrast, production and nonsupervisory workers earned only $37,632, on average, in 2016—a CEO-to-worker pay ratio of 347 to 1. http://www.atu.org/media/news/ceos-make Tue, 09 May 2017 16:01:00 CDT Winnipeg Transit continues to put drivers at risk http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/manitoba/transit-drivers-safety-review-winnipeg-1.4104614 Despite the stabbing death of bus driver in February, Winnipeg Transit has failed to make changes that put workers' safety as a top priority says ATU Local 1505. http://www.atu.org/media/news/winnipeg-transit-continues-to-put-drivers-at-risk Tue, 09 May 2017 10:12:18 CDT Lessons from the collapse of Bridj https://commonwealthmagazine.org/transportation/lessons-from-the-collapse-of-bridj/#.WQikkNQbBbg.facebook There is a reason why public transportation systems historically require subsidy – they are expensive to build, operate, and maintain. Fares by definition cannot cover all of the costs. http://www.atu.org/media/news/lessons-from-the-collapse-of-bridj Mon, 08 May 2017 16:47:35 CDT Buffalo transit workers rally for fair contract http://www.wgrz.com/news/transit-workers-rally-for-new-contracts/437531103 It’s been more than 9 years since Local 1342-Buffalo, NY members have had a new contract. http://www.atu.org/media/news/buffalo-transit-workers-rally-for-fair-contract Mon, 08 May 2017 11:55:22 CDT Seniors, students and bus drivers rally to save STC http://leaderpost.com/news/local-news/seniors-students-and-bus-drivers-rally-to-save-stc Local 1374 organized the protest, calling on the government to reverse its decision to scrap the provincial bus company, saying rural residents and low-income earners who depend on the service will be hurt by the cut. http://www.atu.org/media/news/local-1374-members-leads-rally-to-protest-of-sask-governments-stc-cut Fri, 05 May 2017 11:26:00 CDT Calgary transit workers slam decision to layoff and outsource 60 jobs http://www.calgarysun.com/2017/05/04/transit-union-slams-city-decision-to-lay-off-60-cleaning-maintenance-staff Local 583 has mounted a multimedia campaign blasting the move, saying jurisdictions that have adopted the same policies have reversed them after finding them ineffective. The city has ignored the Locals proposals on how to increase efficiencies. http://www.atu.org/media/news/calgary-transit-workers-slam-decision-to Fri, 05 May 2017 11:11:00 CDT ATU hero in Toronto http://www.citynews.ca/2017/04/26/quick-thinking-ttc-worker-saves-life-man-distress/ Quick-thinking TTC worker saves life of man in distress http://www.atu.org/media/news/atu-hero-in-toronto Tue, 02 May 2017 08:52:29 CDT Florida bus driver attacked by passenger http://www.newscaf.com/world/florida-bus-driver-attacked-by-passenger-in-altercation-caught_708025.html Assault on Public Transit Operators is unacceptable behavior and carries with it enhanced penalties including a ban from riding the bus for a period of time or even permanently, said ATU. http://www.atu.org/media/news/florida-bus-driver-attacked-by-passenger Mon, 01 May 2017 14:14:13 CDT TTC workers barred from job for wearing masks despite poor air pollution study http://www.cp24.com/news/ttc-workers-barred-from-job-for-wearing-masks-following-air-pollution-study-union-claims-1.3387002 Local 113 operators were barred from wearing medical masks while on the job a day after a damning report revealed poor air quality levels in Toronto’s subway system. http://www.atu.org/media/news/ttc-workers-barred-from-job-for-wearing-masks-despite-poor-air-pollution-study Fri, 28 Apr 2017 10:11:03 CDT DC Metro workers protest agency's dangerous sick policy http://www.wusa9.com/news/local/metro-denies-hundreds-of-workers-requests-for-sick-out/434365721 Upset with a new sick leave policy, hundreds of workers made sick requests, which were denied. Workers must now request most excused absences, like for a doctor’s appointment, and get supervisor approval at least three full workdays in advance. http://www.atu.org/media/news/dc-metro-workers-protest-agencys Thu, 27 Apr 2017 14:52:00 CDT Hamilton transit drivers says contract forbids ‘privatized’ Hamilton LRT operation http://www.thespec.com/news-story/7261600-union-says-contract-forbids-privatized-hamilton-lrt-operation/ Local 107 says it opposes "privatization" of the proposed LRT and wants the city to respect a longstanding contract clause forbidding outside operators from running transit service in Hamilton http://www.atu.org/media/news/hamilton-transit-drivers-says-contract-forbids-privatized-hamilton-lrt-operation Thu, 27 Apr 2017 09:38:53 CDT 150 workers are killed every day on the job. https://aflcio.org/2017/4/25/top-findings-2017-death-job-report The new AFL-CIO report finds deaths on the job are increasing for people who work in construction, transportation, agriculture, forestry and fishing. http://www.atu.org/media/news/150-workers-are-killed-every-day-on-the-job Wed, 26 Apr 2017 11:32:00 CDT MetroAccess Workers, Disability Advocates to Call on WMATA to End Contracting http://wamu.org/story/17/04/25/union-metro-clash-paratransit-drivers-people-disabilities/ Local 1764 says the quality of Metro’s paratransit service is declining and blamed the low wages and resulting high turnover from outsourcing the service. http://www.atu.org/media/news/metroaccess-workers-disability-advocates-to-call-on-wmata-to-end-contracting Wed, 26 Apr 2017 09:32:00 CDT Escambia County Transit workers vote “no confidence” on First Transit Corporate http://ricksblog.biz/atu-local-1395-takes-vote-of-no-confidence-on-first-transit-corporate/ The more than 60 members of Local 1395 unanimously voted "no confidence " in First Transit corporate after the debacle of mis-managing the ECAT workers 401k defined contribution plan. http://www.atu.org/media/news/escambia-county-transit-workers-vote-no-confidence-on-first-transit Mon, 24 Apr 2017 15:57:21 CDT ATU Connecticut Locals join allies to march for climate, jobs and justice http://www.peoplesworld.org/article/connecticut-leaders-to-march-for-climate-jobs-and-justice/ Locals 1336-Bridgport, 1209-New London, 425-Hartford, and 281-New Haven attend CT Roundtable on Climate and Jobs with Sens. Blumenthal and Murphy to speak out against Trump's climate policies and promote the March for Science and People's Climate March. http://www.atu.org/media/news/atu-connecticut-locals-join-allies-to-support-the-national-march-for-science-on-april-22-and-march-for-climate-jobs-and-justice-on-april-29 Fri, 21 Apr 2017 09:05:00 CDT