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 Detroit bus drivers get significant pay raise under tentative contract https://www.detroitnews.com/story/news/local/detroit-city/2021/03/04/detroit-bus-drivers-pay-raise-tentative-contract-15-hour/4581871001/ City bus drivers are set to get a raise for the first time in three years and a starting pay bump to $15 an hour under a tentative agreement reached Wednesday. https://www.atu.org/media/news/detroit-bus-drivers-get-significant-pay-raise-under-tentative-contract Fri, 05 Mar 2021 10:05:43 CST Thunder Bay Transit drivers frustrated by passengers not wearing masks (2 Photos) https://www.tbnewswatch.com/local-news/thunder-bay-transit-drivers-frustrated-by-passengers-not-wearing-masks-2-photos-3471041 Describing the situation as frustrating, Caputo said the ATU has made several requests to management to make masks mandatory but the union "just gets shut down." https://www.atu.org/media/news/thunder-bay-transit-drivers-frustrated-by-passengers-not-wearing-masks-2-photos Thu, 04 Mar 2021 13:53:28 CST Transit drivers’ complaints of racism, harassment fall on deaf ears, says union https://winnipegsun.com/news/news-news/transit-drivers-complaints-of-racism-harassment-fall-on-deaf-ears-says-union With the approach of Anti-Racism Week in March, Winnipeg’s Amalgamated Transit Union, which represents around 1,100 transit drivers, is accusing the city of not taking workplace racism seriously. https://www.atu.org/media/news/transit-drivers-complaints-of-racism-harassment-fall-on-deaf-ears-says-union Thu, 04 Mar 2021 11:16:13 CST Frontline workers eligible for vaccine as state anticipates new vaccine to arrive https://wlos.com/news/local/governor-cooper-to-announce-distribution-plans-for-new-covid-19-vaccine-johnson-johnson-pfizer-moderna “Our constant request for more vaccines has been answered,” Gov. Roy Cooper said in a press conference Tuesday afternoon. “Given the current rate of vaccinations and increased supply, many providers say they can move to the next phase of vaccinations.” https://www.atu.org/media/news/frontline-workers-eligible-for-vaccine-as-state-anticipates-new-vaccine-to-arrive Wed, 03 Mar 2021 10:38:51 CST Local 1039-Lansing, MI pushing for a fair and just contract for their frontline hero members. https://www.lansingcitypulse.com/stories/lansing-bus-drivers-cry-foul-amid-union-contract-dispute-at-cata,15766 Hundreds of bus drivers and mechanics at the Capital Area Transportation Authority are still working without a formal union contract this week while negotiations persist more than a year after their last collective bargaining agreement expired. https://www.atu.org/media/news/local-1039-lansing-mi-pushing-for-a-fair-and-just-contract-for-their-frontline-hero-members Tue, 02 Mar 2021 10:37:16 CST NJ teachers, transportation workers and more will become eligible for COVID vaccine https://www.northjersey.com/story/news/environment/2021/03/01/nj-covid-vaccine-teachers-eligible-transportation-workers/6866696002/?fbclid=IwAR1P7syCjA2FCyx3zFHmb5hhd7u3W8VAK1ZiOShCyJ0ZyPUd5Huva31eniw Hundreds of thousands of New Jerseyans including teachers will become eligible for the COVID-19 vaccine this month... https://www.atu.org/media/news/nj-teachers-transportation-workers-and-more-will-become-eligible-for-covid-vaccine Mon, 01 Mar 2021 14:07:20 CST Halifax transit union questions why drivers aren't getting mass testing after exposures on many routes https://atlantic.ctvnews.ca/halifax-transit-union-questions-why-drivers-aren-t-getting-mass-testing-after-exposures-on-many-routes-1.5326897 With more COVID-19 cases being announced in the Halifax area, transit workers are wondering why a pop-up testing site dedicated to them isn't being set up. https://www.atu.org/media/news/halifax-transit-union-questions-why-drivers-arent-getting-mass-testing-after-exposures-on-many-routes Mon, 01 Mar 2021 14:00:35 CST COVID-19 partly to blame for increase in assaults on Saskatoon transit drivers https://thestarphoenix.com/news/local-news/covid-19-partly-to-blame-for-increase-in-assaults-on-saskatoon-transit-drivers Saskatoon Transit operators reported 130 "negative interactions" with passengers last year, well above the 76 recorded in 2019. https://www.atu.org/media/news/covid-19-partly-to-blame-for-increase-in-assaults-on-saskatoon-transit-drivers Fri, 26 Feb 2021 09:07:09 CST VIDEO: Man throws hot liquid in MTA bus driver's face after dodging fare https://www.radio.com/1010wins/news/local/video-man-throws-hot-liquid-in-mta-bus-drivers-face A man threw hot liquid in the face of an MTA bus driver in the Bronx after being called out for not paying the fare, police said. https://www.atu.org/media/news/video-man-throws-hot-liquid-in-mta-bus-drivers-face-after-dodging-fare Thu, 25 Feb 2021 17:17:05 CST CDC Urged to Recognize COVID Aerosol Transmission in Petition Signed by 10,000 https://www.newsweek.com/cdc-urged-recognize-covid-aerosol-transmission-petition-signed-10000-1571391 The coalition of labor and consumer organizations represents over 13 million people, including library employees, retail workers, utility workers, transit workers and teachers, according to the release. https://www.atu.org/media/news/cdc-urged-to-recognize-covid-aerosol-transmission-in-petition-signed-by-10000 Wed, 24 Feb 2021 11:00:00 CST MTA opens new coronavirus vaccination hub for transit workers https://www.silive.com/coronavirus/2021/02/mta-opens-new-coronavirus-vaccination-hub-for-transit-workers.html?utm_campaign=statenislandadvance_sf&utm_medium=social&utm_source=facebook&fbclid=IwAR0Dj4LOAE9rMgQ0xuIspqLumqSiR5i4GC5zFnK3YIRBrDQ1RlyMPZfZBpI On Tuesday, the agency announced the launch of a new coronavirus (COVID-19) vaccination site dedicated to inoculating MTA transit workers throughout the city’s bus and subway systems. https://www.atu.org/media/news/mta-opens-new-coronavirus-vaccination-hub-for-transit-workers Wed, 24 Feb 2021 08:31:35 CST Major Labor Union Endorses Nina Turner In Ohio Special Election https://www.huffpost.com/entry/transit-union-endorses-nina-turner-ohio-congressional-election_n_603463b0c5b673b19b6ac237 The Amalgamated Transit Union endorsed former Ohio state Sen. Nina Turner’s congressional run on Tuesday, giving the progressive contender a major boost in the competitive race to fill a Cleveland-area congressional seat. https://www.atu.org/media/news/major-labor-union-endorses-nina-turner-in-ohio-special-election Tue, 23 Feb 2021 13:04:37 CST Teachers, bus drivers ask why they were excluded from next round of vaccinations https://calgaryherald.com/news/local-news/teachers-transit-drivers-among-those-upset-at-exclusion-from-vaccine-list Some groups who have worked on the front lines throughout the pandemic are questioning why they've been left out of Alberta's plans. https://www.atu.org/media/news/teachers-bus-drivers-ask-why-they-were-excluded-from-next-round-of-vaccinations Mon, 22 Feb 2021 14:54:12 CST RIPTA Drivers Seek Vaccine Priority, Say No Response From Raimondo for Two Months https://www.golocalprov.com/news/we-get-no-respect-ripta-drivers-seek-vaccine-priority-say-no-response-from “As you know, RIPTA’s employees have been working through this pandemic and have continued to keep Rhode Islanders moving throughout the state. ..." https://www.atu.org/media/news/ripta-drivers-seek-vaccine-priority-say-no-response-from-raimondo-for-two-months Sun, 21 Feb 2021 12:09:39 CST Major union that backed Biden in 2020 endorses Foy in Virginia governors race https://thehill.com/homenews/campaign/539294-major-union-that-backed-biden-in-2020-endorses-foy-in-virginia-governors “Jennifer Carroll Foy has been a true champion of working people throughout her career. She will fight to rebuild the middle class, bolster public transit, restore the rights of labor, and help VA recover from this devastating pandemic,” ... https://www.atu.org/media/news/major-union-that-backed-biden-in-2020-endorses-foy-in-virginia-governors-race Thu, 18 Feb 2021 08:17:04 CST Federal Mask Mandate Is No Defense Against Hostile Riders https://prospect.org/coronavirus/federal-mask-mandate-is-no-defense-against-hostile-riders/ ATU International President John Costa says the union has been pushing for legislation pertaining to these design and safety issues for the past decade. Costa believes the COVID-19 pandemic has illustrated the need for a major redesign of American buses. https://www.atu.org/media/news/federal-mask-mandate-is-no-defense-against-hostile-riders Wed, 17 Feb 2021 15:18:37 CST San Jose Local pushing for stronger enforcement of new mask mandate https://sanjosespotlight.com/south-bay-bus-drivers-vta-at-odds-over-mask-enforcement/ “We don’t feel they have our backs out there,” said John Courtney, a former VTA bus driver and president of the Amalgamated Transit Union Local 265. “It’s not our job to hand out masks… I’m driving a bus, I’m not a distributor of masks.” https://www.atu.org/media/news/south-bay-bus-drivers-vta-at-odds-over-mask-enforcement Wed, 17 Feb 2021 10:37:45 CST Saskatoon transit drivers latest to call for vaccine priority https://thestarphoenix.com/news/local-news/saskatoon-transit-drivers-latest-to-call-for-vaccine-priority ATU Local 615 is the latest group to call for access to vaccines in the second phase of the province's mass immunization campaign. https://www.atu.org/media/news/saskatoon-transit-drivers-latest-to-call-for-vaccine-priority Tue, 16 Feb 2021 13:39:31 CST New York MTA transit workers demand new anti-spitting law https://abc7ny.com/10333232/ Eight MTA unions representing bus, subway and commuter railroad workers held a press conference Friday to urge the state Legislature take action to address the plague of assaults and abuse inflicted on workers. https://www.atu.org/media/news/new-york-mta-transit-workers-demand-new-anti-spitting-law Sun, 14 Feb 2021 09:53:22 CST 'We are all extremely frustrated with the delays, to put it mildly': GRTC employees won't be vaccinated until next month at the earliest https://richmond.com/news/local/we-are-all-extremely-frustrated-with-the-delays-to-put-it-mildly-grtc-employees-wont/article_16d26b89-c7a1-505d-af35-ec809f8a9a68.html “We’ve been out there since day one, risking our lives for this economy,” said John Costa, ATU Int. Pres. “The public, our leaders and these agencies owe it to them” to not keep them waiting longer “and possibly make the ultimate sacrifice.” https://www.atu.org/media/news/we-are-all-extremely-frustrated-with-the-delays-to-put-it-mildly-grtc-employees-wont-be-vaccinated-until-next-month-at-the-earliest Sun, 14 Feb 2021 09:51:12 CST