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 'There's a lot of anxiety': OC Transpo union calls for prompt vaccination for transit employees https://ottawacitizen.com/news/local-news/a-lot-of-anxiety-oc-transpo-union-pushing-for-immediate-vaccination-of-its-members?fbclid=IwAR1SWRosjv4iN-50Mmcpu7MYwDynsKQCHgSn8I8tBfW-TNdLI7ZDGTH1SHo "It is more of a provincial issue. And I think the province should have put transit employees at the front of the line.” https://www.atu.org/media/news/theres-a-lot-of-anxiety-oc-transpo-union-calls-for-prompt-vaccination-for-transit-employees Sun, 11 Apr 2021 12:29:20 CDT Chicago, let’s get back on the L and do our part to save public transit https://chicago.suntimes.com/columnists/2021/4/3/22364549/public-transportation-pandemic-social-isolation-cta-metra-pace-laura-washington Chicago’s got one of the best public transit systems in the nation, but ridership on the CTA, Metra and Pace has plummeted during the pandemic. https://www.atu.org/media/news/chicago-lets-get-back-on-the-l-and-do-our-part-to-save-public-transit Fri, 09 Apr 2021 08:06:45 CDT Some bus drivers got COVID hazard pay, sick time. Others got t-shirts https://www.wwltv.com/article/news/investigations/mike-perlstein/some-bus-drivers-got-covid-hazard-pay-sick-time-others-got-t-shirts/289-dd8bf62d-c245-4311-b5e3-e7c5da3fa0b1 The RTA earmarked about $1.8 million for front line-workers for hazard pay and extra sick leave. Jefferson Transit: zero. https://www.atu.org/media/news/some-bus-drivers-got-covid-hazard-pay-sick-time-others-got-t-shirts Thu, 08 Apr 2021 12:24:11 CDT In a historic first, ATU Local 1181 members overwhelmingly ratify strong contract with MV WAV https://www.atu.org/media/releases/in-a-historic-first-atu-local-1181-members-overwhelmingly-ratify-strong-contract-with-mv-wav?fbclid=IwAR2JC0e6gYxeR-2JARZx6rg-W2Bu29tyCOMEWil5PyiIDbbw7XqKi9hMBNI New York, NY – After almost three years of negotiations, Amalgamated Transit Union (ATU) Local 1181-New York, NY members working for wheelchair-accessible transit provider MV WAV ratified a strong contract, the first contract ever ATU has had with MV WAV. https://www.atu.org/media/news/in-a-historic-first-atu-local-1181-members-overwhelmingly-ratify-strong-contract-with-mv-wav Wed, 07 Apr 2021 10:14:43 CDT City Of Moncton Strikes Deal With Transit Union https://www.919thebend.ca/2021/04/07/city-of-moncton-strikes-deal-with-transit-union/ The City of Moncton and the Amalgamated Transit Union Local 1290 came to a collective agreement for Codiac Transpo bus operators, mechanics and service personnel. https://www.atu.org/media/news/city-of-moncton-strikes-deal-with-transit-union Wed, 07 Apr 2021 08:33:42 CDT Hard-to-Enforce Mask Mandates Turn Transit Workers into Targets https://thecrimereport.org/2021/04/06/hard-to-enforce-mask-mandates-turn-transit-workers-into-targets/?link_id=1&can_id=9ae9113d0771f5150ce4fe11c4994541&source=email-4621-ttd-clips&email_referrer=email_1133444&email_subject=4621-ttd-clips But masks have become a battleground. Enforcement has led to assaults on police and transit workers who are forced to confront those unwilling to comply. https://www.atu.org/media/news/hard-to-enforce-mask-mandates-turn-transit-workers-into-targets Tue, 06 Apr 2021 12:21:34 CDT Pennsylvania ramps up vaccinations - moves into Phase 1B on Monday https://www.post-gazette.com/news/health/2021/04/05/Pennsylvania-vaccinations-move-into-next-phase-1B-where-to-get-covid-vaccine/stories/202104050055 Phase 1B includes first responders and manufacturing, education and public transit workers, according to the state Department of Health. https://www.atu.org/media/news/pennsylvania-ramps-up-vaccinations-moves-into-phase-1b-on-monday Mon, 05 Apr 2021 13:06:27 CDT TriMet, union reach preliminary labor contract agreement https://www.oregonlive.com/commuting/2021/04/trimet-union-reach-preliminary-labor-contract-agreement.html The transit agency reached a tentative agreement Thursday with the Amalgamated Transit Union Local 757, which represents nearly 2,700 TriMet employees. The agreement came after an impasse in labor negotiations that continued for close to a year. https://www.atu.org/media/news/trimet-union-reach-preliminary-labor-contract-agreement Fri, 02 Apr 2021 08:39:23 CDT Transit union wants its drivers vaccinated against COVID-19 https://www.norwichbulletin.com/story/news/2021/03/30/transit-union-wants-their-drivers-vaccinated-connecticut-ct-amalgamated-atu-vaccine-covid-19/7060159002/ For Sendra Childs-Corni, the president and business agent of the Amalgamated Transit Union (ATU) Local 1209, the vaccination of transit drivers should have been a priority comparable to vaccinating educators. https://www.atu.org/media/news/transit-union-wants-its-drivers-vaccinated-against-covid-19 Wed, 31 Mar 2021 13:07:06 CDT CARTA Bus drivers want hazard pay reinstated and a person on the board https://wdef.com/2021/03/28/carta-bus-drivers-want-hazard-pay-reinstated-person-board/ “Being out there on the front line put our lives on the line our family lives in jeopardy some of us have even lost family members due to COVID,” said Strickland. https://www.atu.org/media/news/carta-bus-drivers-want-hazard-pay-reinstated-and-a-person-on-the-board Wed, 31 Mar 2021 08:29:06 CDT ATU touts funding for transit worker wages, protections and more https://awfradio.com/atu-touts-funding-for-transit-worker-wages-protections-and-more/ ATU International President John Costa joined AWF Union Podcast to discuss how they have dealt with the COVID-19 pandemic, funding for the transit industry and upcoming contract negotiations. https://www.atu.org/media/news/atu-touts-funding-for-transit-worker-wages-protections-and-more Tue, 30 Mar 2021 13:45:52 CDT City, union call for COVID-19 vaccines for Winnipeg Transit drivers https://winnipeg.ctvnews.ca/city-union-call-for-covid-19-vaccines-for-winnipeg-transit-drivers-1.5367259 “If you want to keep an economy moving, you need your transit. We need our transit operators vaccinated as soon as possible,” said Jay Shaw, assistant chief of emergency management for the city of Winnipeg. https://www.atu.org/media/news/city-union-call-for-covid-19-vaccines-for-winnipeg-transit-drivers Tue, 30 Mar 2021 09:52:39 CDT The Future is Public Transport https://youtu.be/Djyw2ok1dBQ The ATU supports the call for investment in public transit to create good union jobs and expand service for riders who depend on it. The future is public trasport. https://www.atu.org/media/news/the-future-is-public-transport Tue, 30 Mar 2021 08:56:03 CDT ‘There’s momentum to win’: union fight enters final stretch for Alabama Amazon workers https://www.theguardian.com/technology/2021/mar/29/amazon-bessemer-alabama-union-fight?fbclid=IwAR2bRLVCb7IuUCxGfpMUhcnSOUlvi0m22JgY38b0_F-5ti2gyFvxhJRNeco Mail-in ballots for the hotly contested battle to unionize 5,800 workers are due on Monday. Some experts are predicting a victory while others are unsure. https://www.atu.org/media/news/theres-momentum-to-win-union-fight-enters-final-stretch-for-alabama-amazon-workers Mon, 29 Mar 2021 13:34:52 CDT ATU Local 757 testifies before OR Senate on importance of TriMet apprenticeship program https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PD1eg-QqpbM ATU Workforce Dev. Coordinator Jamaine Gibson and Local 757-Portland, OR TriMet apprentice graduates and candidates testified before the Oregon Senate on the importance of apprenticeships and demanded TriMet not eliminate their 40-year program. https://www.atu.org/media/news/atu-local-757-testifies-before-or-senate-on-importance-of-trimet-apprenticeship-program Fri, 26 Mar 2021 09:17:29 CDT State agency fines Santa Clara VTA after bus driver dies of COVID https://www.ktvu.com/news/state-agency-fines-santa-clara-vta-after-bus-driver-dies-of-covid SAN JOSE, Calif. - The state agency that oversees workplace safety has fined Santa Clara Valley Transportation Authority $16,200 in COVID-related violations stemming from the sickness and eventual death of a bus driver. https://www.atu.org/media/news/state-agency-fines-santa-clara-vta-after-bus-driver-dies-of-covid Fri, 26 Mar 2021 07:10:21 CDT Many Americans who meet with Biden have something in common: union memberships https://www.cbsnews.com/news/americans-meeting-biden-union/ Alma Williams, a paratransit driver and union rep. for ATU Local 1764, joined the president and two other workers to discuss the $1400 stimulus checks. "Hearing the things that, you know, my coworkers go through is devastating." Williams told Mr. Biden. https://www.atu.org/media/news/many-americans-who-meet-with-biden-have-something-in-common-union-memberships Wed, 24 Mar 2021 10:56:38 CDT Chatham Area Transit operators, others to receive hazard pay https://www.savannahnow.com/story/news/2021/03/23/chatham-transit-operators-other-union-members-receive-600-covid-19-hazard-payment/4768226001/ The Chatham Area Transit Authority unanimously voted Tuesday to proceed with a one-time $600 hazard payment for 195 employees from CAT’s general fund. CAT executives and administrative staff are not eligible for the bonuses, ... https://www.atu.org/media/news/chatham-area-transit-operators-others-to-receive-hazard-pay Wed, 24 Mar 2021 08:16:29 CDT Senate confirms Marty Walsh to be Labor secretary https://www.cnn.com/2021/03/22/politics/marty-walsh-confirmation-vote/index.html The Senate confirmed Boston Mayor Marty Walsh to be Labor secretary, elevating the former union boss to oversee the federal department in charge of workplace conditions, benefits and rights. https://www.atu.org/media/news/senate-confirms-marty-walsh-to-be-labor-secretary Tue, 23 Mar 2021 08:06:50 CDT The ATU salutes our Local 1493-Raleigh, NC sister for her 40 years of service and wishes her all the best in her retirement. https://myfox8.com/community/first-african-american-female-bus-operator-in-greensboro-retires-after-40-years-of-service/?fbclid=IwAR0AoZvs3yZIib3qGKOwt1-Wo8cNklIA277rGSLWQGY3ItC0ombF6nYpKv0 March is reserved as a time to celebrate and highlight the accomplishments women are making on our society. In Greensboro, Elizabeth “Liz” McKinnon, was in the driver’s seat and put public transportation on a new route. https://www.atu.org/media/news/the-atu-salutes-our-local-1493-raleigh-nc-sister-for-her-40-years-of-service-and-wishes-her-all-the-best-in-her-retirement Tue, 23 Mar 2021 08:04:54 CDT