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 Man arrested in stabbing of D.C. Circulator bus driver https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/dr-gridlock/wp/2017/07/19/man-arrested-in-stabbing-of-dc-circulator-bus-driver/?utm_term=.e71344a43789 A police report said Lighty had a verbal altercation with the driver after the driver declined to stop the bus, and he later stabbed the driver in the back of the head with a box cutter. http://www.atu.org/media/news/man-arrested-in-stabbing-of-d-c-circulator-bus-driver Thu, 20 Jul 2017 12:31:25 CDT Milwaukee bus driver hailed as hero http://abcnews.go.com/US/video/bus-driver-helps-year-boy-lost-milwaukee-48651381 A bus driver is being praised after he spotted a 2-year-old boy walking alone in Milwaukee. A passenger got off to talk to the boy who said he was lost. The bus driver called the police who took the boy home. http://www.atu.org/media/news/milwaukee-bus-driver-hailed-as-hero Sat, 15 Jul 2017 16:30:59 CDT Building Resistance on Trump Island https://indypendent.org/2017/07/building-resistance-on-trump-island/ ATU Local 726 is part of a growing group of progressive labor unions and community organizations on the island united as a progressive coalition deep in New York’s Republican recesses. http://www.atu.org/media/news/building-resistance-on-trump-island Wed, 12 Jul 2017 16:33:17 CDT CTA train workers vote in favor of a strike http://abc7chicago.com/traffic/cta-train-operators-vote-in-favor-of-strike/2201349/ After 18 months without a contract, Local 308 members overwhelmingly voted to authorize a strike. "We do not want to cause the city a heart attack, but our patience has worn out. Our anger is growing," said Local President Kenneth Franklin. http://www.atu.org/media/news/cta-train-workers-authorize-strike-vote Tue, 11 Jul 2017 16:55:00 CDT The strike that formed Local 752-Bloomington, IL 100 years ago http://www.pantagraph.com/news/local/a-walk-through-time-bloomington-s-streetcar-strike/article_d5cfaf07-2443-5f37-8c4c-7c3dae632ab9.html The dispute brought famous labor activist Mary Harris “Mother” Jones — and 1,400 National Guard troops — to Bloomington 100 years ago this week. http://www.atu.org/media/news/a-walk-through-time-bloomingtons-1917-streetcar-strike Mon, 10 Jul 2017 09:41:00 CDT New laws for jitneys in NJ close http://www.hudsonreporter.com/view/full_story/27442083/article-New-laws-for-jitneys---Legislature-inches-closer-to-bringing-local-regulation-?instance=latest_story NJ State Legislature inching closer to legislation to place stricter regulations on privately owned commuter shuttles/jitneys prompted after a jitney bus driver struck and killed an 11-year-old boy in Jersey City in October. http://www.atu.org/media/news/new-laws-for-jitneys-in-nj-close Mon, 03 Jul 2017 09:21:01 CDT Another shocking example of the managerial incompetence that plagues DC Metro http://wamu.org/story/17/06/27/metro-quietly-announces-overcharging-riders-years/ DC Metro quietly announced it’s been overcharging some riders for years. This revelation - which amazingly management has no idea when it began - comes the same week WMATA raised fares and cut service. http://www.atu.org/media/news/another-shocking-example-of-the-managerial-incompetence-that-plagues-dc-metro Wed, 28 Jun 2017 13:16:47 CDT TARTA proposal will help move area forward http://www.toledoblade.com/Letters-to-the-Editor/2017/06/25/TARTA-proposal-will-help-move-area-forward.html In a Toledo Blade letter to the editor Local 697 President Carly Allen talks about how a sales-tax proposal to increase TARTA funding is good for transit, the community and Toledo. http://www.atu.org/media/news/tarta-proposal-will-help-move-area-forward Tue, 27 Jun 2017 15:50:46 CDT Local 569 says Edmonton transit overhaul will not boost ridership http://www.metronews.ca/news/edmonton/2017/06/23/edmonton-transit-strategy-overhaul-union-concern-network-ets.html Edmonton Transit drivers are raising concerns over the city’s proposal to overhaul the enitre bus network, arguing there are better solutions to be had than severely cutting service in the 'burbs. http://www.atu.org/media/news/local-569-says-edmonton-transit-overhaul-will-not-boost-ridership Mon, 26 Jun 2017 14:11:02 CDT Local 987 paratransit workers win strong contract http://lethbridgeherald.com/news/lethbridge-news/2017/06/26/new-deal-for-staff-at-access-a-ride/ The ACCESS-A-Ride staff who deliver accessible transit services will receive wage increases and benefits to align with those City Transit employees receive. http://www.atu.org/media/news/local-987-paratransit-workers Mon, 26 Jun 2017 13:42:00 CDT Local 107: Keep the new LRT system public http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/hamilton/lrt-hsr-operators-1.4169535 Local 107 has launched a "Keep Transit Public" website, petition and video this week to encourage public officials to hire HSR drivers to run the new light rail transit (LRT) system. http://www.atu.org/media/news/local-107-campaign-calles-to-keep-l Tue, 20 Jun 2017 17:09:00 CDT Staten Island transit workers call for better protection after attack on bus driver http://www.silive.com/northshore/index.ssf/2017/06/union_calls_for_more_patrols_a.html?utm_campaign=socialflow&utm_source=facebook&utm_medium=statenislandadvance After a bus driver was punched and kicked by a rider at the Staten Island Ferry, Local 726 says the MTA should bring back the NYC Transit Department of Security Eagle Team force that used to check for farebeaters. http://www.atu.org/media/news/staten-island-transit-workers-call-for-better-protection-after-attack-on-bus-driver Tue, 20 Jun 2017 11:21:42 CDT ECAT workers, Commissioner Doug Underhill at odds over ECAT's future http://www.pnj.com/story/news/2017/06/06/ecat-workers-commissioner-doug-underhill-odds-over-ecats-future/372158001/ ECAT workers distributed flyers and buttons Monday telling riders to call county commissioners to encourage them to support the transit system. They also blamed Commission Chairman Doug Underhill with threatening to end ECAT altogether. http://www.atu.org/media/news/ecat-workers-commissioner-doug-underhill-at-odds-over-ecats-future Wed, 07 Jun 2017 07:29:11 CDT Spokane Transit bus drivers seek protection after recent assaults http://www.spokesman.com/stories/2017/jun/05/spokane-transit-bus-drivers-seek-protection-after-/ Assaults and threats against Spokane Transit Authority drivers appear to be on the rise, and that has drivers concerned, according to the leader of the union that represents many of the drivers. http://www.atu.org/media/news/spokane-transit-bus-drivers-seek-protection-after-recent-assaults Tue, 06 Jun 2017 12:57:53 CDT Spokane transit workers sue authority over refusal of pro-union bus ad http://www.spokesman.com/stories/2017/jun/04/bus-drivers-union-sues-spokane-transit-authority-o/ Amalgamated Transit Union Local 1015 asks, “Do you drive for Uber, Lyft, charter bus, school bus? You have a right to organize.” The ad includes the local union’s phone number. http://www.atu.org/media/news/spokane-transit-workers-sue-authority-over-refusal-of-pro-union-bus-ad Mon, 05 Jun 2017 09:43:52 CDT Lynx bus drivers lash out at agency over wages http://www.orlandosentinel.com/news/os-lynx-bus-driver-pay-fight-20170525-story.html Local 1596-Orlando, FL members crowded a Lynx board meeting to tell the board to stop threatening their pensions and delaying pay increases. http://www.atu.org/media/news/lynx-bus-drivers-lash-out-at-agency-over-wages Wed, 31 May 2017 11:41:00 CDT 'Good intentions' in new Winnipeg bus safety practices http://www.metronews.ca/news/winnipeg/2017/05/29/winnipeg-transit-union-boss-sees-good-ideas-in-safety-plan.html Local 1505 said formation of a new transit advisory board is the best of the host of security measures being proposed to improve safety on buses for riders and drivers. http://www.atu.org/media/news/good-intentions-in-new-winnipeg-bus-safety-practices Tue, 30 May 2017 08:35:55 CDT 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