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Nov 10

ATU honors those who’ve fought in war on Veterans and Remembrance Day

Amalgamated Transit Union (ATU) International President Larry Hanley issued the following statement to mark Veterans Day in the U.S. and Remembrance Day in Canada.

“World War I, World War II, Korea, Vietnam, Desert Storm, Afghanistan, Iraq – there isn’t a family in the United States or Canada that hasn’t been affected by these and other foreign wars. We all have friends or loved ones who were killed or wounded in one or more of these conflicts, and we all have reason to be thankful for the sacrifices they made, and continue to make because of the physical or psychological injuries they have sustained.

“We especially thank ATU’s many veteran members, who, like most vets, go about their work every day, seldom mentioning their service; asking only to earn wages and benefits sufficient to provide for their families.

“It is only right that we thank them for their service. But those words will ring hollow if they can’t find a job that pays a livable wage.

“This Veterans Day, let us resolve to build an economy in our nations that provides veterans and all workers the opportunity to pursue financially secure lives worthy of their sacrifice.”