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ATU International Representative Sesil Rubain announces retirement

ATU International Representative Sesil Rubain announced his retirement effective today, September 30, 2021, after more than 45 years as an ATU member.

“We congratulate Sesil on his well-deserved retirement after more than 45 years of distinguished service at the ATU,” said ATU International President John Costa.  “From your days as a shop steward to the picket lines of the Greyhound strike to your tireless work as an International Representative, you have impacted our Union and improved the lives of countless members and their families. We wish you and your family all the best in your retirement.”

Rubain began his career at the ATU as a member of Local 268-Cleveland, OH, serving as a transit bus operator for the Greater Cleveland Regional Transit Authority. In 1972, he became a bus operator for intercity bus operator Goldline and served as a shop steward for Local 1098-Tuxedo, MD. Then in 1979, Rubain moved to Continental Trailways and eventually Greyhound as a member of Local 1098, which eventually became Local 1700.

During the 1990 Greyhound strike, Rubain was a captain on the picket line for the duration of the three-year strike. In 2005, he was appointed as a shop steward for Local 1700 and a year later was elected Financial Secretary of the Local. Then on August 1, 2015, the late International President Larry Hanley appointed Rubain as an ATU International Representative.

A native of Bronx, NY, Rubain moved to Washington, DC, in 1954. He resides in New Carrollton, MD, with his wife. He is the proud father of six children and five grandchildren.