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Apr 26

ATU remembers fallen workers, renews call for safety on Workers Memorial Day, National Day of Mourning

Silver Spring, ND - Larry Hanley, international president of the Amalgamated Transit Union, issued the following statement in observance of the U.S. Workers Memorial Day, and the Canadian National Day of Mourning:

“This American Workers Memorial Day and the Canadian National Day of Mourning, ATU honors those workers who tragically lost their lives on the job.

“This year marks an especially urgent fight as the Trump administration and Republicans in Congress continue their assault on workplace safety, continuing to weaken protections and rights for working people.

“And these rollbacks on safety regulations come as 150 workers die each day from illnesses or injuries received on the job.

“Two of our own were killed on the job in recent years. Jake Schwab, Local 568-Erie, PA was tragically killed in a garage accident in 2014. And Irving "Jubal" Fraser, Local 1505-Winnipeg, MB was stabbed to death by an angry rider in February 2017. 

“Meanwhile vicious attacks on transit operators and rail station agents, dangerous bus driver blind spots, unsafe air quality, ergonomically poor seating, primitive steering and controls, dangerous garage spills, and unsafe tools, threaten the health, safety and lives of transit workers each day.

“In response ATU has been engaged in an unprecedented campaign with more than 145 Locals representing transit workers from Oakland, CA, to Toronto, ON, to Jacksonville, FL, to Saskatoon, SK, passing a resolution demanding major safety changes for buses that are endangering the health, safety and lives of bus drivers in transit systems across the U.S. and Canada. Click here for full list of ATU Local passing the resolution.

“No one should have to live in fear that they might die or even get hurt at work. This Workers Memorial Day and National Day of Mourning ATU renews our commitment to fight for a safe workplace for all.”