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Mar 18

ATU salutes members on Transit Driver Appreciation Day

Washington, DC – The Amalgamated Transit Union, the largest labor organization representing transit workers in North America, released the following statement for Transit Driver Appreciation Day.

“Heart attacks, knife-wielding passengers, bare foot children on snowy streets, gun shot victims, and flash floods – Amalgamated Transit Union (ATU) members have pretty much dealt with it all, while moving millions of Americans and Canadians where they need to go daily.

“Today is Transit Driver Appreciation Day. We salute you, our ATU drivers, as well as the mechanics and personnel who support you, for your hard and often unappreciated work each day getting riders safely to and from work, school, the doctor, religious services and other vital daily tasks. You are the first to get up and the last to go home each day.

“You routinely go above and beyond the call of duty.

“Like Gloria Smith, a bus driver for 28 years, who runs her own annual holiday drive to collect food, clothing and toys for the less fortunate citizens of Camden City, NJ.

“You also serve as the unnoticed eyes and ears of communities across the United States and Canada.

“Like ATU Phoenix bus driver Felipe Sandoval, who witnessed a horrible car accident killing a mother and seriously injuring her children.  Without thinking Sandoval exited the bus and despite the blood and carnage, pulled the children to safety.

“And like Buffalo operator Darnell Barton, who, while driving, was the only one who noticed a young woman about to jump off a bridge on a busy street, and coaxed her back to safety.

“These are only three of the countless selfless acts you do every day in the face of adversity and pressures of life that make you, our members, an invaluable resource in so many cities and towns across our nations. 

“We commend the professionalism that all ATU members bring to your job, and join our passengers in thanking you for all that you do.”