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ATU stands with Minneapolis bus driver in right to refuse unsafe work during Daunte Wright protests

Silver Spring, MD – Amalgamated Transit Union (ATU) International President John Costa released the following statement regarding a Minneapolis bus driver refusing to take her bus to the Daunte Wright demonstrations:

“The ATU stands in solidarity with our Minneapolis Local 1005 member who turned her bus around last night after learning she was being sent to the demonstrations against the death of Daunte Wright by a police officer in Brooklyn Center. Just as they did during the George Floyd protests last year, our members have a legal right to refuse work they consider dangerous or unsafe. This is a misuse of public transit.

“We are deeply concerned about another death of a black person at the hands of police. The ATU calls for justice not only for Wright, but George Floyd, Ahmaud Arbery, Breonna Taylor, and the countless others who suffered that same tragic fate. Once again, we recommit our support for the Black Lives Matter movement.

“The ATU has a long history of fighting for social and economic justice as well as the rights and equal treatment of all people regardless of race, gender, religion, or sexual orientation.

“We must continue to push for reforms and dismantle the systemic cycle of racism and inequities that impact communities of color in our society.”