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ATU’s General Counsel Robert Molofsky announces retirement

ATU’s General Counsel, Robert Molofsky announced his retirement after over 35 years as a dedicated and committed staff member of the ATU.

“To say that Robert’s knowledge and expertise will be missed is an understatement,” said ATU International President John Costa. “Robert has been a close friend and confidant for many years. He has fought day in and day out for working people throughout his accomplished legal career. Robert’s dedication and unparalleled knowledge of the ATU, labor law, and public transit has impacted many people’s lives, including so many of our ATU members. He will be missed, but we wish him the very best in his well-deserved retirement.” 

Molofsky is an experienced labor and employment law attorney, recognized transit policy expert, and accomplished federal and state legislative strategist who has been fighting for workers since 1972. 

As ATU General Counsel for 20 years and ATU Legislative Director for 15 years, Molofsky advised and represented the ATU International Executive Officers and local unions on significant legal matters, internal governance and HR concerns, regulatory, legislative, organizing, arbitration and collective bargaining issues, drug and alcohol testing, as well as Section 13(c) transit employee protections, health and pension/401(k) plans, and compliance with federal and state campaign finance laws.

He represented the ATU before the U.S. Congress, federal agencies, including the NLRB, Departments of Labor and Transportation, EEOC, FMCS, IRS, state legislatures, the AFL-CIO, and the transportation industry, and transit advocacy/community groups. Molofsky has testified many times before the U.S. Congress on transit policy and labor matters, transit safety and security issues, privatization, drug and alcohol testing, FLSA and ADA issues. Molofsky has also worked with many other transit unions on Federal highway/transit legislation, commercial drivers’ license, drug and alcohol, and motor coach bus regulations, and other legislative and regulatory matters.

 From 2006-2010, Molofsky served as Vice President/Special Counsel for the AFL-CIO Building Investment Trust, a $1.7 billion real estate equity fund; Vice President for Institutional Advancement for the National Labor College and Regional Marketing Director for the AFL-CIO Housing Investment Trust, a $3.9 billion fixed income investment company. He was a field attorney for the National Labor Relations Board, Region 22, Newark, NJ, from 1977-1981 and worked as an Industrial and Labor Relations specialist with the US Department of Labor from 1972-1977.