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The ATU Endorses Josh Shapiro for Pennsylvania Governor

Pittsburgh, PA – Calling him a champion of working people of Pennsylvania, public transit, and labor unions, the Amalgamated Transit Union, representing more than 4,000 workers in Pennsylvania, has endorsed Attorney General Josh Shapiro for Governor of Pennsylvania.

“Josh has always been a friend to the ATU, labor unions, working people, and public transit,” said International President John Costa. “Josh’s life of public service is a testament to his commitment to his community, the state of Pennsylvania, and our country. He’s not afraid to take on hard political fights on behalf of the people, and for that, the ATU is proud to endorse him.”

ATU Locals, representing transit and school bus workers in Pennsylvania, include Local 956-Allentown, Local 801-Altoona, Local 1603-Bethlehem, Local 568-Erie, Local 1436-Harrisburg, Local 1279-Johnstown, Local 1241-Lancaster, Local 1738-Latrobe, Local 89-New Castle, Local 1743, Local 1595 and Local 85-Pittsburgh, Local 1345-Reading, Local 168-Scranton, Local 1753-Venetia, Local 1119 and 164-Wilkes-Barre, and Local 1496-Williamsport.

“We will be getting out in full force to elect Shapiro,” Costa continued. “We will be registering our members to vote, encouraging them to vote, engaging riders, and taking part in other actions in the all-out effort to elect Josh Shapiro Governor of Pennsylvania.”

The ATU also pointed to Shapiro’s support for the Jake Schwab safety bill in memory of ATU Local 568-Erie, PA mechanic Jake Schwab who was tragically killed in 2014 when a suspension airbag in a bus he was working on exploded in his face. Schwab was working with the wrong tools on an unfamiliar bus from another agency in a garage. In fact, there was not even an investigation of his death because he was a public employee. The bill will ensure on-the-job safety protections for public employees by establishing OSHA-equivalent safety rules for public employers.

“Transit workers deserve to be protected,” said Costa. “Josh stands with our members and their families in demanding a higher level of protection and accountability in the state of Pennsylvania for all public employees. With him as governor, transit workers will be safer on the job.”

Shapiro, who has spent nearly two decades serving his community in elected office, announced his candidacy last Wednesday to replace term-limited Governor Tom Wolf. The Pennsylvania race for governor is expected to be one of the most competitive gubernatorial contests in the country next year.