ATU Scholarships 2020-2021

The 2020-2021 Academic year in memory of former International President Lawrence J. Hanley


Lawrence J. Hanley

International President Lawrence J. Hanley passed away on May 7, 2019. Hanley devoted more than 40 years of his life to the ATU and the broader labor movement. He was a tireless and tenacious advocate for his members, transit riders, and all trade unionists. Hanley began driving a bus in 1978, at age 21, in Brooklyn, NY, and attended his first union meeting that September as a member of the Transport Workers Union (TWU). In 1979, he transferred to Staten Island and became a member of ATU Local 726-Staten Island, NY.  In 1984, Hanley was elected Secretary-Treasurer of the Local and in 1987, he was elected President, the youngest in the Local’s history. Hanley would go on to be re-elected to five terms. In that role, he pioneered worker-rider organizing, leading thousands of union members and transit riders in a successful effort to reform the way transit service was provided on Staten Island, NY.  

In 2002, Hanley was asked by International President Jim La Sala to join the staff of the International as an International Representative. In February 2004, he was appointed as an International Vice President (IVP) and elected as an IVP at the ATU 54th International Convention in 2004 and again in 2007. At the ATU 56th International Convention in 2010, Hanley was elected as International President. Hanley was reelected as International President at the ATU Conventions in 2013 and 2016. Under Hanley’s leadership, the ATU was transformed into one of the fiercest and most progressive unions in the labor movement, aggressively advocating for more and better public transportation and fighting for social, racial, and economic justice for all working people.


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