As part of ATU?s ?I?m In? campaign, International Vice Presidents have been conducting political and mobilization trainings with ATU members over the past few months to gear up for the 2012 elections and beyond. These training are critical to developing ATU activists, to mobilize member volunteers, and build coalitions with riders to elect pro-transit and labor friendly candidates. If you haven?t had the opportunity to attend one of these exciting training more are being scheduled.
ATU will be anchoring our political efforts for the 2012 election in Cleveland and Denver ? two critical cities in the all-important swing states. This week leaders from Local 268-Cleveland and Local 1001- Denver participated in intensive strategic planning to begin to develop the campaign. Trainings for ATU leaders will be held in Cleveland and Denver in September to develop these election campaigns in these battleground states and across the country.
If you aren’t “IN” already, you should print out the “I’m In” sign from here, take a picture or video of yourself holding the sign in front of you, and let us know why you are “IN”. Once done, share them on the ATU Facebook page.
If you?ve already decided that you?re ?IN?, then it?s time to show how you can help in this critical campaign for the future of ATU, the labor movement, and all working people. Click here to tell us how you are ?IN?.
DOL explains dismissal of complaint involving 2010 ATU officer elections
The Department of Labor (DOL) Office of Labor-Management Standards (OLMS) has just issued a statement on its reasons for dismissing a complaint that sought to have the government set aside the results of ATU?s 2010 election of international officers. The 12-page statement comes nearly a year after the DOL dismissed the charges.
Patricia Fox, chief of the division of enforcement for OLMS, rejected allegations that several different individuals including International President Larry Hanley and other top officers used ATU funds and/or equipment to campaign in violation of the Labor-Management Reporting and Disclosure Act. Fox also dismissed allegations that union officers engaged in campaign activities while on union time. Read full article.
ATU demands investigation into Tampa driver assault
All too many ATU members can identify with a bus driver who is attacked. And some even know what it feels like when a battered driver tries to contact a dispatcher through an on-board call box and? nothing happens.
That?s what happened on July 19, when a rider assaulted HART bus operator Colin Brown after entering the bus and paying the fare, hitting him 20 times with her fist. Brown had to use his cell phone to reach the agency?s dispatch center. Emergency responders finally took him to the hospital where he was treated for a concussion and other injuries. Read more here.
With a deep concern for the safety of its members, Local 1593- Tampa along with the ATU International are demanding that the HART board ?immediately intervene and restore our confidence in being able to perform our duties in a safe work environment.?
ATU and the Transport Workers Union (TWU) continue to address the issue of attacks on transit worker through a joint committee that?s working hard to find ways to protect transit workers.
?Last month a Los Angeles bus driver was shot to death while on duty. A New Jersey bus operator was stabbed seven times. Lower profile offenses such as spitting and verbal abuse are becoming part of the job,? ATU President Larry Hanley said. ?The public is also at-risk. Transit agencies must put the safety and security of their operators and passengers first.? Read full statement.
America’s Workforce Radio features President Hanley
Listen to International President Larry Hanley sound off on a variety of issues, including his start in labor movement, ATU?s recent successful campaigns, the importance of building rider coalitions to fight back, and the new organization Americans for Transit on the Labor Radio?s show America?s Workforce in Cleveland. President Hanley describes his first picket line experience, common sense proposals that increased New York?s MTA ridership, and how mass transportation got the short end of the stick in Congress? transportation bill. Listen to the full interview here.
Local 1577 wins award
Congratulations to Local 1577 ? Palm Beach for winning the United Way of Palm Beach County?s ?Outstanding Labor Participation in a Workplace Campaign.? Their efforts nearly doubled the number of donors to the cause, and the overall campaign was up an incredible 64% over last year, with union participation increasing United Way of Palm Beach County donations by 359%. Keep up the great work, Local 1577! Read More.
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