ATU congratulates 55 MV Transportation operators from Melrose Park, IL, who voted to join the Union yesterday. The operators overwhelmingly voted for ATU Local 241 over the Teamsters. ATU and Local 241 brought facts, experience and a track record of success to this organizing victory. Welcome to our newest members!
Acadian quits maritime provinces, Greyhound abandons Alberta towns
Complaining that it could not make a profit serving the widespread communities required by the provinces, Acadian Coach Lines announced Tuesday that it will cease operations November 30. In May, members of Local 1229 working for Acadian Coach Lines in New Brunswick and Prince Edward Island ratified a contract ending a lockout that halted bus operations for five months. In the wake of this devastating news, Canadian Council Director Stan Dera annunced ATU supports for a not-for-profit bus line in the Maritimes to replace Acadian. Read full statement here. union-supports-not-for-profit-bus-line-in-new-brunswick-2012-08-10
Local President Glen Carr minced no words, calling the way the company notified employees of the closure ?disgusting. Our employees and membership were told around 4:15 p.m. that there was a conference call, but not all of them were told,? Carr said, adding, ??they left this dysfunctional management team running this company into the ground, and it serves them right.? Read more here.transit-union-president-calls-acadian.html
Meanwhile, transit options continue to shrink in Alberta where Greyhound has announced that it will terminate service to 13 rural towns. That brings the total of Alberta communities the company has abandoned to 25. The service reductions come in the wake of a law passed last year over ATU?s objections that deregulated over-the-road transit in the province. Read more here.story.html
President Hanley proposes ‘maximum wage’
We’ve all heard the calls to raise the minimum wage, but in a Huffington Post column,maximum-wage-law_b_1732819.html?utm_hp_ref=politics International President Hanley suggests adoption of a ?maximum wage? for CEOs who make many times over what their workers earn. Case in point is Wal-Mart CEO Michael Duke whose 2011 total compensation was $18.7 million ? 725 times the wages of Wal-Mart?s average worker.
A maximum wage law would limit the amount of compensation an executive could receive to a specified multiple of the wage earned by his or her lowest paid employees. So, if, for example, the law limited CEOs? salaries to 100 times the wages of their lowest paid workers, and their workers earned $25,000 per year ? the CEO, could be compensated no more than $2.5 million per year.
The international president says, ?A maximum wage law would actually ensure that ?a rising tide [would lift] all boats,? and encourage competition while improving lives at every level of society.”
Time for all ATU members to be “IN”!
As part of ATU?s ?I?m In? campaign, members across the country are gearing up for the 2012 elections by participating in political and mobilization trainings. 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. 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,ATU_IMINsign.pdf 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.ATUInternational
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?.signup?signup_page_KEY=6601
CTA chief says what?
Sometimes public figures say things that make you wonder if they know what they?re talking about. Then you realize what they?re really up to.
Chicago Transit Authority (CTA) President Forrest Claypool said that negotiations with ATU?s two CTA locals had hit a rough patch because, unlike Local 308, Local 241 is represented by International trustees ?from Washington.? Those trustees, IVPs Javier Perez, Jr., and Marcellus Barnes, saw through Claypool?s condescending, ham-handed attempt to sow division between the two locals:
Perez said Claypool is putting his foot in his mouth once again. ?The fact is I?ve spent over 30 years working in transit. I?m actually living in Chicago now, and I?ve never lived in Washington. Marcellus Barnes lives in Chicago and used to work for the CTA,? Perez said.
?Are we tough when it comes to representing our membership? Yes,? Perez asserted. ?We think our members deserve the best that they can get and we can drive a hard deal.?
Join the Workers Stand for America Rally tomorrow in Philly
Tomorrow, August 11, join thousands of working families in Philadelphia in the first major action of the Workers Stand for America in support of American Second Bill of Rights.
Participants will be encouraged to sign the ?bill? and call on lawmakers of both parties to add their signatures of support. It will also be presented to delegates at both political conventions and to candidates this fall.
The event will streamed live at www.workersstandforamerica.com. Photos, updates and video will appear in real-time on Facebook here. You can also follow on Twitter with the hash tag #ws4a.
Click here to find information about the Philadelphia rally ? scheduled from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. EDT ? and click here to add your name to America?s Second Bill of Rights.
Flash mob ‘celebrates’ Calgary’s driver’s last run
What can a wife do to commemorate her husband?s 35 years as one of Calgary?s favorite bus drivers? That was the question Maria Woodson answered in high style with the event she staged to celebrate her husband Wade?s retirement.
Remembering a casual remark he once made that it would be neat to have a marching band for his retirement, Maria organized just that to take place with a flash mob of friends, family and co-workers dancing to the song ?Celebrate? at the end of his last run. Local 583 Executive Vice President Doug Johannes says he?s seen a lot of members retire, but ?This one is quite memorable. It really, truly is.? Read more here.story.html
And the winner of an ATU jacket is
Andrew Wirth from Local 381-Butte, MT. Congratulations Andrew.
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