Washington state ATU members were out in full force with activists at a rally to protest the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP), the largest–and worst–trade deal most have never heard of, and efforts by Republicans to work with the Obama administration to “fast track” its passage. Watch this video of Former Secretary of Labor Robert Reich to learn why it?s so bad for transit workers and all working families.? PHOTOS ? |?? VIDEO
Attacks on Canada transit drivers could lead to harsher sentencing
As ATU members know well, being punched, kicked, spat on, and even shot at has unfortunately become part of the job. Now thanks to the longtime campaign by ATU in Canada people who assault public transit operators may face harsher penalties under a new amendment to the Criminal Code.? The House of Commons unanimously approved Bill S-221, introduced by Sen. Bob Runciman. READ MORE.
First Annual ATU Photo Contest
Throughout the years ATU?s In Transit, the ATU website and Facebook page, have featured incredible photos of ATU members on the job in rain, shine, or snow; at protests and rallies; and other captivating moments. Now, we want our members and retirees to capture the images that show what makes the ATU the great union it is today with the first ATU Photo contest. So grab your camera or smart phone and start taking photos.? READ CONTEST RULES.
ATU Camel arrested at Las Vegas Transit Workers Rally for Unity
The ATU 15-foot inflatable camel was arrested in Las Vegas at a unity rally of more than 90 transit workers calling for fair treatment, a fair contract and economic. The Local 1637members, employed by private contractors Keolis and MV Transportation, have been working without a contract for more than two years. Meanwhile RTC rewarded GM Tina Quigley with an outrageous pay increase and bonus package. READ MORE.
‘Jesus Take the Wheel Act’ a serious safety risk
With the highest poverty rate in the U.S. you would think Mississippi lawmakers would have more important issues to deal with than passing a bill that would permit churches from using drivers without commercial drivers? licenses for church events.? Nicknamed ?Jesus Take the Wheel Act,? this legislation is a serious safety risk that could result in deadly consequences.READ MORE.
ATU joins A Grand Alliance to Save Our Postal Service
With the continuing attacks on the U.S. Postal Service (USPS), ATU has joined an alliance to stand up and fight for this important public service. The Grand Alliance to Save Our Public Postal Service has united more than 60 groups in opposition to weakening the USPS for the sake of private investment and profit. Watch this video from Actor and activist Danny Glover on why we all need to support the Grand Alliance.? WATCH VIDEO
Black History Month “Freedom Riders” winner
Congratulations to Local 1338-Dallas, TX member Van Simmons our latest Black History Month raffle winner. For a chance to win a copy of the civil rights documentary movie ?Freedom Riders? like Van go to the ATU website and simply type your e-mail, local union number, and zip or postal code in the boxes on the opening page and click ?Go.?
Valley Metro transit workers ratify strong contract
After more than six months of bargaining drivers and maintenance personnel at Valley Metro, Roanoke’s bus system, have ratified a new contract. The ATU Local 1493-Raleigh, NC members rejected more than one contract offer from First Transit.? Under the new agreement workers will receive increases in wages and company contributions for uniforms, tools, shoes and disability insurance. READ MORE.