A federal judge granted a temporary restraining order against the Chicago Transit Authority, dealing an embarrassing blow to Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel in advance of Tuesday?s runoff election. ATU filed a federal lawsuit alleging that CTA sought to ban political speech among transit workers because of their support for Jesus ?Chuy? Garcia.??Justice has been served in Chicago today, despite Mayor Emanuel?s best efforts,? declared International President Larry Hanley.? Read more.
DC Transit workers to rally against outsourcing & honor MLK
Honoring the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., DC- area transit workers will hold a ?Rally for Respect? on Saturday to call attention to the poor service and the sweatshop-level wages and working conditions transit workers suffer as a result of outsourcing. April 4 marks the 47th anniversary of the death of Dr. King. Read more.
Halifax bus driver helps lost dog get home
This week two year-old husky, Keiko, leaped over her fence to roam the streets of Halifax. After watching Keiko dodge traffic, a passerby waiting for a bus grabbed the dog. When the bus came, the driver, a dog lover, let Keiko come on the bus. The well-behaved dog stayed on until the end of line and was reunited with her owner. Read more.
Indiana ?Religious Freedom Restoration Act? violates human rights
ATU criticized Indiana Gov. Mike Pence for signing the Religious Freedom Restoration Act, which would, in effect, make it legal to deny service to anyone if doing so would place a ?substantial burden? on one?s religious beliefs. Now it appears that overwhelming opposition to the law, including ATU?s, had an effect. The legislature?s GOP leadership has introduced an amendment that would prohibit using the law as a legal defense for refusing to provide virtually any kind of service, and prohibits any kind of discrimination ? including discrimination based on sexual orientation.
?Each day, our members proudly serve millions of passengers, regardless of who they are,? says International President Larry Hanley. ?That?s what public transportation is all about.? Read more.
SCAT bus drivers may strike over stalled contract talks
Greensboro, NC paratransit drivers have threatened to strike over stalled contract negotiations with Transdev, who manages the bus service for elderly and disabled riders. Leaders of Local 1493have had no success despite meeting numerous times with the private company to resolve the contract dispute. The drivers do not want to strike because they take pride in the important job they do, but say it may be their only leverage. Read more.
Sen. Sanders stands in solidarity with Las Vegas members
U.S. Sen. Bernie Sanders, D-VT, joined Las Vegas transit workers this week in support of their struggle with RTC, Keolis, and MV. More than 300 members of Local 1637 and other unions cheered Sanders, who said, ?the labor movement is our best hope? I am with you.? Sanders is pictured, left, with two Local 1637 members.
Hamilton contract talks continue, strike looms
Sending a clear message to Hamilton, ON’s negotiators, Local 107members voted to strike if contract talks break down. The two sides remain far apart on many issues. Workers hope to reach a deal with the system that has been seriously underfunded for years, leading to shoddy working conditions. Read more.
Obama vetoes GOP bid to block union elections
President Obama has vetoed a law passed by the U.S. House Republican majority that attempted to overturn a National Labor Relations Board ruling that will speed up local union elections. The president said, ?one of the freedoms of folks who live in the United States is if they choose to join a union they should be able to do so. We shouldn?t be making it impossible for that to happen.?Read more.
Enter First Annual ATU Photo Contest!
Have a great photo of ATU members on the job, at a protest, rally, or other event ? showing what makes ATU the great union it is today? Then submit that photo to the First Annual ATU Photo Contest! If not ? grab your camera or smart phone and start taking pictures that show why you?re proud to be ATU!? Submit photos here.