Amalgamated Transit Union 1415
We are the largest labor union representing transit and allied workers in the U.S. and Canada – fights for the interests of its hard-working members and promotes mass transit.
Founded in 1892, the ATU today is comprised of over 190,000 members, including: metropolitan, interstate, and school bus drivers;
paratransit, light rail, subway, streetcar, and ferry boat operators; mechanics and other maintenance workers; clerks, baggage
handlers, municipal employees, and others. ATU can be found in 44 U.S. states and
the District of Columbia, and nine Canadian provinces.
We need leaders who understand transit is a strategic asset
Hamilton would be a better place to raise a child and age successfully if city councillors realized that public transit is so much more than a budget expense. Public transit has strategic value that can bring key policy objectives within reach.
Vision Zero is one of these objectives. According to the city website, Vision Zero seeks to achieve “an ultimate goal of no deaths or serious injuries on roadways.” Getting to Vision Zero requires “safer streets through improved education, enforcement, engineering, evaluation and engagement.” Do you notice anything missing?
Transit program gains national attention
Kingston Transit’s program to teach new high school pupils about public transit has won a national transportation award.
The program, a partnership between Kingston Transit and the Limestone District School Board, won a Sustainable Communities Award for Transportation from the Federation of Canadian Municipalities.
The program involves taking Grade 9 students on a chartered bus trip so they can learn about public transportation and its environmental and economic benefits.
OC Transpo driver punched in the face
An OC Transpo driver was punched in the face Friday afternoon by a passenger who was angered by the bus operator’s refusal to drop him off between regular stops.
The assailant forced open the doors and fled after hitting the driver in the face, possibly breaking his nose.
Ottawa police and paramedics responded to the emergency call during Friday’s rush hour. The bus operator had by then stopped his vehicle on St. Laurent Boulevard and Tremblay Road.
Court orders trucking company to remove driver-facing cameras because they violate drivers’ privacy
A ruling called the cameras “particularly intrusive,” and ordered them to be removed from the company’s fleet.
ATU celebrates 125th anniversary With Fight To Fix The Bus Driver Workstation
Amalgamated Transit Union International President Larry Hanley released the following statement to mark the 125th anniversary of the ATU.
“One hundred twenty-five years ago, today, in order to “disenthrall themselves from the slavery of long hours and burdensome toil,” 52 transit workers assembled in Indianapolis, IN, to form the Amalgamated Association of Street Railway Employees of America, now the Amalgamated Transit Union. It was the birth of the largest and most successful transit worker movement in North America – a labor union that’s still fighting for its members, and all workers today.
“ATU brought transit and allied workers out of the depths of poverty and into the mainstream of the Canadian and American middle class. But it didn’t happen without cost.
“As in other unions, ATU members suffered, and some died to secure our collective bargaining rights; to protect us from unfair treatment on the job; to provide us with living wages, overtime pay, sick days, health care, vacations, retirement, a decent work environment; and more.
“Unfortunately, most North Americans today are unaware of union history. And those who control the levers of government have taken advantage of that to chip away at our accomplishments to the point where we find ourselves fighting to hold on to so many of the things we achieved over the last 125 years.
Greyhound to offer buses from Waterloo Region to Pearson airport
There’s a new relatively inexpensive way to get to Pearson International Airport.
Greyhound Canada will offer bus service from Kitchener’s Charles Street terminal to the airport starting on Sunday.
The service will offer four buses that will leave the terminal each day.
The buses will leave at 9:30 a.m., 11:30 a.m., 1:30 p.m. and 3:30 p.m. and will take between an hour and 20 minutes and two hours each way.
Some buses will make stops in Guelph as well.
According to Greyhound’s website, ticket prices can be as will be as low as $8.80 for a web only fare and up to $25.80 for a refundable ticket.
You can also take the bus back home from the airport. There are four different buses that return to the region from the airport.
They all stop in Guelph on the way back, too.