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Yesterday, May 24

  • 4:29pm
    Changes to Body
     
    Picking starts on Monday June 3 and ends on Thursday June 13.
     
    Picking starts on Monday June 3 and ends on Thursday June 13.
     
     
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    Work begins on july 1.
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    Work begins on July 1.
     
     
     
    Paddles can be emailed to you ONCE WE HAVE THEM (contact union office)
     
    Paddles can be emailed to you ONCE WE HAVE THEM (contact union office)
     
     
     
    CLICK ON TABS BELOW FOR RUNGUIDES ============================================
     
    CLICK ON TABS BELOW FOR RUNGUIDES ============================================
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  • 4:29pm
    Changes to Body
     
    NOTICE: NEW STARTING TIME FOR PICKS 
     
    NOTICE: NEW STARTING TIME FOR PICKS 
     
     
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    Picking starts on Monday June 3 and ends on Thursday june 13.
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    Picking starts on Monday June 3 and ends on Thursday June 13.
     
     
     
    Work begins on july 1.
     
    Work begins on july 1.
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Thursday, May 23

  • 3:50pm

    The funeral for our fallen Local 1593-Tampa, FL,
    Brother Thomas Dunn will be held this
    Saturday, May 25, details below:

    5:00pm EST, Saturday, May 25 (Viewing at 3:30pm)
    Hillsborough Memorial Funeral Home
    2323 W. Brandon Blvd, Brandon, FL, 33511

  • 3:45pm

    Issues resounding call to arms to ATU members

    With the untimely and tragic passing of ATU International President Larry Hanley, the ATU General Executive Board has chosen International Vice President John A. Costa to serve as ATU International President until the next ATU Convention set for September 2019.  

    “It is an honor and privilege to be chosen as International President by our General Executive Board to serve the more than 200,000 members of this great union,” Costa said. “It has been a very difficult time as we mourn the passing of International President Larry Hanley – a once-in-a-lifetime transformational and trailblazing leader who brought our union to new heights.”

    Costa, who has served as an International Vice President since 2010, issued a resounding call to arms to ATU members and put the industry on notice that every member deserves a livable wage, and safe and healthy working conditions, and our riders and their communities deserve the best possible transit service.

    “From Pensacola, FL, to Port Alberni, BC, from San Diego, CA, to St. John’s, NL, and everywhere in between, our members will join together in a renewed crusade to honor Hanley’s memory and continue his work to fight for the rights of all transit workers; more, better and affordable public transit, and social, racial and economic justice for all,” said Costa.

    Vowing to build on the passion, programs and policies which marked Hanley’s legacy, Costa pledged to push back against the rising privatization of public transit, and protect the livelihoods, health and safety of all transit workers.

    Known for his tough negotiating style and fresh off a precedent-setting contract agreement for DASH bus drivers in Alexandria, VA, Costa pledged to fight for fair wages and benefits for all ATU members. “No longer will we settle for incremental changes for our members,” Costa said. “We will push for strong wages and benefits that recognize the critical role we play in our communities to safely transport people to work, school, medical appointments and other destinations.”

    Echoing the “One ATU” campaign that brought Hanley and Costa into office in 2010, Costa vowed to fight the anti-worker, anti-transit politicians and their wealthy funders. “While President Donald Trump and Premier of Ontario Doug Ford seek to divide us, we are one Union, one labor movement, and together we will rise up to take on and turn back those forces who seek to strip our members and all working people of their hard-earned rights,” Costa said.

    Costa takes the helm of ATU just days after the tragic fatal stabbing of Tampa bus driver and ATU Local 1593 member Thomas Dunn and demanded action to stop the senseless epidemic of attacks on transit workers.

    “Our hearts and prayers go out to the family of Thomas Dunn and our brothers and sisters of Local 1593 in Tampa....

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Thursday, May 16

  • 11:47am

    Late last month, a Boston-area man was arrested for allegedly boarding an M.B.T.A. bus and assaulting the driver. According to the Boston Globe's MetroDesk blog, police reports say the suspect got on the bus and confronted the driver about pulling away from a previous stop without letting him board. Witnesses saw the suspect punch the driver until he hit the ground, then kick him while he was down.

    The job of city bus driver has long been one of the most stressful and hazardous gigs in town. If staying on schedule or fighting through traffic or remaining in a seated position for hours doesn't get you, then fending off shod foot from some vengeful guy who was late to the stop will. And when a transit authority makes the hard cuts that reduce service, it's the drivers on the front line that feel the sometimes-mucus-filled wrath of the public.

    That's not just anecdotal pity talking. Half a century of medical research has determined that the demands of driving a city bus result in a variety of physical (notably heart disease and back pain), mental (anxiety and depression), and behavioral (substance abuse) health problems. A British review [PDF] of this work from a few years ago concluded that "poor well-being in drivers is part and parcel of the job."

    The first study to document deteriorating health among city bus drivers was done in the early 1950s. Researchers found higher mortality rates and increased risk of clinical heart disease as a result of the bus driver's sedentary lifestyle. A study from the late '70s [PDF] reported a high lung cancer rate consistent with the amount of smoking done to ease the stress. Ten years later an investigation of roughly 1,500 American city bus drivers found that "exposure to the occupation" was linked to significantly higher rates of hypertension, compared to control populations.

    The '90s delivered more bad news. Only one in nine drivers reached retirement age, according to one report, partly because they suffered musculoskeletal or mental health problems before they got there. A small study of 22 assaulted drivers in England nevertheless found that a very high rate — ...

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Wednesday, May 15

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    8:32pm
    Statement from International Executive Vice President Javier Perez on passing of International President Larry Hanley

    It is with great sadness that I write to inform you that our beloved International President Larry Hanley passed away suddenly yesterday. Our heartfelt sympathies and condolences go out to his family at this very difficult time. This is an unfathomable and tragic loss for the ATU and the entire labor movement. As further details are available additional information will be provided.

    In solidarity,
    Javier Perez
    International Executive Vice President

     


    Statement from the family of International President Larry Hanley

    It is with greatest sorrow to share with you that our dear husband, father and brother, Lawrence J. Hanley, passed away on May 7, 2019.  He devoted his life to the union movement and to the Amalgamated Transit Union. His fondest wish for the union now would be to continue your everyday efforts for the members, because they were always the ones on his mind. He shared his love of defending the defenseless with you in the hopes that the ATU would be a shining beacon in the labor movement, the country, and the world. We wish to thank you for all of your hard work in your careers furthering these goals and wish you success as you continue in furtherance of them. As we go forward, the men and women of the ATU, and the labor movement will always be in our hearts. We will never forget the joy and privilege he felt in his over 40 year career, fighting for the people who needed a champion. We are so proud of everything the ATU has done and will do for the working women and men of this country. It was an honor.

    "Pray for the dead and fight like hell for the living."
    - Mary G. Harris "Mother" Jones (1837-1930)

    Thelma, James, Monica and Lawrence, Jr.

    ATU.ORG

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