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    *The Eastern Canadian Joint Conference – The Forerunner of the Can-Am *
     
    *The Eastern Canadian Joint Conference – The Forerunner of the Can-Am *
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     The formulation of the Can-Am Conference was preceded by the Eastern Canadian Joint Council (ECJC), which included all locals in Ontario primarily, east to Halifax and St. John's as well as Local 1505 in Winnipeg. Starting in 1971, it was a two-day conference with a moderate agenda, with reports from participating Locals.  In and around 1991, it was decided that the ECJC had outlived its usefulness and was dissolved. 
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    **The formulation of the Can-Am Conference was preceded by the Eastern Canadian Joint Council (ECJC), which included all locals in Ontario primarily, east to Halifax and St. John's as well as Local 1505 in Winnipeg. Starting in 1971, it was a two-day conference with a moderate agenda, with reports from participating Locals.  In and around 1991, it was decided that the ECJC had outlived its usefulness and was dissolved. 
     
    Between 1992 and 1994, Local 113 Toronto was instrumental in formulating a plan to develop an eastern seaboard conference on a large scale. About 12 Locals participated in these early planning meetings.  Thus, the Can-Am Conference was initiated. The first gathering was held in 1994 at The Hilton in Downtown Toronto, although there was no name given to it, until the next conference which was held in Boston in 1995. The ATU Northeast Conference Board was officially renamed the ATU Can-Am Conference Board at the first organized conference held in Braintree, Massachusetts on May 6, 1995.  
     
    Between 1992 and 1994, Local 113 Toronto was instrumental in formulating a plan to develop an eastern seaboard conference on a large scale. About 12 Locals participated in these early planning meetings.  Thus, the Can-Am Conference was initiated. The first gathering was held in 1994 at The Hilton in Downtown Toronto, although there was no name given to it, until the next conference which was held in Boston in 1995. The ATU Northeast Conference Board was officially renamed...
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    This month marks the 55th anniversary of federal support for public transportation.

    The success of public transportation can be traced back to one of the late President Lyndon Johnson's greatest accomplishments which continues benefiting many Americans today.  On July 9, 1964, he signed the "Urban Mass Transportation Act of 1964" into law.  This has resulted in the investment over time of several hundred billion dollars into public transportation.

    The Rochester Genesee Regional Transportation Authority has benefited by over $650 million in grants from the U.S. Department of Transportation Federal Transit Administration (previously known as the Urban Mass Transportation Administration), going back to 1973.

    A majority of the RGRTA bus capital program, including buses, paratransit vehicles, bus garages, fueling stations, fare collection equipment, automatic vehicle locator equipment, real-time communications systems to notify riders for anticipated arrival of the next bus, shelters, bus stop signs and other support equipment necessary to run the system were all paid for primarily with federal funding.  Over $40 million paid for the downtown intermodal bus terminal.   

    Millions of Americans today utilize various public transportation alternatives.  They include local and express bus, ferry, jitney, light rail, subway and commuter rail services. All of these systems use less fuel and move far more people than conventional single occupancy vehicles.  Most of these systems are funded with your tax dollars thanks to President Johnson.

    Depending upon where you live, consider the public transportation alternative. Try riding a RGRTA bus. The ability to travel from home to workplace, school, shopping, entertainment, medical, library etc. is a factor when moving to a new neighborhood.  Economically successful communities are not 100 percent dependent on automobiles as the sole means of mobility.  Seniors, students, low and middle income people need these transportation alternatives. 

    Investment in public transportation today contributes to economic growth, employment and a stronger economy.  Dollar for dollar, it is one of the best investments we can make.

    Larry Penner is a transportation historian and advocate who previously worked 31 years for the United States Department of Transportation Federal Transit Administration Region 2 NY Office.

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    Assaults on transit workers, a disturbing and violent trend across the U.S. and Canada. Share this video and take action to help at www.atu.org/stoptransitassaults

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    IN TRANSIT MAGAZINE

    In Transit is the flagship, bimonthly magazine of the Amalgamated Transit Union, covering labor and transit news from the United States and Canada

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    ATU LOCAL DIRECTORY

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    ATU Online Video Training

    ATU Online Training Videos to help our Local leaders and members to learn new strategies to empower members to get involved, make our locals stronger, and build a more powerful ATU for the battles ahead.

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    Members Benefits

    And then check out the voter protection and education resources from My Vote My Right.

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    Women’s History Month: Josephine Casey, ATU’s first female local officer and convention delegate

    As the correspondent for Local 308-Chicago, IL, correctly noted in the March 1904 issue of The Motorman and Conductor, “[T]he only active lady membership of our association is enrolled upon the roster of 308.” Indeed, the first women members did come from Local 308, which was organized in 1902 to represent the employees of the Chicago Elevated Service. In addition to operating crews, track crews and maintenance employees, the work force included station agents who were primarily women.

    One of these women was a labor organizer and women’s rights advocate, Josephine Casey. She was a trailblazer for women in the ATU.

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    In the last year, SafeTrack has inconvenienced riders, workers and taxpayers.   Now, the Government Accountability Office (GAO) has announced that the budget for SafeTrack will cost another $40 million dollars, begging the question: where is the additional $40 Million going to come from? 
     
    Riders, workers and taxpayers should not have to be on the hook to make up for WMATA leadership’s consistent lack of preparation and vision. If WMATA has its way, the public will solely take on the responsibility of repairing the system by enduring planned fare increases, service cuts, increased train wait times, and layoff of employees. WMATA’s constant mistakes come with a cost.

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    New ATU Mobile App for Smartphones

    Looking for the latest news and updates about ATU? There’s an app for that. Looking for ATU events or actions in your area? There’s an app for that. Looking for photos of ATU in action? There’s an app for that.

    More and more people are using smartphones everyday to stay connected, informed and involved. And that’s why ATU has launched a New Mobile App.

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