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ATU Activists Win Historic Dedicated Transit Funding in Pennsylvania

Denver’s Veolia Drivers Join ATU!

Pennsylvania Governor Ed Rendell, D, signed historic legislation into law, July 17, which will provide nearly $950 million in average, annual transportation infrastructure and public transit funding over the next 10 years.

Local 1001-Denver, CO, welcomed 269 new members into the ATU family on July 20. Employees of Veolia Transit voted to join ATU in the workers’ first ever election. International Representative Yvette Salazar, Local 1001 President Holman Carter, Member Organizer Dan Sundquist, and the local’s members joined dozens of Veolia drivers for the vote count late that night.

Act Signed With ATU Pen

Determination

Local 85 campaigned vigorously for the bill which will pump desperately needed money into Pittsburgh’s cash-strapped Port Authority system. The governor signed the legislation with an ATU pen.

One operator who had just had surgery overcame considerable obstacles to make his voice heard. He wanted to vote for the Union but he had no way to get to the company where the voting was taking place.

The new transportation funding law replaces a patchwork transit funding system with the new Public Transportation Trust Fund, which will draw resources from sales and other taxes, lottery proceeds, Pennsylvania Turnpike toll revenue, and first-time tolls on Interstate 80.

Realizing his determination, the local secured a wheelchair and transportation for the employee and wheeled him to the building. In a moving moment, the driver struggled out of the chair and walked as best he could to the polling place to cast his vote for ATU. The vote brings the total number of new members added to Local 1001’s rolls this year to over 500.

THE NEW ATU WEBSITE HAS ARRIVED!! International President Warren S. George is proud to announce the re-launch of the new ATU website. The new website is designed to be more attractive and user-friendly. It keeps most of the familiar content, such as transit news clips, from the old website while opening up some new items for ATU members and the public. One of the most anticipated links is to a new “ATU Store” at which members can buy ATU items online. Local officers will have their own section in which they will be able to view information that helps them do their jobs. Interactive content will be coming soon in which ATU officers and members will be able to fill out forms and email them into the International offices. The new sight will also spotlight many of the professions and areas of our two countries where ATU members live and work. We hope you’ll find the new site attractive and useful. The address is the same: atu.org. We hope you’ll visit again and again.

www.atu.org

JULY/AUGUST 2007

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In Transit - July/August 2007  

Transit Worker Assault ATU Activists Win! Union to Celebrate Resurgence of Workers Making ‘The Right Move’ at International Convention / a u...