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Nov 02

Down to the Wire

By President Bruce Hamilton

I am very proud of Local 1700 COPE members across the country who are ensuring that transit workers and all working Americans have a strong political voice on Nov. 6. They have registered new voters, rallied for candidates who support public transportation, and already taken newly registered, older and infirm voters to vote early.

Nov 02

9-Point Romney Plan to Kill Unions

In These Times magazine has posted Mitt Romney’s 9-point plan to “annihilate” unions, based on Romney’s own quotes about how he would handle labor issues. Romney has provided more details on his plan to compromise the future of unions than other issues on his presidential agenda. Except for one quick swipe at teachers by the Republican in the foreign policy debate, neither presidential candidate nor their running mates mentioned workers’ rights, collective bargaining or organized labor during any of the four debates.

Nov 02

Bain Shipping Illinois Jobs to China

On the day before an election that’s supposed to hinge on jobs, taxes and the middle class, Bain Capital, the company Mitt Romney founded, will close the doors of a factory in Freeport, Illinois, and ship 170 good, high-tech jobs to China. The employees of Sensata Technologies were forced to train their Chinese replacements, and the American flag that flew over the factory was reportedly removed while Chinese engineers visited the site. A group of workers have set up “Camp Bainport” across from the factory, and several supporters have been arrested for blocking trucks hauling equipment out of the plant.

Nov 02

Michigan ATU says “Yes on Prop 2!”

The most important item on Michigan’s ballot after the presidential election is Proposition 2, a ballot measure to protect our right to collective bargaining, one of our most fundamental rights as transit workers and union members. Prop 2 will ensure that our voice is heard and that workers, not just CEOs, benefit from a company’s success. Members have been leafleting riders and the public at bus stops and transit centers. To see their flyer, click the headline.

Oct 19

Greyhound, ATU 1700 Begin Contract Negotiations

Positive outlook for an agreement that should reverse the downward spiral Greyhound workers suffered during the company’s long slide.

Oct 19

COPE Works for Labor Victory at the Ballot Box

Local 1700 members are active across the country, from defending labor rights in California to rocking the transit world in a webcast from Ohio and Colorado.

Oct 18

He's Made It Clear That He Will Decimate Transportation

Mitt Romney may not be clear on his details, but he has made it clear that he will dismantle transportation and move forward anti-union laws.
Our new video shows that plan. 
Watch it.
Across the country Romney and his GOP partners have made it clear in their platform that they will support states and Governors like Scott Walker who aggressively attack unions.

Oct 16

Women Members Forming ATU Local 1700 Caucus

An unprecedented number of Greyhound drivers and terminal workers are female and, judging by the warm response from dozens of members around the country, the time is right to form an ATU Local 1700 Women’s Caucus.

Sep 30

Join the ATU Webcast!

Click on the link above to join ATU members from all across America in a huge ATU Internet event to Rock the Transit World! (or click here!)

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