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Welcome and thank you for visiting the new Local 1700 website. This site has many new features and improvements and is the single most effective tool in 1700's communication arsenal. Through this site you can receive news and updates important to you from both the union and from mainstream media outlets.

Also, once you are logged in you will gain access to the Contracts section of the site where you can view the unions current contracts and bylaws. Along with this you can also participate in the Member Forums. Here you can communicate with Local 1700 members across the country. Because ours is a national local, this is one way in which we can close the distance gap between our fellow union brothers and sisters.

Find out more about how the new site works here...

Dec 31
A bus picks up customers who were waiting inside the Double Happyness terminal.  THE NEWS JOURNAL/ANDRE L. SMITH
A bus picks up customers who were waiting inside the Double Happyness terminal. THE NEWS JOURNAL/ANDRE L. SMITH

Double Happyness Bus Line Shuttered by Feds

(from Delaware Online)

The U.S. Department of Transportation has ordered a bus line that travels from Wilmington, Delaware to New York City shut down.

Double Happyness Travel Inc., based in Huntingdon Valley, Pa., was declared an "imminent hazard" to public safety and ordered to cease all passenger service.

The government review found multiple violations of rules regarding vehicle maintenance, alcohol and controlled-substance testing and driver hours.

Dec 26

Occupy Wall Street Shines a Spotlight on the Super-Rich

IB ImageFor months, Occupy Wall Street (OWS) resonated with young people across the globe because of the loose-knit movements simple message:

The top 1% of society has stacked the deck against the 99% of Americans, and are making out like bandits while the rest of us lose our homes, our jobs, our health care, our pensions - even our lives!

Dec 26

Schumer Bill Would Extend Overtime Pay to Over-the-Road Bus Drivers

NTSB warns of curbside carriers’ crash risk

Senator Charles Schumer (D-New York) has introduced legislation to include Greyhound drivers under overtime provisions of the Fair Labor Standards Act. Schumer’s “Driver Fatigue Prevention Act” would eliminate the little-known exemption for owners of intercity bus lines. It could be included in the massive Surface Transportation Act that Congress will debate this coming spring.

Dec 26

What Do Drivers Want?

Survey shows strong priority on U.S.-made, union-made uniforms

More than 150 Greyhound drivers have responded to an ATU Local 1700 survey about uniforms. Members were asked to rate the uniform and its components, what’s in their closets and how much they spend beyond the allowance, and how high a priority they put on American-made and union-made garments.

Dec 26

Mechanics Speak Out

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Richard Cloud

What message is Greyhound sending by cutting mechanics and maintenance when profit is up 18% and intercity bus ridership is up 25%?

“The message I get is that Greyhound is comfortable where they are. The company has done so much with so little for so long that now they think they can do anything with nothing.  Read More

Dec 26

L.A. Labor Walks for "Homeless Heroes"

On Nov. 19, tens of thousands of Southern Californians walked in a massive United Way event to benefit the growing number of homeless. A significant number of the participants were union members calling attention to how the economic crisis has hit military veterans especially

Dec 26

Building a Better Extraboard

Greyhound has agreed to discuss ways to make Extraboard drivers’ lives more bearable. The union and management spent a lot of time during the 2010 contract negotiations trying to reach agreement on improvements for our most stressed members. Several terrific advances have been well received by Extraboard drivers, but we always knew that much more remained to be done.

Dec 21

U.S. Bus Riders Surge as Free Wi-Fi Beats Driving and BoltBus led U.S. curbside bus companies that boosted trips by 32 percent this year as travelers opted to leave their cars behind and surf the Internet while traveling, DePaul University researchers said.

Nov 29

Bus safety measures pick up speed in Congress

A spate of high-profile bus crashes this year along with renewed momentum for a new surface transportation bill has given champions of bus safety a window of opportunity to get long-stalled legislation passed.

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