Blog Archive

Recently, the Wisconsin State AFL-CIO, on behalf of the 250,000 union brothers and sisters in Wisconsin, sent a letter to TWU extending their appreciation for our support against the attacks on Wisconsin workers. You can see the letter here.

...Read more >> September 28, 2011

In a major breakthrough, members of TWU Local 252 have confirmed the right to preferential hiring and union recognition with Veolia Transportation, selected by Nassau County to be the new private-sector contractor for LI Bus routes and operations.

...Read more >> September 26, 2011

Transportation funding and ensuring African Americans are at the table during planning and implementation of transportation were discussed at the Congressional Black Caucus Foundation’s (CBCF) Annual Legislative Conference this past week in Washington, D.C.

The panel, sponsored by TWU, “Moving Toward Livable and Sustainable Communities: Are African Americans Being Left Behind?” part of the Future Focus Series, discussed how the needs of the low- and moderate-income African Americans must remain a priority as the threats to cut transportation funding continue.

...Read more >> September 26, 2011

In a major breakthrough, members of TWU Local 252 have confirmed the right to preferential hiring and union recognition with Veolia Transportation, selected by Nassau County to be the new private-sector contractor for LI Bus routes and operations.

“This is a huge victory for union solidarity and workers standing together,” said Pat Bowden, president of TWU Local 252, representing more than 930 workers at LI Bus. “Veolia told our members they had to re-apply for their current jobs as individuals. We said, ‘Actually, we’re in this together, and we’re going to apply together – as a union.’”

...Read more >> September 26, 2011

On September 20, TWU members rallied on the steps of capitols and in the streets across the country to tell Congress “Don’t X Out Public Transit.”

As part of a coalition composed of public transit advocates and allies, such as the Amalgamated Transit Union and the American Public Transportation Association, members participated in events throughout the day at transit stations and stops in San Francisco, Philadelphia, Houston, Miami and New York, as Local 171 members released a joint statement with the Ann Arbor Transportation Authority system highlighting the importance of reliable public transportation.

...Read more >> September 20, 2011

TWU utilized its political activists on Sept. 15 to reach out to Sen. Coburn (R-Ok) and demanded his release on the bill to avert another Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) shutdown.

...Read more >> September 16, 2011

Members from New York, Ohio, Texas, Pennsylvania, Nebraska, New Jersey, Michigan and California lobbied on Capitol Hill Sept. 13 to show congressional members they are the faces of workers whose livelihoods are in jeopardy, as will be the unemployed, if funding was cut or eliminated from transportation and infrastructure.

“It’s more than just roads, they need to understand our plight,” said TWU member Harry Wills of New York.

As they wore shirts reading “Didn’t You Say,” a response to congressional members regarding their promise to robust transportation investments for our future, members spent the day visiting over 40 congressional members’ offices to tell them the importance of supporting the investment in transportation to maintain and create jobs.

...Read more >> September 14, 2011

In a strong showing of grass roots support for President Obama’s “American Jobs Act,” Transport Workers Union (TWU) members from Akron, Columbus, New York, Omaha, San Francisco and other cities will be on Capitol Hill this week to lobby in favor of the legislation, which includes $50 billion to upgrade America’s road, rails and airports. 

...Read more >> September 12, 2011

An unlikely trio, the president of the AFL-CIO, the president of the Chamber of Commerce and the President of the United States of America last month stood in the White House Rose Garden and called for the reauthorization of the Surface Transportation Act. President Obama again drew the link between transportation and jobs this past Thursday in his speech before a joint session of Congress.

...Read more >> September 11, 2011

Ten years ago, on Sept. 11, 2001, America faced one of the greatest travesties in its history as two planes struck the World Trade Center buildings in New York, another plane hit the Pentagon and a fourth slammed to the ground in Shanksville, PA, killing a total of 3,000 people. 

...Read more >> September 09, 2011

Tonight we acknowledge President Obama’s bold call to Congress to stop the political circus and finally work on creating jobs, and protecting the livelihood of our workers. 

...Read more >> September 08, 2011

Texas union members, officials and retiree’s kicked off the Labor Day weekend early by joining AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka for an afternoon lunch Sept. 1st in Dallas hosted by the Texas AFL-CIO. Union members gathered to hear Trumka speak about the legislative challenges labor faces and the continued unemployment crisis in America.

...Read more >> September 07, 2011

Congress returns to session this week after the August recess. The "supercommittee" tasked with bringing the deficit into control has scheduled its organizational meeting for Thursday (9/8) morning, the same day President Obama will unveil his jobs plan to a joint session of Congress.

...Read more >> September 07, 2011

NMB Arbitration proffer rejected by TWU – 10 other rail unions

Yesterday afternoon the National Mediation Board proffered arbitration to TWU and 10 other Rail Labor unions in national negotiations with the freight railroads. [Click here for NMB PROFFER]

...Read more >> September 04, 2011

"Which Side Are You On?" is a song written in 1931 by Florence Reece, the wife of an organizer for the United Mine Workers. "It seems like it's illegal to fight for the union anymore," is a lyric that feels very current. Even the right to collectively bargain is under attack from state governments. This push against unions is raising questions about basic worker rights.

...Read more >> September 03, 2011

Dear Sisters and Brothers,

This Labor Day as thousands march in parades around the country, we know that we are in the fight of our lives. As TWU members, we have not only built America, but “We Move America.” 
...Read more >> September 03, 2011