Amalgamated Transit Union
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|Full name||Amalgamated Transit Union|
|Country||United States, Canada|
Lawrence J. Hanley, International President; Robert H. Baker, International Executive Vice President; Oscar Owens, International Secretary-TreasurerMike Mahar, Canadian Director
|Office location||Washington, DC|
|Website||Amalgamated Transit Union Canadian Council|
The Amalgamated Transit Union (ATU) is a labor union in the United States and The Amalgamated Transit Union Canadian Council (ATUCC) in Canada, representing workers in the transit system and other industries. The ATU was founded as the Amalgamated Association of Street and Electric Railway Employees in 1892; today, the ATU is the largest labor organization representing transit workers in the United States and Canada, with over 190,000 members in 270 local unions spread across 46 states and nine provinces. The ATU consists of bus, van, subway, and light rail operators, clerks, baggage handlers and maintenance employees in urban transit, over-the-road and school bus industries, as well as emergency medical service personnel, ambulance operators, clerical personnel, and municipal workers. The ATU can be found in most major cities of the United States and Canada.
The Union is guided by a triennial convention at which delegates chosen by locals meet to debate and direct the future of the Union. The International officers consist of the International President, the International Executive Vice President, the International Secretary-Treasurer, and 18 International Vice Presidents. The International Vice Presidents serve on the Union's General Executive Board.
The office of the International President is currently held by Larry Hanley, who took office in October 2010. The International Executive Vice President is Bob Baker, and the International Secretary-Treasurer is Oscar Owens.
 Canadian Council
Established in 1982, the Amalgamated Transit Union, Canadian Council is the highest authority and voice in Canada for the ATU on all issues of Canadian interest, including legislation, political, educational, health and safety, cultural and social welfare matters.
In addition to membership service, the ATU engages in politics, promoting such causes as increased transit funding, energy independence, and the maintenance of a publicly funded Social Security system. The Department of Training & Field Mobilization works with ATU locals to foster member participation in the union, and build community-based campaigns for transit. In turn, these community-based campaigns will nurture coalitions and build grassroots support for increased flexibility in federal and state transit funding, reducing fares and improving access to transit.
In November 2010, the ATU, the Transportation Equity Network (TEN), the Transport Workers Union (TWU), other labor unions, and transit advocates convened a "boot camp" in Chicago, IL. Activists from varying backgrounds discussed the issues facing both union members and transit riders, and identified opportunities to work together in the future to address the nation's transit crisis. The ATU and Good Jobs First convened a second boot camp for transit advocates in Silver Spring, MD in March 2011.
The ATU was named "Most Valuable National Union" in The Nation magazine's Progressive Honor Roll of 2012 for its support of the Occupy movement, the National Day of Action for Public Transportation, and other social justice issues.
 In popular culture
"Yeah, them hard times are going around, hard times are goin' around, hard times are goin' around, bringin' hard luck on New York town. But I'm bankin' on the ATU, bankin' on the ATU, I'm bankin' on the ATU, Brother George is gonna see me through."
 See also
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- 2006 Toronto Transit Commission wildcat strike
- St. Louis Streetcar Strike of 1900
- Indianapolis Street Car Strike of 1913
- Amalgamated Transit Union
- ATU Canadian Council
- "The Great Greyhound Strikes" (Mineta Transportation Institute College of Business commentary and analysis)
- Nichols, John. "The Progressive Honor Roll of 2012". The Nation. 19 December 2012