On average, approximately seven drivers a month are slapped, punched or even stabbed while on duty, MTA statistics show. Transit officials hope increased technology, along with other steps, will help turn the tide.
ATU 1056 President and Business Agent I. Daneek Miller, concerned legislators, Community Board 13Q Chair Bryan Block and Transportation Alternatives' Juan Martinez urged Queens residents to take advantage of restored service starting Sunday January 6
“Congressional attempts to slash public transportation even as transit systems across the country raise fares and cut service make it imperative this election year for riders to voter to support candidates who support public transportation,” stated I. Daneek Miller, President and Business Agent for Amalgamated Transit Union (ATU) Local 1056.
Following labor’s loss in Wisconsin’s recall, the leader of the nation's largest transit union says building coalitions with riders, not organizing more drivers, is the top priority for his union’s future. Interviewed at last month’s Netroots Nation conference, Amalgamated Transit Union President Larry Hanley said that Wisconsinites’ willingness to keep their union-busting governor in office demonstrates the urgent need to change the relationship between public workers and the American public. “No matter how much money we put into electoral politics,” said Hanley, “if we can’t change the attitudes of people…we’ll lose. It’s just a matter of when and how hard