Amalgamated Transit Union, Local 256
AMALGAMATED TRANSIT UNION - INTERNATIONAL OFFICE
The Amalgamated Transit Union is the largest labor organization representing transit workers in the United States and Canada. Founded in 1892, the ATU today is comprised of over 180,000 members in 270 local unions spread across 46 states and nine provinces. 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. Lawrence Hanley, who assumed the office in September 2010, currently holds the office of the International President. The International Executive Vice President is Javier M. Perez Jr.., and the International Secretary-Treasurer is Oscar Owens.The ATU is comprised 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.
MESSAGE FROM THE PRESIDENT
As our numbers increase at ATU 256, it seems to me that only a few members are aware of what a Union is or what we in the ATU work for as a