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More Buses Needed for Queens

August 18, 2014
By Mark Henry
, ATU Local 1056 President

Queens, NY - As president/ Business Agent of Amalgamated Transit Union Local No. 1056 which represents drivers and mechanics who work for MTA New York City Transit's Queens Bus Division, I testified to the need to enhance bus service, secure improvement to bus depots and develop new bus terminals in Queens before The NYS Assembly Committee on Corporations, Authorities and Commissions. The committee, chaired by Member of Assembly James F. Brennan, looked at the MTA 2015-2019 Capital plan and I called for a marked increase in emphasis on the current and future needs of Queens public transit.

NYC Needs More Bus Service

August 18, 2014
By John Lyons, ATU Local No. 1179 President and  ATU Legislative Conference Chair

As chair of the Amalgamated Transit Union's Legislative Conference Board and as President/ Business Agent of ATU Local No. 1179 I advocated for improvement to bus service and facilities at a recent (Thursday, August 7, 2014) NYS Assembly hearing on the MTA's 2015-2019 Capital Plan. 

Machinists Union Sues Spirit AeroSystems Over Outsourcing

August 13, 2014
By Neal Tepel

Washington, DC — The International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers (IAM) announced its filing a lawsuit against Spirit AeroSystems over the company’s plans to outsource IAM-represented jobs. This is work currently done by the 7,200 IAM Spirit employees.

Teamsters Air freight Workers Approve Contract

August 12, 2014
By Neal Tepel

Washington, DC -  The final remaining contract rider between the Teamsters Express Division National Union Negotiating Committee and domestic air freight company AEI has been approved. With the passage of the local rider, the national agreement is now fully ratified. The contract, which runs through Dec. 31, 2016, covers about 800 Teamsters across the U.S. employed by AEI, the domestic air freight forwarding arm of DHL Global Forwarding. The previous agreement had been extended to allow the ratification process to be completed.

MTA Funding Gap vs Needed Repairs and Upgrades

July 30, 2014
By Neal Tepel, LaborPress Special Report

New York, NY - The Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA) has made significant progress in repairing and modernizing the regional transit system, but a great deal of work remains and financing these capital investments over the next 20 years will be difficult, according to a report released by New York State Comptroller Thomas DiNapoli.

Folk Say NYC Deserves High-Speed Rail

July 29, 2014
By Marc Bussanich

New York, NY—Intercity passenger rail customers told LaborPress outside Moynihan Station on 8th Avenue and 33rd Street that New York City, and the country, deserves high- speed rail.

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