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The Amalgamated Transit Union – the largest labor union representing transit and allied workers in the U.S. and Canada – fights for the interests of its hard-working members and promotes mass transit.

Founded in 1892, the ATU today is comprised of over 200,000 members, including: metropolitan, interstate, and school bus drivers; paratransit, light rail, subway, streetcar, and ferry boat operators; mechanics and other maintenance workers; clerks, baggage handlers, municipal employees, and others. The ATU can be found in 44 U.S. states, the District of Columbia, and nine Canadian provinces.

The Union fights for transit workers by helping them organize local unions, negotiate collective bargaining contracts between its members and their employers, representing members in disputes with management, and making sure that employers adhere to the provisions of their collective bargaining agreement.

The Union also represents the interests of its members at all levels of government, in courts, and in legislatures.

The ATU is a member of the AFL-CIO and the CLC – the national labor organizations of the United States and Canada, respectively.

The Union is governed by an International President, International Executive Vice President, International Secretary-Treasurer, and 18 international Vice Presidents who are elected every three years at the ATU’s International Convention. The 18 International Vice Presidents form the Union’s General Executive Board.

ATU international headquarters is located in Silver Spring, MD. The offices of ATU Canada are located near Toronto, in Rexdale, ON.

A 100 Year History of the Amalgamated Transit Union can be viewed by clicking the link below.

ATU Locals

ATU Locals are there to help you at the grassroots level. It's people who work where you work and live where you live. Local leadership knows your workplace culture and issues. They are the eyes and ears of the Union. If you need advice about your workplace or want to get involved with fighting for your rights on the job, we encourage you to contact your Local.


Partnerships & Affiliations

The ATU has partnered with the organizations in both the United States and Canada in order to fight for more equitable and just communities, to improve the lives of transit workers and their families, and to save our public transit systems.