Transit workers take demands to Transportation Committee Wednesday MILWAUKEE – Members of the Amalgamated Transit Union (ATU) Local 998 are bringing their contract concerns to the Milwaukee County Board Transportation Committee meeting after a year of bargaining with Milwaukee County Transit System failed to produce a contract that can move Milwaukee forward.
Transit worker demands continue to be anchored around safety, healthcare, and compensation.
“Every month the public sees another transit worker in the news being commended by MCTS. Our members have been recognized for saving children, pushing a car off railroad tracks, and protecting the elderly from the bitter cold. Milwaukee’s transit workers are truly seen as heroes in the eyes of the public,” said ATU Local 998 President, James Macon. “But what the public doesn’t see is how these very same transit workers are being treated by MCTS management.”
“The hazardous healthcare proposal from County Executive Chris Abele’s management is a slap in the face to the transit workers serving our community every day. It would likely result in thousands of dollars in additional out of pocket medical costs for transit workers. We see it as a racial attack on a majority Black and Brown workforce and a ridership that are seeing their routes cut,” said ATU Local 998 Executive Board Member Michael Brown.
Transit workers are headed to the Milwaukee County Board Transportation Committee Meeting on Wednesday, March 6 at 8 a.m. to testify in favor of a contract that can attract and retain transit heroes and move Milwaukee forward.
WHO: ATU Local 998 Transit workers; Milwaukee County Board Transportation Committee WHAT: Transit workers bring their contract demands to the Transportation Committee WHERE: Milwaukee County Courthouse, 901 North 9th St., Room 201B WHEN: Wednesday, March 6 at 8 a.m. Amalgamated Transit Union (ATU) Local 998, established in 1934,representsover 1,100 active members in Milwaukee, Waukesha, Kenosha and Sheboygan. Our members are the bus drivers, mechanics, station attendants, and other support personnel who make safe, efficient, and affordable public transportation possible. Learn more at ATU998.org. ###
County Executive Chris Abele and the Milwaukee County Transit System are once again trying to play with the lives of some of Milwaukee’s most respected public servants who go above and beyond to make Milwaukee move forward every day. Attacks on the transit workers’ contract are attacks on a predominantly Black and Brown workforce. Transit workers have been in contract negotiations for over a year. Enough is enough!
Milwaukee transit workers need:
SAFETY Transit workers and riders need safer conditions on buses. More proactive safety measures need to be put in place to protect transit workers and riders from assaults. Driver training is also a safety concern. Transit workers need to be trained by experienced driver instructors and not computer programs.
HEALTH Transit workers suffer greater rates of illness than workers in many other industries and occupations. The additional deductibles, premiums, and co-insurance could result in workers paying thousands more in out of pocket expenses every year.
Many studies have confirmed that urban transit workers are at a high risk for many diseases such as low back pain, hypertension and depression. The National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) shows that bus drivers and other "passenger transit workers" suffer greater rates of illness than workers in many other industries and occupations.
RAISE Transit workers are asking for a modest 1.5% raise and a Cost of Living Increase (COLA) to keep up with the cost of inflation.
Stand with ATU Local 998 transit workers and help move Milwaukee forward.
Here are some important next steps and dates:
Milwaukee County Transportation Committee Wednesday, March 6, 2019 at 8am* Milwaukee County Courthouse | 901 North 9th St., Room 201B Picket at Hillside Bus Station Thursday, March 14, 2019 at 11:45am 1942 N 17th St. Noon with speakers. Arrive early and dress warm.
Milwaukee County Board Meeting Thursday, March 21 at 8am* Milwaukee County Courthouse | 901 North 9th St., Room 201B Assemble 2nd floor hallway by room 201
*Courthouse charges for parking. Carpool and shuttling from ATU Local 998 begins one hour before each Courthouse event.