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Amalgamated Transit Union Local 1593
Working for the Professional Bus, Streetcar Operators, Mechanics and Support Personnel at Hart!
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What's New at ATU 1593
Important information that HART is not telling you about FRS.
On July 1st, 2012 the House Bill 5005 goes into effect, which will lower the contributions of the employer to the FRS for Investment Contributions. This will be a big savings to HART meanwhile a loss to the employees.  This is an attempt by the state legislature to lower pensions for their employees and save employers money. Read More...
Driving a bus is hazardous to your health
Driving a Bus is Harzardous to Your Health   Chronic work-related diseases are hard to see just by looking at someone. Take your local bus driver, for example. Read More...
DOT Physical Exam Notification
Attention all members: Below is information that is extremely important regarding DOT physicals.  Please read carefully.  You all will be recieiving a notice similiar to this when its time for your physical to be renewed.  This is being posted as a heads up for everyone.  You may also download a copy of this if you wish to do so. Read More...
We Need To Stand Together For Each Other!
As a Union we need to stand together to further progress in Mass Transit and we need to be the leaders in our communities to make this progress happen.  Its been clear that most members of local government and national government do not have the needs of the people in mind when they pass/reject legislation. Read More...
Stabbed CCT Bus Driver Suspended, didn't follow 'protocol'
A Cobb Community Transit driver, stabbed while trying to break up a fight on his bus, has been suspended pending further investigation because he didn't follow "protocol," a county spokeswoman confirmed Wednesday. Read More...
Court Rules in Bus Drivers Favor!
Court ruling says company wrongly cut paratransit bus drivers' hours By Ana M. Valdes Palm Beach Post Staff Writer Posted: 6:29 p.m. Read More...
A lot of questions come to mind referring to when it comes to DOT physicals. We all have to take them and some of us find them unnerving. Below are some frequently asked questions regarding DOT physicals, hopefully they can help put your mind at ease. Read More...
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What is Collective Bargaining?

What is Collective Bargaining?

For years, not many people talked about collective bargaining. But that changed when Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker, Ohio Gov. John Kasich and Republican politicians in a dozen other states decided to eliminate the right to bargain collectively from public employees. Instantly, working people in all kinds of jobs as well as students, community supporters, faith leaders and others united to defend this basic right.

And why is it so important? Because the right to come together for a voice on the job is not only a fundamental right, it is essential for working men and women to have the strength to improve their living standards, provide for their families and build an American middle class. Collective bargaining enables working people who are union members to negotiate with their employers to determine their terms of employment, including pay, benefits, hours, leave, job health and safety policies, ways to balance work and family and more. Bottom line: It gives working people a voice at the table. 

Analysis of Contracting for Fixed Route Bus Service Final Report Now Available
  Analysis of Contracting for Fixed Route Bus Service     August 1st, 2011 |  (Center Identification Number: 77923)   This study examines the potential for and issues surrounding private sector participation in providing public transportation in Florida. Read More...
Download: Analysis of Contracting for Fixed Route Bus Service Final Report Now Available.pdf
Magistrates Recommendation
Attached find the Special Magistrates Ruling.
Download: special magistrates ruling.pdf
HART's response to special magistrates recommendations
here is harts response.
Download: Harts response to special masters ruling.pdf
Why a union?
The website is funded by union members.   Since the websites inception in 2005 we have given full access to union and non-union employees to let all know just what the union is about. Look at what you make per hour at HART. Read More...
  Bus driver pepper-sprayed over ticket dispute By Rob Lamberti, QMI Agency   // Should already have been defined in the (TagDfpEngine.js -> ga. Read More...
bathroom breaks
Employees in the transit, intercity bus and school bus industries, especially bus operators, face serious health problems due to the lack of immediate and regular access to restroom facilities. Read More...
Why we need a union.

Why we NEED a union


Look at what you make per hour at HART. Now add in the cost of your benefits (fully paid health insurance,(NO PREMIUM DEDUCTION) sick days, vacation days, life insurance, short term disability, catastrophic sick pay and Florida retirement pension plan) This was all negotiated by your union.
Ask your friends what they make? What benefits they have?
This was all made possible by the union negotiating your contract.
Now ask yourself where would we be if there was not a union? No contract? No work rules? Who would you beg to get your raise, time off, vacation etc.
What would we be making?  Would we have any of the benefits listed above? And being that this is a right to work state you could get fired for anything and there would be nothing you could do about it. (sucks)
But thanks to your union you have safeguards in place to see to it that doesn't happen.
This is the main reason to join the union.  The only funding the union gets are member dues. 
Be thankful for what you have.  Give back by joining.  It costs less than a cup of coffee a day (a small price) plus you can visit this cool website!
As with any group there are naysayer's, armchair quarterback's etc... That is why we have this website to dispel that crap.
We have no initiation fees and compared to across the country we have negotiated one of the best contracts out there.
In Solidarity,
ATU1593  Tampa



Ever wonder what 13C is all about?   Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)     Question: What is Section 13(c)? Answer: Section 13(c) is included in the Federal Transit Law, and is located at Section 5333(b) of Title 49 of the U.S. Code (49 U.S.C. § 5333(b)). Read More...
International President Hanley Elected to AFL-CIO Executive Council
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