International President Hanley Elected to AFL-CIO Executive Council
AFL-CIO — WASHINGTON, DC (10/14)
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
April 13, 2011
New ATU International President Will Join Federation’s Leadership
Washington, DC (April 13, 2011) – Larry Hanley, international president of the Amalgamated Transit Union (ATU), was elected to the executive council of the AFL-CIO today. Hanley, a Staten Island native and thirty-year veteran of ATU, has served as the union’s International President since last September.
“We are excited to have Larry Hanley join the Executive Council of the AFL-CIO,” said Richard Trumka, president of the AFL-CIO. “Larry is a passionate organizer and a committed advocate for working families. Over the decades, he has never shied away from confrontation or ducked a crisis but used creative tactics, like carrying coffins into public hearings to protest privatizing bus work and hiring a stagecoach to fight for more funding for mass transit. Larry is a passionate communicator and organizer as well as a committed advocate, and we are happy to welcome him to the Council.”
“I’m honored to join the AFL-CIO’s leadership team at such a crucial moment for organized labor,” said President Hanley. “I look forward to working alongside these fine men and women to not only defend and protect the rights of American workers, but also to give a voice to the millions of mass transit users being affected daily by devastating service cuts.”
Over his thirty-year career in the ATU, President Hanley has been a leading advocate for mass transit, vocally opposing service cuts and fighting for increased regulation and better wages in the intercity bus industry. Hanley testified last week before the House Transportation Committee, discussing legislative reform for the country’s surface transportation programs. His testimony is attached here.
About Larry Hanley
Lawrence J. Hanley was elected the ninth International President of the Amalgamated Transit Union at its 56th Convention on September 30, 2010. Prior to his election, he served as an International Vice President and member of the General Executive Board of the Amalgamated Transit Union for eight years, gaining extensive experience in contract negotiations and further expanding his role in the legislative and political arenas.
Prior to his appointment as an ATU International Vice President in 2002, International President Hanley served first as secretary-treasurer and then as president of ATU Local 726 (Staten Island, NY), representing the members of the Metropolitan Transit Authority from 1984 until 2002. International President Hanley began his career in Brooklyn as a bus driver with the Metropolitan Transit Authority in 1978.
About the ATU
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 190,000 members in 264 local unions spread across 44 states and nine provinces. Composed of bus drivers, light rail operators, maintenance and clerical personnel and other transit and municipal employees, the ATU works to promote transit issues and fights for the interests of its hard-working members. For more information, please visit: www.atu.org.
About the AFL-CIO Executive Council
The AFL-CIO executive council is charged with guiding the daily work of the federation. It is made up of the three top officers and 52 vice presidents.
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