Around 1,000 public transport workers from 40 states gathered in Washington DC, USA on 20 May to demand more investment in metros and buses in the country’s cities and towns.
At the rally, leaders of two ITF affiliates – the Amalgamated Transit Union (ATU)and the Transport Workers’ Union (TWU) – joined their members, legislators in the US Senate and Congress and other ‘Fund Transit’ campaign supporters to demand that the federal puts more money into better, safer transport for workers and passengers.
It was the centerpiece of a series of national activities for the ATU’s May Transit Action Month.
Afterwards campaigners descended on Capitol Hill offices to visit Members of Congress to urge increased funding for public transport in the nation’s transportation funding law, which is set to expire 1 October. The trust fund enabled by the legislation will run out of money to pay for highway and transit projects in August.
Addressing the workers at the rally, Mac Urata, ITF inland transport section secretary, said: “You are not alone in your fight. Public transit systems and their workers are under attack all over the world because of privatisation and deregulation. Workers’ rights and working conditions are being undermined and the travelling public see multinationals making profits while integrated transport systems are broken up. The ITF and its affiliates stand together with you in your campaign.”