The Amalgamated Transit Union is the largest labor union representing transit workers in North America, with over 200,00 members in the United States and Canada.
Founded in 1892 as the Amalgamated Association of Street Railway Employees of America, the union’s name updated over time to mirror technology, and by the 1930s was known as the Amalgamated Association of Street, Electric Railway and Motor Coach Employees of America. Eventually the association landed on the simpler phrase Amalgamated Transit Union to encompass all types of modern transit. ATU Canada was established in 1982.
ATU’s origin dates back to the original American Federation of Labor and its legendary president Samuel Gompers — although some local unions chose to affiliate with the Knights of Labor rather than Gompers’ AFL. Today ATU is a proud member of the AFL-CIO.
ATU Local 757 was first established in 1917, based in Portland. Local 757 grew over the years to its present configuration, representing a variety of transit properties and bargaining units throughout Oregon as well as three in Washington state.
Here are the current Local 757 affiliates:
• Astoria — Sunset Empire Transportation District
• Bend & Central Oregon — Central Oregon Intergovernmental Council Transit
• Canby — First Transit
• Columbia County — CC Rider
• Corvallis — First Student Corvallis and MTS
• Hood River — Columbia Area Transit
• Intersection Media — TriMet Advertising
• Lane County — Lane Transit District
• Medford — Rogue Valley Transit District
• North Bonneville — Public Employee Bargaining Unit
• Portland — Portland Public Schools
• Portland — TriMet Bus
• Portland — TriMet Rail & Streetcar
• Portland — Transdev/TriMet LIFT
• Retirees Chapter
• Salem — Salem Area Transit
• Tillamook — Tillamook County Transportation District
• Vancouver, Wash. — C-TRAN
• Walla Walla, Wash. — Valley Transit
• Yamhill County — First Transit