Mark your calendar! On Thursday, January 16, TRU will be collaborating with the Seattle Central Community College student government to hold a public forum on the planned Metro cuts, the public transit funding crisis, and what we can do about it.
What: Public Forum on Metro Cuts and the Transit Funding Crisis
When: Thursday, January 16, 12:00 – 2:00 pm (there may be a second session from 4:00 – 6:00 pm – stay tuned)
Where: Broadway Performance Hall, 1625 Broadway (between Howell and Pine St.)
Who: YOU! This event is open to the public and all are invited. There will be a panel of speakers followed by questions and discussion.
Our brothers and sisters in ATU Local 587 will vote on December 19 whether to ratify a new contract. The Transit Riders Union believes that our Metro drivers and all transit workers deserve a fair contract, and we extend the following statement of solidarity:
- The Transit Riders Union believes that the burden of Metro’s financial crisis should not fall on ATU 587 King County Transit Workers. The solution to this crisis is new progressive funding for transit, not cutting service and raising fares or eroding ATU 587 King County Transit Workers standard of living and working conditions.
Transit Riders Union Members were interviewed on Mind Over Matters on Saturday, November 30. It’s a good summary of the history of Metro’s financial troubles and the current political situation. You can listen to the program here:
Next Tuesday, join the Occupy CEHKC (Committee to End Homelessness in King County) Coalition for a rally with music and speakers at 5:30 in Westlake Park in downtown Seattle. At 7:00 pm there will be a community meal, followed by a camp out – mats, blankets, and tarps will be provided. The following morning there will be breakfast and coffee and then we’ll march to the Governing Board meeting of CEHKC, where several people will testify.
The Transit Riders Union is a member of the Occupy CEHKC Coalition, along with SHARE/WHEEL, Nickelsville, and SAFE. Our demands are:
- Support and fund more shelter now, especially tent cities, eco-villages, car camps and family shelters;
- Stop evictions based on illegal foreclosures;
- Divest from banks unfairly foreclosing on homeowners;
- Increase reduced rate bus tickets;
- Maintain Metro bus service;
- Adopt a low income bus fare; and
- Accelerate both the preservation and construction of affordable housing.
It’s official, folks: Kshama Sawant, TRU-endorsed candidate for City Council Position 2, has decisively won!
The Transit Riders Union stands in solidarity with Walmart workers who went on strike today at the Federal Way Walmart. Here’s our letter of support:
Dear Walmart Workers and Members of OURWalmart:
On behalf of the Transit Riders Union, we are writing to express our solidarity with you and with all Walmart workers in your struggle to win respect, dignity, a living wage, and improvements to working conditions at Walmart. Continue reading
Is your route in danger of being cut or reduced? We need your help getting the word out and organizing transit riders so we can stop the cuts. Print out these half-page posters, write your route number in the space, and tape them up at or near your bus stops. And here’s Metro’s printable info sheet with a list of all the routes.
PRINT A POSTER FOR YOUR STOP: http://transitriders.org/pdf/Lost_Bus_Poster