May 26th, 2021
The front-line transit workers and managers of the industry training consortium, California Transit Works (CTW), send our heartfelt prayers and condolences to the families of shooting victims at Valley Transportation Authority’s (VTA) Light Rail Division. At least eight of our brothers and sisters died, and those who remain behind in the workplace are traumatized and grief stricken.
As transit workers, we are accustomed to working at the edge of societal conflict and the potential for violence, but we never expected it to erupt from within. And yet, through it all, we keep showing up. We continued working during the covid pandemic and many died. And today, the buses keep rolling to take up where the temporary suspension of Light Rail service left off.
This tragedy renews our commitment to the transit industry and to the workers and managers who keep the wheels rolling in the face of its many hazards. Our hearts are broken, but we are mobilizing to join our first responders, our elected officials, and the labor movement in active support of all who are traumatized and grieving.
Please consider supporting our ATU brothers and sisters and the families impacted by the shooting through a tax deductible donation to the ATU Disaster Relief Fund, or by donating to the Working Partnerships USA’s Union Community Resources program.
We Are One Family.
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