ATU Endorses Re-election of President Barack Obama

Larry Hanley, international president of the Amalgamated Transit Union (ATU), announced that the transit workers union is endorsing the re-election of President Barack Obama.

"President Obama has fought for the things we care about," Hanley said. "He has set forth an impressive plan to improve mass transit across our nation, and he has stood with working families in the face of an unprecedented assault on the middle class across the United States.

"The President doesn't get enough credit for all that he has done for Labor over the last three years," asserted Hanley, "and his record is impressive, especially given the obstructionist tactics of the Republican leadership of the House.

"Having taken office during the worst economic crisis since the Great Depression, Barack Obama has set the right course for our nation and economy to dig out of this deep recession," Hanley said. "The President has stabilized the economy with the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, saved the auto industry, defied the House GOP by making recess appointments to the National Labor Relations Board, expanded unemployment insurance, and passed a national health care plan desperately needed by so many Americans – a plan that Congressional Republicans are committed to repealing.

"We want to be clear; the 190,000 members of the Amalgamated Transit Union are on President Obama's bus. Together, we will drive him to victory in November."