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TRANSIT UNION
5025 WISCONSIN AVENUE NW
WASHINGTON, DC 20016

Locals and Other Affiliated Organizations

UnionUnit Name/LocationMembers
Transit Union Local Division 1181Valley Stream, NY13,667
Transit Union Conference Board New York State Legislative  /  Rosedale, NY12,798
Transit Union Conference Board California Conference Board  /  Sacramento, CA12,204
Transit Union Local 689Forestville, MD12,038
Transit Union Local Division 241Chicago, IL9,969
Transit Union Local Division 241Chicago, IL9,910
Transit Union Joint Council Del-Mar-Va  /  Forestville, MD7,362
Transit Union Joint Council New Jersey State  /  Kenilworth, NJ6,007
Transit Union Local Division 757Portland, OR5,025
Transit Union Local Division 85Pittsburgh, PA4,535

Source: Office of Labor-Management Standards

Year Covered: 2015  •  Last Updated: November 15th, 2016

Financial Information

The Labor-Management Reporting and Disclosure Act (LMRDA), which is enforced by the Office of Labor-Management Standards, requires labor unions to file annual reports detailing their operations. Contained in those reports are breakdowns of each union's spending, income and other financial information.

Basic Financials

Total Assets $147,579,049
Total Liabilities $6,306,971
Total Income $80,302,783
Total Spent $77,806,013

Total Assets Trend

Assets (Change from previous report)

Cash $8,799,445 (+39.6%)
Accounts Receivable $1,643,132 (+0.1%)
Investments $105,615,491 (-26.2%)
Fixed Assets $5,304,287 (-26.2%)
Treasury Securities $0 (0.0%)
Other Assets $1,182,194 (+47,187.8%)
Loans Receivable $25,034,500 (+60,959.8%)

Liabilities

Loans Payable $0
Accounts Payable $493,202
Other Liabilities $5,813,769
Mortgages $0

Income

Dues $8,662
Per Person Tax $24,534,917
Investments $51,890,371
Supplies $56,865
Loan Repayment $6,500
Interest $61,820
Dividends $2,624,050
Rents $269,345
Fees and Fines $79,986
Loans Obtained $0
Other Receipts $770,267
Affiliates $0
Members $0
Reinvestments $790,800
All Others $147,537

Source: Office of Labor Management Standards

Year Covered: 2015  •  Last Updated: November 15th, 2016

Spending

The Office of Labor-Management Standards (OLMS) requires unions to report how they spent their money in a number of categories. For the first five, OLMS requires unions to provide detailed information on any recipient that received more than $5,000 per year.

Spending Overview

Spending Breakdown

Representational $7,538,274 (9.69%)
Political Activities and Lobbying $2,180,154 (2.80%)
Contributions, Gifts, and Grants $12,079,835 (15.53%)
General Overhead $5,692,731 (7.32%)
Union Administration $3,174,188 (4.08%)
Strike Benefits $76,668 (0.10%)
To Union Officers $3,007,742 (3.87%)
To Union Employees $3,986,016 (5.12%)
Education $0 (0.00%)
Fees $0 (0.00%)

Search All Spending

Source: Office of Labor Management Standards

Year Covered: 2015  •  Last Updated: November 15th, 2016

Membership

Membership Trend

YearMembers
2002179,861
2003182,597
2004181,955
2005180,598
2006181,140
2007183,781
2008186,656
2009191,812
2010192,179
2011189,580
2012190,118
2013192,437
2014193,683
2015192,601

Source: Office of Labor Management Standards

Year Covered: 2015  •  Last Updated: November 15th, 2016

Leaders & Salaries

Top Ten Highest Paid Leaders

NameTitleTotal Compensation
LAWRENCE HANLEYINTERNATIONAL PRESIDENT$295,714
JAVIER PEREZINTERNATIONAL EXECUTIVE V$242,672
OSCAR OWENSINTERNATIONAL SECRETARY-T$241,378
LARRY KINNEARINTERNATIONAL VICE PRESID$231,281
RICHARD MURPHYINTERNATIONAL VICE PRESID$216,713
ROBIN WESTINTERNATIONAL VICE PRESID$215,919
JOHN COSTAINTERNATIONAL VICE PRESID$212,293
BRUCE HAMILTONINTERNATIONAL VICE PRESID$201,557
MICHELLE SOMMERSINTERNATIONAL VICE PRESID$200,323
KENNETH KIRKINTERNATIONAL VICE PRESID$199,951

Source: Office of Labor Management Standards

Year Covered: 2015  •  Last Updated: November 15th, 2016

Political Spending

Federal Election Donations, by Party

Last Updated: November 5th, 2016

State-level Political Operations, by Party

Source: National Institute on Money in State Politics by way of Transparency Data.

Last Updated: December 12th, 2013

Political Action Committees

Political Action CommitteeTotal Contributed
Amalgamated Transit Union$9,010,072

527 Spending

A union's 527 committee makes contributions to political candidates and other organizations for the purpose of influencing the outcome of an election. Unlike Political Action Committees, which are strictly regulated by the Federal Election Commission, 527s are regulated by the IRS. These committees are often considered a form of "soft money."

527 CommitteeTotal Spent
Amalgamated Transit Union$2,343,015

Source: Internal Revenue Service by way of the Center for Responsive Politics

Last Updated: November 15th, 2016

Lobbying

Federal Lobbying

Lobbying Expenditures Trend

Lobbying Groups

ClientTotal Spent Lobbying
Amalgamated Transit Union$11,122,100

Source: Center for Responsive Politics

Last Updated: November 15th, 2016

Crime, Corruption & Racketeering

The Office of Labor-Management Standards (OLMS) conducts investigations to determine if violations of the Labor-Management Relations and Disclosure Act (LMRDA) provisions have occurred.

Investigations are initiated based on various sources such as complaints from union members; information developed by OLMS as a result of reviewing reports filed; information developed during an OLMS audit of a union’s books and records; and information obtained from other government agencies. Investigations may involve civil matters (such as an election of union officers) or criminal matters (such as embezzlement of union funds).

Corruption and Embezzlement Charges

Type of Criminal ActivityNumber of Incidents
1
criminal charges18
embezzlement charges24
Guilty Pleas31
Indictments13
Officials Sentenced18

Some incidents may be accounted for in multiple categories.

Source: Office of Labor-Management Standards

Last Updated: November 15th, 2016

Financial Audits

The Office of Labor-Management Standards (OLMS) has responsibility under the Labor-Management Relations and Disclosure Act (LMRDA) to conduct audits to determine if unions are complying with the law.

OLMS uses a streamlined audit approach called the Compliance Audit Program (CAP) to audit local unions which utilizes specialized records review and investigative techniques to verify LMRDA compliance.

LocalDateView Audit
ATU Local 1564May 27, 2016Full Audit Text
ATU Local 1743July 1, 2013Full Audit Text
ATU Local 1733April 8, 2013Full Audit Text
ATU Local 1763April 8, 2013Full Audit Text
ATU Local 1512March 14, 2013Full Audit Text
ATU Local 859February 14, 2013Full Audit Text
ATU Local 752February 11, 2013Full Audit Text
ATU Local 1333May 9, 2012Full Audit Text
ATU Local 416May 9, 2012Full Audit Text
ATU Local 1001January 27, 2012Full Audit Text
ATU Local 1704April 20, 2011Full Audit Text
ATU Local 1212March 31, 2011Full Audit Text
ATU Local 1625December 16, 2010Full Audit Text
ATU Local 1560September 23, 2010Full Audit Text
ATU Local 1070August 16, 2010Full Audit Text
ATU Local 1605August 5, 2010Full Audit Text
ATU Local 1235August 3, 2010Full Audit Text
ATU Local 788June 22, 2010Full Audit Text
ATU Local 192April 1, 2010Full Audit Text
ATU Local 22November 4, 2009Full Audit Text
ATU Local August 31, 2009Full Audit Text
ATU Local 758March 26, 2009Full Audit Text
ATU Local 19March 20, 2009Full Audit Text
ATU Local 1552February 11, 2009Full Audit Text
ATU Local November 19, 2008Full Audit Text
ATU Local 443January 31, 2008Full Audit Text
ATU Local 788December 13, 2005Full Audit Text
ATU Local 448May 20, 2005Full Audit Text

Source: Office of Labor-Management Standards

Last Updated: November 15th, 2016

Pensions

Pensions Linked to the Union

Pension Name/SponsorMembersFunding Percentage
Amalgamated Transit Union Pension Plan for International Officers and Employees
Amalgamated Transit Union
142

Source: Internal Revenue Service.

Union Decertifications

Unionized employees can elect to revoke a union's right to represent them through a process called a decertification. In order to decertify a union, a majority of the unionized employees must vote to remove the union in an election overseen by the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB).

Recent Decertification Petitions

Case NumberName/UnionDate Filed
19-RD-176137First Student, Inc.
May 12th, 2016
01-RD-171107BRUSH HILL TRANSPORTATION COMPANY
March 4th, 2016
29-RD-160052MVP Transportation, Inc
September 16th, 2015
16-RD-159846TRANSDEV SERVICES, INC.
September 11th, 2015
29-RD-158863MVP Transportation Inc.
August 27th, 2015
29-RD-158585MVP Transportation, Inc.
August 24th, 2015
22-RD-158164EASTON COACH COMPANY
August 18th, 2015
19-RD-154204First Student
June 15th, 2015
09-RD-142180LP TAYLORSVILLE, LLC D/B/A SIGNATURE HEALTHCARE OF SPENCER COUNTY
December 4th, 2014
05-RD-141327TransDev/Veolia Transportation Services Inc.
November 20th, 2014

Source: National Labor Relations Board
Case Activity Tracking System

Unfair Labor Practice (ULP) Allegations

Unionized employees, business owners, managers, and others often bring labor law charges against unions. The National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) oversees the porcess of determining if the union violated the National Labor Relations Act.

AllegationCases Filed
8(b)(1)(A) Duty of Fair Representation, incl'g Superseniority, denial of access556
8(a)(5) Refusal to Bargain/Bad Faith Bargaining (incl'g surface bargaining/direct dealing)326
8(a)(1) Coercive Actions (Surveillance, etc)286
8(a)(5) Repudiation/Modification of Contract[Sec 8(d)/Unilateral Changes]266
8(a)(5) Repudiation/Modification of Contract [Sec 8(d)/Unilateral Changes]262
8(a)(5) Refusal to Furnish Information255
8(a)(3) Discharge (Including Layoff and Refusal to Hire (not salting))229
8(a)(1) Concerted Activities (Retaliation, Discharge, Discipline)198
8(a)(1) Coercive Statements (Threats, Promises of Benefits, etc.)174
8(a)(3) Changes in Terms and Conditions of Employment148
8(a)(3) Discipline126
8(b)(1)(A) Coercion, incl'g Statements and Violence83
8(b)(3) Refusal to Bargain/Bad Faith or Surface Bargaining57
8(b)(1)(A) Union Dues and/or Membership Related (including excessive fees)54
8(a)(1) Interrogation (including Polling)52
8(a)(1) Weingarten49
8(a)(1) Coercive Rules44
8(b)(2) Union Security Related Actions34
8(a)(4) Changes in Terms and Conditions of Employment25
8(a)(2) Assistance24

Please note that a single case may fall into multiple allegation categories.

Source: National Labor Relations Board; Case Activity Tracking System

Recent Strikes

Employer/LocationUnionDays on StrikeEmployees on Strike
STAR TRANS (STAR TRANSIT LLC)
Austin, TX
ATU Local 109192831
First Transit - Mesa Transit Properties
Mesa, AZ
ATU Local 143360250
First Transit - Tempe Transit Properties
Tempe, AZ
ATU Local 143360275
RTD
Denver, CO
ATU Local 1531
First Transit
Tuscaloosa, AL
ATU Local 3148
Para Transit Bus Cos of New York City
NEW YORK, NY
ATU Local 1
Atlantic Express
New York, NY
ATU Local 8
Escambia County Area Transit
Pensacola, FL
ATU Local 139585
Escambia County Area Transit
Pensacola, FL
ATU Local 139585
COMMAND BUS COMPANY
East Elmhurst, NY
ATU Local 400