AC Transit Union Members Participate in Oakland Rally

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About 30 people from social justice groups and members of Amalgamated Transit Union Local 192 came together in Downtown Oakland Thursday to protest what they called a misdirection of federal transportation funds.

Rally participants were there to draw attention to the results of a recent Transportation for America study claiming that transit operations could sustain themselves financially and also create nearly 1.3 million jobs nationwide over a five-year period if given half of the funds normally allocated to highways under SAFETEA-LU, a bill determining the allocation of money to transportation agencies.

The bill is being reviewed for reauthorization, a process that occurs every six years. Those at the rally hoped to solicit additional funds for transit during this period in the face of massive cuts to AC Transit services, according to the union's president, Claudia Hudson.

-Samantha Strimling

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