ATU Mourns Passing of International President Larry Hanley
Yesterday, the Amalgamated Transit Union and the entire labor movement lost a trailblazing leader and working class champion. Lawrence J. “Larry” Hanley, International President of the Amalgamated Transit Union since 2010, passed away on May 7, 2019. He was 62 years old.
Under Hanley’s leadership, the ATU was transformed into one of the fiercest and most progressive unions in the labor movement, aggressively advocating for more and better public transportation and fighting for social, racial, and economic justice for all working people.
Hanley devoted more than 40 years of his life to the ATU and the broader labor movement. He was a tireless and tenacious advocate for his members, transit riders, and all trade unionists.
Citing Hanley’s leadership and his “aggressively progressive approach to fighting for local and regional services,” the Nation Magazine named ATU the “Most Valuable National Union” in 2012. Hanley’s vision helped make “the 200,000 members of ATU…a force to be reckoned with.”