05/09/2019 - The American Postal Workers Union is mourning the sudden loss of Amalgamated Transit Union (ATU) International President Larry Hanley. We extend our deep condolences to his immediate family and his extended ATU family.
Brother Hanley, who rose from bus driver in Staten Island to the top leadership of the union, always remained a “man of the people” and was known as an honest and passionate fighter for the transit workers, transit riders, the labor movement and the working class as a whole.
Under his leadership, the ATU rose to become a powerful advocate for public transit services. He led in forging alliances and coalitions between workers and the riding public to defend and expand public services, and keep fares low, while, at the same time, battling and winning better pay and benefits for transit workers.
“This is a sad day. The APWU family has lost a great friend”, shared APWU President Mark Dimondstein. “Brother Hanley stood with us in the Stop Staples fight, led his union to become a member of the Grand Alliance to Save the Public Postal Service and led the ATU as a union that fought for social justice everywhere. We had common cause in opposition to privatization of public services, whether postal or transit. We stood shoulder to shoulder in many fights and I am proud to have worked and struggled together with Brother Hanley and the ATU.”
Brother Larry Hanley will be missed. His life’s work in the cause of justice for working people has bettered the lives of countless workers and his example of bold leadership will inspire working people for generations to come.