BUFFALO, N.Y. -- While many Western New Yorkers spent Labor Day relaxing, some used it as an opportunity to highlight contract negotiations with a local employer.
Lawmakers joined representatives from the Amalgamated Transit Union (ATU) Monday to call on the NFTA to give those in the union a contract.
The ATU is the largest labor union representing transit and allied workers in the U.S. and Canada, according to its website. It has more than 190,000 members, including bus drivers, paratransit, light rail, subway, street car and ferry boat operators, mechanics, maintenance workers, clerks, baggage handlers and municipal employees.
Union workers say they have been without a contract for the past seven years.
Issues stressed included fair wages for bus drivers.
"We are going to stand up and we are going to whatever it take to make sure that the men and women of the Amalgamated Transit Union, the men and women that are working so hard on behalf of the neediest communities in Western New York, get paid a fair wage, get treated with dignity, (and) get treated with respect when they go to work everyday," said New York State Senator Timothy Kennedy, who attended the gathering Monday.
The union workers also plan to hold an interfaith prayer vigil on Wednesday afternoon outside the NFTA headquarters on Ellicott Street.