FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Contact: Heather Laverty at 269-598-2235
September 18, 2019
TWU Local 208 Hosts Community Event to Stop Driverless Buses
WHEN: Tomorrow, Thursday, September 19, from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m.
WHERE: Travelers’ Rest Baptist Church, 1533 Cleveland Avenue
WHO: TWU Local 208 and the People Before Robots Campaign, a statewide coalition of riders, workers, unions, faith-based groups, civil rights organizations, and activists working together to ensure that driverless buses are never a threat to the safety of our community, including: Central Ohio AFL-CIO Labor Council, BCTGM Local No. 19, Ohio AFL-CIO, Ohio Alliance for Retired Americans Retirement Fund, Baptist Ministerial Alliance of Columbus and Vicinity, APRI Ohio, Coalition of Black Trade Unionists, OAPSE AFSCME, Franklin County Chapter APRI and the Central Ohio Worker Center.
The following Council Members will be in attendance: Council President Shannon G. Hardin, Council President Pro Tempore Elizabeth Brown, Rob Dorans, Shayla Favor, and Emmanuel V. Remy. South Linden Area Commission Chair Lawrence Calloway Jr., will also be there.
WHAT: City leaders, COTA, & SMART Columbus are invited to come speak with the coalition and the community, answer questions, and give the rationale for implementing a shuttle here in Linden. The shuttles are expected to get to Linden in November: The $1.125M grant was awarded to EasyMile, a French company with its U.S. headquarters in Denver. The money comes from the $40 million U.S. Department of Transportation grant from the 2016 Smart City Challenges win. Click here to read more.
The Transport Workers Union of America, AFL-CIO, represents more than 150,000 workers across the airline, railroad, transit, universities, utilities and services sectors.