Skip to content

Grand Rapids Bus Driver’s Union disrupts The Rapid event at 6th Street Bridge Park

July 25, 2017

Yesterday, the City of Grand Rapids, along with other elected officials, hosted an event to show off some of the newest buses that are powered from natural gas.

The event to celebrate the new natural gas powered buses was held at the 6th Street Bridge Park and was meant to highlight the so-called sustainable efforts of the ITP bus system. Local elected officials spoke and ice cream was served.

However, there was one thing that the elected officials and those in attendance didn’t anticipate. They didn’t anticipate that members of the local ATU bus driver’s union would be there to disrupt their celebration.

When a fourth elected official began speaking, several people with a banner walk in front of him, standing between the podium and the crowd. Using a bullhorn they made statements, which you can see in the video below.

The rest of the formal ITP event was cut short, since it was clear that the bus driver’s union and their supporters were not going to let up on disrupting the event.

Afterwards, we interviewed several members of the Grand Rapids chapter of the Amalgamated Transit Union, sharing their thoughts on the failure of The Rapid board to sign a contract and how this was impacting union members.

%d bloggers like this: