The Transport Workers Union of America was founded in 1934 as an industrial union dedicated to the promise that an organization built on trust and equality for all workers cannot be denied. Our motto is "United-Invincible."
TWU is affiliated with the American Federation of Labor and Congress of Industrial Organizations (AFL-CIO) and the worldwide International Transport Workers Federation (ITF). We are a trade union representing workers in Mass Transportation, Airline, Railroad, Utility, University, Municipalities, Service and allied industries.
Our union operates on three levels -- the International Union, Industrial Divisions and Local affiliates. All TWU members belong to Locals formed on the basis of interest and geographic location. The members elect their own Local officers who handle most of their problems. The International Union coordinates the activities of the Divisions and the Locals and assists in negotiations, organizing drives and legislative campaigns. It provides professional legal, education, research and public relations services to the Locals and Divisions.
Local 252 was chartered originally on August 1, 1946. At that time, the lines represented were Rockville Centre Bus, Long Beach Bus, Bee Bus and Utility Lines. Various other lines were organized through the years, many of which went out of business or were taken over by other entities.
We currently represent over 4300 members at N.I.C.E. - Transdev Bus/Paratransit, Suffolk Transporation Service, Inc./Suffolk Bus First Student, and Guardian Bus Company. Our members are made up of transit operatiors, school bus drivers, van drivers, matrons, paratransit operators and mechanics.