“Old ideas can sometimes use new buildings. New ideas must use old buildings.”*

*Jane Jacobs, “The Death and Life of Great American Cities” As the expression goes “everything old is new again.” Just when it seems the concerns of days gone by are at their most anachronistic, they resurface with a vengeance. From an uptick in Eighties nostalgia, to a (brief) uproar in the Democratic Party debates over […]

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Make Them Proud…

Within the last year, those of us who care deeply about the state of union democracy in the labor movement have lost two great allies to the cause; Ed Sadlowski of the United Steelworkers and Larry Hanley of the Amalgamated Transit Union. Both of these union leaders tower over many of their contemporaries in their […]

Announcing AUD’s CFC Campaign!

AUD is again a participant in payroll deduction plans for various public sector employees. These include the 2019-20 Combined Federal Campaign (CFC) and the 2019 Our Promise: California State Employees Giving at Work Initiative. Federal and Postal employees: we invite you to select AUD, code #11741 when it is time to designate an organization to receive […]

In Memoriam: Larry Hanley

In Memoriam: Larry Hanley We at AUD are shocked and saddened to hear of the sudden passing of Larry Hanley, International President of the Amalgamated Transit Union (ATU).    Hanley spent much of his life engaged in   a remarkable effort to reform his local, ATU 726 in Staten Island, New York. That successful effort over the […]