American Train Dispatchers Association
|Full name||American Train Dispatchers Department|
|Native name||Train Dispatchers|
|Key people||F. L. McCann, President|
1370 Ontario Street, Suite 1040Cleveland, Ohio 44113, USA
|Website||National Site, Regional Site|
The American Train Dispatchers Association or Train Dispatchers is an American trade union representing railroad workers. The Train Dispatchers belong to the AFL-CIO as one of the organization's smallest members.
ATDA operates mostly as a craft union representing railroad dispatchers. Specialized forms of dispatchers including trick train dispatchers, night chief dispatchers and assistant chief dispatchers are also members of the union.
The organization also represents the crafts that provide power to electrified trains, mostly on commuter lines. The titles in this jurisdiction are power supervisors, power directors and load dispatchers.
The Train Dispatchers hold collective bargaining agreements with the following companies:
- Alaska Railroad
- Burlington Northern and Sante Fe Railway
- Belt Railway of Chicago
- Grand Trunk Western Railroad (CN)
- Indiana Harbor Belt Railroad
- Kansas City Southern Railway
- Massachusetts Bay Commuter Railroad
- Montana Rail Link
- New Jersety Transit
- Norfolk Southern
- Soo Line (CP)
- South Shore Line
- Staten Island Railway
- Terminal Railroad Association of St. Louis
- Wisconsin Central Ltd. (CN)
The union was founded in 1917 at a convention in Spokane, Washington. An earlier organization called the Train Dispatchers Association of America preceded the establishment of the ATDA by 27 years. During the Great Railroad Strike of 1922, the Train Dispatchers did not participate but neither would they perform work of other unions.
- "History and Purpose". American Train Dispatchers Department. Retrieved 2010-09-07.
- "Current ATDA Local Officers". American Train Dispatchers Department. Retrieved 2010-09-07.
- Nineteenth Annual Convention. Train Dispatchers Association of America. 1906-06-19. Retrieved 2010-09-07.
- "Train Dispatchers to Remain at Work". New York Times. 1921-10-20. Retrieved 2010-09-07.