This year, for Black History Month, we're taking a look at a group of leaders who are currently active making Black history across the labor movement. Check back daily for a new profile and meet some of the people working to improve not only their community, but also to improve conditions for working people across the country. Today's profile is Orlando Riley of the Amalgamated Transit Union (ATU).
Orlando Riley serves as the chair of the Amalgamated Transit Union New Jersey State Council and a member of the New Jersey State AFL-CIO Executive Board. During the early days of the COVID-19 pandemic, Riley fought for the health and safety of his members, by securing testing and PPE for front-line New Jersey transit workers. He continues to advocate for laws to protect public transit drivers from assault and work-related respiratory health problems.