Larry Hanley was first elected international president of the Amalgamated Transit Union, September 30, 2010. He was re-elected at the union’s 57th convention in August 2013. International President Hanley began driving a bus in 1978, at age 21, in Brooklyn, NY, and attended his first union meeting that September. He was an activist in the Transport Workers Union (TWU) during the 18 months he was a member, organizing efforts to get police protection on buses in New York City. In November 1979, he transferred to Staten Island and became a member of the ATU Local 726. By April 1980, he was involved in his first strike and walked picket lines every day and night. In 1984, Hanley was elected secretary treasurer of the local. He served as secretary treasurer until January 1987, when he was elected president, the youngest in his local’s history. Hanley would go on to be re-elected to five terms, serving until 2002. In 2002, Hanley was asked to join the staff of the International as an international vice president. Hanley was the international vice president assigned to the most locals. He negotiated the national Greyhound contract for Local 1700 that resulted in his working with ATU members in many states. He served in that capacity until his election as international president in September 2010.