United Transportation Union, headquartered in Cleveland is a transportation labor union representing nearly 125,000 active and retired railroad, bus and mass transit workers in the United States and Canada. The organization is active in national and state legislative work, collective bargaining and in efforts to improve safety and working conditions on the railroads and in the bus, transit and airline industries. Through experienced representation and its legislative strength, the UTU has been instrumental in the preservation of Amtrak, the enactment of safety laws and the promotion of employee assistance programs. Founded in 1969, UTU has offices in Ottawa and Ontario, Canada; and Washington, D.C. The UTU is one of the largest railroad operating unions in North America, with more than 600 locals chapters.