- On Saturday, ATU Local 113 Trustee and ATU International Vice President Manny Sforza delivered a recorded message to Local 113 members to provide the latest updates on the status of our temporary trusteeship.
Transcript of Audio Message:
Hello. This is ATU International Vice President and former Local 113 Vice President, Manny Sforza. I’m calling to reassure all 10,000 members of 113 that your Local is fully functional, a majority of your Executive Board has been re-appointed, and your Stewards remain in place in each work location.
Earlier this week, President Bob Kinnear, who is now suspended, attempted to unilaterally remove 113 members from our 120-year old relationship with the Amalgamated Transit Union, including our sisters and brothers across the provinces.
By doing it in secret, and without the knowledge of his members or Executive, he violated our Local by-laws and the Constitution and General Laws of the union.
To restore union democracy in the face of these underhanded maneuvers, the International has placed the Local in Temporary Trusteeship. I will be your trustee, and I’ve re-appointed a majority of your Executive Board members to assist me. It’s important that you know that most of your Executive was not involved in Mr. Kinnear’s actions.
A trusteeship hearing will be scheduled shortly, but I want to reassure you that we are committed to moving expeditiously through the trusteeship process and will faithfully represent you in the meantime. You will be hearing more from us in the days ahead.
We’re confident that once this process is complete, Local 113 will continue be as strong as you, the members, have made it.