Amalgamated Transit Union Local 113
Executive Board Election Results.
Wednesday, December 5, 2012
Bob Kinnear* (Acclaimed)
ASSISTANT BUSINESS AGENT – MAINTENANCE
ASSISTANT BUSINESS AGENT - TRANSPORTATION
EXECUTIVE BOARD MEMBER – AT LARGE MAINTENANCE
EXECUTIVE BOARD MEMBER – AT LARGE TRANSPORTATION
Rocco Signorile (Acclaimed)
EXECUTIVE BOARD MEMBER - EQUIPMENT “A” AUTOMOTIVE (GARAGES)
EXECUTIVE BOARD MEMBER - EQUIPMENT “E” CARHOUSES
John Di Nino*
EXECUTIVE BOARD MEMBER – HILLCREST COMPLEX MAINTENANCE
EXECUTIVE BOARD MEMBER - PLANT DEPARTMENT
EXECUTIVE BOARD MEMBER – TRANSPORTATION - BIRCHMOUNT / MALVERN
EXECUTIVE BOARD MEMBER - TRANSPORTATION - ARROW ROAD / MOUNT DENNIS
Cliff Piggott* (Acclaimed)
EXECUTIVE BOARD MEMBER – TRANSPORTATION
BLOOR-DANFORTH SUBWAY / SRT / EGLINTON / WHEEL-TRANS
EXECUTIVE BOARD MEMBER – TRANSPORTATION - QUEENSWAY / RONCESVALLES / RUSSELL
EXECUTIVE BOARD MEMBER – TRANSPORTATION - WILSON BUS / WILSON SUBWAY
EXECUTIVE BOARD MEMBER – TRANSPORTATION - COLLECTORS / CLERICAL / PATTEN BLDG / TRAFFIC CHECKERS / WHEEL-TRANS ADMINISTRATION
Hundreds of Local 113 members, retirees and guests from ATU locals around North America packed the ballroom at Toronto’s Sheraton Centre on October 13th to help celebrate the 113th anniversary of the 1899 founding of the local. It was a spectacular event, with fireworks, ice sculptures, music and movies. “Unbelievably great!” was the summation of Larry Hanley, ATU International President, who addressed the crowd. “When Local 113 does something, they do it better than anyone else,” Hanley said to great applause.
The evening began with an inspiring historical video of Local 113 made especially for the occasion. As the video ended, celebratory sparklers erupted from the centrepieces at every table as fireworks went off on the stage. Local 113 President Bob Kinnear then spoke movingly of the challenges faced – and overcame – by those who came before us and talked about the strength we must take from our past to move forward into an even brighter future.
ATU Local 589, the Boston Carmen’s Union, made a presentation to the Local of a large picture containing artistic portraits of streetcars from the two cities. President John Lee praised 113 and its leadership for their long history of solidarity and the special relationship of the two locals that has stretched back for decades.
Several City of Toronto Councillors attended the event: Maria Augimeri, Joe Mihevic, Kristen Wong-Tam and Paula Fletcher, along with MPP Peter Tabuns and Member of Parliament Olivia Chow, a federal champion for Toronto transit and its workers. Toronto and York Region Labour Council President John Cartwright also attended.
After the dinner, Toronto-born rock icon Kim Mitchell and his band played to an enthusiastic crowd that jammed the dance floor and sang along to his hits. Dancing lasted into the early morning as a disk jockey picked up from Kim Mitchell.
“I have never been at a greater union event,” said a streetcar Operator out of Roncesvalles. “In fact, I can’t remember being at a greater party of any kind,” she added. “I am proud to be part of the history of this great union.”
The largest public campaign ever conducted by ATU Local 113 was officially launched by President Bob Kinnear at a media conference at Toronto’s Sheraton Centre today. Virtually every media outlet in Toronto was on hand to watch the three television ads, the 90-second theatrical version and the TTC vehicle ads featuring two dozen Maintenance workers from around the TTC.
The campaign has a special website: www.ProtectingWhatMatters.ca. Visitors to the site can sign up to win a free Monthly Metropass. One will be awarded every day during the six-week campaign. At the end of the campaign, a Yearly Metropass will be awarded to one lucky winner. The site also features several videos and an informative look at the daily work of the Local 113 Maintenance workers.
“Our campaign is called Protecting What Matters because that is what we do,” said Kinnear.
“We take care of the details that take care of you. One way of looking at TTC Maintenance workers is that they are also public safety workers. And we have a great track record in that department. In this city of over 2.5 million people and over three thousand transit vehicles, the number of injuries due to mechanical failures of TTC vehicles is close to zero. Add in the fact that our vehicles are, on average, much older than in other big cities and you have a great story of public service that we think deserves some public attention.”
The 90-second theatrical ad will be playing before the feature film in virtually every Cineplex movie theatre in Toronto during the direction of the campaign. The video has been up on YouTube for three weeks and has already had over 100,000 viewings.
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