ATU News Monday, Feb 23

Carmen Lint on radio for Women's Day

Local 113 Board Member Carmen Lint (Birchmount/Malvern), is the radio voice of the union for International Women’s Day,  the annual celebration of women’s achievements towards equality. In the 30-second message playing on several Toronto radio stations, Lint reminds listeners that in the past, “driving buses, streetcars and subways was done only by men. Our union is proud that this public service is now done also by women, including me, a TTC driver for 20 years.” She goes on to say that “Sunday, March 8th is International Women’s Day, a day to celebrate the progress women have achieved towards true equality. Let’s work together to continue that progress, in Canada and around the world.”

The ad plays until Saturday, March 7. Click HERE to listen

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ATU News Friday, Feb 20

Tickets Now on Sale

 

Tickets are now on Sale for the NHL vs. TTC ATU Local 113 All-Stars

This ATU Local 113 Charity Hockey Game in Support of Multiple Sclerosis, through the Samuel Lunenfeld Tesearch Institute at Mount Sinai Hospital, will take place on Saturday, March 21, 2015, 7-9 PM at the Ted Reeve Community Arena

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ATU News Tuesday, Feb 17

Toronto Transit workers laud Parliament for added protection against assaults on transit workers

DOWNSVIEW, ON, Feb. 17, 2015 /CNW/ - The union that represents over 10,000 transit workers in Toronto and York Region today praised the Canadian Parliament for its unanimous passage yesterday of Bill S-221, which allows judges to impose stricter penalties on those convicted of assaulting public transit operators.

"It took over a decade of effort by our union to get recognition of this problem and we are grateful it has finally happened," said Bob Kinnear, President of Amalgamated Transit Union Local 113.

"There are hundreds of assaults every year against TTC workers alone and many more across Canada," said Kinnear.

"Our members have been punched, slapped, kicked, strangled, stabbed and shot at, usually over a fare dispute. We have had cases where bus drivers have been dragged out of their seats and viciously beaten, just for doing their jobs. Several of our members have been hurt so badly that they cannot return to work and are forced to live the rest of their lives on inadequate workers' compensation payments. If there's such a thing as injustice, this is it."

Vehicle operators are also frequently spat on, threatened and have coffee and other liquids thrown at them.

"Police and firefighters have long had the additional protection of stiffer sentences for their assaulters; it's about time transit workers were afforded this consideration. We are not armed and cannot protect ourselves, especially when we have the added responsibility of protecting the safety of passengers on our vehicles."

Kinnear said that while the union welcomes the change to the Criminal Code, he does not understand why employees who do not operate vehicles, such as station collectors, are not covered.

"It is disappointing that some transit workers are excluded from this additional protection," he said. "Collectors have been threatened with guns and even shot and wounded. It was a Collector, Jimmy Trajceski, who was stabbed to death while on the job at Victoria Park Station in 1995. This exclusion is disappointing and we hope Parliament will revisit this oversight."

Bill S-221 was introduced in the Senate in May, 2014 and in the House in September, 2014. The first efforts of the union to change the Criminal Code began in 2004.

"We hope the message gets out to the courts and would-be assaulters. We put ourselves out there to perform a public service and we deserve to be better protected on the job," said Kinnear.

SOURCE Amalgamated Transit Union Local 113

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