Half a world away, in Melbourne, Australia, Dr. Paul Mees died of cancer this summer at the young age of 52.
ATU Local 113 joined with many others around the world in mourning the sudden loss of this great champion of public transit and fierce opponent of transit privatization.
Dr. Mees was an Associate Professor in the School of Global, Urban and Social Studies at RMIT University in Melbourne. He died of cancer on 19 June 2013.
He started his career as a lawyer but later turned to Urban Planning and Transport, where his legal training proved to be a great asset to the Public Transit Users’ Association (PTUA), an activist transit group in Australia, for which he served as President for many years.
Dr. Mees was very familiar with Toronto and the TTC. He did his doctoral work on a comparison of public transit in Toronto and Melbourne, cities with many things in common. Because of his deep knowledge, he was asked by Local 113 to be in our highly-praised 2010 video, Keep TTC Public. His clear explanation of the hazards of transit P3s and privatization proved to be the highlight of the video, which has been shown to great acclaim at transit and urban affairs conferences around the world.
In recognition of his life’s work and his contribution to the mission of the ATU to prevent privatization here in Toronto, Local 113 is funding the Paul Mees Memorial Lecture series - a special project involving a campaign highlighting the publicly-funded transit achievements of the Western Australia city of Perth. These achievements of publicly-owned and operated transit will be compared to the failure of transit privatization in Melbourne, Australia’s southernmost urban centre. The presentation will be delivered at public events around Australia and will also be available next year on YouTube.
A wonderful eulogy to Paul Mees by one of his students can be found here.
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During my ten years as President of Local 113, I long ago lost track of the number of times I have said that the union does not in any way condone any illegal or unsafe acts by TTC workers. Our members understand that they work in a position of public trust and any alleged violation of that trust is subject to a disciplinary process in accordance with our collective agreement.
My only concern with this new initiative is that it publicly promotes the idea that there is widespread fraud and theft on the part of TTC employees that has yet to be discovered. There is simply no evidence for this and how this is supposed to improve morale is beyond me.
What we do know is that an already bloated TTC management is bloating up even more, at the expense of better front line service. And apparently all these managers are so incompetent that they have to contract out to the private sector their main responsibility, which is the care and custody of public assets.
If TTC senior management feels that this special little program will make them look like they doing more to bring the bad guys to justice, good luck to them. But I think it has about as much chance of success as “The Lone Ranger” had at the box office.
I only wish that the same attention was paid to those many, many TTC workers who go above and beyond the call of duty to serve the public with a shamefully-underfunded public transit system. The daily injustice against our front line members is that many TTC users blame them for the inadequate system that is the dubious legacy of bickering, small-minded politicians.
Contact: Bill Reno, 416-223-7366
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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
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