Local ATU Presidents Stand Strong with ATU Local 113
From across Canada, local ATU presidents came to Toronto to show support for the hardworking sisters and brothers of ATU Local 113. Hear what some of them had to say.
Hamilton ON – 110th Anniversary of 1906 HSR Strike a Huge Success for Hamilton Transit
On Thursday, November 24, 2016, Amalgamated Transit Union Local 107 commemorated the 110th Anniversary of the HSR Transit Strike last night and encouraged Hamilton citizens to join them in a battle against the privatization of Ontario’s hydro and transit.
The Rally, which was held in front of Hamilton City Hall, welcomed hundreds of concerned citizens, and several other ATU and CUPE Locals.
Guest Speakers, including Ontario NDP Leader, Andrea Horwath, Bob Kinnear, President of ATU 113 (TTC), Fred Hahn, President of CUPE Ontario, and many others took to the stage in support of keeping Hydro One public. Keeping hydro public will continue to mean both affordable and reliable transit fares.
“Anyone who learns that a vote by Hamilton City Council could ultimately give up local control to bureaucrats at Metrolinx who have contracted out other transit lines becomes upset. LRT or BRT – it must be kept under local control through HSR and answerable to local transit riders through local elections,” says Eric Tuck, President of ATU 107.
110th Anniversary of the HSR/ATU Transit Strike
Tuesday, Nov 15
ATU Local 107, inviting you to Hamilton City Hall where we will be commemorating the 110th anniversary of a significant historical event in their union
– the HSR/ATU Transit Strike.
Back in the early 1900s, a private company, Cataract Power Company, owned HSR and supplied electricity from Brantford to St. Catharine’s including Hamilton at prices well beyond the reach of most residents. A strike in 1906 began when the HSR refused to honour the terms of an arbitration report.
Realizing the important roles that electricity and transit would play in securing the future, 10,000 residents sided with the strikers on November 24th 1906. Their actions drove the political will to create a publicly owned and operated Power and Transit systems through Ontario Hydro.
They recognized the relevance of affordable, reliable Energy and Transit to the economical and sustainable viability of a prosperous future for generations to come.
But now Premier Wynne’s government wants to take us back 110 years and make electricity and transit unaffordable and unsustainable, which is a danger to our economic future.
It’s time to fight back and send a message to all politicians that our vital infrastructure built and paid for by generations of Ontarians is not for sale.
That is why we’re inviting you to join us on Thursday, November 24, 2016 at 6:30 p.m. at Hamilton City Hall to unite against the privatization of Ontario Hydro and the contracting out of Key Transit Lines through Metrolinx.
For more information, please visit our Facebook event page.
Remember: Public Transit, Public Power!
Toronto's Transit Future
Monday, Nov 10
What happened to Toronto’s transit system? Once world-renowned, it has been been deteriorating right before our eyes for the last two decades. This brief, informative video uses rare historical images to help explain the TTC’s great challenges today and how they can be and decisively and swiftly addressed. A better understanding of the vital role of transit in our common future and a willingness on the part of all involved to cooperate like never before are key to the solutions we all want, and most certainly need. www.torontotransitfuture.ca
ATU Local 113: Who We Are
Friday, Jan 3
A short video commemorating the rich history of ATU Local 113 and its hardworking members who have been keeping Toronto moving for 115 years.
Protecting What Matters showcases ATU Maintenance skills
Sunday, Aug 25
This 90-second theatrical ad has been viewed over 125,000 times on YouTube.
Keep TTC Public - A compelling case against transit privatization
Saturday, Jul 14
Narrated by Canadian actor Eric Peterson, (Street Legal, Corner Gas, Billy Bishop) this video shows how privatization of public transit around the world has been a disaster for taxpayers and riders. In Part 1 of this compelling video, we learn of some of these disasters and why Toronto should avoid TTC 'public private partnerships.' Click here for part 2. Produced by Bill Reno for ATU Local 113.
Anti-privatization television ad – 2010
Saturday, Jul 14
During the 2010 Toronto municipal election, most mayoral candidates and many Council candidates were calling for some degree of privatization of the Toronto Transit Commission. ATU Local 113 mounted a major public awareness campaign showing the dangers of privatization, as experienced around the world. See also Keep TTC Public video.
Toronto Transit workers meet with their riders
Saturday, Jul 14
Toronto's ATU Local 113 held three town hall meetings in April-May 2010 to discuss TTC customer service issues. Comments by the public reveal that most TTC problems are the result of government underfunding and poor management.
ATU March to York Region Council
Wednesday, Jan 18
ATU Members hit the streets. In Newmarket, striking YRT workers march up Yonge Street to York Regional Council.