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Tragedy on TTC

Fri, 2012-09-14

A TTC Maintenance worker was killed and another seriously injured when they were struck by a service train just before 5:00 a.m. this morning near Yorkdale Station on the Yonge-University-Spadina line.

“This is a great tragedy for the families of the victims and for the entire TTC family,” said ATU President Local 113 President Bob Kinnear, who arrived at the scene shortly after the accident was reported to Toronto EMS.

“We do not yet know how this happened but the investigation is intense and all agencies involved, including the union, will not rest until we know everything that is possible to know about how this happened.”

The names of the victims are not being released pending notification of their families.

“We ask the media to give the families some time to deal personally with this tragedy and direct all enquiries for the time being through the union,” said Kinnear.

113th Gala a huge success

Sun, 2012-10-14

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.

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.”

Executive Board Election Results

Monday, Oct 29

Amalgamated Transit Union Local 113

Executive Board Election Results.

Wednesday, December 5, 2012

*Incumbent

PRESIDENT
Bob Kinnear* (Acclaimed)

EXECUTIVE VICE-PRESIDENT
Manny Sforza*

SECRETARY-TREASURER
Kevin Morton

ASSISTANT BUSINESS AGENT – MAINTENANCE
Scott Gordon*

ASSISTANT BUSINESS AGENT – TRANSPORTATION
Frank Grimaldi*

EXECUTIVE BOARD MEMBER – AT LARGE MAINTENANCE
Paul Callaghan

EXECUTIVE BOARD MEMBER – AT LARGE TRANSPORTATION
Rocco Signorile (Acclaimed)

EXECUTIVE BOARD MEMBER – EQUIPMENT “A” AUTOMOTIVE (GARAGES)
Phil Horgan

EXECUTIVE BOARD MEMBER – EQUIPMENT “E” CARHOUSES
John Di Nino*

EXECUTIVE BOARD MEMBER – HILLCREST COMPLEX MAINTENANCE
Tony Vaccaro

EXECUTIVE BOARD MEMBER – PLANT DEPARTMENT
Sandro Bonadies

EXECUTIVE BOARD MEMBER – TRANSPORTATION – BIRCHMOUNT / MALVERN
Carmen Lint*

EXECUTIVE BOARD MEMBER – TRANSPORTATION – ARROW ROAD / MOUNT DENNIS
Cliff Piggott* (Acclaimed)

EXECUTIVE BOARD MEMBER – TRANSPORTATION

BLOOR-DANFORTH SUBWAY / SRT / EGLINTON / WHEEL-TRANS
Mark Bertoia*

EXECUTIVE BOARD MEMBER – TRANSPORTATION – QUEENSWAY / RONCESVALLES / RUSSELL
Anthony Watson

EXECUTIVE BOARD MEMBER – TRANSPORTATION – WILSON BUS / WILSON SUBWAY
Frank Malta

EXECUTIVE BOARD MEMBER – TRANSPORTATION – COLLECTORS / CLERICAL / PATTEN BLDG / TRAFFIC CHECKERS / WHEEL-TRANS ADMINISTRATION
John Wales*