Late this afternoon at Kennedy and Merrian, two of our members were violently assaulted by a group of teenage males. Both of the TTC workers are reporting physical injuries.

Transit workers should not have to go to work in fear of their lives. These attacks leave long-term psychological impacts that remain with our members much after their physical wounds have healed.

This continued pattern of criminal behaviour cannot and will not be tolerated. There must be accountability.

“Our members are disgusted with the repeated and escalated acts of violence against transit workers,” said Marvin Alfred, President of ATU Local 113. “We will always advocate for our members, but we need support from the City of Toronto and the TTC too.”

We have reinforced our ask with Toronto’s Mayor, John Tory, and the TTC’s CEO, Rick Leary. Enough is enough. Listen to the individuals who are your eyes and ears on the ground. It’s getting out of hand and public transit needs to be safe again for our workers and passengers.