Lest we forget

ATU Local 113 acknowledges the great sacrifices made by Canada’s veterans who have served our country and secured the peace and freedom we enjoy today. We are committed to the values they fought and died for.

Veteran Philip Horgan, who is a former Executive Board Member of ATU Local 113, was joined by President Marvin Alfred to lay a wreath and pay homage to veterans at the Remembrance Day Ceremony at the Old City Hall Cenotaph.

Phil Horgan, Veteran, Union Leader, and Member of ATU Local 113

Phil Horgan has had a 38-year career at the TTC, beginning in June 1984 as a Subway Janitor at the Plant Department. He moved on to several roles within the company, including Garage Person (coach cleaner) in Bus Maintenance, working at the old Eglinton, Wilson, Queensway, Danforth, and Lakeshore (Gray Coach) garages. In 1992, he became an apprentice Coach Technician/Service Technician, repairing cars and trucks at Duncan Shop (Non-Revenue section) from 1995, at the new Eglinton Bus Garage, and from 2006, at Lakeshore Garage. In 2012, he was elected as an Executive Board Member and served in that position until his retirement in January 2022.

Horgan has always played an active in the union from the very start of his career, attending union meetings and sharing union information with members in the workplace. He was mentored by former Assistant Business Agent Mike Valentini, who encouraged him to get involved with the union and taught him the workings of the union. Horgan served the Local in elected positions for twenty-two years – as Shop Steward at Duncan Shop (North Side) for one term, as Health and Safety Representative at Duncan Shop for ten years, and as Executive Board Member Automotive for three terms.

Horgan’s military service spans nearly 15 years, having joined the Reserve Army in 2007, as a Combat Service and Support Soldier, and qualified as a Combat Vehicle Technician. He completed work-up training for Operation Athena in Afghanistan between January 2009 to May 2010.  He served in Afghanistan from May to December of 2010, while taking leave of absence from the TTC. He also served on two domestic operations while serving the Local, Operation Lentus in 2017 (Quebec floods) and Operation Lazer in 2019 (Covid 19 support).

Horgan has recently volunteered for Operation Reassurance and will be deployed in mid 2023, in support of the Ukraine.

 

ATU Local 113 will be at Queen’s Park on Friday, November 4th in support of CUPE education workers

ATU Local 113 will be at Queen’s Park on Friday, November 4, 2022, noon onwards, in support of CUPE education workers.

We invite members to join us if you are available.

Meeting point will be at the north-east corner of University and College, at the subway station entrance.

There is a crisis at hand, not only for CUPE’s education workers but also for all Labour Unions.

This a rapidly developing and urgent situation and we need to mobilize and present a united front – a voice for all workers.

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Public Transit Worker Robbed at Gunpoint

An ATU Local 113 member was robbed at gunpoint, at Runnymede loop this morning. The public transit worker is receiving counselling and the needed support.

More needs to be done urgently to ensure transit workers and riders’ safety.

More information will be made available when appropriate.

Thank you, Kevin Rupasinghe

ATU Local 113 thanks Kevin Rupasinghe (Ward 20 – Scarborough South-West), for his tireless efforts to improve our city, and for a well-fought municipal election campaign. To keep Toronto moving forward, we will continue to work together to be the voices of Toronto, for public transit and transit workers.

Thank you, Chiara Padovani

ATU Local 113 thanks Chiara Padovani (Ward 5 York South – Weston) for her dedicated and tireless efforts to improve our city, and for a well-fought municipal election campaign. To keep Toronto moving forward, we will continue to work together to be the voices of Toronto, for public transit and transit workers.

ATU Local 113 congratulates the newly elected City Councillors

ATU Local 113 congratulates the newly elected City Councillors. With a strong and diverse City Council, we can keep Toronto moving forward, and work together to be the voices of Toronto for public transit and transit workers. Congratulations:

  • Amber Morley – Ward 3, Etobicoke-Lakeshore
  • Jamaal Myers – Ward 23, Scarborough North
  • Gord Perks – Ward 4, Parkdale-High Park
  • Alejandra Bravo – Ward 9, Davenport
  • Ausma Malik – Ward 10, Spadina-Fort York
  • Anthony Perruzza – Ward 7, Humber River-Black Creek
  • Shelley Carroll – Ward 17, Don Valley North
  • Nick Mantas – Ward 22, Scarborough-Agincourt

CUPE Rally

ATU Local 113 President Marvin Alfred joined CUPE members, Yolanda McClean, Secretary-Treasurer, CUPE, Laura Walton, President of Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE) Ontario School Boards Council of Unions (OBSCU) and Fred Hahn, President, CUPE, at today’s rally in support of their fight for fair wages.

ATU Local 113 members canvassing for candidates ahead of Toronto’s Municipal Election

Toronto has the choice to vote for a Mayor, Councillors, and School Board Trustees that will work hard to improve this city. We cannot risk essential services, such as transit, being contracted out and privately owned. Public transit needs to remain public, and that is why ATU Local 113 had endorsed and continues to support candidates who are advocating for this too. Our members were out canvassing for candidates across the city in the lead up to next Monday’s election.  Members are encouraged to read about their local candidates, ask them questions, volunteer, and most importantly – get out and vote on October 24th!