Proper Government Investment is Necessary to Strengthen the TTC’s Future

Sisters and Brothers,

Despite being the second largest transit system by ridership in Canada and the US, the TTC has the lowest level of government funding on a per trip basis and in relation to its total budget. This means that the TTC is extremely dependent on the farebox, leaving the system vulnerable to shocks. Because of this dependency, last summer the COVID-19 pandemic caused the TTC to lay off 450 of our Sisters and Brothers at the height of a generational social and economic crisis. The 450 laid-off workers have since returned thanks to ATU Local 113’s work.

To drive economic growth as our city recovers from the pandemic and to ensure our transit system is able to meet the needs of a growing commuting population, the TTC must receive adequate funding from government to support the system’s daily operations. Reducing the dependency of the TTC on its farebox will build a better future for our city and our communities. Join us in pushing the government to properly fund the TTC!

In Solidarity,

Carlos Santos
President, ATU Local 113

ATU Local 113 Encourages Members to Join International Women’s Day Virtual Rally

ATU Local 113 remains dedicated to supporting gender equality and social justice in the workplace. To commemorate International Women’s Day this year, we encourage all members to join International Women’s Day Toronto for a virtual rally on Saturday March 6 at 1:00 p.m. While the way we meet this year may be different, our commitment to building a better future remains the same.

Click the link below to register for the virtual rally.

International Women’s Day Toronto 2021: Virtual Rally – March 6, 1:00 p.m.

ATU Local 113 Statement on Black History Month Poster

Sisters and Brothers,

ATU Local 113 is proud of its work to launch the largest, most comprehensive Black History Month program in our union’s history that includes an anti-racism workshop series and giving members a platform to share heartfelt stories about their own experiences.

Our member stories included a poster that shared the experience of a union member who is the adopted daughter of a Black parent and the mother of a bi-racial child. The sole purpose of sharing this mother’s story was for members to learn about her experience being raised by a Black parent and raising a bi-racial child. We have learned that some members were offended by the inclusion of this poster in our Black History Month program.

To be clear, ATU Local 113 takes full responsibility for this poster. Due to her interracial family and her history of being an ally of the Black community, we encouraged the member to share her story, along with the stories of six other ATU Local 113 members who are Black. This member was even concerned that her inclusion would cause controversy. We’d like to apologize to the member and set the record straight. This member did nothing wrong and we take full responsibility for this poster.

ATU Local 113 would also like to apologize to all members who were offended by the poster. It was never our intention to offend anyone. While members of diverse backgrounds were involved in ATU Local 113’s Black History Month programming, we could have done a better job consulting our membership, including members who are Black. We apologize and we’ll learn from this.

Our union’s work on racial justice and combatting anti-Black racism will continue after February 28. We look forward to having our members, including members who are Black, help shape this important programming.

In Solidarity,

Carlos Santos
President, ATU Local 113

ATU Local 113 urges the TTC to protect members’ personal information

President Carlos Santos released the following statement regarding ATU Local 113’s recent grievance about the TTC displaying bus operator badge numbers on vehicles.

“ATU Local 113’s members have expressed significant concerns with the TTC publicly disclosing their badge numbers on buses. Badge numbers are tied to confidential personal information, including payroll, benefits, and third-party bank accounts, and our members feel that this is a clear violation of their privacy. The public disclosure of personal information such as badge numbers could increase the risk of identity theft, fraud, and increased harassment.

ATU Local 113 is committed to protecting the privacy of its members and is disappointed with the dismissal of the grievance in arbitration. Our union will continue to stand up for member’s rights, including the right to privacy, and urges the TTC to follow the guidance of the arbitrator and work with ATU Local 113 to find a solution that does not involve the public disclosure of member information.”

TTC Spokesperson Stuart Green said management has no intention of scrapping the policy. The TTC plans to start displaying streetcar operators’ numbers as it upgrades those vehicles’ communication systems and will consider incorporating the feature in its next purchase of subway cars.

President Carlos Santos and ATU Local 113 are urging the TTC to follow the arbitrator’s recommendation and develop a new system that would give riders enough information to provide accurate feedback while not divulging badge numbers of transit workers.

Toronto Star: Union loses fight to stop TTC from displaying drivers’ badge numbers on buses

Toronto transit workers and riders call on Premier Ford to legislate employer-paid sick days

Sisters and Brothers,

Transit workers and riders have come together to call for universal employer-paid sick days because it will make public transit safer and make transit workplaces fairer. Paid sick days are urgently needed to save lives and curb the spread of COVID 19.

We, the undersigned, support the Decent Work & Health Network call for seven (7) permanent paid sick days for all workers and an additional fourteen (14) days during public health outbreaks. We will encourage our members to get involved in the campaign for paid sick days.


ATU Local 113
CUPE Local 2
SEIU Local 2

Every transit worker needs employer-paid sick days

Not all TTC workers have access to paid sick days, because some TTC work has been contracted out to private companies and temp agencies, where workers have fewer protections. This is why we support keeping transit public. Provincial legislation is needed to make sure that every worker in Ontario has access to paid sick leave.

Paid sick days will make transit safer for everyone

Without provincially legislated paid sick days, people are travelling to work on transit while sick. This puts other passengers and transit workers at risk. The lack of paid sick days has especially hurt Black, Indigenous, workers of colour and women workers who are over-represented in frontline jobs, with low pay, few benefits, and without the ability to work from home.

Join the movement for paid sick days for all!

Ways you can support:

Call your MPP:

Send an email message:

Pass a resolution:

ATU Local 113’s Customer Service Centre Bargaining Unit Secures Interest Arbitration Award

Sisters and Brothers,

ATU Local 113 President Carlos Santos and the Executive Board would like to offer their utmost thanks for all the hard work that our negotiating team have put into arbitration over the holidays. We also want to thank all the dedicated board members that were involved, as well as the stewards, witnesses, and of course our legal counsel for their input and efforts to help secure our success in negotiations.

The week of December 21, we received an Interest Arbitration Award of 2% annual wage increases each year. The arbitrator rejected the TTC’s argument that the impact of COVID-19 means TTC has an “inability to pay” for normal wage and benefit increases.

The award, which expires in July 31, 2021 along with the CBA, also provides improvements such as:

  • Vacations as set out herein may be taken at such times, in such numbers and under such conditions as set out within the various regulations which may be amended from time to time by the parties hereto. The TTC agrees to post the various vacation regulations in their respective work locations four weeks in advance of every vacation selection.
  • Floaters may be granted in emergency situations, subject to operational needs.
  • Benefits from the Kaplan Award / Blue Book, including:
    • Chiropractic, Physiotherapy and Massage – $2,000 with no co-payment
    • Psychological – increase by $500 with no co-payment
    • Vision – increase by $50
    • Shingles Vaccine
    • Smoking Cessation — five lifetime prescriptions
  • An increase of $125 for long term disability February 1 and a further $125 on July 1.
  • Job postings internally to the CSC Group before posting

Once again, ATU Local 113 offers everyone involved our immense thanks and gratitude.

In Solidarity,

Carlos Santos
President, ATU Local 113

ATU Local 113 offers its deepest condolences to the family of Joe Sottile

On behalf of all ATU Local 113 members, President Carlos Santos and the Executive Board sends our deepest condolences to the family, friends and coworkers of Joe Sottile, a fellow TTC employee and member of CUPE Local 2 who we lost to COVID-19.

Brother Joe will be missed and fondly remembered by all who knew him. CUPE Local 2 has organized an assistance fund to support the Sottile family during this difficult time. Please click the link below to donate.

Giuseppi “Joe” Sottile, Family Assistance Fund

Premier Ford, Minister Mulroney and Minister Surma Recognize ATU Local 113 Members’ Hard Work

Throughout the pandemic, ATU Local 113 members have shown their hard work and dedication to moving Toronto. In a special video message, Ontario Premier Doug Ford, Transportation Minister Caroline Mulroney and Associate Transportation Minister Kinga Surma thank all ATU Local 113 members for your exceptional service to our city.

ATU Local 113 President Carlos Santos thanks Premier Ford, Minister Mulroney and Minister Surma for their kind words and holiday wishes to our members. ATU Local 113 is also thankful for the provincial government stepping up to the plate to deliver emergency transit funding in 2020.

Looking ahead to 2021, Toronto’s public transit workers call on the Ford government to deliver necessary funding to keep Toronto moving as we rebuild the economy – and for long-term funding to address operating costs.

The pandemic has shown the vital importance of public services, including public transit. As the Ford government moves forward with extensive transit expansion, including its P3 RFP announcement to operate driverless subway cars and contract out maintenance on the Ontario Line, the province must change course and keep transit public, including all operations and maintenance.

Read: Poor investigative report substitutes instincts for evidence in condemning TTC constables dealing with belligerent drunk

There have been 286 reported assaults on TTC workers this year, with many other incidents of abuse and harassment going unreported. The problem of systemic violence on our transit system is a longstanding issue, and one that is made worse by the TTC’s chronic lack of support for workers.

President Carlos Santos and ATU Local 113 are urging the TTC to stop pointing its finger at unionized workers who face abuse every single day and to take action to keep them safe while on the job.

Toronto Star: Poor investigative report substitutes instincts for evidence in condemning TTC constables dealing with belligerent drunk