Statement of Solidarity with ATU Local 1587

ATU Local 113 is in solidarity with ATU Local 1587, transit workers at GO Transit & Metrolinx. We encourage members to show support including by joining their picket lines when off duty.

We remind Local 113 members that as they carry out their regular duties, they may encounter legal picket lines. In these situations, members should proceed in a manner which ensures the safety of the public, other workers, and themselves. No attempt should be made to cross a picket line where it is unsafe to do so.

ATU Local 113 Endorses Candidates for the 2022 Ontario Municipal Election

ATU Local 113 is pleased to announce our candidate endorsements for the upcoming Toronto municipal elections.

The pandemic was a difficult time for public transit, but chronic underfunding and questionable City Hall leadership made it even worse. We need to restore and improve service so that we can rebuild trust with TTC riders. And to do that we need leadership at City Hall.

All of these candidates will be champions for quality public transit and share our vision for maintain public ownership and control and will advocate for adequate, reliable funding. With their support we can make sure that the interests of riders come first in all planning and service decisions, workers and the public will be safe and secure, and we will end attacks on network integrity and accessibility.

Please volunteer for a campaign near you and get out and vote for these transit champions.

In Memory of Retired Former Executive Board Member Frank Giustini

It is with deep sadness that ATU Local 113 announces the passing of Frank Giustini, retired and former Executive Board Member.

Brother Giustini was a valued and active member of our Local, having served us as the Executive Board Member representing Collectors – CSAs, Clerical, Patten Building, Traffic Checkers, Wheel-Trans Administration & Davisville CSR’s (2019 – 2021). He is remembered for his contributions to our members in fighting for fair treatment in their workplace and engaging them in our union.

Our thoughts go out to his family and loved ones at this difficult time.

Further details to be announced.

The Executive Board
ATU Local 113

113’s United Indigenous Council leads Sunrise Ceremony to commemorate National Day for Truth and Reconciliation

Brent Pelletier, a member of the United Indigenous Council of ATU Local 113, led the Sunrise Ceremony to commemorate Orange Shirt Day and the National Day of Truth and Reconciliation.

The Executive Board and Members of ATU Local 113 joined in the ceremony to acknowledge the dark history of Canada and the resilience of Indigenous Peoples of Turtle Island.

In support of the Indigenous people who are healing from the atrocities of the Residential School System, the ‘Every Child Matters’ flag was raised and the Honour Song recited to the children whose lives were taken and the survivors, families and communities that were left to put the broken pieces together.

Pelletier, a member of ATU Local 113 for 29 years, said, “The recovery of the 215 children opens the door to the truths of what the survivors have always known and reported to the Truth and Reconciliation Inquiry. Those numbers have increased to over 10,000 and still counting. We will never forget the horrific demise of our children. So, my message to our young people is: Grow your hair long for every time it was cut. Learn our language for every time you were beaten for speaking it, the same languages that were used to win the Second World War. Live your life to the fullest potential.”

President Marvin Alfred acknowledged the work of ATU Local 113’s United Indigenous Council, “Their courage to take on difficult conversations, their efforts to share their knowledge, their commitment to help bring change has led us to this moment– a moment of change in our union and in our workplace.  We will continue our work in solidarity.”

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Local 113 calls for inquiry into Eglinton Crosstown LRT delays and cost increases

The Eglinton Crosstown LRT was originally proposed in 2007 and scheduled to start service in 2020. If it had proceeded as planned, we would have been able to ride a publicly owned and operated new line two years ago. Instead, we’re still waiting for the more expensive, privatized version.

Metrolinx and the Province, with the support of TTC and City Council, insisted that the line be built through a public-private partnership, or P3. This takes longer, since years were spent tendering the work and negotiating the contracting out. It also costs more, since private builders need to make a profit and face higher borrowing costs than government.

In a P3, the public pays extra in exchange for certainty on the time and cost of construction. According to the Province’s own value for money assessment the Crosstown P3 would cost $472 million more than traditional procurement.

Their argument was that the extra time and cost was worth it because the private builder took on any risk of delay or cost overrun.

How did that work out?

In 2010, when construction started it was supposed to be completed by 2020.

In 2018 and 2020, Crosslinx, the private builder, successfully sued Metrolinx, forcing them to pay $325 million due to delays caused by COVID-19, a structural defect at Eglinton Station, and technical claims.

In 2020, the opening date was pushed to 2022.

Now, the opening is delayed again – and they can’t even say how long.

And it’s not over yet. There is no projected completion date, and the budget could still go way up.

Was it worth it?

By the time it’s done private construction could be a billion dollars more than traditional, public procurement. Most of the details are being kept secret from the public. We believe the public has a right to know how our taxes are being spent.

The Confederation Line in Ottawa was built in a similar manner, and has caused a similar series of lawsuits, as well as dozens of safety complaints, difficulty operating in the snow, repeated delays, fire, odour, flooding, and derailments leading to a public inquiry.

We can’t let the same thing happen in Toronto.

The public has a right to know

ATU Local 113 is calling on the City to launch an independent inquiry into the delays and cost increases, and for our members to have a seat at the table.

We are going to have to pay to operate it, surely, we deserve to know how much it cost

Obituary – Art Patrick, Former ATU Local 113 President

OBITUARY

Arthur William PATRICK

17 JANUARY, 1939 – 30 JUNE, 2022

(TTC Driver, Shop Steward, Board Member, President of Amalgamated Transit Union Local 113)

Passed away peacefully on Thursday June 30, 2022, in his 84th year. Arthur, loving husband of Bebe Patrick. Dear father of Larry Patrick (wife Rita), Lori Patrick, Sandy Patrick Morrow, Lisa Patrick Field (husband Bruce), Theresa Patrick (husband Jeremy Priede). Cherished grandfather of Shane, Ryan, Tami, Amber, Kyle, Tristen, Elliott and Genevieve, and great grandfather of Shane Jr., Ashley, Alexis, Ava, and Clover. Predeceased by his parents Robert Noah Patrick and Hanna Mary Patrick.

Friends may visit at the Kane-Jerrett Funeral Home, 6191 Yonge Street, North York, (South of Steeles Avenue) on Wednesday, July 6, from 12-1 p.m. Funeral Service in the Chapel on Wednesday at 1 p.m. followed by Cremation.

In Memory of Arthur Patrick, if so desired, a donation to the Heart and Stroke Foundation or Alzheimers Society would be appreciated.

Always in our hearts. Never forgotten. Always loved. R.I.P.

 

Fond memories and expressions of sympathy may be shared at www.kanejerrettnorthyork.ca for the PATRICK family.

https://www.dignitymemorial.com/en-ca/obituaries/toronto-on/arthur-patrick-10815466