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

Election Day in Ontario

Today is election day in Ontario. The future of the TTC depends on the next elected government. Successive Liberal and Conservative governments have failed to fund operating costs, removed our right to strike, and have made efforts to privatize public transit. Over the last four years the Ford government has cut over a billion dollars in operational funding and attempted to steal our subways.

We at ATU 113 are officially endorsing the NDP. No other party has the proven commitment to restoring operational funding, respecting workers’ rights, and building a public transit system that works for everyone.

Please vote NDP today. Vote to support public transit workers.

ATU Local 113 Statement on Buffalo Shooting

The racially-motivated shooting in Buffalo on Saturday filled us all with horror and sadness. The loss of life in senseless violence is always a tragedy, but the murder of innocent people who were targeted because of their identity is especially painful.

We feel this anger and grief every time we hear about an attack on Black and other racialized groups, or religious, ethnic, LGBTQ2S+ or other minority groups who have been targeted. Each time we want to believe it is the last one, but it isn’t. Every attack is motivated by a belief system that values some lives over others, and they will not end unless we change those beliefs.

It reminds us that we need to keep working every day, in our communities, our workplaces and in our shared institutions to root out this ideology of hate. Within our union family we need to continue to learn and educate each other, and to have difficult but necessary conversations about the beliefs systems that make racist violence possible. By challenging our own assumptions and biases, we can fight injustice in the world around us more effectively.

The Ford Government Budget Once Again Leaves Transit Riders Behind

The Ford Government’s budget proposes spending billions of future dollars on highway and transit expansion. Investments in future transit lines will do nothing to provide the service we need today.

Instead of supporting reliable service for riders it gives away billions to car drivers by eliminating plate renewal fees and removing tolls on highways. This works against our environmental goals.

Highway expansion will only increase congestion and travel times. Together with a lack of operational support, this budget will make it harder for people to get to work, and handicap cities and transit systems trying to recover from the pandemic.

Online Information Meeting – Sunday January 16, 2022

Sisters and Brothers,

ATU Local 113’s January Information Meeting will be hosted through Zoom on January 16, 2022, at 10 a.m. Members can register using the link below by providing their full name, email address, and badge number.

Please note that the cut off time for registration is 3 p.m. on Saturday, January 15, 2022.

Zoom Registration Link

After registering, members will receive a confirmation email from Zoom with their secure personalized link. They will be able to participate by clicking on that link at 10 a.m. on Sunday January 16, 2021.

Members are encouraged to submit their questions at the time of registration, but there will also be a live moderated Q&A period at the meeting.

For security reasons, only computer access will be allowed. There will be no option to phone in to the webinar.

We look forward to speaking with you soon.

In Solidarity,

Marvin Alfred
President, ATU Local 113