ATU Local 113 Coronavirus Cases

Visit our new webpage to see the COVID-19 case updates for ATU Local 113 members.

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ATU Local 113 Strongly Opposes TTC’s Potential Carpooling Policy

Sisters and Brothers,

The TTC is considering trying to prevent our members from carpooling to and from work. The TTC has no authority over what our members do outside of working hours. Until the TTC takes our members’ health and safety seriously, they shouldn’t be lecturing us about carpooling, especially when overcrowding on buses persists across the system.

The City of Toronto’s own Lockdown Guide makes it clear that sharing a car with people from other households is reasonable behaviour if masks are worn while in the vehicle.

Instead of telling members how to commute to work, the TTC should stop dragging its feet and reimplement the various safety protocols that were in place during the spring. For weeks, ATU Local 113 has urged the TTC to reimplement rear-door boarding on buses, block the two seats behind bus operators, stop accepting cash payments and cease issuing paper transfers to bus riders. The TTC has yet to act despite our numerous demands.

We have shared our concerns about this carpooling policy with TTC management. We will continue to oppose it while standing up for our members’ rights.

In Solidarity,

Carlos Santos
President, ATU Local 113

VIDEO: 2020 in Review

Sisters and Brothers,

2020 was a year defined by its challenges, but our members rose to the occasion and served Toronto with grit and distinction. ATU Local 113 would like to thank all members for their sacrifice and dedication this past year.

In 2021, we’ll hold politicians and the TTC accountable. We’ll fight for our members’ rights, jobs and health and safety as we begin contract negotiations. Together, we’ll come out of this crisis stronger than ever.

In Solidarity,

Carlos Santos
President, ATU Local 113

Member Spotlight: Chris Jones, Operator at Malvern

Sisters and Brothers,

ATU Local 113 would like to thank and congratulate Brother Chris Jones, a proud Local 113 member for many years, community champion and the recipient of the Rotary Foundation’s Paul Harris Fellow Award 2020. We encourage all members to read his story below.

Congratulations Chris! Your charitable work and commitment to our community is inspiring.

In solidarity
President Carlos Santos

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TTC 2021 Annual Service Plan is Public Transit Moving in the Wrong Direction

The TTC’s 2021 Annual Service Plan’s calls for reduced service of more than 300,000 hours is public transit moving in the wrong direction.

ATU Local 113 President Carlos Santos told the Toronto Star that “Every hour of service cut results in longer wait times and more overcrowding, which is a public health issue during a pandemic. It will be impossible for Toronto’s economy to recover from the coronavirus pandemic and for us to meet our long-term climate change goals unless we increase the use of public transit.  The TTC cannot increase ridership with more crowded vehicles or longer wait times.”

The provincial and federal governments must provide stable transit funding to ensure TTC service is increased, rather than decreased, in 2021.

Toronto Star: TTC plans to continue at reduced pandemic service levels in 2021

ATU Local 113 President Carlos Santos Calls on the TTC to Take Action to Protect Members

Sisters and Brothers,

Today, I am again calling on the TTC to take immediate steps to protect the health and safety of our members. As we continue to see overcrowding on several TTC routes and many riders refusing to wear masks, the TTC must step up and take the following actions:

  • Block off the area behind the operator
  • Eliminate the need to provide or use transfers
  • Rear door loading only
  • Remove the requirement to attend at the operator’s workstation to pay cash fare
  • More buses on the road to service overcrowded routes during peak hours
  • Greater enforcement of the mask policy

In letters sent this week to TTC CEO Rick Leary, Toronto Mayor John Tory and Ontario Transportation Minister Caroline Mulroney, I again called on the TTC to take action to protect workers and the public.

Since the beginning of the coronavirus pandemic, ATU Local has fought for your health and safety. As we’re in the second wave, we will continue to fight for you.

If you see anything that violates health and safety practices, please file numbered occurrence reports at your workplace. This is important – ATU Local 113 will always support its members when they have health and safety concerns, but we need formal complaints to better address these issues at the TTC.

Our members have placed themselves and their loved ones at risk by continuing to work every day of the pandemic, through temporary layoffs, service cuts and countless other daily challenges. I recognize and appreciate the sacrifice you make to keep our city moving and I ask for the TTC to do the same by taking steps to better protect you.

In solidarity,

Carlos Santos
President, ATU Local 113

ATU Local 113 President Carlos Santos on Increase of COVID-19 Cases

Sisters and Brothers,

With the recent increase of COVID-19 cases affecting members and others across our city and province, ATU Local 113 would like to address members’ concerns. Your safety and well-being is always our top priority.

From the beginning of the pandemic, ATU Local 113 fought hard to secure protections for members. As the pandemic wears on, we’ll continue advocating on your behalf and demanding that the TTC do everything it can to protect you.

In order to hold the TTC responsible for its obligations, we encourage members to file a numbered occurrence report at their workplace if they ever see something that violates proper health and safety practices. This applies to all divisions and for maintenance staff on shop floors.

ATU Local 113 has also set up a new web page that lists and tracks all member coronavirus cases. ATU Local 113 updates this page as soon as we are informed of a member testing positive for COVID-19.

With the development of COVID-19 vaccines showing promising results, there is a light at the end of this tunnel. Until then, please physical distance as much as possible before, during and after your shifts – and stay home if you feel unwell.

We will come out of this crisis more united and stronger than ever.

In solidarity,

Carlos Santos
President, ATU Local 113

ATU Local 113 Launches New Coronavirus Cases Page for Members

Sisters and Brothers,

ATU Local 113 has launched a new web page that tracks all positive ATU Local 113 member coronavirus cases.

Members will now be able to find relevant information about positive cases in one place. This page can be accessed on our website’s main menu or at the link below.

Moving forward, ATU Local 113 will be updating this page as soon as we are informed of a member testing positive for COVID-19.

https://wemovetoronto.ca/coronavirus-cases/

In solidarity,

Carlos Santos
President, ATU Local 113

ATU Local 113 Bus Operator at Arrow Road Division Tests Positive for COVID-19

Sisters and Brothers,

We received unfortunate news today that an ATU Local 113 member, a bus operator at Arrow Road, has tested positive for the coronavirus (COVID-19).

I spoke to the member who is self isolating at home. On behalf of all ATU Local 113 members, we wish them a quick and full recovery.

The member’s last shift was on Saturday, November 14 from 10:00 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. They received the positive test result on Tuesday, November 17.

This case marks the 157th ATU Local 113 member who has tested positive for COVID-19. A total of 181 employees at the TTC have tested positive for COVID-19.

Please practice physical distancing as much as possible before, during and after your shifts – and stay home if you feel unwell. If you have been tested and are awaiting your results, please stay home and self-isolate.

In Solidarity,

Carlos Santos
President, ATU Local 113