ATU Local 113 is optimistic about the future of transit following New Deal commitments

The announcement by the City of Toronto and Province of Ontario regarding operating funding, which includes $110 million a year for three years, is great news to the citizens of Toronto and the members of ATU Local 113.

This is an important first step towards addressing the starvation of the TTC during the John Tory years. We hope that this bright start will bring the Federal government to the table, and that a permanent fix for the TTC’s finances can be found. This funding, as well as supports for capital improvements and to improve ridership is an important step in revitalizing the TTC.

Our hope is that this funding will finally increase scheduled service to improve and encourage return of ridership, have less customer frustration, and enable a safer environment for transit workers and transit riders. It is critical for funds to be allocated and used to increase maintenance to make TTC vehicles, tracks and infrastructure safer.

It is now more important than ever that all stakeholders continue to work towards stable and secure long term operational funding for the TTC. This is the only way that riders can enjoy a regular, reliable service, free of the stopgap measures relied upon by TTC management for too long. We look forward to a commitment that this transit funding outlined in the New Deal will be made permanent.

ATU Local 113 endorses Kevin Rupasinghe !

ATU Local 113 is proud to endorse Kevin Rupasinghe for City Councillor in the upcoming Scarborough Southwest by-election.

Kevin is a strong advocate for transit funding, transit safety, and our union.

We encourage all members who are eligible to vote on November 30!

ATU Local 113 endorses Kevin Rupasinghe for Scarborough Southwest

ATU Local 113 is pleased to announce our endorsement of Kevin Rupasinghe for the upcoming Scarborough Southwest City Council by-election. We are confident Kevin will fight to keep transit public, protect jobs, and invest in TTC service.

The last several years have been extremely difficult for the TTC. The pandemic was a difficult time for public transit, but chronic underfunding and weak leadership made it even worse. In Mayor Olivia Chow, we have a strong advocate for public transit and an ally to workers – but she needs supporters on City Council to restore and improve service so that we can rebuild trust with TTC riders. We are endorsing Kevin Rupasinghe for City Council because he is the only candidate in Scarborough Southwest with a vision for the future of the TTC and how we can build a sustainable city where everyone has access to affordable, frequent, and reliable public transit.

On November 30, please vote for Kevin Rupasinghe. He is the advocate that TTC workers and riders need today.


Happy Diwali!

ATU Local 113 would like to wish our members a happy Diwali!

May the festival of lights bring you and your family health, happiness, and success.

ATU Local 113’s United Indigenous Council leads Sunrise Ceremony to commemorate Orange Shirt Day

ATU Local 113’s United Indigenous Council led a Sunrise Ceremony at Arrow Road yesterday to commemorate Orange Shirt Day and the National Day of Truth and Reconciliation.

Our Vice-President Angie Clark and the Wardens of ATU Local 113 joined in the ceremony to acknowledge the tragic history of Canada, the resilience of Indigenous Peoples of Turtle Island, and to honour the children who were impacted or never returned from residential schools.

Brent Pelletier, a member of the United Indigenous Council of ATU Local 113, addressed the gathering at the Sunrise Ceremony. Speaking of the generational trauma of residential schools Pelletier said, “Every single one of your Indigenous friends is either a residential school survivor, a survivor’s child, a survivor’s grandchild, or all three – Every single one.”

In support of the Indigenous people who are healing from the atrocities of the Residential School System, a Sacred Fire was built and attendees wore ‘Every Child Matters’ orange shirts. The Honour Song was 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 30 years, said, “The orange shirt symbolizes the stripping of our culture, language, traditions, freedom, and self esteem. So, my message to our young people is: Do everything they tried to destroy. learn and sing our songs, learn our dances, go to our ceremonies, develop your cultural identity, learn your language, and sit with our Elders. Let’s heal together.”

Clark recognized the work of Local 113’s United Indigenous Council and thanked them for their incredible commitment and unwavering dedication in lighting the way in our community and in our place of work towards learning and healing.

Clark acknowledged, “By wearing orange today, we stand in solidarity with Indigenous peoples. This is an important day of remembrance and reflection.”

Toronto Transit Workers call for Transparency on Eglinton Crosstown LRT

ATU Local 113’s President Marvin Alfred is calling on Metrolinx leadership to be more transparent with Torontonians regarding the long-delayed Eglinton Crosstown LRT.


“Toronto transit riders deserve better,” said Alfred. “Metrolinx has repeatedly failed to deliver this project on time. Now they won’t even tell us when the Eglinton Crosstown will open, or the reason for the continuous delay.”


Public transit agencies like the TTC have always built and operated large scale transit projects. Every year, the TTC continues to service and maintain countless kilometers of streetcar tracks. Instead of relying on expertise and experience, the Eglinton Crosstown LRT project was built by novices.


Premier Ford has acknowledged that the privatized Ottawa Light Rail is a ‘real disaster’. The Eglinton Crosstown LRT is just the same situation. The common factor is the privatization of these projects. Transit should be kept public. Metrolinx wants to conceal their privatized failures. It is time for Metrolinx and its leadership to come clean.

ATU Local 113 applauds decision to add presence of workers at subway stations

ATU Local 113’s President, Marvin Alfred, spoke to media last week to express his and the union’s thoughts on the announcement of adding more customer service representatives at subway stations across the city.

Alfred applauds the decision by Mayor Chow and TTC Board Chair, Councillor Jamaal Myers.

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