Happy Diwali!

Tomorrow is Diwali – the Festival of Lights. ATU Local 113 wishes our Hindu, Jain, Sikh and Buddhist members and their families a Happy Diwali!

 

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ATU Local 113 canvassing for Municipal Election candidates

Municipalities across Ontario are headed to the polls on October 24th. In Toronto, advanced polling closed this past weekend which leaves next Monday as the last opportunity to exercise your democratic right this election.

Torontonians have an opportunity to elect individuals who have a vision that will improve this city. In particular, several candidates have expressed their commitment to keeping transit public.

ATU Local 113 has shown our support for these candidates over the last few days by volunteering on the campaign trail. We encourage all members to read about your local candidates, volunteer, and vote!

 

ATU Local 113 joins the ATU in mourning the passing of International President Emeritus James La Sala

This weekend the ATU reported the passing of Int. President Emeritus James La Sala. La Sala, the ATU’s sixth and second-longest serving Int. President, held that position for 18 years from 1985 until his retirement in 2003. He passed away at 95.

 

The ATU Mourns the Passing of International President Emeritus James La Sala, Second-Longest Serving International President | Amalgamated Transit Union

 

ATU Local 113 President supports several candidates on the campaign trail

ATU Local 113 endorsed a list of Toronto city council candidates from across all wards. These individuals have campaigns that prioritize public transit, particularly, better funding, keeping transit public, and supporting public transit workers. Some of these platforms specifically address contracting out jobs & the cross-boundary issue.

Local 113’s President, Marvin Alfred, joined Ausma Malik, Alejandra Bravo, Chiara Padovani, and Amber Morley at their respective campaign offices to lend his support. All members are encouraged to read about their local candidates and vote on election day!

Labour Council releases list of candidate endorsements

This upcoming election is an opportunity to ensure the voice of labour workers and public transit workers are heard. Torontonians can no longer risk being governed by individuals who don’t value public transit and are working towards removing public control of our transit system. Here is a list of City Council and Trustee candidates endorsed by the Labour Council, which Local 113 hopes all members will take the time to learn more about as you prepare to cast your vote.

 

 

ATU Local 113 at the Labour Day Parade!

ATU Local 113 is out marching in solidarity with labour workers across Toronto. Thank you to Mayor John Tory for speaking with our members and joining us as we acknowledge the important work that Local 113 and many other Torontonains do for this city. #LabourDayParade

Thank you to our Labour Day Parade volunteers!

Thank you to our wonderful brothers and sisters who have volunteered their time to support ATU Local 113’s participation in todays Labour Day Parade. Stay tuned for more photos and updates throughout the day as we commemorate the importance of what this march means for labour workers across Toronto.

Cross Boundary Legislation and Contracting Out

The Province’s budget contains many proposals that are of deep concern to Local 113. There are sweeping changes to the City of Toronto Act that could dis-integrate the TTC, remove public control of our transit system, and advance Tory’s plan to contract out TTC jobs.

These proposed changes to the City of Toronto Act are totally unnecessary, dangerous to the integrity of the TTC network, and must not be allowed to move forward.

The cross-border service proposal has nothing to do with service. This legislation is about breaking apart the TTC so that it can be sold off piece by piece. It advances Tory and Leary’s agenda of turning public institutions into private, for-profit services, and replacing quality careers with precarious, underpaid jobs.

It will actively damage service to make it look like public transit costs too much and can’t serve riders. There is no plan, for example, to allocate fare revenue for cross border trips, so riders will either pay a second fare or TTC will lose revenue. For the first time in a century, there could be fare barriers for local service in Toronto.

The strong mayor proposal will allow Tory to continue to work in secret, with his consultants and corporate lobbyists, to eliminate public control and sell off public services, and contract out jobs.

This is not in the best interest of Toronto residents, or of working people.

Local 113 will be fighting these changes. And we are not alone in this fight. Nurses and other vital service providers have also seen their rights taken away by legislation. We stand with all working people to protect our rights, create quality jobs, and be treated with respect in our lives and in our work.