Sisters and Brothers,
ATU Local 113 joins our colleagues in Canada’s labour movement in expressing solidarity with millions of agricultural workers in India protesting legislation that would put their livelihoods at risk. The new farm laws, which were enacted last year without any stakeholder engagement or debate, would expose individual farmers directly to the global food industry and international markets and take away the supports and tools for collective action that they have today.
By turning food staples into a financial commodity, these new laws risk driving India’s millions of small farms further into debt, poverty and insecurity while removing a secure source of food for the poor. About 70% of Indians rely on agriculture and the new laws are an unprecedented destabilization of the livelihood and food supply of hundreds of millions of people. The laws are being put forward by the anti-worker Modi government at the request of international corporate interests and the governments of wealthy, western nations.
Millions of farmers and their supporters have maintained protests for months, including ongoing blockades around Delhi. While the protests have been peaceful, the government’s response has not been. Protesters have been met with assault, arrest and detention. The movement has grown to other industries across India and to other countries around the world to become the largest workers’ movement in modern history.
Workers all over the world are being pushed into poverty and insecurity by business interests and the governments that support them. In India as in Canada, we are seeing the goods and services we rely on, like food, shelter or transportation, become commodities for financial speculation for profit. When this happens, prices go up and working people suffer. The only winners are the corporate interests who extract profit.
ATU Local 113 stands in solidarity with our Brothers and Sisters in India. We also stand with our members with family in India for whom this is personal. Your struggle is our struggle. Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere.
We call on all people, workers, government officials and leaders to join us and our ATU Brothers and Sisters to wholeheartedly condemn the actions of the Indian government.
President, ATU Local 113
ATU Local 113 wishes our members a fast and quick recovery and stands with those who are concerned about potential exposure to the coronavirus.
“The TTC should be sending all workers at any work location who may have been exposed to COVID-19 home to self-monitor for symptoms. It’s regrettable that our members only get 75% of pay when sick or forced to self-isolate due to COVID-19 exposure. The TTC needs to do the right thing and provide 100% of pay to unionized employees who have endured so much by working through a global pandemic for nearly a year,” said ATU Local 113 President Carlos Santos
City News: TTC employees raise alarm bells about COVID-19 protocols
ATU Local 113 needs your help with this important petition.
Change.org: Better Health Protection: Ontario Must Recognize Transmission of COVID-19 Through Aerosols
We’re calling on the Ontario government and Public Health Ontario to acknowledge the risk of COVID-19 transmission through aerosols. By signing this petition, you can urge the government to change its COVID-19 transmission guidelines and protect frontline workers by ensuring access to proper PPE and creating better ventilation for indoor spaces.
Together, let’s get the Ontario government to create healthier workplaces across Ontario! Please share this petition with your family, friends and co-workers.
Please see below for ATU Local 113 President Carlos Santos’ statement on yesterday’s announcement that the federal government will provide $14.9 billion for public transit projects across Canada over the next eight years.
“While any new funding for transit is welcome, this announcement includes no new funding for transit operations which is what ATU Local 113, ATU Canada and other allies have been advocating for. Operational funding is what the TTC and other transit systems need to recover from the pandemic and help kickstart our economy.
As the government clarifies the distribution of the announced funding in the coming weeks, ATU Local 113 will continue to advocate for funding to support the TTC’s operations”
CBC: Trudeau pledges billions in permanent funding for public transit
Here is a statement from Carlos Santos, ATU Local 113 President, regarding the shameful removal of a bus driver’s Black History Month display at Wilson Division.
“ATU Local 113 is deeply concerned and has demanded answers from the TTC as to why a TTC manager removed our member’s Black History Month display at Wilson Division. I spoke with TTC CEO Rick Leary today about this incident and he confirmed the TTC is investigating the matter. We will always fight back against acts of intolerance.”
Toronto Sun: TTC investigating removal of bus driver’s Black History Month display
While we wish the government had moved sooner, we’re happy the province has listened to our union and extended emergency child care services to ATU Local 113 members.
Find out more here: https://news.ontario.ca/en/statement/60254/ontario-expands-emergency-child-care-to-more-frontline-workers
– ATU Local 113 President Carlos Santos and the Executive Board
Letter to Premier Ford - Daycare - January 29, 2021
ATU Local 113 stands in solidarity with ATU International in commemorating all the lives lost to COVID-19 at the Biden Inaugural Candlelight COVID Memorial.
This includes many ATU Sisters and Brothers, frontline workers who made the ultimate sacrifice to keep our communities moving. We will always honour and remember these fallen heroes.
Sisters and Brothers,
We’re starting 2021 with the launch of the ATU Local 113 UNITED campaign. Whether it’s moving Toronto, fighting for health and safety or keeping transit public, ATU Local 113 wins when we’re united.
Our power depends on every member’s participation. That’s why we’re encouraging all members to fill out the member survey for 2021 contract negotiations here: https://wemovetoronto.ca/member-updates/survey-for-members-atu-local-113-transit-worker-issues/
Get involved with your union and let’s move forward together!
President, ATU Local 113