ATU Local 113 Loses Member to COVID-19

Sisters and Brothers,

It is with heavy hearts and great sadness we share that an ATU Local 113 Brother passed away from COVID-19 yesterday, May 12. ATU Local 113 sends its deepest condolences to the family, friends and coworkers of this fallen member.

The member, who was a subway track worker from McCowan Yard nights, will be sincerely missed by all. He spent 21 years working at the TTC.

We will keep members updated as more information becomes available.

In solidarity,

Carlos Santos,
President, ATU Local 113

ATU Local 113 demands that the TTC and City of Toronto Protect Transit Workers

Sisters and Brothers,

As assaults against TTC workers become more common, ATU Local 113 demands that the TTC, City of Toronto and Mayor John Tory protect transit workers and defend our right to safe work. We need more resources allocated to the TTC to help deal with this disturbing rise in violence on transit, especially during the pandemic.

The fact that 1 to 2 TTC workers are assaulted on average each day in the City of Toronto is completely unacceptable. The time to protect transit workers is now!

We are still waiting for Mayor Tory’s response to our December 2020 letter demanding action to protect TTC workers.

In solidarity,

Carlos Santos,
President, ATU Local 113

Letter to Mayor Tory - Proclamation - December 16, 2020

ATU Local 113 Demands TTC and City Protect Members from Assaults

Sisters and Brothers,

Last night, an ATU Local 113 member and operator from Eglinton Division was violently assaulted after asking four riders to wear masks while on a TTC vehicle. After the operator was assaulted and injured by these riders, TTC management refused to drive the operator to her work location. Instead, she had to wait 15 minutes for a bus that was running in back to the division.

It’s insulting that the TTC expects our members to drive packed buses, yet it can’t drive an operator who has just been assaulted back to their division due to COVID-19-related concerns.

The disturbing rise in assaults against transit workers throughout the pandemic is absolutely unacceptable and outrageous.

ATU Local 113 demands answers from the TTC. We are also demanding that the TTC and City of Toronto do more to protect transit workers against violent assaults. There needs to be more resources on the TTC system to ensure the safety of workers and riders. The TTC needs to enforce its mandatory masks policy for riders.

In addition to the enforcement of masks, the TTC can better protect workers by reimplementing rear-door boarding on buses, blocking the two seats behind bus operators, stopping cash payments and cease issuing paper transfers to bus riders immediately.

If members ever feel unsafe such as when carrying maskless riders, we’re reminding them that they have the right to refuse unsafe work.

Even as our members potentially face these dangerous situations, the Ontario Government has still not prioritized transit workers for COVID-19 vaccines.

We need immediate action from TTC management and the City of Toronto.

In solidarity,

Carlos Santos,
President, ATU Local 113

Join us at May Day Rally 2021

Once again ATU Local 113 will proudly stand in solidarity with hundreds of millions of workers across the globe to celebrate a virtual May Day rally at 1pm on Saturday, May 1st, 2021. Join us at the link below!

The International Day of the Worker, widely known as May Day, commemorates the lives of the workers who died in the struggle for the eight hour work day among other labour victories.

“This year, in wake of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic and growing economic adversity, we remain committed to raising the voices of our members, and brothers and sisters around the world,” said ATU Local 113 President Carlos Santos.

Facebook Event: MAY DAY RALLY 2021!

Remembering Zaheer Mahmood, Wilson Division

Sisters and Brothers,

It is with great sadness and heavy hearts we share that Zaheer Mahmood, a dedicated ATU Local 113 member and bus operator from Wilson Division passed away this morning from COVID-19 while away in Pakistan. Brother Zaheer started working at the TTC in 2013 and will be missed by all those who knew and worked with him, including his sisters and brothers at Wilson.

A loving father, Zaheer will be laid to rest in Lahore, Pakistan. ATU Local 113 sends our deepest condolences to Zaheer’s family and friends. May he rest in peace.

In Solidarity,

Carlos Santos,
ATU Local 113 President

ATU Local 113 Recognizes 2021 Day of Mourning

Sisters and Brothers,

As we’re in the second year of this pandemic, the 2021 Day of Mourning takes on additional meaning. Over 650 of our members have tested positive for COVID-19. Joe Sottile, a fellow TTC worker from CUPE Local 2, passed away from COVID-19 and we have lost 149 ATU sisters and brothers from across North America. While we grieve, ATU Local 113 remains committed to the health and safety of our members on the job.

In solidarity,

Carlos Santos,
ATU Local 113 President

ATU Local 113 Rank and File Member Appears on CBC’s Rosemary Barton Live

Visit timestamp 11:10 of the below link to watch Veronica Harry, ATU Local 113 member and Malvern bus operator discuss the need for transit workers to have priority access to COVID-19 vaccines. We were thrilled to put her forward for this interview opportunity with a rank and file member with CBC’s Rosemary Barton. She did great!

“Veronica, like all Toronto transit workers, is a hero to the city as she keeps our communities moving during this pandemic. Veronica and other TTC workers who wish to receive it deserve priority access to COVID-19 vaccines NOW! ” said ATU Local 113 President Carlos Santos.

CBC News: https://gem.cbc.ca/media/rosemary-barton-live/season-1/episode-26/38e815a-013c9900c13

CityNews: TTC to expand service to avoid crowding on buses after social media posts

“We’re encouraged that the TTC will increase service on overcrowded routes after a year of ATU Local 113, and many riders advocating for such.

Since the pandemic began, we have been concerned for the safety of TTC workers and riders when busses are too packed.” said ATU Local 113 President Carlos Santos

CityNews: TTC to expand service to avoid crowding on buses after social media posts