Video from President Carlos Santos: Two Questions for Mayor John Tory

This is one of a series of brief video messages from Carlos Santos, President of ATU Local 113 to union members who work at the TTC. This video poses two questions to Toronto Mayor John Tory:

1) Did you know about Mr. Rick Leary’s failures as head of the Boston transit system before you supported him as CEO of the TTC?

2) Did Mr. Leary tell you, the mayor, about the Osgoode near-catastrophe in June, 2020 – an incident that revealed, through an independent investigation, numerous TTC management shortcomings and misjudgments?

Toronto Star: On a new front in the TTC vaccine battle, union calls transit agency’s mandate ‘illegal’

TTC management have illegally changed the terms and conditions of employment. Most importantly though, “the TTC’s recent actions are an insult to TTC workers who have kept Toronto moving during the pandemic,” said ATU Local 113 President Carlos Santos to the Toronto Star.

Toronto Star: On a new front in the TTC vaccine battle, union calls transit agency’s mandate ‘illegal’

ATU Local 113 Calls on TTC to Honour Agreements, Respect Law and Protect Service

Sisters and Brothers,

This week, the TTC declared its intention to unilaterally alter the start dates for the Bus, Streetcar, and Subway Board Period Sign-Ups. This is a flagrant and egregious breach of the Collective Agreement, the Sign-Up Regulations, and the Labour Relations Act.

This totally unprecedented move creates unnecessary conflict and poses a very serious risk to passenger service levels and reliability. The TTC have offered no reasons for their clear violation of both Ontario law and negotiated agreements. TTC CEO Rick Leary needs to explain why he is suddenly preparing to reduce the number of vehicles serving TTC riders.

The Sign-Up Regulations state that “the initial selection will be conducted according to the yearly Board Period, (or as mutually agreed upon).” Furthermore, the TTC and ATU Local 113 have agreed to a system to address a change in workforce in advance of a scheduled Sign-Up.

Rather than follow the rules agreed upon, the TTC has chosen to break them. This is fundamentally inconsistent with the bedrock principles of labour relations and demonstrates genuine disrespect to the Union and its hardworking members – who have kept Toronto moving throughout the pandemic.

The TTC and ATU Local 113 are currently in a statutory freeze period in which “the employer shall not, except with the consent of the bargaining agent, alter the rates of wages or any other term or condition of employment”. The TTC’s unilateral actions violate this clear legal requirement.

Today, we informed the TTC of the need to immediately correct their actions. If not, ATU Local 113 will file an Unfair Labour Practice Application at the Ontario Labour Relations Board for breach of the statutory freeze provisions. You can read our letters to the TTC below.

In Solidarity,

Carlos Santos
President, ATU Local 113

Letter to Rick Leary, Chief Executive Officer, TTC

Letter to Richard Leary - Sign-Ups - October 8, 2021

 

Letter to James Ross, Chief Operating Officer, TTC

Letter to James Ross - Sign-Ups - October 8, 2021

ATU Local 113 Statement on National Day for Truth and Reconciliation

On the National Day for Truth and Reconciliation, we reflect on the injustices against Indigenous peoples and the trauma residential schools have caused. ATU Local 113 is dedicated to the dismantling of institutional discrimination, and the path toward real reconciliation.

We encourage all members to observe the day and utilize our Indigenous History resources at Indigenous History – ATU Local 113 (wemovetoronto.ca)

– ATU Local 113 President Carlos Santos

Letters to TTC re. National Day for Truth and Reconciliation

August 5: Letter to Megan MacRae, Executive Director – Human Resources

Letter to Megan MacRae - National Day of Truth and Reconciliation - August 5, 2021

 

September 10: Letter to Megan MacRae, Executive Director – Human Resources

Letter to Megan MacRae - National Day of Truth and Reconciliation - September 10, 2021

 

September 23: Letter to Richard Leary, TTC CEO

Letter to Richard Leary - National Day of Truth and Reconciliation - September 23, 2021

ATU Local 113 Condemns Islamophobic Attack in London, Ontario

Sisters and Brothers,

ATU Local 113 is distraught and horrified by the news that a Muslim family in London were killed in a targeted Islamophobic attack. Our thoughts are with the loved ones of those who were terrorized by this act of hatred.

Islamophobia has no place in our union, city or country. ATU Local 113 stands in solidarity with our Muslim sisters and brothers against all forms of hate and violence.

In Solidarity,
Carlos Santos
President, ATU Local 113

ATU Local 113 Statement on Discovery of Mass Grave Near Kamloops Residential School

Sisters and Brothers,

This weekend our country was forced to confront the atrocities it has committed against Indigenous peoples of this land and acknowledge the systemic inequalities it continues to perpetuate. The discovery of an unmarked mass grave containing the remains of 215 children from the Tk’emlúps te Secwépemc territory near a Kamloops residential school has rightfully brought forth feelings of pain, anguish and anger. It is clear that Canada must do better and implement tangible measures towards real reconciliation.

ATU local 113 is distraught and heartbroken by the news. We are dedicated to supporting the Indigenous community throughout and beyond this crisis. Our union aims to foster a culture of support, equality and inclusion. We are unequivocally committed to the dismantling of institutional discrimination against Indigenous peoples.

For non-Indigenous members, please ensure to utilize our Indigenous History Month educational resources to further our allyship:

Resources – ATU Local 113 Indigenous History Month

Additionally, we will be holding virtual educational workshops throughout Indigenous History Month which we encourage all to sign up to here:

Events – ATU Local 113 Indigenous History Month

Most importantly, to our Indigenous members directly impacted and forced to relive the realities of their personal and intergenerational traumas, know that we are not only deeply sorry, but we are also with you, shoulder-to-shoulder.

In Solidarity,
Carlos Santos
President, ATU Local 113