ATU Local 113 Statement on Disturbing Rise of Anti-Asian Racism

Sisters and Brothers,

Since the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic, Canada has seen a rise in anti-Asian racism including here in Toronto. Particularly disturbing, Asian women have been disproportionately impacted by an increase of hate crimes this past year. This is unacceptable and extremely concerning for our members and Canadians.

ATU Local 113 denounces all forms of racism including anti-Asian racism. We stand in solidarity with the Asian-Canadian community and call on all levels of governments to take real measures to combat racism.

ATU Local 113 is committed to fighting intolerance and hate of any kind in our communities and we all have a role to play as we build a more inclusive and equal society.

In solidarity,

Carlos Santos,
President, ATU Local 113

ATU Local 113 Celebrates Transit Worker Appreciation Day on March 18

Sisters and Brothers,

March 18 is Transit Worker Appreciation Day.

Over the past year, ATU Local 113 members have seen it all as frontline workers working during a global pandemic. It’s been a tough year but the resilience, grit and commitment to Toronto you continue to show is an absolute inspiration. Our members work tirelessly and put themselves in harm’s way to keep our city moving.

Toronto has much to appreciate. Thank you.

Carlos Santos
President, ATU Local 113

Making Good Trouble: International Day For The Elimination Of Racism 2021

On March 21st, ATU Local 113 will be joining the Toronto & York Region Labour Council and the Urban Alliance on Race Relations – UARR for an online forum to commemorate the International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination. We’re encouraging all members to register for the event at the link below.

“Let’s stand together to eliminate racism and discrimination” said ATU Local 113 President Carlos Santos

https://www.eventbrite.ca/e/making-good-trouble-international-day-for-the-elimination-of-racism-2021-tickets-141831597125

Toronto Star features ATU Local 113’s new On Guard For You campaign

Today’s edition of The Toronto Star features a full page dedicated to ATU Local 113’s new On Guard For You campaign. Check it out below.

Be sure to follow On Guard For You on social media and head to the website to learn more.

“The TTC’s One Person Train Operation idea is dangerous and should be subject to further study and public consultation” said ATU Local 113 President Carlos Santos

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ATU Local 113 expression of solidarity with Indian agricultural workers

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.

In Solidarity,

Carlos Santos
President, ATU Local 113

City News: TTC employees raise alarm bells about COVID-19 protocols

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

Petition: Ontario Must Recognize Transmission of COVID-19 Through Aerosols

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.

ATU Local 113 President Carlos Santos’ statement on $14.9 billion transit funding announcement

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