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Build a Safer, More Inclusive Toronto with ATU at the Upcoming Women March On: Toronto

This Saturday, January 19, ATU Local 113 will join together with its ATU Canada Sisters and Brothers at the Women March On: Toronto. Together, we’ll make it clear to policymakers that rollbacks and attacks on our communities will not be accepted. Full stop.

The organizers of the march explain, “(We march) because we will not go back… this movement, began in solidarity with our sisters in the United States as they demonstrated their resistance to their country’s new leadership. We march to bring awareness to the changes needed to build a safer, more inclusive Toronto.”

With a lineup of speakers who will address the many egregious cutbacks by the provincial government, we have the opportunity to be heard — loud and clear.

Find the details below. See you there!

Women March On: Toronto

When: ATU Local 113 and ATU Canada will meet at 11:45 a.m. on January 19, 2019. The march begins at the stage in Nathan Phillips square at 12:00 PM, with speakers and a short rally, before we walk.

Where: “TORONTO” Sign at Nathan Phillips Square.

Details: RSVP by contacting Madelin, an organizer at ATU Canada, by calling (289) 200-3261 or emailing More details on the event can be found on the Facebook event page. Please bring any ATU swag to wear — we’ll provide signs.

Fights and Laughs for a Safer Society: ATU Local 113 at a Charity Anti-Violence Boxing Event

To close 2018, ATU Local 113 took part in supporting a boxing event created to help make our society a safer one.

Hosted by One by One, a non-profit organization founded by a group of “formers” (former gang, extremist and organized crime members), the event pitted Gregg Zaun, former Toronto Blue Jay and World Series Champion against Tristan Black, former CFL Player and Grey Cup Champion. All in good spirit and fun, the funds drawn from the event is essential to further develop new programs, continue youth outreach, and extend research around anti-bullying and recidivism.

ATU Local 113 leaves a mark among the crowd at the boxing event.

Those behind One by One think of themselves as ambassadors of change who are “unprompted by the threat of punishment”. From these ambassadors, youth and adults who seek help on anything related to anti-bullying, gang prevention, exit strategies and long-term management find comfort through individualized mentorship.

(From left to right) Marcell Wilson, Co-Founder and Co-Executive Director of One by One; Carlos Santos, President of ATU Local 113; Bola Olubowale, Co-Founder and Co-Executive Director of One by One; Savino Griesi of One by One.

(From left to right) Mohammad Rama, Rocco Signorile; Carlos Santos, President of ATU Local 113 and Shawn Grant.

ATU Local 113 is extremely proud of showing support for local organizations that share its core values. Go toOne by One’s homepage to learn more about this unique and heartening non-profit organization!

A night of Transit Trivia and a Welcome Party for the new TTC Board with TTCriders

Transit Trivia Fundraiser

Celebrate TTCriders’ accomplishments in the last year with a delicious dinner and trivia tournament. Hosted by Rachel Lissner, founder of Young Urbanist League, this Fundraiser is to support TTCriders’ work for affordable, world-class transit. For just $40 per ticket (and $180 for a team of up to 5 people), enjoy a delicious dinner and an unforgettable night of trivia. Drinks are available for separate purchase.

There are great prizes you can win, including a lunch with MPP Jessica Bell, Official Opposition Transit Critic, who will also be attending the event, a $750 VIA Rail travel voucher, and gift certificates to local restaurants and shops across the city.

When: Friday, December 7th, 6:30-8:30pm, doors at 6pm

Where: College Street United Church, 452 College Street

(For Wheel Trans, use 510 Bathurst so the driver can pull into lot behind building)

Get tickets and find more information. 

Also, find the Fundraiser on Facebook and on Twitter.

TTC Board Welcome Party

The new TTC Board will meet on December 18th for the first time, so TTCriders is throwing them a Welcome Party! The TTC wants to increase fares next year and the board will soon be voting on the budget, service levels, and fares. Help us introduce TTCriders and our demands for fair TTC funding, lower fares, and more frequent and reliable service. We’ll deliver a giant welcome card with a message you can sign in advance.

When: Thursday, December 18th, 12:15pm

Where: 100 Queen St West (City Hall)

RSVP here and find more details on Facebook.

Experts Agree, It’s Time to Properly Fund Toronto’s Public Transit

This week, CodeRedTO released Mixed Signals – a report analyzing fares, network design, budgets and governance structures of the Toronto Transit Commission in comparison to other major metropolitan cities across North America. ATU Local 113 agrees with the recommendations of this comprehensive report: the TTC needs new, predictable and sustainable revenue – or it will lag and continue to leave riders waiting on the curb.

The report details the TTC’s heavy reliance on fare revenue as it receives a government subsidy of only $0.90 per transit rider, compared to $4.12 in Los Angeles and $2.37 in Boston. CodeRedTO executive director Cameron MacLeod explains the implications of government underfunding, “Fewer riders on a route means that the buses are more empty, which means there’s less revenue to run those buses, so fewer buses run,” continuing, “as that happens, people make the decision more and more to avoid transit.”

The future of Toronto’s public transit hinging on revenue collected from Presto should have us all worried. Presto issues are constant, and with no new funding announcements in Premier Ford’s recent economic update, Toronto’s public transit system is at risk until the government commits to paying its fair share for operating and expanding the TTC.

ATU Canada President John Di Nino adds, “Underfunding public transit is the first step towards privatization. First they underfund public transit… then they blame the service… then they privatize the service.”

CodeRedTO is a non-partisan, volunteer-run, local and regional transit advocacy organization. Read their full report Mixed Signals and spread the message that the TTC needs new, predictable and sustainable revenue with #CodeRedTO on Twitter and Facebook.

Stand in Solidarity with IATSE Local 58

IATSE Local 58 is still locked out, and that means we’ll remain in solidarity with our Sisters and Brothers by joining the picket of the Royal Winter Agricultural Fair — just as we’ve done with other events on exhibition grounds. We’ll also continue to educate the public about why they shouldn’t attend any events on exhibition grounds. An attack on some workers’ rights is an attack on all workers’ rights.

Stay up-to-date by reading more on IATSE Local 58’s website here.

Heintzman-Baker Scholarship Announcement

ATU Local 113 is pleased to announce the Heintzman-Baker Memorial Scholarship, created in remembrance of retired International President Ronald J. Heintzman and retired International Executive Vice President Robert Baker, Sr., both of whom passed away in April and May 2018, respectively.

For each scholarship winner (there will be five in total), the ATU will deposit up to $8,000.00 to an accredited college, while one winner attending a technical or vocational post-secondary school will be awarded with $2,000.

The competition is open to ATU members, their children (natural or legally adopted) and grandchildren entering college, technical or vocational post-secondary school for the first time during the 2019-2020 school year. Importantly, all applicants must satisfy the Rules and Procedures, which can be seen below:

Applications can be obtained here, and must be postmarked no later than January 31, 2019 and sent by first class mail to: 

ATU Scholarship Program Office

10000 New Hampshire Avenue

Silver Spring, MD 20903

Read the official scholarship notice published by ATU Local 113.

Read: TTC faces workplace safety charges in death of track worker

The TTC has been charged with three offences in relation to an incident that killed our fellow brother Tom Dedes last fall. Read the article below to get more details.

TTC faces workplace safety charges in death of track worker (Ben Spurr, Transportation Reporter, October 2, 2018)

The provincial government has charged the TTC with violating provincial safety regulations in the death of a track worker last fall, the Star has learned.

The transit agency has been charged with three offences under the Occupational Health and Safety Act in relation to the Oct. 1, 2017, incident that killed Tom Dedes, according to a summons from the ministry dated Sept. 24, 2018.

The maximum amount an employer can be fined for violating the act is $500,000 per count, plus a 25 per cent surcharge. A hearing on the charges is scheduled for Oct. 25 at Old City Hall.

TTC spokesperson Brad Ross said in an emailed statement that the transit agency “will respond appropriately” to the summons.

“As an employer of 15,000 dedicated women and men, nothing is more serious than the death of an employee due to a workplace incident,” he said.

“Our sympathies for Tom Dedes’s family, friends and co-workers remains deep.”

The Ministry Of Labour didn’t return requests for comment Tuesday evening.

Dedes, 50, was an 18-year veteran of the TTC at the time of his death. He was severely injured shortly after 2 a.m. at the agency’s McCowan Carhouse in Scarborough, when he was crushed between a parked pickup truck and a moving rail car. He was taken to hospital and died eight days later.

According to the summons, which was delivered days before the one-year deadline the ministry had to lay charges under the act, the TTC is accused of violating regulations that stipulate employers must erect barriers or warnings to protect workers from vehicle traffic, and provide adequate lighting to ensure employee safety. The agency is also charged with failing to take every reasonable precaution to protect a worker.

The precautions the TTC allegedly failed to take include “provid(ing) road markings defining the area swept by the tail of turning rail cars” and “provid(ing) a trained and qualified …work car monitor” to ensure a car doesn’t strike workers or equipment.

As the Star reported in May, as part of an investigation into this incident that was still ongoing at the time, ministry investigators found the lighting at the carhouse didn’t meet safety standards. Ministry guidelines stated there should be a minimum lighting level of between 20 and 30 lux, but readings found an average of just 8.3 lux at the site.

The TTC has since painted yellow lines to mark a safe zone around the curved track where Dedes was struck, but there were no such markings in place at the time of the fatal incident, the TTC told the Star in May.

Joanne Dedes, Tom’s sister-in-law, said in an interview the charges bring “some type of closure” to his family as they prepare to mark the one-year anniversary of his death.

“But it won’t bring him back. A life is lost, is lost,” she said.

“But at least hopefully the TTC learns from it to prevent any further deaths.”

In a statement sent Tuesday night, Frank Grimaldi, the president of the largest TTC workers union, said the organization “continues to grieve the loss of Tom Dedes.”

“ATU Local 113 hopes the charges against the TTC will result in necessary workplace improvements so such a tragedy never happens again,” he said, noting that the union “is strongly committed to improving the health and safety conditions of Toronto’s public transit workers.”

In 2008, the Ministry of Labour fined the TTC $200,000 in the death of worker Tony Almeida, who was killed while working with an asbestos abatement crew on the Yonge subway line. A platform on the work train he was driving struck the side of the tunnel, came loose, and crushed his operating cab.

The ministry also investigated the 2012 death of TTC track worker Peter Pavlovksi, who was struck by a rail car near Yorkdale station. The ministry declined to lay charges.

Congratulations Winners! Here are the 2018 John Lorimer Memorial Scholarship Recipients

We are proud to announce the 40 recipients of the 2018 John Lorimer Memorial Scholarship, a program aimed to help university or college bound children of ATU Local 113 members with expenses going towards post-secondary education. The union’s annual commitment to award each recipient with $1,500 demonstrates its initiative to support higher education in our community.

All recipients of the Scholarship are applicants who scored the highest marks in Grade 12, and who are registered for a university or college program for the 2018-2019 academic year.

The Scholarship Committee, comprised of ATU Local 113 Executive Board members, thanks every student who applied for the Scholarship. ATU Local 113 applauds the accomplishments of every single high school graduate pursuing further education.

See the winners’ details below.Applying for 2019 scholarships

If you are in your final year of high school this fall and are a dependent of an ATU Local 113 member in good standing, you’re eligible to apply for the 2019 John Lorimer Memorial Scholarship. Application requirements include submitting a completed application form and an official copy of your Grade 12 transcript.

Application forms and details will be made available here by May 1, 2019. We encourage graduating high school seniors or university students who have previously not received this scholarship to apply.

Donate Now to United Way Greater Toronto

United Way Greater Toronto works closely with communities in Peel, Toronto and the York Region as a non-governmental supporter of social services in the area.

All contributions made to the organization tackles local poverty—your dollars will be hard at work.

To make your individual contribution, click “Donate Now” at the top right corner of the United Way Website.


Unifor Served Two Big Blows

The Canadian labour movement is successful when we work together. That is what makes Unifor’s ongoing efforts to raid other unions so damaging to our movement – it puts the wages, benefits and safety conditions we fought for at risk as they seek to divide us and waste our resources fighting each other.

With no surprise to Sisters and Brothers, Unifor recently faced two big blows regarding their actions to undermine our movement’s progress. Please read below and remember: when we work together, we win.

  1. Public Review Board Rules Against Unifor’s Unilateral Disaffiliation from the Canadian Labour Congress

Rank and File reports that the Unifor National Executive Board was found guilty by the their own Public Review Board of violating their constitution in unilaterally disaffiliating from the Canadian Labour Congress. Unifor Local 222 (Oshawa) filed the appeal.

Read more about Unifor Local 222’s appeal of Unifor’s unilateral disaffiliation from the Canadian Labour Congress in the Rank and File story here.

  1. Ontario Labour Relations Board Rules Against Unifor’s Application for Interim Relief in Raid of UNITE HERE 75 at the Fairmont Royal York Hotel

In a recent ruling, the Ontario Labour Relations Board ruled against Unifor’s application for interim relief. It was officially dismissed and stifles Unifor’s efforts to raid UNITE HERE Local 75 at the Fairmont Royal York Hotel.

Read the full decision from the Ontario Labour Relations Board on August 7th, 2018.