ATU Local 113 Members to Wear “Don’t Steal Our Subway” T-Shirts on the Job, Warning Riders of the Risks to Toronto’s Public Transit System
TORONTO, ONTARIO – (February 21, 2019) – In an unprecedented show of solidarity, Toronto’s public transit workers will wear “Don’t Steal Our Subway” T-shirts on the job on Friday, February 22 to warn the public of Premier Doug Ford’s disastrous subway upload scheme.
“While Premier Ford bulldozes ahead with his so-called subway upload scheme, ATU Local 113 members are taking a stand to say Toronto’s subway belongs to our city,” said Carlos Santos, President, Amalgamated Transit Union Local 113. “Ripping the TTC Subway from the rest of our public transit system will create havoc for riders, add unnecessary bureaucracy to our system and take local control away from city transit planning. Public transit workers are united in telling Premier Ford to properly fund the TTC, not tear it apart!”
The strong show of solidarity amongst Toronto’s hardworking public transit workers will come as a coalition of transit advocates canvass 35 subway stations across Toronto on February 22 as part of the Don’t Steal #OURsubway Day of Action. The event – organized by transit advocacy group TTCriders, in partnership with community groups, local and provincial political advocates and unions – will raise concerns with riders about what breaking apart the TTC will mean for badly needed improvement and expansion of public transit service in the city. Volunteers will canvass from 8:00am to 9:00am at these TTC Subway stations.
ATU Local 113 President Carlos Santos will be available to media at Queen’s Park Station at 9:30 a.m. You can find more information on wemovetoronto.ca.