The Ontario election results are disappointing. A Doug Ford Progressive Conservative government threatens the public services Torontonians rely on, especially public transit.

ATU Local 113 was clear throughout the campaign: we must keep transit public, expand transit services and respect workers’ rights. As part of the Keep Transit Public campaign, our Sisters and Brothers brought the message that privatization costs more and delivers less to riders.

While we are disappointed in the results, we are more energized than ever to fight against contracting out and privatization, as well as the uploading of the TTC subway.

This campaign proved that we could mobilize a coalition of members, riders and transit advocates to create an unstoppable force – just last month we secured the passing of a motion at Toronto City Hall for all transit in the city to remain public and to be operated and maintained by the TTC.

We have much to be proud of today. While we did not see the result we wanted, we proved that ATU Local 113 shapes the future of our city – helping the Ontario NDP jump from third party to Official Opposition where they can advocate for our interests. We will continue our fight with our emboldened voice, facing off with Doug Ford wherever goes.

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