TORONTO, ONTARIO – (November 21, 2018) – Frank Grimaldi, President of the Amalgamated Transit Union (ATU) Local 113, and John Di Nino, President of the Amalgamated Transit Union (ATU) Canada, released the following statement regarding today’s announcement on the rushed timeline of the subway upload:
“Barely three months since the Ford Government announced plans to upload the TTC Subway, the Minister of Transportation announced today that he is ready to break up the TTC by early 2019. He’ll do that without consulting the over 10,000 hardworking public transit workers who maintain and operate the service daily – and it will ultimately cost the riders the most. At Doug Ford’s hand, Toronto is set to lose its integrated system and local democratic controls in way for reduced service and higher fares while paving the way for privatized transit. It’s not just wrong, it’s a rush job that will leave Torontonians waiting at the curb. The so-called subway upload is nothing more than another attack by Doug Ford on Toronto.
ATU Local 113 and ATU Canada encourage Torontonians to save their public transit system by signing the petition: https://wemovetoronto.ca/keeptransitpublic/”
Frank Grimaldi and John Di Nino are available for interview.