Sisters and Brothers,

When the Ontario government announced this week that students will be returning to remote learning after the April break, it also announced it will provide free emergency child care for school-aged children of eligible health care and frontline workers.

ATU Local 113 expects the Ontario government to honour their previous commitment to transit workers when Education Minister Stephen Lecce extended emergency childcare to transit workers on February 7. However, this benefit ran until February 16, 2021 when students returned to in-person learning.

Now that students will be returning to online learning on April 19, transit workers with school-aged children must also be eligible for this free emergency childcare. It’s only right.

ATU Local 113 is seeking clarity and will continue advocating for our members to receive the emergency childcare they deserve. We will keep our members updated.

In Solidarity,

Carlos Santos
President, ATU Local 113