United with our communities to win!

Transit workers in Toronto are the heart, soul and lynchpin of our city’s transit system. Transit workers who operate and maintain the vehicles work, day in and day out, to make sure our community can move. Businesses, workers, students, visitors all need public transit. Immigrants who come to our city rely on transit to start a new life. It is time to stand united with transit workers for a strong union contract.

We ask that you sign this online petition to TTC Management, write a letter to your city councillor, or write an open letter of support for the ATU Local 113. We’re also happy to keep you informed on the progress of our negotiations as they progress. Together, we can work to create a more caring, kinder, and compassionate city. Let’s ensure that protections are put in place to make that happen.

We ask that you use your influence to advocate for the very people that keep Toronto moving and support the Collective Bargaining Agreement of ATU Local 113.
Since we’ve started our collective bargaining this year, our union’s members have built a lot of power at the union and shown great strength and solidarity. But in order to win big in this round of bargaining, we need to grow our power even more by bringing in our many strong community connections (i.e. families, religious organizations, community organizations, sports groups, clubs, etc.)

This toolkit is designed to strengthen our connections with the communities in Toronto. Each and every union member is also a community member. When we leverage our community and faith allies, we will be even stronger to build a better, stronger, more just society for working people.

Ask your faith group, community organization, sports team to sign onto our solidarity action.

Sign the Petition

Sign the letter

 

Transit Workers Strike Frequently Asked Questions

1. What is happening?

The City of Toronto has seen a rise in the cost of living. Food prices have skyrocketed, housing prices are astronomical, and it has become harder and harder for people to make ends meet. 

For this reason, our transit workers, the very lifeline of Toronto, have been voicing their concerns over the cost of living. There’s no reason why they should have to struggle to survive in the very city they keep moving.

It’s important to voice your support for transit workers and their right to advocate for job security, ensuring that jobs that serve Toronto, stay in Toronto and aren’t contracted out to third party companies. Ultimately, it is imperative that workers are provided with better benefits that match the rate of inflation, as well as fair and equal compensation that allows them to be able to afford to live in the city in which they work. 

Bargaining a collective agreement is never easy and it involves a great deal of hard work. We are committed to working to come to a fair agreement and we will do what it takes to ensure that our members get the fair agreement they deserve.

2. Who are the parties involved?

The Amalgamated Transit Union Local 113 represents over 12,000 workers of the Toronto Transit Commission. They have been in talks with TTC management to come to a collective agreement at the bargaining table. 

Other involved parties include the Ontario Premier Doug Ford, whose government has attempted to roll back workers’ rights, and defended legislation that deprived all TTC workers of their constitutional right to strike. Fortunately, on May 23, 2024, that legislation was found to be a violation of workers’ rights and contrary to the freedom of association guaranteed by the Charter. The Ontario Court of Appeal in a majority decision, has affirmed that TTC workers’ right to strike is protected by the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms.

Toronto Mayor Olivia Chow said she remains hopeful that the two sides will come to an agreement to avoid a strike.

“My understanding is that the TTC, both the management and the unions, have been working every day. They are continuing to do the bargaining,” Chow said. “I know that both the staff and the workers and the managers are committed to have a reliable, convenient, affordable public transit system. So, with that commitment and that as a goal, they are in bargaining. They are negotiating.”

3. Has a strike been called?

Yes. ATU Local 113 has announced a strike date beginning on June 7th, 2024. TTC services will come to a halt until a bargaining agreement is made.

4. I want to support our TTC workers, but a strike would affect my ability to get around the city.

A transportation strike in the city of Toronto will inconvenience the 1.7 million daily riders that rely on it. It’s safe to say that this isn’t the first choice of action for ATU Local 113. To avoid a strike, conversations are being had at the negotiating table to secure a fair deal for our members.

The lack of progress on contract negotiations has forced ATU Local 113’s hand. In doing so, transit workers are entitled to exercise their legal right to strike should all other efforts fall through.

This is why it’s important for all members of the public to understand the reasons for the strike and show their support for protecting public transit. A short strike today could keep public transit affordable and accessible to millions of people for years to come.

5. What’s at stake?

TTC workers are tirelessly advocating for keeping transit public, and cross-boundary protection, ensuring that jobs aren’t contracted out to third party companies. They are also looking for improved mental health supports to cope with the increasing stresses and pressures that come with the job. Better benefits for pensioners are important in that it affords our seniors the ability to age with the dignity they deserve. And in this increasingly expensive city, it is imperative that workers are provided with fair and equal compensation that allows them to afford to live in the city in which they work.

6. What can you do to help?

We are stronger together. We all want to work to create a more caring, kinder, and compassionate city. Let’s ensure that public services are protected to make that happen. We ask that you use your influence within your circles to advocate for the very people that keep Toronto moving.
We need YOU to engage with your community and organizations to amplify our voices in this fight for a more equitable future. We ask that you:

  • Write a letter of support to your city councillor
  • Sign our petition
  • Engage your communities and religious organizations
  • Join our picket lines. We welcome your support.
  • Follow us on social media
  • Make your voice heard:

Call the TTC at 866-642-9882, stay on the line, and press 0.
Tell CEO Rick Leary: “Time’s up, Leary! You’ve given transit workers no choice but to exercise their right to strike. Stop gambling with people’s lives and give ATU Local 113 a fair and decent contract!”

OR

Call the Office of the Chief Executive Officer at: 416-393-3893
Let them know that ATU 113 can no longer wait to negotiate a fair deal. The time is NOW!