Transit advocates joined together to celebrate important progress at the We Stopped the Upload Party on November 21, while recognizing the work still ahead to protect Toronto’s public transit system. The event took place at Paupers Pub in The Annex.

ATU Local 113 and other transit advocates celebrating at Paupers Pub

Thanks to the hard work of event organizers ATU Local 113, ATU Canada, Toronto & York Region Labour Council, TTCriders, Progress Toronto and NDP Transit Critic and MPP Jessica Bell, Premier Doug Ford backed away from his hostile TTC takeover. Now transit advocates are focused on protecting the operations and maintenance of future transit projects, and the maintenance of existing TTC Subway lines, from privatization. We must keep transit public!

Premier Ford and the PC Government’s disastrous subway upload scheme would have been the first step to privatizing the TTC Subway — like Metrolinx and GO train operations. Toronto’s public transit should remain owned by Torontonians and operated and maintained by the ATU Local 113 experts trusted for over 100 years.

At the party, attendees reminisced about the effectiveness of TTC workers and riders uniting with their shared concerns. The evening was cheerful, with transit advocates looking forward to continuing the fight in 2020.

ATU Local 113, ATU Canada and former federal NDP candidate Melissa Jean-Baptiste Vajda celebrating at Paupers Pub