Sisters and Brothers,

As you are all aware, an unfortunate incident took place on Sunday, April 17 at the Bloor-Yonge subway station. A suspect pushed a passenger onto the tracks causing her to narrowly avoid being hit by a train while suffering serious injuries. Fortunately, the victim is now in stable condition, and we continue to wish her a quick and full recovery.

Thankfully, the suspect has now been arrested and charged with attempted murder.

Tragic instances such as these often result in trauma that can never be forgotten for the victims, onlookers, and TTC workers. With the rising rates of assaults and crimes on the TTC, it’s something our ATU Local 113 members must deal with far too often. I would like to acknowledge the incredible bravery and diligent efforts of the platform guard and subway operator who were working on Sunday evening. They were the ones who noticed and responded to the victim, evacuated the platform, and alerted emergency services. Thank you for your dedicated service. And thanks to all ATU Local 113 members who respond to incidents each day to help their fellow citizens.

The TTC must do more to support our members through these traumatic experiences. Our membership should not have to repeatedly fight for their benefits and medical care.  The TTC must take immediate action on this important issue for the safety of our members and the riding public.

In solidarity,
Marvin Alfred