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TTC loses labour ruling over ‘abuse’ of workers on social media

In a labour ruling believed to be the first of its kind in Ontario, a provincial arbitrator has censured the TTC for its behaviour on Twitter, determiningthat the transit agency didn’t do enough to protect its employees from harassment on social media.

The case centres on the commission’s @TTChelps Twitter profile, which the agency launched in 2012to field questions and complaints from the public. The union that represents TTC workers filed a grievance about the account in 2013.

According to a decision released earlier this month, Amalgamated Transit Union Local 113 argued that by operating @TTChelps the agency was “providing a forum for haters and abusers to heap abuse” on employees, and failed to “effectively deal with that abuse.”.

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Security cameras coming to buses

All buses in B.C. will be equipped with security cameras and possibly Plexiglas shields for drivers after a string of violent incidents on Kelowna Transit buses.

Mayor Colin Basran’s Letter To BC Transit Assaults

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Transit Worker Assaults, Disturbing Trend

Union gets more time to save Calgary Transit jobs

Calgary city council and the union representing transit workers have come to an understanding over 80 potential job cuts within the service.

Transit union, management resolve issues

Management and the union representing transit workers in Niagara Falls have resolved several issues that have been dogging their relationship, according to both sides.

Trudeau hands B.C. $460M for transit projects

BURNABY, B.C.—The federal government has taken a major step in its ambitious infrastructure program by signing a funding agreement with British Columbia to move the first block of cash in its multibillion-dollar plan.

Prime Minister Trudeau says Ottawa will invest $460 million in British Columbia to help pay for upgrades to existing transit infrastructure including renovations to aging transit stations and building new bus lanes.

ATU Canada Mourns Orlando Victims

ATU Canada would like to extend its sincerest condolences to the individuals and families affected by the senseless shooting that took place on June 12th in Orlando, Florida.

ATU Canada promotes the acceptance and respect of all, regardless of race, religious belief or sexual orientation. We will continue to do our part in eliminating the barrier that divides us.


Kelowna rally to stop bus driver assaults

KELOWNA–Bus drivers from across Canada banded together with Kelowna drivers to call for a stop to bus driver assaults.

The Amalgamated Transit Union Canada is holding its annual general meeting in Kelowna, and on Wednesday, members took the opportunity to rally together, in light of recent assaults against Kelowna transit workers.

On May 20, four separate attacks on Kelowna bus drivers happened in one day.

“We want to make sure that our members are able to go to work every day and not fear that they are going to be assaulted in any way,” says Paul Thorp, ATU Canada President.

Bus drivers demand safety

The union representing transit drivers will hold a rally in Kelowna Wednesday to back demands for safer working conditions.

The Amalgamated Transit Union Canada, in a news release sent out Friday, said assaults on transit drivers are unacceptable, citing four Kelowna cases on one day, two weeks ago.

In Memorium

It is with great sadness to inform you of the passing of Port Alberni, BC. Local 1747 President Lawrence MacDonald “MAC”. You will be greatly missed. Service will be held on June 12th at the Chapel of Memories in Port Alberni.

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