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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.

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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.

More information here


Rally to Support ATU Local 1582 Sister, Margaret Gilbert

Good afternoon all,

 

ATU member Sister Margaret Gilbert President of local 1582 Niagara Falls, ON is under siege by her Employer and City Council. She and the local representatives have been subjected to unspeakable treatment during multiple meetings over the past two (2) years and have now filed an Unfair Labour Practice against the Employer. Margaret has most recently been issued a five (5) day suspension and most recently been told that she cannot enter transit property. These actions are a clear attempt to undermine her as the local`s president and a clear violation of their Collective Agreement.

 

In addition to this she has been denied the ability to address City Council on two (2) different occasions. On these dates Margret has tried to speak to council with regard to the cutting of service that directly impacts the citizens of Niagara Falls. She is not only representing her local she is attempting to address Council as a taxpaying citizen of the city. Council has taking the position that they may deny the very people that elected them to their positions the right to speak. This in itself is a travesty to the office to which they were elected and should be ashamed of themselves.

 

ATU Canada is calling for all the Ontario Locals to lend their support at a Rally to be held at Niagara Falls City Hall on Tuesday June14, 2016 at 03:00pm. We will be demanding that the Employer practice Anti-workplace bullying and that City Council promote the freedom to speak at council meetings for all residents. Niagara Council will be hold its City Council meeting at 05:00pm on June 14th.

 

Should you have any questions please feel free to contact myself or Margaret Gilbert at atulocal1582@gmail.com or 1-905-651-0944

 

I remain yours in solidarity,

 

Paul Thorp

President

Amalgamated Transit Union Canada

(ATU Canada)

Bus. 416-679-8846


Defending Public Services – Building Public Power

Privatization is not just a whim of this or the last Government, it is an essential element in institutionalising the neo-liberal state. There is so much wrong with privatization and outsourcing it’s hard to know where to begin. It’s bad for the workforce, it’s bad for the tax payer and it’s bad for the end user of services, that’s all of us!

Once a service is privatised then it is effectively handed over lock, stock and barrel to a private company that hides behind contract law making it difficult to sanction or even influence.

The privatization of public services and utilities has been tried and failed. It is now leading to an increasing number of decisions, mainly at a local level, to bring services back under public control. Bringing back and “Building Public Power”.

The truth is that the ‘fault’ lies with those who chose privatization rather than public service and that there is a great deal that can be done where there is the political will to do it.

So the London and District Labour Council would invite all of you, the Members and Affiliates and family, friends and the general public to attend this upcoming Forum for “Defending Public Services – Building Public Power”.

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Metrolinx: Transparency and Accountability Go Hand in Hand

TORONTO, May 11, 2016 /CNW/ – ATU Canada labour leaders across the GTA are expressing their disappointment over not being invited or included in the recently announced Metrolinx meeting that took place in Toronto on April 27th 2016.

Toronto City TV reported that a meeting with Metrolinx and TTC senior management staff had taken place on that day.

 


ATU Canada encourages donations for people of Fort McMurray

The Canadian Red Cross has mobilized to help the people affected by wildfires in Alberta. Massive wildfires have triggered the largest fire-related evacuation in Alberta’s history, and due to high temperatures and wind the situation has the potential to become more serious. 12 communities, including Fort McMurray, are currently impacted by the fires, which have damaged and destroyed homes and property.

When people evacuated their communities, they left not knowing if they would have homes to return to. Evacuated residents find themselves in need of a place to stay, food, water and basic supplies.

Canadians looking to help can make a donation to the Alberta Fires Appeal, which will help us deliver assistance to those who need it.


ATU Present at Day of Mourning Ceremony in Toronto

On Thursday, April 28th, 2016, the Amalgamated Transit Union was present at a memorial ceremony for Day of Mourning, at Larry Sefton Park in Downtown Toronto.

Dozens of citizens, labour unions and affiliates came out to the ceremony hosted by the Canadian Labour Congress (CLC), to mourn those who tragically lost their lives in workplace incidents.

Speakers included OFL President, Chris Buckley and Michelle Cote, whose father suffers from mesothelioma, the consequences of asbestos.

Numerous other touching speeches were delivered, along with a beautiful musical performance.

The message of the day: Mourn for the Dead, Fight for the Living.

As released by the Toronto & York Region Labour Council: the organization is pledging to fight for safe workplaces, healthy lives free of occupational injuries and disease.

The International Trade Union Confederation (ITUC) records that one worker dies from a workplace injury or work related disease every 15 seconds worldwide. This also means that every 15 seconds a family somewhere in this world is losing a fair chance at a better life, income and health.

Every year thousands of Canadian workers are being exposed to asbestos in their workplace. Asbestos is Canada’s leading workplace killer, yet the government of Canada continues to allow the import and use of products and materials containing asbestos.

The Toronto & York Region Labour Council calls on the government of Canada to commit to a full ban on Asbestos. Canadian lives depend on healthy workplaces and strong policies that make this law.


Justin Trudeau addresses CLC delegation after day of Lobbying on Parliament Hill

Hassan Yussuf and MaryAnn Mihychuk were also present at the event. Two-hundred and sixty unionist from across the country took part in the day meeting with 120 government officials asking for increases to the CPP, legislation officially banning asbestos and asking the government to oppose the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP).

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Canada needs to stop the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP)

In the last federal election, Canadians voted for “Real Change”. So why is the government considering ratification of the Conservative-negotiated Trans-Pacific Partnership?


The Leap Manifesto

A Call for a Canada Based on Caring for the Earth and One Another.

The Truth and Reconciliation Commission has acknowledged shocking details about the violence of Canada’s near past. Deepening poverty and inequality are a scar on the country’s present. And Canada’s record on climate change is a crime against humanity’s future.

 


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Make it Fair Campaign

JOIN THE CAMPAIGN TO CHANGE ONTARIO’S OUTDATED LABOUR LAWS TO MAKE IT FAIR FOR EVERYONE.

Ontario workers are increasingly trapped in precarious part-time, temporary, contract and subcontracted jobs, as employers
in every sector drive down wages and working conditions.

Today, we have a once-in-a-generation chance to make sweeping changes to Ontario’s labour laws.

Ontario’s outdated labour law is failing to protect workers … It’s time to MAKE IT FAIR!

I pledge to:

  • Get involved in the Make it Fair campaign in my community, through my local union and labour council;
  • Talk to my co-workers, family members and friends about the need to change employment laws;
  • Work alongside community partners, including the $15 and Fairness campaign;

Click here to take the pledge!

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Halifax Transit union president calls for increased police presence at Dartmouth bridge terminal

ATU president Ken Wilson thinks Halifax Regional Police should have a community policing office at the bus terminal to act as a deterrent to violence.

The Dartmouth bridge terminal.

The head of the union representing Halifax Transit drivers is calling on the municipality to increase the police presence at the Dartmouth bridge terminal after a driver was assaulted last week.

Two people — one of whom was a 46-year-old uniformed bus driver who had just finished a shift — were allegedly punched and kicked by a pair of teen boys at the bus terminal Thursday night. The teens were arrested and are expected to appear in court at a later date.