ATU Canada

Federal, Ontario Liberals sign $1.49B transit funding agreement

The federal government has cracked open its coffers with $1.49 billion in new transit infrastructure money for everything from new transit vehicles to upgraded stations.

The details were announced Tuesday morning by Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and Ontario Premier Kathleen Wynne at a municipal transit garage in Barrie, Ont.

About $500 million of the projects announced this morning will be in Toronto, with Ottawa next on the list at $156 million.
Waterloo, Barrie and Sudbury, where the federal cabinet just wrapped up a two-day retreat, will receive about $30.6 million combined for 20 projects.
In Toronto the money will go toward fixing up bridges, a subway yard upgrade and replacing a fire main at Wilson Yard along with upgrades to buses and streetcars.

ATU Member Killed in NJ Transit Accident


Our hearts and prayers go out to the families of the fellow ATU member killed and the injured victims of the tragic NJ Transit bus accident.

Paul Thorp,
President ATU Canada

Help ATU Baton Rouge members devastated by historic floods

Dozens of members of Local 1546 – Baton Rouge, LA have been hit hard by the historic flooding in southeastern Louisiana. “Our members were bravely driving Baton Rouge residents to safety before the storms began and then came home to sheer devastation once the flooding began,” said Local President Alfred Weeden, who had 3 people in his neighborhood killed by the dangerous flooding. “Many of their homes have been destroyed, gutted and beyond livable. Almost all have been without electricity or running water since Saturday.”

Weeden says his members are continuing to work and buses are rolling. The ATU salutes our Baton Rouge members for their dedication and commitment to safely transporting the people of Baton Rouge in the face of this historic disaster.

We pray for the safety of our Baton Rouge members and call on all ATU members to help those impacted by the floods by contributing to the ATU Disaster Relief Fund. From Hurricane Sandy to relief for victims of the Colorado fires and Oklahoma tornadoes, our members have supported workers in dire need and now it’s time we show our support for our Baton Rouge members.

ATU Disaster Relief Fund donations can be made online here or by mailing a check to:

Amalgamated Transit Union Disaster Relief Fund
10000 New Hampshire Avenue
Silver Spring, MD 20903
Attn: Lawrence J. Hanley

Dear Local Officers,

From Winnipeg, MB, to Toronto, ON to Kelowna, BC, to Brampton, ON, assaults on ATU members and all transit workers have become an epidemic. Not a week goes by that we don’t hear stories about bus operators and other transit workers being punched, stabbed, yelled at, spit on, shot at, and worse.

ATU is calling on transit agencies, law enforcement, and elected officials to better protect all transit workers and riders. That is why it is important that you tell your stories of senseless attacks on bus operators, like the ones we too often read in the news each day and voice your opinion on the best ways to address this problem.

We want to hear from you about the key points and recommendations to prevent attacks on transit workers. Below is a link to our new survey on operator assaults that we want you to fill it out and send to your members to fill out:

The following resource is also available on the subject Ripped from the Headlines / Canada: Bus Drivers Under Attack

If you have any questions, please contact my office.

In solidarity,

Lawrence J. Hanley
International President

Frontline TTC workers didn’t receive vigilance notice: union

The head of a union that represents TTC workers says his members did not receive a warning to be on alert prior to a terrorism suspect being killed in a police takedown in Strathroy.

TTC Spokesperson Brad Ross previously said that the transit agency had issued a “See something, say something” vigilance notice to all staff after being made aware of a non-specific threat on Wednesday morning but on Friday ATU Local 113 President Bob Kinnear told CP24 that front-line workers were not included in the correspondence.

Rather, Kinnear said that an email memo was sent to supervisory staff only.