Hamilton bus driver praised for quick-thinking after helping man who slipped on ice

An HSR driver was praised for his quick thinking when he pulled over his bus and helped a man who slipped on the ice. Both the executive board and the membership would like to express how proud they are of Brother Joey Babony for going above and beyond the call of duty.

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Cheque presentation from ATU Ontario

Eric Tuck and Paul Doucette present a donation cheque on behalf of ATU Ontario to NDP Niagara by-election candidate Mike Thomas. They were joined by Provincial MPP Monique Taylor and Federal MP Scott Duvall both for Hamilton Mountain.

All three wanted to pass on their Season’s Greetings to the Members of ATU.


Environment Hamilton

The HSR is broken and it’s time to fix it. We’re calling on Hamilton City Council to take our city’s transit needs seriously by committing to substantially increase funding for the HSR.

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Hamilton ON – 110th Anniversary of 1906 HSR Strike a Huge Success for Hamilton Transit

Amalgamated Transit Union Local 107 commemorated the 110th Anniversary of the HSR Transit Strike last night, on November 24, 2016, and encouraged Hamilton citizens to join them in a battle against the privatization of Ontario’s hydro and transit.

Hundreds of concerned citizens, and several other ATU and CUPE Locals gathered for the rally, which was held in front of Hamilton City Hall.

Guest Speakers, including Ontario NDP Leader, Andrea Horwath, Bob Kinnear, President of ATU 113 (TTC), Fred Hahn, President of CUPE Ontario, and many others took to the stage in support of keeping Hydro One public. Keeping hydro public will continue to mean both affordable and reliable transit fares.

“Anyone who learns that a vote by Hamilton City Council could ultimately give up local control to bureaucrats at Metrolinx who have contracted out other transit lines becomes upset. LRT or BRT – it must be kept under local control through HSR and answerable to local transit riders through local elections,” says Eric Tuck, President of ATU 107.

The latest version of ATU 107’s commemorative 1906 HSR Strike video is now available. This video provides additional historic information about the working conditions, wage scales and collective agreement details.

Hamilton City Hall

ATU 107’s President, Eric Tuck, went live this morning on The Bill Kelly Show talking about an ugly day in Hamilton’s history and the commemorate rally, which will be taking place at Hamilton City Hall at 6:30 p.m. tonight. Did you miss it? Listen here!

Listen to our latest 110th Anniversary of the HSR/ATU Transit Strike radio ad!

The word is out! With the rally to unite against privatization quickly approaching, we’re asking you to come out and join us on November 24. Show your support and enter to win one of several prizes! For more details, listen to our new radio ad above.

110th Anniversary of the HSR/ATU Transit Strike

Join us on Thursday, November 24 as we commemorate the 110th anniversary of the HSR/ATU Transit Strike and unite against the privatization of Ontario Hydro.

ATU online survey on bathroom access for transit workers


Dear Local Officers,

I would like to personally thank all of our officers and members that took the time to fill out the assault survey in August. I know that I don’t have to tell you how heartfelt and heartbreaking so many of your comments and stories were. The information will be used to make our case for more prevention and protection against assaults all across Canada and the US.

I am now asking you and your members to fill out a bathroom access online survey. Like many personal issues, bathroom access for transit workers is not a topic some people like to discuss. In fact, many would have you believe that the problem is the individual, you, and not the working conditions, restroom availability and schedules. I know that they are wrong and I am asking you to share your experiences and stories with us so that we can help win basic dignity and respect for all of our members.

Here is the link to the special new online survey on bathroom breaks that we want you to fill out and send to your members to fill out: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/BSKXX7L

If you have any questions, please contact my office.

In solidarity,

Lawrence J. Hanley
International President

Hamilton getting its share of federal transit money

Hamilton will get its share of 1.5 billion dollars in federal transit money being handed out by Ottawa today.

The money is part of the Trudeau government’s first budget and mayor Eisenberger says Hamilton’s share is between 32 and 36 million dollars.

He says money will be used to buy new buses, transit shelters and technology upgrades.

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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.

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Dear Members,

Click here a link for Labour Union, Strike Songs & Worker Song Lyrics.

Tips to stay safe on the job for fleet maintenance workers

Dear Local Officers,

As part of our effort to help you keep your members informed about health and safety issues, and their rights on the job, we are sending you the next ATU Bulletin.

The latest ATU Bulletin offers tips on how fleet maintenance workers can stay safe on the job. These ATU members often use hazardous products and chemicals on the job that are toxic to the lungs, skin, liver and other body organs. They also risk exposure and inhalation of diesel exhaust, which can lead to cancer and other diseases. These tips can help fleet maintenance workers reduce exposure and make sure they know their rights on the job.

This Bulletin can be downloaded here and easily printed by most computers. We encourage you to post it on bulletin boards and hand them out to members. It can also be included in your Local union publications.

I hope you find this information helpful for your members. As always your feedback is appreciated.

In solidarity,
Larry Hanley
International President