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.
Lawrence J. Hanley
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.
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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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.