Union says contract forbids ‘privatized’ Hamilton LRT operation
The union for HSR drivers says it opposes “privatization” of the proposed LRT and wants the city to respect a longstanding contract clause forbidding outside operators from running transit service in Hamilton.
Eric Tuck, president of ATU Local 107, emphasized his union is “very deliberately” refraining from public advocacy for or against light rail transit itself.
City and province in talks to extend LRT to Eastgate Square
The city and province are talking about extending Hamilton’s light rail transit (LRT) system to Eastgate Square as originally planned. But it’s still unknown whether it’ll happen fast enough to sway any councillors to approve the project during a crucial vote Wednesday.
‘Union Station West’ proposed for area around Pearson airport
With the GTA experiencing strong growth, a study suggests the area around Pearson airport would be a logical place to have a “Union Station West” to help reduce road congestion even if the airport did not exist.
The study, commissioned by the Greater Toronto Airports Authority, suggests a regional transit hub for trains, light rail cars and buses can make the area more competitive.
“We found that commuting times in the region are the highest in Canada,” said Howard Eng, president of the Greater Toronto Airports Authority at a media conference Tuesday.
“Mobility can be significantly improved in the region with better transit. It can help the region be more competitive and more business-friendly, and for the commuters, a shorter commuting time. The west rail Toronto-Hamilton area and specifically Toronto-Pearson is the ideal spot for a regional transport centre. The airport is poised for strong growth in the coming years.”
The first phase of ground transportation centre will be ready by the mid-2020s, Eng said.
Ontario Transportation Minister Steven Del Duca, and local mayors of Toronto, Mississauga, Brampton and Kitchener met Tuesday to look at plans and a new study for the regional transit hub.
Court Allows the TTC to Implement Random Drug and Alcohol Testing
In a recent decision, the Honourable Justice Marrocco of the Ontario Superior Court of Justice denied the request of the Amalgamated Transit Union Local 113 and Robert Kinnear (the “Applicants”) to restrain the TTC from conducting the random drug and alcohol testing of its employees.
The random testing applies to TTC employees who work in safety sensitive, specified management, senior management and designated executive positions, including the TTC’s CEO. The TTC expects to test 20% of its eligible employees per year, which means that statistically, each eligible employee has the chance of being tested once every five years. If selected, employees will be required to take an alcohol breathalyzer test and an oral fluid drug test. A failure to submit to a random test will be a violation of company policy, and employees who test positive will be considered unfit for duty.
Flamborough councillor Judi Partridge ‘no longer supports’ LRT project
When I first entered politics, I made a promise to myself and to the people who placed their trust in me that I would represent, protect, and defend the interests of the residents and businesses of my ward and across the city.
It was confirmed Friday that Hamilton and Niagara will be getting all-day Go transit service. This comes after Prime Minister Justin Trudeau announced an investment of more than $1.8 billion in Go transit’s regional express rail project and an additional $1.4 billion for public transit infrastructure.
The Federal government announced $37 million PTIF funding for Hamilton. New buses and shelters, and we are one step closer to a new maintenance and storage facility. We are looking forward to seeing Hamilton transit grow and to keeping Hamilton moving in the right direction.
Budget crunch: Hamilton councillors opt to delay HSR plan, hike parking rates, rec fees to lower tax hike
Hamilton will hit the brakes on its 10-year transit improvement strategy, increase parking rates and recreation fees in a bid to stave off a hefty 2017 tax hike.
A full day of budget-busting Thursday also included closed-door discussions about selling or changing operations at community halls and carving nearly 84 full-time positions out of the workforce.
If all the last-minute budget-cutting proposals are adopted, the average tax hike will be whittled down to 2.3 per cent, or an extra $76 for the owner of a $315,000 residential property.
But the most controversial decision Thursday came when councillors voted to delay planned HSR service standard improvements until next year, including the addition of new buses, 29 drivers and 34,000 hours of extra service.
Training Opportunities for Members
To better prepare all ATU members for the challenges and battles our locals face, ATU International has launched ATU Online Training Videos available to all ATU members.
These videos teach new strategies on how you can get involved with your local, make your local stronger, and build a more powerful ATU. This is part of our ongoing effort to train as many members as possible.
All the videos are available on the ATU website here. You can watch these videos anywhere and anytime you want.
The first set of videos cover Stewards Training, Grievances, 10 steps for Winning Contracts, Organizing Passengers, ATU COPE, and other issues. In the coming months, we will be adding more videos covering a wide range of topics including how to be an effective union member, bathroom breaks, transit worker assaults, chemical hazards, OSHA and transit workers, and many other topics important to ATU members.
We want your feedback
We would like to get your feedback on these videos and ask that you please take a brief online survey for each video. The link to the survey can be found in the description of each video.
We hope you find these videos useful and encourage you to share them with fellow ATU members.
Designing an Alternative
Hamilton City Council Budget GIC for February 23, 2017: Public Delegations
Many citizens spoke to Council asking them to increase transit funding and service across the City. Council will vote on the final budget, and the fate of the 10-year Transit Plan in the coming weeks.
Irvine Fraser Memorial Fund
Early in the morning of Februray 14th, a despicable attack took place on Winnipeg Transit driver Irvine Fraser at the University of Manitoba. A GoFundMe has been created as an opportunity for students and staff at UManitoba as well as members of the Winnipeg community to donate towards funeral expenses and supporting his loved ones during this terrible time.
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.
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.
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.
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.