Last night, ATU Local 107 members projected a giant 40ft video on the side of Council chambers; a friendly reminder that privatization in Ontario has generated a long list of memorable failures.
“From Hydro to the 407 to water treatment, we all know that privatization just doesn’t work,” said Eric Tuck, President of ATU 107.
City council will meet this Friday to formally ratify Councillor Green’s motion to Keep Transit Public, which passed 9-4 at the GIC meeting last week.
“We are buoyed by council’s strong show of support for keeping good jobs in Hamilton and ensuring the LRT is publicly operated and maintained. We are cautiously optimistic that they will make their support formal this Friday,” said Tuck.
ATU members have been out in the public gathering signatures since mid-June. There are now over 6000 signatures, many still on paper and in the process of being added to the online petition.
ATU members are also gathering signatures for a huge 5ft high Thank-You card that they will deliver to councillors on Friday.
If council votes in favour of the motion this Friday, City staff will ask that Metrolinx make the HSR the default operations and maintenance provider for the LRT, rather than putting those jobs out for competitive bidding by private companies.