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The devastating metro crash that left many without their loved ones shows the consequences of putting profit over the lives of residents and a functioning, safe and reliable transit system and should be a warning to transit systems across Canada.
Transit workers in Airdrie voted to ratify their collective agreement yesterday with 75% support after over a year of negotiations. Airdrie transit workers joined the Amalgamated Transit Union last year after a successful organizing drive by ATU Local 987.
I would first like to thank the members of ATU Canada for putting their confidence in me for a second three year term. It has been my honour to serve you through these difficult and trying times. I am honoured to continue to be serving you once again. It is the strength and perseverance of our membership that has gotten me through this and will continue to see our union through this global pandemic. As President, I will continue to fight for the things that matter like priority access to voluntary COVID-19 vaccinations for transit workers, permanent operational funding for transit agencies, and fighting attempts at privatization of our public transit system.

Since the Saskatchewan Transportation Company and Greyhound have shut down intercity transit service in Western Canada, access to mobility, freedom, community, family, health care, and other public services are at risk for millions of people across Canada.   Without adequate public transportation, the crisis of missing and murdered Indigenous women and girls will only get worse.   Without rapid expansion of public transit, we cannot reduce our carbon emissions to mitigate the worst effects of climate change.   The private market has not and will not adequately replace these intercity transit services.    We need a public option.   We demand the establishment of a national public intercity transit service as part of a Green New Deal for social, economic and environmental justice and tangible reconciliation with Indigenous peoples.  Pledge your support today! 

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We have been encouraged to see government announcements in support of transit -- notably the $14.9 billion pledged towards capital projects over eight years but a budget that is focused on an equtiable post-pandemic recovery must focus on providing emergency funding for public transit.
March 8th is International Women’s Day, a day to celebrate women’s achievements and take collective action for equality. The UN-recognized event was born of women organizing in the labour, socialist, and peace movements. ATU Canada recognizes the important strides made by ATU members to bring dignity to their working environment and fight for equality in their communities.
Canadian public transit is entering a new era of propulsion, transitioning from diesel-fueled buses to smooth-running, practically silent, low-emission battery electric buses (BEBs). Some transit history buffs will be quick to point out that many forms of transit, including the trolley buses of Toronto, were once fueled by electricity, so this is merely a return to simpler days. However, the scale of this transition is going to be truly unique in Canadian public transit history.

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