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The Amalgamated Transit Union signaled their support this morning FOR the Alberta Federation of Labour’s (AFL) proposed legal challenge against the Kenney government’s plan to take control of public sector pensions. AFL President Gil McGowan announced Monday that the AFL, on behalf of several other unions, would be taking the government to court over a ministerial order, imposed under Bill 22, that gives the finance minister power to intervene and dictate how investment management services are provided.
This afternoon, Premier Ford announced that the province of Ontario was set to go into another lockdown along with a stay-at-home order, effective Thursday, January 14th. While we support more measures to try and keep Ontarians safe, this latest announcement once again falls short of protecting transit professionals and their families.
ATU Canada National President, John Di Nino is angered by Education Minister Stephen Lecce’s statement earlier today. While the government says they are extending childcare benefits, they failed to include transit workers, who have provided a critical service during the pandemic.

On behalf of myself and ATU Canada, I want to express our deepest sympathies and heartfelt condolences to the family and friends of Edmonton ATU Local 569’s Union Brother Gerald Berg who tragically passed away Tuesday due to COVID-19. Gerald served as a transit worker for Edmonton Transit Services for over 20 years during the 1970s to 1990s and was an avid ATU member and supporter until his final days.

It is no doubt that 2020 has been a difficult year for transit professionals across Canada. As a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, we have faced declining ridership, the threat of massive service cuts, job losses and our livelihoods being at risk - yet you have persevered through it all. Your important work continues to move frontline workers and transit riders throughout our country so that they can, like you, continue to provide and access some of the critical services we need.
President of the Amalgamated Transit Union in Canada, John Di Nino, is calling upon the federal and provincial governments to give priority vaccine access to transit workers as the first batches of the COVID-19 vaccines start to be doled out today in Canada. Transit professionals are some of the most vulnerable when it comes to the COVID-19 virus as a result of their interaction with millions of riders per day. The high volume of interaction has led to more than 3500 ATU transit workers being infected in both Canada and the US.

December 1st, 2020

ATU Canada has made submissions to the Standing Committee on General Government advocating for the removal of Schedule 16 and 24 from Bill 213, the Better for People, Smarter for Business Act, 2020.

TORONTO - The federal government gave its Fall Economic Update on Monday, which among other things reiterated its commitment to providing permanent public transit funding, in partnership with the provinces and territories. Though this is a welcome and promising commitment, says the Amalgamated Transit Union (ATU), there is no concrete indication that the government will continue to provide ongoing operational funding for years to come.

The Amalgamated Transit Union is deeply saddened to hear about the horrific bus accident that took place in Calgary, Alberta on November 26th. At 11 AM, Thursday morning, at 52nd Street and 90th Avenue S.E, a tractor trailer collided with a Calgary Transit bus, seriously injuring the driver along with five other passengers. 

We extend our thoughts and prayers to all those affected by this terrible accident, including the families and co-workers of our injured driver from ATU Local 583 – an employee of Calgary Transit.

OCTOBER 20, 2020 -- Dear Prime Minister: Millions of people from coast to coast are depending on a just recovery for public transit. Over the past several months, our organizations have stood together with other transit industry, municipal government, and labour allies in calling on the Federal Government for emergency operational funding for public transit.