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WATCH: TTC union launches PR campaign against privatizing transit projects

Ads paid for by the Amalgamated Transit Union say so-called 'public-private partnerships' do not work

A still image from the ATU's ad campaign against the privatization of public transit projects
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The union representing TTC employees is launching a media campaign that aims to make an election issue out of the Ontario Government's plans to privatize new public transit projects in Toronto.

Bob Kinnear, president of Local 113 of the Amalgamated Transit Union, says the Metrolinx request for proposals to finance, build, and maintain the Eglinton Crosstown LRT from Weston Road to Kennedy is "an historic mistake."   

He says the evidence "from around the world" shows "this model of infrastructure improvement simply does not work."

Kinnear says this campaign is not about protecting jobs because workers will be needed to operate the new line in any case.  

He contends "it's about protecting taxpayers and riders, who will inevitably pay more and eventually suffer service cuts in order to cover private corporate profits."

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  1. Justin R posted on 04/22/2014 09:30 AM
    Remember: ATU 113 is the same union who decided that cutting off transit for the 40,000 low-income people in York Region who rely on it to get to school, get to work, and feed their families, for FOUR MONTHS, was a perfectly acceptable way to create some profit for themselves.

    The ATU 113 philosophy: Creating a profit through private enterprise is bad, creating a profit by committing mass extortion is perfectly acceptable.
  2. Dean posted on 04/22/2014 09:48 AM
    ATU 113 opposes privatizing transit because in a private business, there is no room to keep the lazy, rude, unmotivated people who benefit the most from the union's completely unethical protection.
  3. john posted on 04/22/2014 10:38 AM
    this builshit campaign was paid by the overpaid under worked whiners unions .
  4. john posted on 04/22/2014 10:46 AM
    thay are doing that cause thay are afraid of losing there jobs thay should the more these morons go on strike the more likely thay will replaced them with people who will work or replace them with computers so thay should be happy to even have a job .
    1. John's Translator posted on 04/22/2014 11:33 AM
      @john In other words - I don't know what I'm talking about - and I can't explain it in any language anyway.
    2. john posted on 04/22/2014 11:47 AM
      @John's Translator thx but if i need a Translator i will use Google not some overpaid under worked whiner union member like u .
    3. kmw068 posted on 04/22/2014 03:22 PM
      @john Nobody will listen to somebody who spells like a drunken idiot, maybe next time use proper english and people will know what the hell your talking about.
    4. John's Translator posted on 04/22/2014 06:47 PM
      @john Congratulations on being able to spell Google.
      All journeys start with small steps.

      oh - sorry -

      cungradulazns on ben abul to spil Google .
      all jernees beegin wit small steps .
    5. john posted on 04/23/2014 12:40 PM
      @kmw068 and i am not going to listen to some jerk off who makes fun of people with disability fuck you .
  5. Peter posted on 04/22/2014 10:52 AM
    The fact that we can get through our subway commutes start-to-finish without ever interacting with the booth-jockey* PROVES that there are too many useless people sucking at the public teat at the TTC. Privatize, and fire them!

    *(Buy your Metropass at the computerized kiosk or your tokens at the machine, use the automatic turnstyle to get through, use any of the six maps in every subway station if you're confused about where to go.)
  6. don was right posted on 04/22/2014 11:36 AM
    Of course the only answer is to vote Rob Ford for mayor. Can you immagine comarad Chow staring thsi bunch down?
    1. Frankie posted on 04/22/2014 03:58 PM
      @don was right Let's not forget comrade Chow publicized the fact her mother was extremely upset about privatizing garbage because she was used to having her garbage picked up at 9:00:00:00 AM SHARP and that wouldn't happen with a private contractor.

      I'm surprised she hasn't created her own sickle and hammer flag as part of her election campaign.

      She'd be very happy in a communist regime and I'd be happy to help pay for her ticket to Cuba, N. Korea, etc.
    2. HP posted on 04/22/2014 04:23 PM
      @Frankie Please prove this assertion about Mrs. Chow complaining about garbage privatization. She was living with Jack and Olivia in Ottawa at the time so your claim of what she said must be pure bullshit.

      Private garbage workers work 4 day shifts, must be on the road until all of their route is collected, and this winter many suffered serious frostbite and sickness working at minimum wage.

      Thanks to jerks like you who don't appreciate what they do and the conditions that they endure...if anyone needs a union to stop their exploitation, it's the privatized garbage workers.

      You'll realize this when you grow up.

      So...please supply the link to her quotes...
    3. Olivia Chow posted on 04/22/2014 10:49 PM
      @HP Hey Frankie, just have a look at my Twitter feed and you'll see that I bitched about garbage collection at 8:56am on the first day of privatization in Toronto. I said:

      My mother is in an extra bad mood today. The garbage hasn't been picked up yet - the wonder of privatization.
      8:56 AM - 7 Aug 2012
      @oliviachow

      It must suck when facts get in the way of you calling other people's correct assertions "pure bullshit".
    4. Frankie posted on 04/23/2014 12:12 PM
      @HP I'm not wasting my time because your head is buried in the sand. READ TORONTO NEWSPAPERS AND LISTEN TO RADIO NEWS and you just might hear what the rest of us living here read and hear.

      The media reported the issue about her mother. If you're head is in the sand that's your problem
  7. JohnVoter posted on 04/22/2014 02:40 PM
    Uneducated, unskilled and well paid.. you cant have all three in this economy but apparently the TTC has managed to avoid this rule.

    You decided to take the biggest slice of cake when everyone around you were left with crumbs.


    No one in their right mind would have pity tossing this poorly organized, overpaid and underworked service to the curb!.
  8. JohnVoter posted on 04/22/2014 02:41 PM
    Uneducated, unskilled and well paid.. you cant have all three in this economy but apparently the TTC has managed to avoid this rule.

    You decided to take the biggest slice of cake when everyone around you were left with crumbs.


    No one in their right mind would have pity tossing this poorly organized, overpaid and underworked service to the curb!.
  9. Jack posted on 04/22/2014 03:11 PM
    If any ATU 113 members are reading this: Your union is ruining your reputation and causing all of you to be tarred with the same brush as the laziest, rudest, most worthless members of your profession. There is still a chance for you to behave with integrity and show the world that you're not all incompetent leeching swine looking for the biggest handout in exchange for the least work.

    Visit the LabourWatch website, where you'll find instructions on how to decertify the union. Quit letting Bob Kinnear and his goons drag your reputation through the muck. Do the right thing. DECERTIFY.
  10. Frankie posted on 04/22/2014 03:52 PM
    Don't know if it's the same union but I was told by someone that on their first day on job at TTC maintenance they were physically threatened at end of their shift for working efficiently as opposed to the rest of the union, probably at 25-50% efficiency.

    That's the first place I'd go to for money towards subway and a perfect example of why privatizing could save taxpayers billions, so long as it's properly overseen.
    1. HP posted on 04/22/2014 04:14 PM
      @Frankie You need to prove your claim of 25-50% efficiency..I suspect that you're pulling those numbers out of your ass. Also, your claim of a new worker being threatened with physical harm for working "efficiently" (compared to the rest of the entire union) is pure bullshit and I call you out for being a liar.

      Prove your assertion that privatization would save billions. History proves that you get less service at a higher cost when the company needs to make a profit from increased fares. The 407 would be a good example. Privatized garbage collection saves taxpayers a little money on the backs of underpaid, overworked employees.

      You're truly stupid for posting this garbage, a good reason why they shouldn't let school children post idiotic comments on a grown-up board.
    2. Frankie posted on 04/22/2014 04:25 PM
      @HP You're actually calling the worker a liar. He was threatened by a couple of people with baseball bats at the end of his shift. Who cares whether you believe it or not, it happened according to this person.

      Garbage workers are underpaid and overworked?????? Please move to a communist or socialist country and take Olivia Chow with you. We don't need your kind here to take us down the road to ruin.

      You choose to close your eyes and ears to actual events and call it garbage. Guess you can't handle the truth when it doesn't support your agenda!
    3. HP posted on 04/22/2014 04:34 PM
      @Frankie That's pure bullshit...baseball bats at a TTC maintenance yard???? is straight out of some bad movie.

      You need to grow up and stop making stuff up, you can make your points about the NDP without resorting to lies and fabrications.

      So...give me a link proving any threats of violence in unionized TTC facilities...anything? Prove your lies to all of us who know better.

      Privatized garbage workers are way underpaid and way overworked...it was bad this winter with the record cold and snow, but not much better in the hot summer when the trucks stink and leak liquid garbage all around the workers.

      Grow up and stop the lies.
    4. Frankie posted on 04/22/2014 05:16 PM
      @HP No need to make this up since it happened and I was quite shocked when I heard it as didn't expect these tactics in Canada. They seem more liike USA union tactics.

      You need to grow up and take your head out of the sand. I'm sure you'd like the name of the person so they could risk being threatened again. Fortunately they're not that stupid.
    5. Jack posted on 04/22/2014 05:51 PM
      @HP The fact of the matter is that ATU 113 members are perfectly comfortable with mocking a blind woman in front of her daughter, spitting on people who go near their picket lines, and orchestrating a four-month strike that forced low-income parents to choose between going to work or seeing their children; all of which I've seen happen with my own eyes.

      Short of violating the Geneva Conventions, there is no degree of bad behaviour I'd consider outside the range of ATU 113's capabilities. The sooner we abolish their union and finally hold them accountable for their actions, which would be grounds for criminal charges in any other context, the better.
    6. kord posted on 04/22/2014 09:05 PM
      @Frankie He's full of crap! You can cure stupid, but you can't cure ignorance.
    7. mary posted on 04/22/2014 09:15 PM
      @Jack Your stories don't add up. You come on here and you say slanderous things, I think your just a jealous person, sad, pathetic and full of shit. Are some employees rude? Hell yes, but no more than anywhere else you go. #calling out your putrefaction!
    8. Frankie posted on 04/23/2014 12:13 PM
      @HP I have proof from the individual that was threatened. Where's your proof it didn't happen?
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