WATCH: TTC driver walks away from bus

Citizen reporter shoots video of an empty bus in Toronto's west end...

It's just like in the Flinstone's when Fred hears the whistle, he immediately drops what he's doing and heads for home.

But this is real life, on a TTC bus in Toronto's west end.

As a matter of fact, passengers on the 32 Eglinton West route were shocked to watch the driver get up from his seat, fill out a time card and then jump off, with nobody to take his place.

The driver told the passengers on the bus that he was in control of that it was 'time to go home', and then got up and left.

Victor Bulario was on the bus, and started filming the empty bus, and a searching for the driver, all while describing what he was seeing.

He later posted the video on YouTube.

When he spots another bus behind, Bulario speaks with a person in a TTC uniform, asking what was happening.

That person (who could not be identified) would only say he wasn't the person to talk to.

The Union says if the driver did, in fact, abandon his bus, consequences could be severe, including termination.

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  1. Dean posted on 05/21/2014 04:34 PM
    I have to applaud this guy for showing us such a shining example of the union work ethic. Bravo!
  2. Ken posted on 05/21/2014 04:59 PM
    The bus driver will get a big promotion and raise from the Greecetario-Lieberal leader, McWinnety. Typical union attitude and action.
  3. Glen posted on 05/21/2014 05:12 PM
    TTC Drivers just got a pay raise in the contract they ratified last Friday.
  4. Glen posted on 05/21/2014 05:17 PM
    The Toronto Transit Commission has successfully completed negotiations for new collective agreements with its four unions, ratifying four-year deals with ATU Local 113, CUPE Locals 2 and 5089, and IAMAW Lodge 235.
    Negotiations with the unions, which represent approximately 10,000 employees, began in early March and ended last night when ATU Local 113 members voted to ratify their agreement. The previous collective agreements expired March 31.
    This is the first time the TTC and its unions have negotiated settlements without the need for arbitration since 2008. This is a testament to the hard work and determination by all parties to reach agreements at the table.
    The contracts, which include modest wage increases, and limits to contracting out and improved job security, will cost about $196 million over four years.

    Wage settlement details are as follows:
    ATU Local 113 (includes operators, collectors and maintenance workers)
    Operators and Wheel Trans Operators:
    o April 1, 2014: 2%
    o April 1, 2015: 2%
    o April 1, 2016: 2%
    o April 1, 2017: 2.25%

    All other ATU employees and non-union staff:
    o April 1, 2014: 1%
    o April 1, 2015: 0.5% + 1.5% lump sum
    o April 1, 2016: 1.75%
    o April 1, 2017: 2.25%
    1. Dean posted on 05/21/2014 05:23 PM
      @Glen Well, I'm glad to see that we're getting our tax dollars' worth of service out of those upstanding citizens!

      We really need to wake up and quit letting these union goons rob us. Things like this are why I support Working Canadians.
  5. joe. posted on 05/21/2014 05:42 PM
    Privatize TTC for everyone's best interest
    1. Dean posted on 05/21/2014 05:57 PM
      @joe. Privatize, and under NO circumstances contract services out to a unionized company. That's critical, or we'd just end up with more of this nonsense.
  6. mark posted on 05/21/2014 05:57 PM
    We aren't all the same. There are morons within every company. I hope he's disciplined. I'm sick of stupid employees making the good ones look bad. I'm sorry Toronto on behalf of the good employees.
    1. Dean posted on 05/21/2014 06:00 PM
      @mark It's time that you took a stand against people like this who make your entire profession look bad. Visit the LabourWatch website, there you'll find directions on how to decertify your union and put an end to trash like this guy hiding from the consequences of their behaviour.

      You can take the first step towards bringing a sense of honesty, accountability, and pride back into your workplace. Or you can stand by and let bus drivers continue to be known as lazy, uneducated, entitled scum.
    2. mark posted on 05/22/2014 07:49 AM
      @Dean Thanks. I'll check it out.

      Again this type of behavior bugs me. As a streetcar guy I try to promote good customer service in the division. I try to be positive and helpful while in the seat. When I leave to do something like use the washroom. I announce it whether people want to hear I gotta pee or not.

      My point though. Union or not unionized this type of stuff is still going to happen unfortunately. I shake my head at some of the dumb stuff that happens. Again though every company has these type of employees and no one can deny that. There is always that one person that screws it for everyone. Just try to not lump us into one group. We work hard and deal with a lot. Our jobs aren't easy I promise. It's very stressful at times. I'm truly sorry for what this guy did.

      And to the video poster. Thanks for sharing. And to comment. No one likes a camera put in their face even if we aren't in the wrong like the other driver showing up. Talk to us one on one quote us after but anyone that gets a camera pointed in their face especially at our job gets defensive.
  7. Neo-TO posted on 05/21/2014 07:18 PM
    Ever had your driver stop in front of a coffee shop, shut off the bus and slowly walk in to get a cup and slowly walk back? Thats ok buddy, we will all wait.
    1. Alice posted on 05/21/2014 07:23 PM
      @Neo-TO That happened to me once in York Region, except he never shut off the bus. It just sat there idling the whole time. I was the only passenger there, too; if I'd been so inclined, there would be nobody to stop me from getting behind the wheel, taking that bus onto the highway and driving till it ran out of gas.
  8. Jerry posted on 05/22/2014 09:02 AM
    Torontonians holding the TTC union accountable for a single employee's action.
    1. Angry Bill posted on 05/22/2014 09:18 AM
      @Jerry That is correct. If it wasn't the union that fostered an environment in the first place that let this bus driver know that his actions were perfectly acceptable within the union guidelines, then he would not have done it. But he did.

      This is a prevalent attitude in this sort of work, I find. It's the same in long term care facilities, too. The employees treat it like their work place, while not considering that while it is your workplace, it is someone else's home. Same thing here.. the bus was this guy's workplace, but it was 20 other people's only way home. So this one entitled, unionized employee thought that the right for him to quit and go home was higher than the rights of the 20 people on his bus to go home.

      So, yeah. Regarding your statement, Torontonians are holding th eTTC union accountable for a single employee's action. You got a problem with that?
  9. Retiree posted on 05/22/2014 09:13 AM
    Are you kidding me, public always calls this a union issue, drivers get treated like animals, #1 You are not allowed any electronic devices to take pictures or record voice. #2 When at home or in your office, how close are you to the bathroom and the microwave and coffee maker. Do you ask your boss or company if you can go for a coffee, or to the bathroom. Heaven forbid you not feel to well and need to run to a toilet often, trying doing that on a bus, subway or street car. While you get to leave your job at designated times, drivers are at the whim of the roads and single driver vehicles who never take into consideration the bus full of people who want to get to and from work on a timely manner.
    #3 I worked for 32 years with TTC, when you start in training, The vehicle you are in stops on a side track. dead end, or side of the road and eats lunch, or coffee break. and when the training day is over, the supervisors leave and go home. So from the start you learn to take your breaks and finish on time, now lets be honest, when the Skydome was being built, i was driving the King 504 street car and was to finish at 5:49 each day, I was lucky to finish by 6:30, and was relieved on the street at Broadview and Queen. Stop taking pictures and thinking that you are the only ones with a life at work. Drivers for the most part care about the public, the few who do not are protected to a certain extent. Remember that drivers need a coffee and a bathroom as well, remember that most afternoon shifts and evenings do not get a coffee break or time off vehicle. 8-9 hours straight through. Then you look at Wheel Trans who work 13.5 hours with 2 - 20 minute breaks only during that time. Its what they want, but after that day, wouldnt you want to finish on time?
    1. Angry Bill posted on 05/22/2014 09:23 AM
      @Retiree We're not talking about someone taking a pee break, or even a coffee break or a lunch break. He just looked at his watch, stopped the bus with 20 people on it, jumped up, said "I'm outta here, quitting time" and fekked off.

      I don't care how hard your job is, or how close the coffee maker or toilets are to your bus. You do shyte like that, you take your lumps.
  10. john posted on 05/22/2014 11:45 AM
    overpaid under worked whiners Union .
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