Showing disrespect to Toronto transit workers, the Toronto Transit Commission (TTC) walked away from the bargaining table after Local 113-Toronto, ON submitted a contract proposal. The Local expressed disappointment with the TTC’s decision to abandon negotiations. The agency says it has applied for conciliation. The Local has invited the TTC to return to the table and bargain in good faith to reach a fair agreement. They also pledged to continue the fight to protect workers’ pensions and benefits, while saving Toronto’s public transit system from privatization, which cost taxpayers more money in the end.

Atlanta paratransit workers call off strike, progress in negotiations

In reaction to a strike threat by Atlanta paratransit workers, MV transportation and Local 732-Atlanta, GA, have made strong progress in contract talks. The Local had called for their second one-day walk-out to protest unsafe buses and dangerous work conditions that are threatening the safety of riders and drivers. “The operators of these buses don’t see our passengers as just passengers; they’re family to us. Just recently, one driver had a wheel fall off his bus, and thankfully, there was no one on his bus at the time,” said Local President Michael Majette. In addition, the Local has challenged the decision to outsource the paratransit service. The two sides hope to reach an agreement soon.

Uber, Lyft and Via sue to block wheelchair-accessibility mandate

Showing their disregard for people with disabilities, Uber, Lyft and Via have banded together to defy a recently passed NYC Taxi and Limousine Commission mandate requiring more of their service be wheelchair accessible. The TNCs filed a petition against the rules, which will require that within 12 months 5% of all trips be in wheelchair accessible vehicles. That will rise to 25% by July 2023. Disability advocates believe the mandate doesn’t go far enough. “We’re grateful the city is trying to push for accessibility, but it’s not enough,” said Ruth Lowenkron, director of the disability justice program at New York Lawyers for the Public Interest. “We think they have their own obligation under the non-discrimination laws to ensure access under non-discrimination laws.”