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1505 ATU Class of 2015

12095070_963422777051666_6012875919817019891_oOn Saturday October the 17th 2015,  the 37th annual retirement party at the Victoria Inn was a blast for your info this party is not meant only for the retirees it’s meant for everybody, my first time there and food was great.

imageRoger Pinsonneault was the DJ, John Calahan was presiding the event seeing all my retirees friends was priceless and on top of that we got some prizes a 40″ Sony flat screen was the main prize along with another ones were, back packs, pens, muffins, tools, massage sessions, flowers, tools, everything was donated by a lot of important sponsors, let me tell you this I invite everyone for the next time I promise you will have a lot of fun and priceless moments. 

The administrators of this site, brothers and sisters from all over North America, want to pay a tribute to all these amazing brothers and sisters for all these amazing years of service, these operators and mechanics had dedicated good part of their lives to serve citizens from different cities around Canada and the US, we salute you and wish the best on your retirement life.

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ATU Mourns passing of retired Canadian Arthur Burke

Arthur BurkeWe are sad to report the passing of Retired International Vice President Arthur H. Burke this week. Burke was first appointed an international vice president in 1971, and was re-elected IVP at every subsequent Convention until his retirement in 1983. When he was appointed, Burke was serving as vice-president of Local 113-Toronto, ON. A true ATU man who attended many international events and Conventions during his retirement, we all will miss his supportive presence. Read more.


Dc Transit workersDC transit workers blast?Metro on safety

In the wake of a recent deadly fire at a Washington, DC Metro station, WMATA workers say the agency has failed its customers and drivers by not fostering a culture of safety and not offering rail operators adequate safety and emergency training. Local689 laid out its own agenda for creating a safety culture at Metro including the creation of an incentive program for those who do report safety problems.? Read more.


Phoenix transit workers call for change after beatings

Phoenix Transit WorkersAfter two recent violent attacks on bus drivers and the Super Bowl days away, Phoenix transit workers are calling for better safety to protect drivers and riders. Local 1433 believes stronger legislation is needed to prosecute attackers and retrofitting bus driver shields could help stop most physical attacks. However, the Local says transit companies aren’t willing to pay for upgrades.? Read more.

 

 

 


 

ATU voices opposition to Milwaukee streetcar

As yet another city ? Milwaukee ? proposes a ?boutique? streetcar project to supposedly ?boost? the city?sMilwaukee transit, ATU International President Larry Hanley renounced the $124 million project in a letter to city leaders. In the letter Hanley wrote, ?we are very concerned that the streetcar will negatively impact existing bus routes and hurt the working families who rely on them.”? Read more.

 

 

 


Sen Bernie SandersSen. Bernie Sanders: Let?s rebuild America

?Almost one-third of our roads are in poor or mediocre condition, and more than 40 percent of urban highways are congested. Transit systems face major unfunded repairs, while 45 percent of American households lack access to any transit at all,? Sen. Bernie Sanders (D-VT) writes in an opinion piece for The Hill. Sen. Sanders calls for a $1 trillion investment to fix our nation’s transportation infrastructure.? Read more.


Handy Dart workersHandyDart workers rally for justice for wrongfully fired member

Showing support for a member who was wrongfully fired for standing up against workplace harassment, HandyDART workers rallied for justice. Local 1724 says the contractor MV Transportation cares more about profits than employees and riders. The members at the rally also urged people to vote ?yes? in the upcoming transit plebiscite, which would increase payments for transit service.? Read more.


Stop StaplesDon’t Shop at Staples

Staples and the U.S. Postal Service are working on another sweetheart deal that could privatize thousands of U.S. mail jobs & threaten mail service. While an initial pilot plan was abandoned, the Postal Service has talked of a new program to set up full postal counters inside the office-supply stores that will be staffed with untrained, low-wage Staples employees. ATU is joining a growing list of unions and other groups boycotting Staples in protest.? Read more.


Brampton Transit to test bus safety shields

Responding to pressure from transit workers, Brampton Transit will test operator safety shields on sixBrampton Transit shields buses.? Violent attacks on bus drivers and riders are a growing problem in both Canada and the United States. The ATU International and Locals have been pushing for increased safety measures on buses and transit systems across both countries.? Read more.

 

 

 


Freedom RidersWin a copy of Freedom Riders for Black History Month

To celebrate Black History Month in February, ATU will be holding drawings to win a copy of the inspiring documentary ?Freedom Riders,? chronicling the courageous civil rights activists who in 1961 fought against racial segregation on buses. To be eligible to win, go to the ATU website and type your e-mail, local number, and zip/postal code in the boxes on the opening page and click ?Go.?? If you?ve already submitted your email you?re eligible.

Remembrance Day November 11/2014

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OTTAWA ? The National War Memorial in Ottawa is always a focal point for Canadians in early November ? but today?s Remembrance Day proceedings carry extra poignancy in the wake of last month?s?attack on Parliament Hill.

The ceremony drew a?crowd?of thousands. The Royal Canadian Legion?says poppy sales have jumped this year to more than 19 million compared with 18 million last year.

What?s more, 2014 marks the 100th anniversary of the start of the First World War, as well as the 75th anniversary of the outbreak of the Second World War.

Global News will live stream the?National Ceremony from Ottawa from approximately 10:00 a.m.-11:30 a.m. ET. A?Global National special will also?start at ?10:30 a.m. ET. VisitGlobalnews.ca?for live coverage.

All the while, Canadian fighter pilots are flying in harm?s way over?Iraq.

Princess Anne, only daughter of the Queen, is attending Tuesday?s ceremony with her husband, Vice-Admiral Sir Tim Laurence.

Gov. Gen. David Johnston and Prime Minister Stephen Harper greeted the Princess Royal as she arrived.

They also chatted with Gisele Michaud, the Silver Cross Mother, whose youngest son, Master Cpl. Charles-Philippe Michaud, died of injuries suffered in Afghanistan in 2009.

The ranks of Second World War and Korean veterans are noticeably thinner this year, as the years take their toll.

READ MORE:?Where to attend Remembrance Day ceremonies in Canada

The diplomatic corps are?out in force, along with various veterans groups and young people?s organizations.

The commemoration included the familiar rituals of the piper?s lament, the Last Post, the artillery salute and the recitation of the Act of Remembrance taken from Laurence Binyon?s poem, ?For the Fallen.?

?They shall grow not old, as we that are left grow old ??

Courtesy of Global News

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