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Bus drivers stand on a picket line near the West Ham Bus Garage in east London on Friday.
Thousands of London bus drivers went on strike Friday, demanding a bonus of $780 for working during next month?s Olympic games.
The public transit authority, Transport for London, said two-thirds of the capital?s 8,000 red buses were off the road on Friday due to the action.
With just over a month to go before millions of athletes and visitors arrive for the games, union leaders have issued a string of demand for extra payments.
Underground train drivers have already secured a bonus of up to $1,326 ? in addition to overtime payments ? while workers in the Docklands Light Railway system near the games site have negotiated a payment of up to $1,482.
Canada?s National Aboriginal Day is annually held on June 21 to celebrate the unique heritage, diverse cultures, and outstanding achievements of the nation?s Aboriginal peoples. There are three Aboriginal groups in Canada ? the First Nations, Inuit and M?tis peoples.
What do people do?
Canada?s National Aboriginal Day gives many people the chance to learn more about Aboriginal people and their contributions towards the country?s development and progress. First Nations, M?tis and Inuit people have the opportunity to showcase their cultures and achievements throughout Canada on this day.
National Aboriginal Day events are held in every region across Canada. Activities and events include (but are not limited to):
- Summer solstice festivals.
- Barbecue fundraisers.
- Social networking gatherings with traditional and contemporary music, dance and singing.
- Sacred fire extinguishing ceremonies.
- Traditional feasts, which may include fry bread and moose stew.
- The cutting of a cake to honor National Aboriginal Day.
National Aboriginal Day in Canada gives people of all walks of life the opportunity to celebrate and share knowledge about the Aboriginal peoples? values, customs, languages, and culture.
National Aboriginal Day is a paid holiday for employees in the Northwest Territories, except those in the Northwest Territories Teachers’ Association (NWTTA). It is not a statutory holiday in other parts of Canada. Traffic and parking conditions may be affected in areas where there are large celebrations to commemorate the day.
The Canadian Constitution recognizes three groups of Aboriginal peoples: Indians (First Nations), Inuit and M?tis. Although these groups share many similarities, they each have their own distinct heritage, language, cultural practices and spiritual beliefs.
Many people have pushed for a national day to recognize and celebrate Canada?s Aboriginal peoples and cultures prior to 1996. For example, in 1982 the National Indian Brotherhood (now the Assembly of First Nations) called for June 21 to be National Aboriginal Solidarity Day. In 1995 the Royal Commission on Aboriginal Peoples recommended for a National First Peoples Day to be designated. The Sacred Assembly, a national conference of Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal people, called for a national holiday to celebrate the contributions of Aboriginal peoples.
Canada?s governor general proclaimed the first National Aboriginal Day in 1996. In cooperation with Aboriginal organizations, the Canadian government chose June 21 for National Aboriginal Day because it was on or near the?June solstice. Many of Canada?s Aboriginal peoples celebrated their culture and heritage on or near this day for many generations. National Aboriginal Day provides an opportunity to acknowledge the unique achievements of First Nations, M?tis and Inuit in fields as diverse as agriculture, the environment, business and the arts.
Note:?Any mention of summer in this article refers to summer in the northern hemisphere. Moreover, Timeanddate.com wishes to thank Indian and Northern Affairs Canada for the background information regarding National Aboriginal Day.
?It?s in my blood,? says newly-elected Canadian Director Stu Litwinowich, as he describes how he feels about the ATU and his new post.?Litwinowich will be taking over for Stan Dera, who is retiring, after serving over two years in that position.
International President Hanley offered congratulations to the new director, adding, ?Stu brings a wealth of experience and accomplishment to this important work.?I look forward to working with him on issues of national and international importance.??Hanley also expressed thanks to Dera who he said, ?did an outstanding job as director during a difficult time of transition.?
Litwinowich has been a member of Local?569-Edmonton, AB since 1988 when he was hired as a bus operator.?He served the union as shop steward and Canadian Council representative before he was elected president in 2008.
Litwinowich will encourage coalition-building with other unions and like-minded groups to fight for better public transit.?Other priorities include organizing school bus drivers, making sure that smaller local officers get the education they need, and pursuing passage of the bill in Parliament that would make it a federal crime to attack a transit worker.
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Teacher for a day: Local 689 President talks unions with DC students
Today?s young people need to learn about the importance of labor unions in our society. Local?689?President Jackie Jeter did just that when she visited with high school students at Chavez Public Charter High School for Public Policy in Washington, DC.
The 9th?grade students are taking a class to study issues involving public transportation in Washington, DC and nationally, with a focus on safety, access, and affordability for different groups of citizens. The students will be visiting Local 689 offices next week to hear from other officers and members, and also plan a community project on public transportation.
ATU member Victor Torres elected State House Rep. in Florida
Victor M. Torres,?1596-Orlando, FL, will become the next State House Representative of Orange County’s 48th district in Florida. An ATU Latino Caucus Executive Board member, Torres won the primary and is running unopposed in the November election.
Torres said about being elected, “It is indeed humbling to learn that I will be serving the people of the 48th district in the Florida Legislature. I pledge to continue my advocacy on behalf of Florida’s working class families and provide constituent services that exceed even the highest expectations. My district will have a tireless Representative who will always remember, that, too often, too many are left behind. We will be changing that in the next legislative session.”? The ATU wished Torres the best of luck in office.
TriMet kills Free Rail Zone, increases fares, cuts service
Life just got more expensive for Portland?s cash-strapped and transit-dependent riders after TriMet’s board unanimously approved a plan that one opponent called “economic warfare.”?The plan ended a Free Rail Zone in downtown Portland, increased fares by as much as $8, and reduced $1.1 million in services, eliminating nine lines, among other cuts.
The vote came after months of budget revisions and outreach that resulted in more than 16,000 comments from the public. As the board prepared to vote, rider and transit advocates gathered near the TriMet’s Southeast Portland headquarters angrily chanting “Don’t throw riders under the bus!” and “No more hikes!”.?Read more.
Netroots workshop video: Saving Public Transportation
ATU President Hanley joined Local?618?President Paul Harrington and other transit advocates in Providence, RI, to participate in a panel discussion ?Saving Public Transportation: A Matter of Social Justice? at Netroots Nation, a gathering of the nation?s top bloggers and next generation progressive leaders.?Watch video.
The lively discussion focused on how transit systems around the country?from Oakland to Detroit?face service cuts and fare increases at a time when public transportation is more necessary than ever for both our economic and environmental sustainability. Hanley and Good Jobs First?s Greg LeRoy discussed how ATU is building coalitions with riders and even transit systems in the fight to save and expand public transportation.
Mississauga Transit is being accused of violating a bus driver?s human rights after the transit worker was suspended for five days for delaying service by taking a washroom break.
The driver had to stand in line for about seven minutes behind two other bus drivers at the single washroom designated for bus drivers at the Meadowvale Town Centre.
He then spent about seven minutes in the stall, after which he went directly back to his bus to continue work, according to union president Nicholas Bye.
A passenger complained about the delay, saying the driver failed to explain the holdup.
But Bye said it is an invasion of privacy to expect bus drivers to tell riders they?re going to the washroom.
?They didn?t discipline him for going to the washroom. He took too long to go,? he said, adding that there is no formal washroom break policy at Mississauga Transit.
?This issue of the washroom has never come up before. This is the first time we?ve had a driver disciplined for using the washroom,? said Bye.
In a prepared statement, the city said it ?does not agree with the manner in which the Amalgamated Transit Union, Local 1572 has characterized the nature of the discipline in this case.
?The City of Mississauga’s practice with respect to washroom breaks for transit operators is clear. Employees are permitted to use washroom facilities en route as required provided passenger safety is not placed at risk in the process.?
The statement said the city would not discuss the specific case, but said, ?washroom facilities are provided at the end of most routes and recovery time is built in to operator schedules so as to minimize the impact upon service for customers.?
Bye said there?s a long-standing issue for the transit system in finding rest stops along bus routes.
TTC drivers are allowed to stop their buses to use the washroom, said spokesman Brad Ross.
Formal breaks depend on the route or the shift, he said.
But, said Ross, ?If somebody has an upset stomach and nature calls ? what we do ask is our operators communicate with our customers.?
Courtesy of The Star
Info on the International Jazz Festival, affected routes 29 and 99, starting Thursday June 14-23 2012, and also The Manitoba Marathon 2012;?beginning?on Sunday June 17, 2012, Routes affected 60, 160, 170, 66, 75, Dart 101, that includes Polo Park wich also will be affected routes 20, 24, 66 and 79, Wolseley and Misericordia areas 10 and 17 and?finally OBN and OBS that will affect 16, 18 and 60. ?Read more