Amalgamated Transit Union, Canadian Council

Amalgamated Transit Union, Canadian Council

April 29, 2009 12:01 ET

Amalgamated Transit Union (ATU) supports TransLink position

The ATU Canadian Council, the largest Transit, Inter-City, Para-Transit and School Bus Union in Canada, supports TransLink position to impose tougher penalties on anyone who assault Transit Workers

Attention: Assignment Editor, City Editor, News Editor, Government/Political Affairs Editor, Transportation Editor TORONTO, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - April 29, 2009) - Robin West, the Director of the (ATU) Amalgamated Transit Union-Canada and over 30,000 Transit workers agree the penalties for assaulting Transit workers needs to be increased.

"The penalty given last week to a 19 year old man of two years probation for assaulting a female bus driver by repeatedly punching her in the head and given her a concussion is not a deterrent nor is it acceptable. Transit workers should be able to feel safe and secure in their workplace. Violence on Transit workers is a growing problem that requires stiffer penalties." says Robin West ATU Canadian Director.

Recently a 53 year old TTC bus driver was assaulted by two passengers, with one striking the driver several times in the head with a hard object, resulting in eye injuries and several stitches and another attack was on a 55 year old Edmonton transit bus driver, who was assaulted by a group of teen passengers, hitting the driver in the back of the head with a skateboard.

The ATU is very concerned about escalating trends in violent assaults on our members and we receive very little protection under federal and provincial laws. In most cases these attacks are treated as a simple misdemeanour assault and these needs to change.

West says, "It's time for the Government to take action and amend the Criminal Code to increase the punishment for assaulting Transit workers, so it is the same as assaulting peace officers, firefighters or ambulance attendance."

The ATU calls on all transit employers across the country to follow TransLink lead and work with their Crown prosecutors to look for ways to strengthen legal protections for Transit workers. The ATU is committed to working with TransLink and other transit employers, Crown prosecutors and Government officials across the country to make our workplace safer.

Contact Information

  • Robin G West, Canadian Director, Amalgamated Transit Union, Canadian Council
    Primary Phone: 416-679-8846