Amalgamated Transit Union, Canadian Council

Amalgamated Transit Union, Canadian Council

April 10, 2009 12:42 ET

Amalgamated Transit Union (ATU) wants changes to the Criminal Code

The ATU Canadian Council, the largest Transit, Inter-City, Para-Transit and School Bus Union in Canada, supports the Private member's Bills tabled in the House of Commons to change the Criminal Code

Attention: Assignment Editor, City Editor, News Editor, Government/Political Affairs Editor, Transportation Editor TORONTO, ONTARIO, MEDIA ADVISORY--(Marketwire - April 10, 2009) - Robin West, the Director of the (ATU) Amalgamated Transit Union-Canada and over 30,000 transit workers across Canada supports two Private Member's Bills tabled in the House of Commons to protect transit workers.

Bill C-314 tabled by MP Peter Julian (Burnaby-New Westminster, NDP) and Bill C-333 tabled by MP Judy Wasylycia-Leis (Winnipeg North, NDP) attempts to amend the Criminal Code to protect public transportation workers, by increasing the punishment for aggravated assault when the victim is a public transportation worker. These bills were re-introduced after two previous Private Member's Bills dissolved when the Government prorogued the House.

With the recent attack on a 53 year old TTC bus driver who 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 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.

West says it's time for the Government to take action and adopt one of the Private Member's bills or introduce a bill of their own and amend the Criminal Code to increase the punishment for assaulting public transportation workers, so it is the same as assaulting peace officers, firefighters or ambulance attendance.

West says the ATU is very concerned about an escalating trend 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 this needs to change. IN: JUSTICE, LABOUR, TRANSPORT

Contact Information

  • Robin G. West, Canadian Director, Amalgamated Transit Union, Canadian Council
    Primary Phone: 416-806-7620