Reno Associates

September 18, 2007 14:53 ET

Transit Union Offers to Pay Full Cost of Lapel Pins to Show Support for Canadian Forces

TORONTO, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - Sept. 18, 2007) - The union that represents the operating and maintenance workers at the Toronto Transit Commission has offered to defuse a public issue over whether the TTC should pay half the cost of lapel pins that would be voluntarily worn by staff who want to show support for Canadian troops in Afghanistan.

"Our union will pay the full $6000 cost of these pins and our members will individually decide if they want to wear one," says Bob Kinnear, President of the Amalgamated Transit Union Local 113.

"People who object to such a small amount of public money going towards a gesture of respect for the men and women of Canada who are in harm's way in Afghanistan can now find something else to protest, such as the Harper government's decision to keep them there.

"Our union is not endorsing the Afghanistan mission. Every ATU member has the right to his or her own opinion on that, as does every citizen. But our troops have been sent there by the government and there have been tragic deaths and injuries as a result. We just want the public to think about that from time to time."

Kinnear added that he hopes transit riders will not assume that a TTC employee wearing a pin supports the government decision to continue to keep our troops in Afghanistan.

"It's all about not forgetting them. It's not about endorsing the decision to send them there."

ATU Local 113
812 Wilson Ave.
Downsview ON

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