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    The Doug Ford Conservative government is planning to pull off one of the most ambitious power grabs in recent memory — taking the entire subway system away from the TTC and the people of Toronto. This would tear apart an integrated system of buses, streetcars and subways that moves over a million and a half people every day — over 80 per cent of all passengers in the entire Greater Toronto region. And it would open the door to creeping privatization of public assets and services.

    The Conservatives say the province will take over responsibility for building and maintaining new and existing subway lines, while allowing the city to operate the subway system. But a careful look at history shows that scheme is fraught with danger. Ontario’s transit projects feature 30-year deals with companies like SNC-Lavalin and Bombardier for maintenance of vehicles, stations, signals, and tracks — which is where the surplus is generated for years to come.

    “The Conservatives say the province will take over responsibility for building and maintaining new and existing subway lines, while allowing the city to operate the subway system. But a careful look at history shows that scheme is fraught with danger,” writes John Cartwright.

    Both those companies have troubling records on performance, but SNC’s stake in Highway 407 manages to reap huge profits from commuters every day. In British transit privatization deals, bankruptcies of private contractors have landed billions of dollars in liabilities on the shoulders of the public.

    What is the real motive behind this takeover move? Many observers point to the desire of the premier to decide where new subway development takes place — favouring Conservative ridings over improving service across the system. Others point to the drive by developers to get their hands on air rights over stations and other TTC properties. But nobody can answer the question of where the money will come from. Particularly from a government that has slashed its own revenue by billions of dollars, even while inflating deficit numbers to rationalize cuts to education, health care and social services.

    There is a huge backlog of repairs and maintenance needed to keep the...

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Wednesday, March 20

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    When he started as a TTC subway cleaner in 1986, John Di Nino could have never anticipated that he would one day be elected to the position of ATU Canada President.

    In his early days on the job, John was approached by a union steward. He was explained the role of the union and encouraged to get involved.

    John credits his growth in the union to the education that he received along the way. His first training opportunity was in 1988 at the Tommy Douglas centre as a new steward, attending Shop Steward training with fellow ATU sisters and brothers from Local 113. John went on to serve as a Steward for five consecutive 3-year terms.

    ATU gave John opportunities to attend continuous training, moving on to grievance, contract, and union building and activism. Training changed John’s relationship with the union-- it is now a way of life for him.

    “This s**t gets in your blood, and it never leaves. 33 years later, I’m still beating the drum and I’m not tired of it yet,” he said at a recent Shop Steward training he taught in Brampton.

    Moreover, through negotiations with the employer to include educational provisions in the contract, John was able to attend post-secondary education to become a subway mechanic, as well as to partake in labour studies courses.

    In 2009, John was elected as a full-time executive officer for Local 113, where he serviced for nine years. During that time, John attended extensive training (internally and at the International training centre) that enabled him to have confidence to run for National President in 2018.

    John Di Nino shares his union origins story at the beginning of Shop Steward training, which he has been bringing to locals across Canada since taking office in August 2018. To date, John has presented training to 24 locals, and over 150 members. John intends to sustain momentum by offering other varieties of trainings in the future, including Duty to Accommodate training.

    John is encouraged that the membership put their faith in a “maintenance guy,” in a union with leadership that...

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    The ATU Can-Am Conference is *an exciting and comprehensive four-day educational conference*. Attendees from across Canada and the USA will discuss matters impacting their local unions, exchange ideas and join in solidarity as we face more sophisticated challenges. 
     
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    The Fight Against Global Privatization of Public Transit
     
    The Fight Against Global Privatization of Public Transit
     
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