TORONTO, April 1 /CNW/ - It is always positive when the City of Toronto
and the province can work together to improve transit infrastructure
creating manufacturing and construction jobs for workers, CAW President
Ken Lewenza says.
For example, the agreement reached between the city, the province and
Bombardier to manufacture transit cars in 2007 resulted in the recall
of hundreds of workers who had been laid off at the company's Thunder
Bay, Ontario facility.
However, Lewenza said the plan recently outlined by Toronto Mayor Ford
is bad news for retail and service workers, students, and taxpayers in
city suburbs who have been waiting for long overdue improved TTC
This move will particularly hit low wage service workers, part-time and
shift workers in the eastern Scarborough and Finch West areas who would
have received improved service under the previous Transit City plan.
"This administration has already cut 41 weekend and late evening bus
services, which negatively impacts many retail and service workers who
use transit to get to work," said CAW Local 1000 President Dwayne
Gunness, whose local represents approximately 1000 service and retail
workers in Toronto.
Lewenza said the previous transit plan was more beneficial for residents
across the entire city.
"Mayor Ford's current announcement provides no transit improvements in
large parts of the city where many workers, students and taxpayers need
improved service," Lewenza said. "This new plan will take years longer
to implement and will not service nearly as many people."
"Instead of 52 kilometres of light rail transit this new plan means 25
kilometres for roughly the same amount of money," he said.
SOURCE Canadian Auto Workers
For further information:
CAW Communications, John McClyment, cell, 416-315-3202.