TORONTO, July 22, 2013 /CNW/ - Following is a statement by Bob Kinnear,
President of Amalgamated Transit Union Local 113 on the TTC
"Whistleblower Hot Line."
"During my ten years as President of Local 113, I long ago lost track of
the number of times I have said that the union does not in any way
condone any illegal or unsafe acts by TTC workers. Our members
understand that they work in a position of public trust and any alleged
violation of that trust is subject to a disciplinary process in
accordance with our collective agreement.
My only concern with this new initiative is that it publicly promotes
the idea that there is widespread fraud and theft on the part of TTC
employees that has yet to be discovered. There is simply no evidence
for this and how this is supposed to improve morale is beyond me.
What we do know is that an already bloated TTC management is bloating up
even more, at the expense of better front line service. And apparently
all these managers are so incompetent that they have to contract out to
the private sector their main responsibility, which is the care and
custody of public assets.
If TTC senior management feels that this special little program will
make them look like they are doing more to bring the bad guys to
justice, good luck to them. But I think it has about as much chance of
success as "The Lone Ranger" had at the box office.
I only wish that the same attention was paid to those many, many TTC
workers who go above and beyond the call of duty to serve the public
with a shamefully-underfunded public transit system. The daily
injustice against our front line members is that many TTC users blame
them for the inadequate system that is the dubious legacy of bickering,
SOURCE: Amalgamated Transit Union, Local 113
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