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One TTC employee assault is one too many

11/18/16 6:00 AM

I have attended several events recently that reinforced the decent, hard-working nature of TTC employees.

The first such event rightly celebrated the good deeds that TTC staff perform day in and day out, to go the extra mile and offer excellent customer service. The second saw us say goodbye to a group of retirees with around 700 years of service between them – whole working lives dedicated to serving the people of this great city.

So it is of huge concern – and completely unacceptable – that assaults on TTC staff are on the rise. Every day, staff are threatened, spat on, punched, kicked or slapped, for doing their jobs in difficult circumstances. And crimes against employees are taken very seriously.

I know that the vast majority of Torontonians appreciate the efforts of TTC staff to keep this city moving. Understandably, it is frustrating when delays occur, but it is certainly not the fault of frontline TTC staff.

Our work to modernize the TTC is beginning to bear fruit as we strive to improve your service. The man or woman driving your vehicle or cleaning your station wants the same as you: to do their job and go home to their loved ones, without the fear of assault.

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