Today, Thursday, April 28, is National Day of Mourning. All across the Toronto Transit Commission, flags will be lowered to half-staff as a tribute to those in our workforce who have perished or suffered serious injury or illness in the workplace. This is a day, also, when employees are encouraged to take a personal moment to reflect on the importance of safety at the TTC.
CEO Andy Byford and union presidents – Bob Kinnear, ATU Local 113; Gaetano Franco, CUPE Local 2; Eric Althoff, IAMAW Lodge 235; and James Bingham, CUPE Local 5089 – released a joint message of reflection to all employees:
“Operating, maintaining and protecting, on a 24/7 basis, a system that carries the third largest ridership in North America requires a dedicated, committed and safety-focused workforce. Above all else, TTC employees are first committed to protecting the safety and health of their co-workers, their customers and the public living in the communities in which we operate. Safety is a core value and entrenched in our long-standing motto of Safety, Service, Courtesy.”