Press Releases

WINNIPEG TRANSIT UNION SUPPORTS ATU CANADA’S CALL FOR A NATIONAL TRANSIT TASK FORCE AMIDST ESCALATING VIOLENCE

WINNIPEG, January 25, 2023 – Amalgamated Transit Union (ATU) Canada is calling for the immediate implementation of a National Transit Task Force to combat rising violence on transit workers and passengers – ATU Local 1505 is in full support of this initiative, especially after (3) three separate assaults on (3) three separate operators took place just last evening on route 14.

A GRIM START FOR 2023 – TRANSIT UNION REPORTS NUMEROUS ASSAULTS ON WORKERS & PASSENGER-TO-PASSENGER OFFENSES

WINNIPEG, January 20, 2023 – Amalgamated Transit Union Local (ATU) 1505 strengthens their resolve on their calls for action to improve Transit safety after several reports of assaults against Transit workers and passenger-to-passenger offenses since January 1, 2023.

“So far in 2023 we have received around eight reports of assaults against Transit workers.” Sai

WINNIPEG & BRANDON TRANSIT WORKERS ELECT NEW UNION PRESIDENT, VICE-PRESIDENT, & BOARD MEMBERS

WINNIPEG, MB, January 3, 2023 – Members of the Amalgamated Transit Union (ATU) Local 1505, representing over 1400 Winnipeg and Brandon transit workers, have elected Chris Scott as their new President Business Agent in the triennial election held from December 5-9, 2022.

Chris joined Winnipeg Transit as an Operator in February of 1999.

TRANSIT UNION – OPERATIONAL FUNDING HAS BEEN A LONG TIME COMING

WINNIPEG, December 29, 2022 – The Manitoba Government announced it will release over $34 million over the next 2 years to reduce the deficit in transit operational funding – Amalgamated Transit Union (ATU) Local 1505 welcomes the news, but it’s been a long time coming.

“Of course, we are happy about the funding coming in; it will help alleviate the current transit budget de

SEVERAL TRANSIT WORKERS SUFFER ABUSE – TRANSIT UNION PLEADS FOR BUREAUCRATIC PROCESSES TO BE EXPEDITED

WINNIPEG, November 25th, 2022 – Yesterday, on November 24th, 2022, several Winnipeg Transit employees suffered a series of abuse from disruptive Transit users, including verbal assaults, death threats, objects being thrown at them, and being spit on.

WINNIPEG TRANSIT IS IN A PUBLIC SAFETY CRISIS – TRANSIT UNION PLEADS FOR IMMEDIATE ACTION FROM CITY AND PROVINCE

WINNIPEG, November 8th, 2022 – The Winnipeg Transit system is left reeling after a series of assaults on patrons and a Transit worker over the last six days – Amalgamated Transit Union (ATU) Local 1505 pleads with the city and all levels of government to take immediate action against what they deem a Public Safety Crisis.

On two separate occasions on November

SEXUAL ASSAULTS ON TRANSIT BUSES – TRANSIT UNION DEEMS IT A DOWNRIGHT SHAMEFUL PUBLIC SAFETY CRISIS 

WINNIPEG, September 22, 2022 – Throughout the morning of September 20, 2022,

an adult male passenger boarded a number Transit buses and sexually assaulted female passengers by grabbing their buttocks, attempting to kiss them, and also spit on another passenger as he left a bus; Police were notified after the victims alerted bus operators of what happened – Amalgama

ATU CAUTIOUSLY OPTIMISTIC ABOUT PASSED MOTIONS AT COMMUNITY COMMITTEE MEETING

WINNIPEG, August 31, 2022 –At this morning’s Community Committee meeting, a motion brought forward by Councillor Shawn Nason, Transcona Ward, for a Transit Security Force and full safety shields on buses was passed.  Additionally, Councillor Nason and Councillor Jason Schreyer, Elmwood-East Kildonan Ward, moved to prioritize the replacement of the aging bus radio communication system.