PRESS RELEASE - March 18, 2024

Transit Workers: The Heartbeat of our City! Celebrating Transit Worker Appreciation Day - March 18, 2024

Winnipeg, Manitoba – March 18, 2024 – Today marks Transit Worker Appreciation Day, a momentous occasion championed by the Amalgamated Transit Union (ATU) Local 1505. As we celebrate, Winnipeggers and Brandonites are encouraged to take a moment to appreciate Transit Operators & Workers who tirelessly keep our cities moving.

Originating in Seattle, WA, in 2009, Transit Worker Appreciation Day has been a tradition observed and honored by the Amalgamated Transit Union since 2014. It serves as a poignant reminder to acknowledge and value the contributions of Transit Workers in ensuring the functionality and vitality of Winnipeg and Brandon, MB.

Transit Drivers navigate diverse weather conditions and demanding schedules, and increased safety issues. Beyond their role as drivers, they often serve as the compassionate face of public service, helping those in need, whether it be providing directions, facilitating accessibility, or aiding the vulnerable members of our communities.

Meanwhile, the diligent efforts of Winnipeg Transit’s award-winning Plant and Equipment workers ensure the seamless operation of essential infrastructure, guaranteeing safe and efficient transportation for all.

"It's undeniable that the job of a Transit Worker presents its share of challenges, particularly amidst the socioeconomic complexities of today," remarked Chris Scott, President, Business Agent at ATU Local 1505. "Yet, despite these obstacles, we remain steadfast in our commitment to public service."

Acknowledging the importance of recognition, Scott emphasized the significance of simple acts of appreciation. "A heartfelt smile or a word of thanks can serve as powerful motivators for our Transit members," he stated.

In light of Transit Worker Appreciation Day, here are some effortless ways to express gratitude:

  • Share your experiences on social media using the hashtag #transitworkerappreciation.
  • Submit a commendation through 311.
  • Personally express appreciation to a Transit Worker through a smile or kind words.

 As we commemorate Transit Worker Appreciation Day, let us collectively honour the dedication and resilience of these unsung heroes who play an integral role in shaping the fabric of our cities.

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