Union’s Kinnear Says TTC is Becoming Vulnerable to Terrorism

The leader of Toronto Transit Union, Bob Kinnear, made a statement today asserting that The Toronto Transit Commission has made itself vulnerable to terrorist attacks by preferring contracted-out bus cleaners rather than the current unionized workers.

The Amalgamated Transit Union Local 113 boss was talking to the press at the launch of union’s ad campaign on Tuesday, which is focused to admire the value of TTC maintenance workers. The ad campaign is part of the union’s response to TTC’s decision of contracting out 159 bus cleaning jobs, and now Kinnear claims that this decision leaves the city’s transit system open to security threats, including acts of terrorism by contract workers themselves.

Kinnear stated that “any time you lose control of people entering your property, there’s always a possibility of a threat.” He implied that “I’m not implying that the contractors are terrorists. I am simply pointing out a fact, and the fact is that when we allow people onto the property that haven’t been appropriately screened, or that the TTC has assurances that have been appropriately screened, it compromises the safety of the system.”

Kinnear also mentioned at the same time that “the TTC has, over the last four or five years, improved security on the system for obvious reasons and, with the stroke of a pen, they’ve completely compromised the integrity and safety of the system by allowing people to come onto the system (who) are not their employees.”

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