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MAKING THE TTC A DEPARTMENT OF METRO COUNCIL UNNECESSARY, UNPRODUCTIVE, AND POTENTIALLY COSTLY

MAKING THE TTC A DEPARTMENT OF METRO COUNCIL UNNECESSARY, UNPRODUCTIVE, AND
 POTENTIALLY COSTLY
 TORONTO, Oct. 1 /CNW/ - The Amalgamated Transit Union, Local 113 representing the 8,200 unionized transit workers at the Toronto Transit Commission have called a press conference for Friday October 2, 1992 at 10:30 a.m., The ITT Sheraton, 123 Queen Street, The Carleton Room, General Mezzanine Level.
 Union President Art Patrick stated that the union has announced this press conference to formally kick-off the union's campaign to preserve the Toronto Transit Commission as a distinct quasi-independent body, accountable to Metro Council.
 The union will be presenting a brief setting out the historical background related to this issue, and rationale why amalgamation into Metro Council is unnecessary, especially at this juncture in the midst of recession.
 President Patrick is also concerned because the battle lines have been drawn by Councillor Howard Moscoe whose personal political mandate is to go to war with the TTC. Councillor Moscoe has engaged in a personal crusade against Mr. Leach, and indirectly, against the TTC organization of which he is a member. Without question, this has detracted and reduced the TTC into a public squabbling ground.
 What some politicians have failed to understand is that the problem is not necessarily related to the structural relationship between the TTC and Metro, but more to do with the political short comings of excessive politicization of the TTC. The issue of TTC amalgamation has arisen with some regularity, and successive local governments have determined that a quasi independently run system, directly accountable to Metro Council is the most effective model of a transit system.
 A great concern to the union has been the poor timing of this debate, since the TTC is currently enduring the worst operating environment in recent history. The price of this organizational chaos has extolled an extreme price on morale of all employees due in large part to the massive internal restructuring during the last two years.
 By layering on a debate about further organizational upheaval borders on political suicide, and further undermines the health of the TTC. Yet there is this continued and persistent crusade by certain Metro Councillors to further challenge, diminish, and tear apart the fabric of the TTC, affecting both staff and the unionized ranks. Why?
 In the union's submission to be presented at the press conference, an extensive critique and persuasive argument will be made to preserve the current Metro/TTC arrangement, but with a new composition of Commissioners.
 Mr. Patrick also committed to fight this issue tooth and nail, believing that a jeopardy exists with respect to the solvency of the transit employees pension plan. The pension issue coupled with the unnecessary debate on amalgamating the TTC into Metro is an issue that will further demoralize the TTC which is currently on the brink of institutional calamity. That is why Local 113 will use every means available to persuade Metro to leave the TTC alone.
 For further information: Mr. Art Patrick, President, Local 113 (416) 398-5113; Mr. Gary Majesky, FP Labour Consultant Services (416) 470-6050
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