Winnipeg- The Amalgamated Transit Union 1505, Functional Transit Winnipeg and the Social Planning Council of Winnipeg are pleased to host an urgent community forum to discuss and organize around the proposed cuts to Winnipeg Transit as part of the 2020 civic budget. The proposed cuts would slash service and increase fares at a time when Winnipeg Transit needs additional resources to service a growing city. The Community Forum will examine how the cuts will affect workers and riders and serve as an organizing opportunity to expand and enhance public transit service. It will also provide an opportunity for the community and workers to come together and build a better Winnipeg Transit for everyone.
“For the City to propose such drastic cuts while also considering a new Transit Master Plan to enhance the service is bizarre to say the least,” said Derek Koop, President of Functional Transit Winnipeg. “These cuts would jeopardize service and discourage transit ridership in the immediate and long term. This will impact all Winnipeggers by increasing the number of cars on the roads, meaning longer commute times and adding to our city’s infrastructure deficit.”
Some of the proposed cuts would include eliminating the DART service, reducing rush hour service, slashing weekend service and would make life more difficult for working people across the City.
“With the surplus created by the .25 cent fare increase last year, we’d hoped for more commitment to public transit.” said Kate Kehler, Executive Director of the Social Planning Council of Winnipeg. “We have to stop treating transit like it is just for people who cannot afford a car. Reliable and safe public transit is essential for everyone. Cuts will hurt low income folks, especially seniors and families, more than anyone else.”
The cuts will also include reduced maintenance on transit buses and shelters and significantly reduces the number of buses that the City will purchase in the coming years.
“The cuts to bus purchasing and maintenance will affect service for passengers- there is no doubt about it,” said ATU 1505 President Aleem Chaudhary. “You’ll be waiting longer and paying more for less service. When Mayor Bowman promised the Year of Transit, route and service elimination was not what we had expected. We're calling on all members of the mayor's executive policy committee to stop these proposed cuts and instead work with the ATU and the community to improve Winnipeg Transit for everyone.”
The forum is open to the community and concerned residents are encouraged to share the invitation with their friends and neighbours. Residents are also encouraged to call their councillor to speak out against these proposed cuts and to attend the November 28th budget consultation meeting at Winnipeg City Hall.
What: Community forum against the cuts at Winnipeg Transit
When: November 20th, 6:30pm-9:00pm
Where: 2nd Floor Auditorium, Union Centre, 275 Broadway
More information @ www.atu1505.ca
Canadian Labour International Film Festival*
Labour Film Friday
On Friday, November 22, UMFA will hold a movie event as part of the Canadian Labour International Film Festival and labour film month.
• A Radiant Sphere, 9.5mins Documentary, Canada (History/Communism)
• Glasgow Women's Strike, 11mins, Documentary, United Kingdom (Women/Pay Equity)
• Fishnet & The Fish, 8.5mins, Drama, Iran (Work)
• 24-Hour Workday, 14.5, Documentary, USA (Precarious work)
• The Stain, 13mins, Suspense/Drama, Iran (Work).
Friday, November 22, 2019
2:30 to 3:30 p.m.
Room 160, Dafoe Library
*The Canadian Labour International Film Festival tells the stories of workers – unionised and non-unionised. CLiFF is the stage and the voice of those who seek justice on the job and dignity in their workplace. CLiFF would also like to bring the subject of unpaid work into a public discussion.
The date to give notice of your retirement and participate in the retirement allowance program is December 31. The details of the retirement allowance program are found in Appendix F of the collective agreement - the program provides a retirement allowance $20,000 to $100,000 if you provide irrevocable notice to retire. The amount of the allowance depends on your age at retirement and the number of years’ notice you provide.
If you are thinking of retiring, we encourage you to contact the pension benefits office and request a statement of retirement benefits.This statement, which is provided upon request,gives you information about your expected monthly pension given your exact age at retirement, and an estimate of the lump sum payment you would receive if you choose to take your money out of the UM plan. Since it takes up to six weeks for the pension office to generate your statement, please contact them as soon as possible.
Contact information is below.
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Additionally, UM will be again offering their Planning for Retirement Workshop during the fall reading week (specific date and time have not yet been announced). Check the Learning and Organizational Development webpage at https://umanitoba.gosignmeup.com/Public/Course/Browsefor the announcement: the workshops fill up quickly.