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Kinnear gets fourth term as TTC union head

Outspoken union boss Bob Kinnear will continue to serve as president of the TTC’s Local 113.

Kinnear was acclaimed a fourth consecutive three-year term Monday evening.

This is the first time in more than 60 years that the Local 113 presidency has been won by acclamation.

“It has been an incredible honour to represent the men and women of Local 113 for these past nine years,” Kinnear said in a release, Monday.

“Transit is the number one issue in Toronto, and it should be. Our members operate and maintain the most economically efficient transit system in North America, despite years of political neglect and underfunding. I don’t care how many times I have to say that because it’s true.”

At 33, he became the youngest leader of Local 113 in 2003 and is now the longest-serving president in more than 60 years.

Kinnear began his career with the TTC in 1988 as a janitor in the maintenance department.

Elections for the rest of the positions on the 17-member Local 113 executive board will be held in early December.