Union calls for more protection after TTC operator attacked in Etobicoke

A TTC operator was violently attacked Monday morning at the Long Branch Loop. This, according to the union representing transit workers as it calls on the city and TTC to better protect its employees. Michelle Mackey reports.

The union representing TTC workers is speaking out after a transit operator was assaulted in Etobicoke on Monday morning.

The Amalgamated Transit Union (ATU) Local 113 says an employee was attacked at Long Branch Loop around 10 a.m. by a masked suspect. The TTC called the incident an “assault and robbery.”

“Thankfully the operator reported not being physically harmed,” says TTC spokesperson Stuart Green. “Safety is paramount to all the TTC does and we have offered the operator any supports they require at this time.”

The union says it is the second attack reported on a transit worker in less than a week.

On Dec. 1, the ATU reported an act of violence against a TTC worker and again called on the city and TTC to do more, saying “we, as transit workers, are not a disposable, renewable resource.”

“Our highest priority is consistent and proper enforcement so that anyone who commits an act of violence, discrimination, or harassment at the TTC is caught and is dealt with by the justice system,” reads a statement from the union.

The City of Toronto says it remains committed to providing a safe work environment for all workers and will take “all reasonable precautions to protect the health and safety of employees.”

CityNews reached out to Toronto police who were unable to provide any update on Monday’s incident.

With files from Michelle Mackey

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