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Bob Kinnear

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Bob Kinnear (b. 1970-1971) is a union leader in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. He was the leader of the Amalgamated Transit Union, Local 113, which represents approximately 9,000 TTC workers and approximately 200 workers at Veolia Transportation (VIVA) in York Region.[1] Kinnear was removed on February 3, 2017 by the local's international parent ATU and replaced with a interim trusteeship.[2]

His father Larry was part of the ATU 113 leadership for 12 years before departing to work for the parent ATU as international vice-president until 2016.[3] Kinnear joined the TTC as a janitor in 1988 at age 18 and worked his way as bus operator, subway guard/operator before becoming union head.[4]

Controversy and labour actions

Kinnear is a controversial labor leader due to recent job actions involving his union. In recent years he has been vocal about issues surrounding employee safety and security due to numerous attacks on the employees he represents.[5] He also demands that bus, train, and streetcar drivers, as well as cashiers, make $27–29 an hour (base wage)with many making more than 100,000. The Toronto Star once called him the "most hated man in Toronto"[6]

Bob Kinnear was head of Local 113 at the time of the following job actions:

As of 2014, Bob Kinnear endorses Doug Ford as Mayor of Toronto.

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References

  1. ^ https://wemovetoronto.ca/index.asp?pid=96[permanent dead link]
  2. ^ https://www.thestar.com/news/gta/2017/02/03/bob-kinnear-removed-as-head-of-ttc-workers-union.html
  3. ^ http://www.atu.org/media/releases/atu-driving-justice-at-toronto-convention
  4. ^ http://www.bobkinnear4atu.com/
  5. ^ http://wemovetoronto.ca/?pid=214
  6. ^ http://www.marxist.ca/labour/labour-news/535-defend-toronto-transit-workers-right-to-strike.html