TTC apologizes to retiree who posted video rant

TTC employee shows an empty break room, and laments at his lack of a retirement party. (Screengrab...

TTC employee shows an empty break room, and laments at his lack of a retirement party. (Screengrab from YouTube)

Shawn Jeffords, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 3:01 PM ET

TORONTO — The Toronto Transit Commission (TTC) is apologizing to a former employee who posted a rant online blasting managers and union officials for not planing him a retirement party to mark the end of his 31 years on the job.

The man, who identifies himself as Ron Mitchell, posted the video on YouTube last week.

He rails against the commission and transit workers union, decrying their lack of gratitude. The video is a walking tour of sorts of a TTC building which he indicates is the Greenwood Yard.

“After 31 years at TTC, this is my retirement party,” he said panning around an empty break room. “This is my last day on the job and there’s not a soul here.”

The man rages about notices posted in a glass case which praise retiring managers for their work. Unionized staff get no such thing, he says.

The man thanks his co-workers who got him coffee and donuts a few days before his retirement.

“But what do I get from my own union and my own management? Nothing,” he said.

He then walks down into a shop and picks up a yellow hardhat plastered with stickers and an old pair of work boots.

“That ends my career at TTC,” he says, tossing the hardhat and boots into a dumpster outside the shop. “Thirty years and nine months and what do I get? Nothing, which is what they’ll get from me now. Nothing.”


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