TTC should keep fired bus driver who almost ran over pedestrian: Poll

(Screengrab from YouTube)

(Screengrab from YouTube)

Shawn Jeffords, Toronto Sun

, Last Updated: 10:17 AM ET

TORONTO - A poll commissioned by the transit worker’s union says 66% of Torontonians think a bus driver fired this week after being filmed running a red light and almost hitting a pedestrian should be given a second chance.

The Forum Research poll, commissioned by Amalgamated Transit Union Local 113, said a majority city residents surveyed were in favour of a different punishment for the worker. ATU 113 president Bob Kinnear said the union took the rare step of commissioning the poll because it has run out of options under the current collective bargaining agreement with the TTC.

The driver, who had worked for the agency under six months, was only entitled to a meeting with a manager and not the full grievance process an employee with two years experience is afforded. She has no way to appeal her termination, Kinnear said.

“They’re making an example of her because they can,” he said. “Those are the parameters of the collective agreement and they are exercising it to the fullest extent.”

The union must now rely on public pressure to get management to re-instate the single mother of two.

“I’m hopeful they’ll find some compassion in their hearts to reconsider,” he said. “The TTC can do that at any time.”

The video shows the bus in the curb lane along Eglinton Ave. E. as it approaches the Ionview Rd. intersection. The light appears to already be red as the bus pulls past stopped cars and into the intersection. Once in the intersection, the bus swerves into the centre lane to avoid a pedestrian who has started to cross the street.


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