[URBAN NOTE] “TTC union asks Bob Kinnear to quit hours after judge reinstates him”
Ben Spurr and Peter Edwards go into detail about the controversies involving the TTC workers’ union, their erstwhile leader Bob Kinnear, and the messy legal issues involving the two and their United States-based parent union.
The battle for control of the TTC’s largest union has taken two more plot twists in less than a day.
Bob Kinnear won a victory in provincial court on Tuesday afternoon, only to lose a “no confidence” motion from Local 113 of the Amalgamated Transit Union later in the evening.
Kinnear’s victory came when a provincial judge reinstated him as Local 113 president three weeks after he was deposed from the top job in the TTC’s largest union.
His loss came hours later, when the Local 113 executive board unanimously voted “no confidence” in him and called for his resignation in an emergency session, a statement issued by Local 113 said.
In a decision issued Tuesday, Justice Michael Penny of the Ontario Superior Court of Justice granted an interlocutory injunction that allowed Kinnear to regain control over Local 113.
On Feb. 3 the local’s U.S.-based parent union, Amalgamated Transit Union International, abruptly deposed Kinnear and placed Local 113 under a trusteeship. ATU International accused him of attempting to disaffiliate the local from its parent organization without the consent of Local 113 members.