About The Local

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Chartered March 3rd, 1913, the Amalgamated Transit Union Local 616 proudly represents the transit workers of Windsor, Ontario.

Safe and reliable public transportation has always been a key part of Windsor’s identity. Windsor was the first city in Canada to have a public transit electric street railway, constructed in 1886. The Windsor Electric Street Railway Company served a line from Windsor to Walkerville.

Since its inception, ATU 616 has had a profound impact not only on the city of Windsor, but on labour rights as a whole. In December of 1934, the President of ATU 616, George Bennett, was elected Mayor of Windsor, becoming the first labour mayor out of that city. He became Mayor of Greater Windsor in 1935, then Canada’s fifth largest city.

In 1951, ATU 616 was the first Canadian Local to raise the hourly wage for transit operators to $1.40, also negotiating a cost of living clause.

Since then, the Local has continued to fight for the fair treatment of its members and proudly continues to provide their service to the citizens of Windsor, Ontario.