On October 30, 2014 a tragedy occurred on a Kelowna City Transit bus. A passenger who had fallen asleep while commuting, was stabbed in the neck and passed away on the bus.
Since that day, we the members of the Amalgamated Transit Union Local 1722, have paid our respects to Caesar Rosales by wearing a black ribbon and observing a 1 minute “moment of silence”, at 12:00pm noon every October 30th.
Before that horrific day, violence on transit buses and in particular attacks on drivers were at record levels. Since that attack on Caesar Rosales, violence on public transit in this country has continued to increase and the ferocity of those attacks continues to garner front page headlines.
In Winnipeg this year Irvine Jubal Fraser, a driver of the Amalgamated Transit Union Local 1505 was murdered while on duty.
Every transit community, every transit jurisdiction has their own tragedies, their own stories of strife and sadness.
It is time to recognize this nationally. We invite you to observe National Transit Safety Day with us. On October 30th at noon share with us a one minute “moment of silence”.
On behalf of ATU 1722,
Respectfully, Scott Lovell
President / Business Agent Amalgamated Transit Union Loc. 1722 “The Transit Union”