After 12 years on the job, TTC Union President Bob Kinnear is announcing that he’s stepping down from the job.
According to the Toronto Star, Kinnear put out an automated call on Friday to the some 10,000 members of the union, thanking them for their support.
He also told the paper that speculation over whether he would run in the local’s Dec. election was making it difficult for him to focus on union issues, including the threat of privatization to transit.
The 45-year-old says he’s not looking to retire, but isn’t confirming where he’s headed to next. He wouldn’t confirm recent speculation of working for the Amalgamated Transit Union’s international office in the U.S., where his father is an executive.
During his run, Kinnear cites pension gains, no-contracting-out provisions and the legal victory that required the TTC to pay its workers health care premiums, as key victories under his leadership.
The Star says at least two long-time union executives are expected to run to be his replacement.
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