ATU 583 Monthly Insights, December 2022 – Issue #21

2022 Election Results

In case you haven’t seen our Election results for the term of 2023-2025, here are your Representatives:

Executive Board:
President/Business Agent – Mike Mahar (Acclaimed)
Executive Vice President/ABA – Renée Dunn
Financial Secretary Treasurer – Harry Lew
Recording Secretary/Maintenance/Office – Bill Johnson
Chief Steward Operations – Nathan Lewis
Chief Steward Maintenance – Harvey Woo (Acclaimed)
Operations #1 – Raj Jessel
Operations #2 – Patrick Denig
Operations #3 – Michaela Hannem
Operations #4 LRT – Iftikhar Ali (Acclaimed)
Community Shuttle – Ian Clark (Acclaimed)
Accessible Transit – Ab Huskic (Acclaimed)
Transit Maintenance – Dave Fajnor
FSD Maintenance – Doug Waugh (Acclaimed)
Office/Clerical – Natasha Mangatal

Shop Stewards Maintenance/Office:
Anderson Garage: Russ Alexander (Acclaimed)
Spring Gardens: Rabinth (Robin) Anand (Acclaimed)
Victoria Park: Vacant
Fleet Services: Joel Van De Vorst (Acclaimed)
Stoney Trail: Vacant
Oliver Bowen: Vacant
Office/Clerical: Vacant

Shop Stewards Operations:
Operations 1: Taranjit Mand (Acclaimed)
Operations 2: Gurdev Singh (Acclaimed)
Operations 3: Manjit Nijjer
Operations 4: Mihir Patel
Operations LRT: Kulwant Ghuman
Community Shuttle: Karin Gill (Acclaimed)
Accessible Transit: Farhan Mirza (Acclaimed)

Day of Remembrance and Action on Violence Against Women

On December 6 each year we remember the 14 lives senselessly lost to violence against women. On December 6, 1989 a gunman entered École Polytechnique, he entered a classroom, ordered the women to line up and the men to leave. He murdered those 14 women and injured many more that day.

On this day of Remembrance and Action we solemnly remember the lives cut short by gender-based hatred and violence. We also recommit ourselves to doing the work needed to end this type of violence. Everyone deserves to be safe when pursuing a post secondary education. The 14 people murdered that day in 1989 had bright lives ahead of them. Lives we must now honour and remember. It bears saying as well that those are not the only lives lost to gender-based violence. This is why we continue the fight to end hate and to ensure safer communities for us all.

ATU Local 583 Steward & Committee Opportunities 2023-2025

If you are interested in being a Steward or joining any of the below committees for the 2023-2025 term, please email with your full name and employee number and which position you would like to partake in. If you are currently a Steward or a member of any of the above committees you will need to RESUBMIT your information for consideration for the new term.

What to expect: Monthly Steward meetings. Representing your fellow Members during call ins (training will be available for those that have not done a call in before). Dispersing information from the Officers. Bringing pertinent information to the Officers for clarification.
Experience is not necessary as there are opportunities for training. What is most important is a desire to assist your fellow Members and work with the Local 583 Executive Board.


Social Committee – What to expect: Monthly meetings on the first Tuesday of each month. Assisting in planning for ATU 583 social events, some volunteering for those same events.

Political Action Committee – What to expect: Monthly meetings on the fourth Wednesday of each month. Assisting in political action planning for ATU 583 and our affiliates, some volunteering for organizing.

Women’s Committee – What to expect: Monthly meetings on the fourth Tuesday of each month. Bringing forward concerns related to women in the workplace. Some volunteer opportunities.

Health and Safety Committee – What to expect: Monthly meetings on the third Wednesday of each month. Bringing forward health and safety concerns from the workplace.

Please be advised that any committee listing volunteerism will require its members to be available to volunteer. If you have any questions regarding volunteering please do not hesitate to reach out for clarification.

We look forward to hearing from you!

Messages of thanks from the Officers of Local 583

Mike Mahar – President/Business Agent
It is an honour to have been acclaimed as President of this Local. Thank you to the Membership for your support. I would like to thank everyone who served in whatever capacity this term. Your work helped us get through these unprecedented times and made our Union that much stronger because of it.
Congratulations to all those re-elected and to everyone who is assuming a new role this term. I look forward to working with you all and continue building on a team dedicated to serving our Members throughout the new term.
On Behalf Of The Officers, Executive Board, Stewards and Local 583 Committee Members, Congratulations to Neil McKinnon on His Retirement. May It Be A Long And Healthy Retirement.

Neil McKinnon – Retiring as Executive Vice President Assistant Business Agent
I am retiring from Calgary Transit and from my position as Vice-President of ATU 583 at the end of the year. I feel overjoyed by the opportunity to not only be able to be a member of a union, but to serve six years as a full-time officer of this Local. Throughout history, many people have worked hard and even gave up their lives so that we can have a united voice in the workplace. Unions have been on the forefront of many positive changes, not only in the workplace, but also in the broader society. I am proud of the actions ATU 583 have taken to make Calgary, Alberta and Canada a better place to work and live. I hope that everyone keeps fighting for a fairer, more just, more equitable society. Thank you for all the support you have given me over the years.

Renée Dunn – Incoming Executive Vice President Assistant Business Agent

Thank you to everyone who voted for me, inspired me, encouraged me, motivated me and believed in me. I will do my best to represent and to keep advocating for us all. I know I didn’t achieve this alone and I know I can’t do this without your support. I am humbled and so thankful to be your next ATU 583 Vice President. Cheers to us all!

Harry Lew – Financial Secretary Treasurer
I would like to sincerely thank the Membership for their support over the last three years and for re-electing me to the office of Financial Secretary Treasurer. I am genuinely grateful for another chance to serve our Membership and I appreciate everyone who put their faith in my abilities. I look forward to the 2023-2025 term and the opportunities it brings.

Bill Johnson – Recording Secretary Maintenance/Office

On the heels of the General Election for Our Local, I am truly appreciative and honored on my re-election to the position of Recording Secretary Maintenance/Office Representative for a fifth consecutive term. I would like to thank everyone that has supported me in the past and into the future. Our team for the 2023-2025 term has had some changes and I look forward to working with everyone.

Holiday Office Closure

A reminder, that as per our ATU Local 583 Bylaws, we will be closed at Noon on December 23rd, 2022 and reopening January 2, 2023 at 8:00 AM.

As is the usual practice and agreement with management; call ins will be paused during our office closure. If during this time you need to reach out to an Officer, you can utilize the roster of phone numbers posted on all Union bulletin boards or find that information posted on our website at under “Contacts”.

We would like to wish each of you a very happy holiday season. We hope you’re able to spend time with those that matter to you and enjoy the season. Stay safe and we will see you in January!

COPE 397 /jw

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