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By Todd Humber
|Canadian HR Reporter|Last Updated: 02/10/2014

Worker laments lack of retirement party

TORONTO — A Toronto Transit Commission (TTC) employee who put in more than 30 years on the job posted a critical video of his last day at work, ranting that he wasn’t given a retirement party. Ron Mitchell posted the video to YouTube on Jan. 4, in which he wandered around his empty workplace. “Management don’t give a crap about you, the union don’t give a crap about you,” he said, before showing a bulletin board that featured retirement announcements for management. In the video, which runs about three-and-a-half minutes, he’s critical of the fact the TTC was named a top employer. “Obviously, they never asked an employee,” he said. In a comment he later posted to YouTube, Mitchell said his superintendent contacted him after the video was posted and offered a “heartfelt apology which I will accept.” He expressed gratitude for his long career at the TTC and everything his job has afforded him in life, but said he wasn’t ready to retire. “I had so much to still offer the TTC to pay back for all the training I received, but felt the past six months that I was not wanted any longer. My skills were being wasted on meaningless tasks and I felt it was time to move.”