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Jan 20, 2014

Toronto transit worker laments lack of retirement party in video

TTC worker posts video of his last day on the job after 30 years
    
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A Toronto Transit Commission (TTC) employee who put in more than 30 years on the job has posted a video of his last day at work, ranting about the fact he wasn’t given a retirement party. (Scroll down to see video.)

Ron Mitchell posted the video to YouTube on Jan. 4, where he wandered around his empty workplace. The video has been viewed more than 120,000 as of Monday morning. On Friday afternoon, it had just 3,500 views.

“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 employees. In the video, which runs about three-and-a-half minutes, he’s critical of the fact that the TTC made a list of top employers.

“Obviously, they never asked an employee,” he said.

In a comment he later posted to YouTube, he 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.”

The video

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