Amalgamated Transit Union International President Larry Hanley issued the following statement on murder of Winnipeg bus driver Irvine (Jubal) Fraser.
“I want to express our deepest sympathy and heartfelt condolences to the family and loved ones of our fallen brother Irvine (Jubal) Fraser as of a result of a senseless act of violence while doing his job serving the public. And, our thoughts and prayers are with our brothers and sisters of Local 1505 as they deal with this terrible tragedy.
“We applaud the news that the Winnipeg Police Service has apprehended a suspect.
“Unfortunately this brutal murder is not an isolated incident. Countless numbers of transit workers are assaulted in many ways every year. Most are the result of a fare dispute, but an alarming number happen just because someone wants to do violence to a bus driver.
“Transit workers can not go to their job, and passengers can not travel on public transportation in fear of being attacked and assaulted. ATU demands that transit agencies and government officials bring the same sense of regret that they will display in the public mourning of this tragic, unnecessary death of our brother to the ongoing discussion about preventing these attacks from occurring.”