Transit union endorses Murray for mayor

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Winnipeg’s transit union stressed it is endorsing Glen Murray for mayor and asked another candidate to remove its reference to the union on her website.

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Winnipeg’s transit union stressed it is endorsing Glen Murray for mayor and asked another candidate to remove its reference to the union on her website.

Motkaluk’s online platform includes an image of a transit bus as well as a photo of her with union local 1505 president Romeo Ignacio, along with a quote attributed to Ignacio. Ignacio didn’t provide that statement to Motkaluk or give permission for it to be used in her platform, the transit union said.

The Amalgamated Transit Union issued a news release Friday to clarify it is endorsing Murray, and asked his opponent Jenny Motkaluk to remove a photo and quote related to the transit union from her posted platform, saying they were included on her site without prior knowledge or approval.

The transit union is part of the Winnipeg Labour Council, a coalition of unions with about 43,000 members, announced its endorsement of Murray last month.

Motkaluk’s online platform includes an image of a transit bus as well as a photo of her with union local 1505 president Romeo Ignacio, along with a quote attributed to Ignacio stating: “Our political leaders should be doing something to address the growing concerns about safety for our workers, city workers, and for the public transit users.”

Ignacio didn’t provide that statement to Motkaluk or give permission for it to be used in her platform, the union stated.

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Katie May is a general-assignment reporter for the Free Press.

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