Bob Kinnear is the president of Amalgamated Transit Union Local 113—a perennially unpopular head of the TTC employees’ union back in the news after members hinted at a work-to-rule campaign in response to their being “harassed” by riders who were taking their photographs. (Kinnear, never one to shy away from making things worse, told the Star that “We’ve got 13 and 14-year-olds that feel that they have an entitlement to film our operators in the performance of their duties, and that’s not acceptable.”)
Greg Kinnear is a famous American actor, whose films you have seen.
They are not the same man. And yet people do sometimes still get them confused, a tendency which turns a small handful of the criticism intended for the union leader—criticism back in full force now—into accidentally hilarious slams against the guy who played Meg Ryan’s boyfriend in You’ve Got Mail before Tom Hanks won her away instead.
Cheap and easy laughs ahoy!
A Digital Journal op-ed in the wake of 2008’s strike, about what a jerk Greg Kinnear is for ruining your weekend:
SkyscraperCity members discuss Greg Kinnear’s long history of misplaced advocacy for transit workers:
And “Darth Obvious” is altogether unimpressed with Greg Kinnear’s management abilities, and shocked he still has his job as head of ATU Local 113:
Meanwhile, Eye (in an article since changed) emphasizes Greg Kinnear’s name in bold, as it should be:
And, finally, members of Urban Toronto really, really hated As Good As It Gets: