Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE) - Ontario

Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE) - Ontario

February 22, 2010 17:37 ET

Liberals Should Fight Recession, Not City of Toronto and Transit Workers CUPE Ontario President Says

LONDON, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - Feb. 22, 2010) - Legislative trial balloons to ban strikes at the TTC contrary to the wishes of the City of Toronto will backfire and Dalton McGuinty should direct his caucus to focus on constructive action to create jobs and fight the recession, CUPE Ontario's new President Fred Hahn said today in London, Ontario.

"Instead of starting a fight with the City of Toronto over a policy no one involved wants, the Liberals should focus on fighting the recession by investing more in job creation," CUPE Ontario, President Fred Hahn said.

Responding to news reports about a Liberal private member's Bill to constrain free collective bargaining, Mr. Hahn, who was meeting today with CUPE members at a London conference centre, said: "It's regrettable that the Premier can't impose enough discipline on his caucus to avoid counter-productive and time wasting bills like this one."

Mr. Hahn reminded his audience that in over 98% of cases, collective bargaining leads to a peaceful resolution and a legally binding contract without a strike. 

"Our experience at CUPE," Hahn said, "is that in the majority of cases employers and employees alike prefer to negotiate their agreements rather than have a settlement imposed upon them by a third party through arbitration, which is what Mr. Caplan's bill calls for."

CUPE Ontario's Local 2 represents maintenance workers at the TTC and CUPE also represents transit workers in other communities including workers at OC Transpo in Ottawa.

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    Fed Hahn
    Chris Watson