ATU 113

April 17, 2008 11:30 ET

ATU 113 Issues Toronto Transit Commission Strike Call Unless Acceptable Offer Made by 4:00 p.m. Sunday

TORONTO, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - April 17, 2008) - The President of the Toronto Transit Workers union today announced that the union would withdraw services from the TTC on Monday morning unless an acceptable offer is forthcoming by 4:00 p.m. on Sunday.

"We can no longer accept second-class status as public sector workers in Toronto," Kinnear told a media conference in Richmond Hill this morning. "The Mayor has said that this contract is a time for fairness and we take him at his word. It's time to stop treating TTC workers worse than City of Toronto workers when it comes to job injuries, benefits and pensions."

Kinnear also pointed out that TTC Operators make less in wages and benefits than bus drivers in Brampton and Mississauga.

"Driving a streetcar on Queen Street in Toronto takes a lot more skill than driving a bus on Queen Street in Brampton. A TTC subway Operator now makes less than a Mississauga bus Operator. Is that fair?"

Kinnear challenged Toronto Mayor David Miller to get involved and stop the strike.

"Everyone knows that the Mayor calls the shots when it comes to the TTC settlement. He did so in 2005 and he will again in 2008. There should be a sign on the Mayor's desk: 'The bus stops here."

If no acceptable offer is made by 4:00 p.m. on Sunday, the union will begin to notify its members not to show up for their scheduled shifts. Critical Wheel-Trans services will continue to be provided in a protocol to be worked out with TTC management.

"We regret that this step is necessary and we do not delude ourselves that the public will be on our side. But our alternative is to continue to accept second class treatment in what the Mayor says is a world class city."

"We will continue to be flexible but Toronto can afford to be fair."

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    Bill Reno
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