Toronto Board of Trade

Toronto Board of Trade

April 08, 2005 15:10 ET

Business, Employees Must Work Together

Board of Trade calls for cooperation, patience during TTC strike Attention: Business/Financial Editor, City Editor, News Editor, Government/Political Affairs Editor TORONTO, ONTARIO--(CCNMatthews - April 8, 2005) - The Toronto Board of Trade said today that Toronto's businesses and employees must work together to cope with the scheduled strike by TTC workers.

"Businesses should be trying to make it easier for employees to get to work or to work from home," said Board President Glen Grunwald, "and employees should be making alternative arrangements to get to their jobs. Both groups need each other's help to cope with the difficulties this strike will create."

Grunwald said the Board is urging its nearly ten thousand members and all Toronto businesses to take steps such as arranging employee car pools, providing more parking and bicycle storage space for employees, and, where possible, using technology to allow more people to work from home.

"Above all," added Grunwald, "everyone should try to be patient. It is going to take longer for people to get to work, and for goods and services to be delivered. In the meantime, we urge both sides in the labour dispute to resolve this as quickly as possible; public transit is very important for this city, its people and our economy."

The Board is predicting that a strike will reduce productivity at virtually all businesses in the city, resulting in a substantial impact on the economy. Service workers (who rely most on public transit) and the industries that employ them will likely be hit the hardest.

The Toronto Board of Trade is the champion of a competitive and vibrant Toronto with a mandate to serve, represent and unite the city's business community. Founded in 1845, the non-profit organization now boasts nearly 10,000 members, including businesses of every size and type, and operates at four locations across Toronto. Further information about Board events, policies, advocacy and products is available on its website at www.bot.com.
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