ATU Local 113

ATU Local 113

April 27, 2008 14:32 ET

Transit Union Ends Strike in Compliance With Legislation

TORONTO, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - April 27, 2008) - The union that represents 9,000 operating and maintenance workers of the Toronto Transit Commission will end the strike called at midnight on Friday in compliance with back-to-work legislation passed today by the Ontario legislature.

"We would have preferred a negotiated settlement that addressed the reasons why the previous TTC offer was rejected so strongly by our members," said ATU Local 113 President Bob Kinnear.

"We made several proposals to the TTC on Saturday but all of them were turned down because they knew we would be legislated back to work.

"We agree, however, with the appointment of Mr. Kevin Burkett as the arbitrator in this case. Mr. Burkett has an outstanding reputation as an impartial and thorough arbitrator and we believe we will get a fair hearing."

Kinnear has called all his members by phone to advise them that the strike is now over and that they can report to work as early as today if they have had the proper rest and can perform their duties safely.

The union will be making no more public statements today as it is working to ensure an orderly return of full service in time for the Monday morning rush hour.

Kinnear will be consulting closely with his members in the days to come to discuss the events of the past week and prepare for the arbitration process.

"We are a democratic union and that is our greatest strength," Kinnear says. "We encourage diversity of opinion but it is important that we ultimately come together on issues of vital importance to us all. We have always done so in the past and we will do so again."

Contact Information

  • Reno Associates
    Bill Reno
    (416) 223-7366