ATU Local 113

ATU Local 113

April 25, 2008 22:47 ET

Transit Union Rejects TTC Settlement; Calls Strike as of Midnight

TORONTO, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - April 25, 2008) - The union that represents 9,000 operating and maintenance employees of the Toronto Transit Commission has voted down the tentative settlement by 65%.

A strike will begin as of midnight tonight.

"We have assessed the situation and decided that we will not expose our members to the dangers of assaults from angry and irrational members of the public," said Bob Kinnear, ATU Local 113 President.

The reports from our members of increases in threats and abuse from passengers last weekend, after we gave our original 48-hours' notice, has left us no choice but to withdraw our services immediately. We have a legal responsibility to protect the safety of our members and so does the TTC."

"We have informed the TTC and the Ministry of Labour of this development. "Our Executive will be meeting on Saturday morning to determine our next steps."

The union will be conducting a media conference following its executive board meeting. A media advisory will be issued when the time and place of the conference has been set.

The union will be making no comment until the media conference.

Contact Information

  • ATU Local 113
    Bill Reno
    (416) 223-7366