TORONTO, Feb. 3 /CNW/ - The president of ATU Local 113 announced at a
media conference today that the union "will not strike or disrupt
Toronto's transit system in any way during this year's contract
negotiations, even if we still have that right under the law." The
surprise declaration by Bob Kinnear comes after weeks of speculation
about what might happen if the government of Ontario accedes to a
request by Toronto City Council to enact legislation making the Toronto
Transit Commission an "essential service." Such a law would ban transit
system strikes and require mandatory binding arbitration if the union
and the TTC were unable to reach a negotiated settlement.
"There is pressure on the government to enact essential service
legislation by March 31, the expiry of our current collective
agreement," explained Kinnear. "The Legislature does not sit until
February 22 and there is simply not enough time before March 31 to give
due legislative consideration to a precedent-setting law and conduct
the kind of public consultation such a bill deserves."
"Our commitment to not strike, even if we still have the right, is meant
to remove the pressure on the government to act hastily and to allow
both parties to make good faith efforts to negotiate a renewal
collective agreement without a cloud of uncertainty looming over the
To read Kinnear's full statement, visit www.wemovetoronto.ca.
SOURCE Amalgamated Transit Union, Local 113
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