TORONTO, Feb. 23 /CNW/ - CAW President Ken Lewenza is calling the
proposed provincial legislation to declare the TTC an essential service
deplorable, offensive and entirely unnecessary.
"The right to withdraw one's labour is one of the few points of leverage
workers and the unions that represent them have to negotiate fair terms
of employment," said Lewenza. "It is a crucial tenet of labour
relations in this province."
"If the province actually cares about labour peace, this is the worst
way of going about it," said Lewenza. He called the legislation an
attack on the right to collective bargaining. Furthermore, he said the
proposed legislation sets terrible precedence for future dealings with
the conservative Toronto mayor, who has already clearly articulated a
desire to take on the city's unions, without the least provocation.
Lewenza also voiced his concern about what this legislation could mean
for other municipal services, including transit in other Ontario
Additionally, Lewenza said that because the Amalgamated Transit Union
has pledged not to go on strike in this set of talks, the intention of
the legislation, requested by Mayor Rob Ford, is not avoiding work
stoppages or an inconvenience to the public, but to gag unions
representing city workers.
SOURCE Canadian Auto Workers
For further information:
CAW Communications Shannon Devine (cell) 416-302-1699