Toronto transit union calls arbitration award contract "closure" but vows to address ongoing labour relations challenges at the TTC

    TORONTO, Oct. 8 /CNW/ - The union that represents 9,000 employees of the
Toronto Transit Commission says it accepts the decision of arbitrator Kevin
Burkett as the outcome of a process in which both sides had a fair opportunity
to make their case.
    Burkett was appointed by the Ontario government as the
mediator/arbitrator following a 38-hour TTC strike last April that was ended
by the Ontario Legislature.
    "Mr. Burkett's award represents closure on the 2008-11 collective
agreement and we will go forward from here," said Amalgamated Transit Union
Local 113 President Bob Kinnear.
    "We kept everything we originally negotiated, plus a small additional
increase for our skilled trades members. Our members were looking for more but
we have no complaints about the arbitration process or the impartiality of
Mr. Burkett. His decision is final and it is time to move on."
    Kinnear said the union's members will accept the decision but will expect
the union to continue to work on key labour relations issues that were not
resolved by either the settlement or the arbitration award.
    "The relentless stress and even physical danger so many of our members
face every day must be more urgently addressed by the Commission," Kinnear
said, "along with the lack of simple respect many front-line supervisors
display towards the men and women who serve this city so well."
    "We have a collective agreement now but there are many ongoing challenges
we need to resolve. The union will do its part. We hope that with the contract
issue out of the way, management will do its part as well."

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For further information: Bill Reno, (416) 223-7366

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