TTC CUPE members to hold strike vote tomorrow

    TORONTO, March 26 /CNW Telbec/ - The union representing almost
500 signal, electrical and communication workers, who keep Toronto's transit
system safe for passengers, will hold a strike vote tomorrow, Thursday,
March 27.
    "We are ready to negotiate anytime," said Mike Santos, president of CUPE
Local 2. "We have done everything we can to move this process along, but we
can't negotiate with ourselves. We need management's team at the table."
    The two sides have met once this month, but no progress was made on
negotiating a new collective agreement. The union is still waiting for
management to agree to meeting dates, even though their talks with the
Amalgamated Transit Union have broken off and negotiators should be available,
Santos said.
    "Ultimately, the system cannot operate without us," he said. CUPE Local 2
members, who maintain subway signals and electrical and communication systems
for the entire transit network, will meet Thursday evening to vote on giving
their union a strike mandate before the April 1 deadline.

For further information:

For further information: Mike Santos, President, CUPE Local 2, (416)
450-2467; Peter Paulekat, CUPE National Representative, (416) 419-1281; Pat
Daley, CUPE Communications, (416) 616-6142

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