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PostPosted: Thu Apr 17, 2008 11:11 am    Post subject: TTC to strike Monday Reply with quote

Apr 17, 2008 11:51 AM
THE CANADIAN PRESS

The head of Toronto's largest transit union has set a strike deadline of 4 a.m. Monday for 8,900 drivers and maintenance staff.

Bob Kinnear of the Amalgamated Transit Union says unless there is an offer by 4 p.m. Sunday, the workers will be told to stay home.

Kinnear says the window of opportunity will give Toronto Mayor David Miller "some time to step in and do what is fair."

A strike would force 1.5 million people who use the city's buses, subways and streetcars each weekday to find other modes of transportation.

Kinnear warned last week that union members in a legal strike position since April 1 were impatient with the slow pace of bargaining.

The key issue is a demand that injured or sick employees receive full pay if they are unable to report to work. Kinnear says he is ``disappointed" this issue has not been adequately addressed.

Kinnear says TTC employees are second-class workers compared to other city of Toronto employees when it comes to job injuries, health-care benefits and pensions.

Kinnear also says TTC operators make less than transit drivers in cities surrounding Toronto, such as Brampton.

He says the problem is rooted mainly in inadequate funding from provincial and federal governments and the inability of Toronto to wrest more funds out of those governments.


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