Ontario Acts To Keep Toronto Moving
Legislation requires the TTC to go back to work
The Ontario legislature has passed legislation that requires Toronto Transit Commission (TTC) workers to return to work. The legislation governs labour disputes between the TTC and three unions, Local 113 Amalgamated Transit Union, Lodge 235 of the International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers and the Canadian Union of Public Employees Local 2.
The legislation requires any strike or lock-out at the TTC to be terminated on Royal Assent. The TTC is also required to resume its normal operations.
All outstanding issues are referred to binding mediation-arbitration. The TTC and each of its three unions have five days to agree on a mediator-arbitrator, or one will be appointed by the Minister of Labour.
“Our government respects and believes in the collective bargaining process. We encourage the TTC and its unions to continue bargaining and to reach mutually acceptable agreements. At the same time, we cannot stand by while the dispute shuts down the vital transportation system in Toronto, affecting millions of people and businesses.”