April 17: Union to Strike TTC Monday if No Agreement
Amalgamated Transit Union (ATU) Local 113 President Bob Kinnear announced today that the union will strike at 4 am Monday unless an agreement with the Toronto Transit Commission (TTC) is reached. The first major sticking point in contract negotiations was the amount of compensation TTC workers get if they're injured on the job. Kinnear noted that city employees get 100 percent of their pay while absent due to an injury while transit workers get 75 percent. "We're also second-class when it comes to health care benefits. City workers and their families are treated far better in areas such as dental care, optical and pensions. These gaps are not being seriously addressed by TTC management and so it remains - city workers first-class, TTC workers second-class," he said. The labor leader also noted that TTC operators are paid less than their suburban counterparts, despite the fact that those operating subways, buses and streetcars in Toronto face many more challenges on the job.
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