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Talks Continue. Union Issues Warning. No Strike Until at Least Monday.

While expressing frustration at the slow progress of talks, representatives of the Amalgamated Transit Union committed themselves to keep talking with TTC management until at least Friday at noon. If no deal can be reached by then, the Union has served notice of its intent to strike at 4:00 a.m. Monday morning. CablePulse 24 has live coverage of the Union’s press conference.

TTC General Manager Rick Ducharme was more optimistic at the prospect of a settlement, saying that progress had been made on the key issues of wages and pensions, but Union president Bob Kinnear accused management of dragging its feet. The language of the Union’s statement was a little heated, but the fact that talks will continue for at least another 49 hours, “around the clock, if necessary”, is reason for optimism.

(Update: 12:27): the full text of the Union’s statement can be found here.

(Update: 17:31): The Toronto Star has a good summary article here including a good PDF graphic on how you could handle a TTC walkout.

(Update: Fri, 09:30): According to the Star, TTC management and city officials are optimistic they’ll have a deal by the Union’s high-noon deadline.

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