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ATU Local 113 Revokes 48 Hour Strike Notice, But Doesn't Call For Strike Yet
(UPDATE: 48 Hour Notice Remains in Place?)
(UPDATE: Yes? No? Yes?)
(UPDATE: No. I mean, yes!) (48 Hour Strike Notice Still in Effect).

Frustrated at the slow progress of negotiations between union and management, ATU Local 113 president Bob Kinnear called a press conference today to announce the union’s next steps. At the conference, he announced that his union would no longer give a 48 hour advance warning of strike action.

The union’s full press release can be found at this website.

No strike has been called, and negotiations are continuing, so there is still a possibility that the issues can be resolved without a strike. However, this change makes things more precarious for commuters heading into Toronto this week and next. Kinnear spent most of his time at the press conference countering revelations in the local media of TTC personnel earning more than $100,000 per year (due to overtime) and called for TTC Chairman Adam Giambrone to take over the negotiations.

The dispute remains largely over salary, with the union arguing that Mississauga Transit workers earn more money per hour and have received a higher percentage increase in their salaries over the next three years. Other points of contention include management’s proposal to dock workers for sick days and significantly lower salaries for new employees. Councillors and budget staff have noted that every percentage increase in the TTC employees salary adds millions to the cost of operating the TTC, threatening further fare increases or service cuts.

We will keep you posted as this story develops.

Update: 12:05 p.m.

The Toronto Sun has contradicted rumours that the 48 hour strike notice has been revoked. As seen in the article here, the Sun is reporting that Kinnear is stating that the 48 hour strike notice remains in place.

Update: 12:23 p.m.

The National Post continues the confusion, stating: “Bob Kinnear, head of the union that represents TTC operators, said today that to riders would not get the 48 hours’ notice of any strike action that was promised last week: ‘We are not giving that notice now, we are asking TTC chair to step in.’”

Update: 1:12 p.m.

The Toronto Star reports that the 48 hours notice is still intact. Part of the confusion could be that Kinnear was announcing that he wouldn’t be giving a 48 hour notice at this time, rather than not giving a 48 hour notice now.

Amalgamated Transit Union Local 113 president Bob Kinnear warned that time is running out for a negotiated contract settlement, and said Toronto Transit Commission drivers could issue a 48-hour ultimatum some time next week if no progress is made.

Kinnear added that the union is not contemplating a work slowdown, but would totally shut down the transit system if it concludes that labour action is necessary.

Other reliable sources report that the ATU’s 48-hour warning promise is still in effect.