Apr 21, 2008

TTC, union reach tentative deal

streetcar-rustThe deal gives the 8,900 drivers maintenance workers and mechanics a 3 per cent increase in each year of a three-year contract.

It also provides inroads into benefits and no concessions, union president Bob Kinnear told reporters shortly before 6 p.m.

Calling it the toughest negotiations in 20 years, the contract makes TTC operators the highest paid in the Toronto region, he said.

"This has probably been the toughest negotiations our local has been through," Kinnear said, adding ultimately they are happy to have a membership deal.

I would guess that sometime over the weekend Brad Duguid Minister of Labour worked in the background, to ensure a strike would be avoided. In the past, TTC Chief General Managers on their first contract negotiations have been known to drive hard bargains. In cases like this, only political interference will result in a settlement.

On Friday and for the rest of the weekend the TTC drivers were taking a lot of verbal abuse. Now the tentative deal has to go the union members for final approval. You can expect this process to take over a week.

TheStar.com | GTA | TTC, union reach tentative deal.

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