The arbitrator, in the ATU and TTC contract dispute, has handed down his report. Originally, the union and TTC had come to an tentative agreement on the contract but the union members later turned it down at a ratification vote. This resulted in a 38 hour weekend strike that ended with the Ontario Government legislating the workers back onto the job.
In a case like this when union members turn down an agreement that had been tentatively agreed upon, an arbitrator will not make any changes to the original settlement proposals. In this case, he did up by 35 cents an hour a premium to engine mechanics and electrical engineers. The TTC in the terms of settlement had offered 25 cents per hour.
TTC chair Adam Giambrone, the councillor for Davenport, said the arbitrator’s solution amounts to a mere $1 million extra over the life of the contract or about $300,000 a year.
Meanwhile, the mayor of Toronto and his executive committee have rejected the call to ask the province to declare the TTC an essential service. No surprise here either.