TTC workers could leave their jobs on June 7

Thousands of TTC workers could leave their jobs starting June 7 after the Ontario Ministry of Labor issued a no-union report to their union on Tuesday.

The no-meeting report begins a 17-day countdown until members of Amalgamated Transit Unit (ATU) Local 113 are in a legal strike position.

The union, which represents about 12,000 of the transit workers who operate and maintain the TTC, said negotiations with the transit agency remain on the negotiating table.

“This is the next legal step regarding the exercise of our right to withdraw services. We have already begun to mobilize our members to prepare for this, in case we need to go on strike in June,” the president of the ATU Local 113, Marvin Alfred. on Tuesday.

The union has said there has been little progress on key issues related to job security and wages.

ATU Local 113 members have been without a contract since March 31. Last month they voted in favor of a strike mandate.

This is the first time in years the union has been able to negotiate an agreement with the possibility of a strike after a court overturned the province’s designation of the TTC as an essential service. The last transit strike on the TTC occurred in 2008.

In a statement Tuesday, TTC CEO Rick Leary said there would be service impacts if a strike occurred, but it’s not yet clear what they would be.

“It’s important to note that this does not mean there will automatically be a work stoppage, it just indicates the earliest date that a work stoppage could begin,” Leary said, noting that the TTC has successfully reached agreements with three unions since January.

“The TTC values ​​the important work all of our employees do every day to provide safe and reliable service – ATU Local 113 employees are an integral part of our operations.”

Leary added that the TTC will keep the public informed about ongoing negotiations.

Count. Jamaal Myers, chairman of the TTC board of directors, said in a statement that he remained confident that both sides would reach a fair agreement.

“I am encouraged that the TTC and ATU Local 113 remain at the negotiating table to continue negotiating and reach an agreement and avoid any labor action measures,” Myers said.

Last week, Toronto Mayor Olivia Chow expressed hope that a new agreement could be reached to avoid a strike.

With files from Joshua Freeman