Local 113 members have voted to accept a new, four year deal with the Toronto Transit Commission. Earlier this week, the eleven TTC Commissioners ratified the same deal. The votes came after months of negotiations, followed by Mediation. A mediated settlement is one where both parties come to a mutual agreement with the expert assistance of a neutral Mediator.
One of Canada’s most respected labour arbitrators, Kevin Burkett, acted as Mediator. Had the settlement been rejected, Burkett would have become the Arbitrator, with the mandate to impose a binding settlement on both parties.
The new agreement forbids the TTC from contracting out bargaining unit work and provides a modest wage or bonus increase that can differ by job classification.
“Show me any other union, public or private sector, that has negotiated a 100% ban on contracting out bargaining unit work,” said Bob Kinnear, Local 113 President. “Everyone wants more money and, frankly, our members deserve more, given the difficult working conditions in Canada’s largest and most traffic-jammed city. But our members told us at the outset that job security was our number one priority and we couldn’t do any better than we have in that department.”
“Without the right to strike, which the Liberals took away from us in 2011 because they were actually scared of Rob Ford, our bargaining power was limited. But we still achieved our number one goal, and more besides.”