Toronto Pearson International Airport (YYZ/CYYZ), Mississauga, Greater Toronto, Ontario, Canada (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
The wildcat strike, which started in Toronto’s Pearson Airport has now started to affect Montreal. Just heard the news and if you already have not started, please check with Air Canada before heading out. The issue started last night when baggage handlers were suspended for supposedly clapping when an MP was spotted. We are still waiting for confirmation. Air Canada has offered talks, however employees are in solidarity until their peers are reinstated and they are assured the no other repercussions.
Update: News just came in on NewsTalk 1010 – CFRB: Please check your flights out of Dorval, in Montreal. All Air Canada flights are cancelled. Now flights out of Ottawa are being affected by the wildcat strike.
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For those who do not already know, library workers are on strike in Toronto. The city and union reps could not see eye-to-eye in time to avert the strike.All library locations are closed today as some 2300 hundred workers now setup pickets. The city is telling residents to hold on to their books until the strike is over. A service update is available on the TPL website. However a statement, shown on their website, is shown below.
As of Sunday March 18, at 5:01PM, a legal strike by the Toronto Public Library Workers’ Union Local 4948 began. As a result, all library branches, including book drops, are closed, and all bookmobiles, home library service and programs are discontinued. Most website services are available during the labour disruption. Thank you. Further information and updates.
With the over 3 month old strike finally over commuters in York region will receive almost 2 months of free transit. The move comes in response to York Region residents, who have endured a long protracted strike and no transit service. I don’t think Torontonian’s would have accepted such a long strike in the past. The strike showed that transit was not as much of an issue in York Region. The car is definitely still king throughout the region. However this is not to say that it did not adversely affect residents; who had to find alternative modes of transportation. YRT hopes to bring users back to public transit in York Region. It will be interesting to see if York Region councillors attempt to enact the same legislation, which finally made the TTC an essential service.
For more information please go to the York Region Transit website.
YRT - VIVA BRT Strike
I am listening to the news and it seems that the VIVA strike is back on for tomorrow morning @ 4AM. There has definately been a break down somewhere down the line. The news is on CFRB and 680News at the moment. The information below is from 680news. Make alternative plans now!
Note: This does not affect YRT buses, however there is no way that they can handle the load, so the contracted TTC buses and GO Transit may become good alternatives. I will try to post information about alternatives a bit later.
Update: You can arrange a lift through Carpool Zone or to call the YRT/Viva Customer Service Centre, at 1-866-668-3978. Extra customer service agents would-be available on the phone and at the main service centres.
Opinion: I am starting to wonder, is it is time for Metrolinx to take over ALL transit services in the G.T.A (the Greater Toronto Area) and make it an “essential service”? Or is this a rejection of ATU Local 113 and Bob Kinnear?
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Ontario’s legislature has ordered Toronto’s 9,000 transit workers to end their suprise strike that idled the country’s largest fleet of subways, streetcars and buses. All parties supported the bill, introduced personally by Premier Dalton McGuinty, who called a rare Sunday session of the legislature to pass the back-to-work legislation.
As a result, subway trains, streetcars and buses should be rolling within hours, well before Monday’s commuter rush begins – welcome relief to the 1.5 million people who use transit weekdays.
The legislation imposes fines on individuals and the union if they don’t heed the back-to-work order.
The city was caught flat-footed when the transit workers walked out with barely any notice at midnight Friday night after rejecting a tentative contract.
McGuinty called on transit users to extend courtesy to transit workers.
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Tagged back to work, Dalton McGuinty, McGuinty, strike, subways, Toronto, transit workers, TTC
A midnight strike by the TTC caught many people off guard, some showing up early this morning expecting a train, bus or streetcar only to find the lines abandoned. Last night, clubgoers poured out of bars when news of the strike spread.
“No way, no way,” Jorge Bayona, out with friends at Yonge-Dundas Square, said at 11:40 pm. “You’re kidding me. We live an hour away.” The shock on his face escalated to panic, and he and his friends started trying to conjure up contingency plans.
Danielle Consett, 25, also expressed anger at the TTC’s union for voting against the tentative agreement – in favour of a last-minute strike.
“It’s a danger to society,” she said. “It’s selfish. We have rights, too. We have the right to know about a strike 48 hours in advance.” In subways, an announcement was made at 11:23 p.m. telling ticket collectors over their private intercom that service would be shutting down at midnight.
A public announcement didn’t start until almost 11:30 p.m.
Many people showed up this morning at bus stops and subway stations on their way to work unaware therewas a strike.
“It’s closed?” asked Dora Loyuk, 27, watching someone try to open doors at College. “I had no clue…” Loyuk was heading to work in the Richmond and Peter Sts. area. She said it will take her about a half an hour to walk.
“I’m going to have to call in and say there is no subway today. If they can give me more time to walk, then that’s fine.” At the Pape station, commuters who had not yet learned of the strike were stunned to find the doors locked.
“They should be shot,” said one man, apparently stranded from reaching his job. “Some people have to work, you know,” he said.
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Posted in GTA Issues, GTA Politics, Ontario, Public Transit, Toronto
Tagged April 2008, city, Contract Jobs, David Miller, Downtown, Employees, Liberals, Mississauga, Negotiations, Public Transit, Streetcars, strike, Toronto, TTC, Union, Viva, YRT