UPDATE (Saturday April 26, 8:00 p.m.): Please see this post for Torontoist’s updated strike coverage.
This post was updated throughout the weekend with the current status of the TTC’s operations, using our own reporting, the TTC’s website, and local news sources as a guide.
Current Status: Strike Averted
Last updated on April 20 at 7:52 p.m.
Bob Kinnear has announced that the TTC and its union have reached a tentative deal, allowing the TTC to continue service, as normal, for Monday. Kinnear, president of TTC employees’ union (Local 113, of the Amalgamated Transit Union), will be recommending that the offer be ratified by the union’s members over the next few days.
That announcement came just after 5:45 at the Sheraton Parkway hotel in Richmond Hill, two hours after the 4:00 p.m. deadline that TTC management and the TTC union had set. Kinnear called the process the toughest negotiations that he had been through in twenty years (a “rollercoaster ride”), but added that “we are happy that we have reached a tentative deal.” The TTC has also issued a press release, saying that the commission “is pleased that it was able to achieve a negotiated settlement with its unions today, subject to ratification by all parties, thereby avoiding a strike….the TTC believes the settlement is a fair and reasonable one for its workers, and good for the people of Toronto.” Comprehensive details of the settlement will not be announced until it is officially settled.
TTC employees are now beginning to receive a phone call from their union announcing the deal and that they are to arrive at work, as usual, tomorrow.
Photo of Keele Station from 2006’s strike by David Topping. Additional reporting from Jonathan Goldsbie.