While asserting that the union was satisfied with the arbitration award, he asserted that arbitration «does not replace the charter`s fundamental right to free collective bargaining denied to ATU Local 113 with the suppression of the right to strike by previous governments.» The dispute over a new contract ended this month with interest rate arbitration, after the union and TTC were unable to reach an agreement through collective bargaining and mediation. A provincial arbitrator awarded a new three-year contract to the TTC`s largest union in a decision preventing the Transit Agency from removing job security protection from the collective agreement. «Toronto`s hard-working transit workers welcome the new collective agreement that recognizes our important role in the communities we serve with fair wages and benefits. From the beginning of the process, ATU Local 113 came to the table in good faith to negotiate a deal and, despite the TTC`s efforts to reduce, reduce and suspend the talks, the arbitrator agreed that the contract follows years of negotiated solutions and is not based on drastic and unfair concessions. The arbitrator also rejected the TTC`s assertion that City of Toronto workers were an appropriate comparison with our 11,000 qualified people in transit and accepted that comparisons with Metrolinx, Mississauga MiWay and Brampton Transit were more appropriate. Let us be clear, whatever the outcome, interest rate arbitration does not replace the charter`s fundamental right to free collective bargaining denied at ATU Local 113 with the removal of the right to strike by previous governments. With the new collective agreement, ATU Local 113 is asking the new Toronto City Council and TTC to join us in addressing the provincial government`s threat to split the TTC by taking its subway and putting it on the overtaking path to privatization, fare increases and reduced passenger service. But Kaplan rejected these proposals and wrote in its decision that there was no proven need for such a «drastic change» to the terms of the collective agreement. The development of standard responses that are mutually acceptable to the employer and the union could be very useful for senior public servants responding to tweets received by @TTChelps and ensure that the responses they have given do not violate the collective agreement or the TTC`s legal obligations. It could also be beneficial for parties to develop guidelines acceptable to both parties as to when such information should be provided and when tweeters should simply be informed that, if they wish to file a complaint, they should contact the TTC by telephone or via the TTC website (para. 146).
«Toronto`s hard-working transit workers are pleased with the new collective agreement that recognizes our important role in the communities we serve through fair wages and benefits,» Frank Grimaldi, president of Local 113, said in a statement. 1.