TTC contracts out cleaning jobs
Don't be surprised to see your commute get a little longer.
The Amalgamated Transit Union is threatening job action after the TTC voted to contract out 160 bus cleaning jobs.
Bob Kinnear, President of ATU Local 113 is mulling over a "slowdown". Inside the committee room where the vote was held, union members shouted "you're a disgrace". Dozens of ATU workers streamed out of City Hall changing "Where's the respect?"
TTC staff says the change will save half a million dollars in the 1st year of the deal, $4.3-million/year by the time it's fully rolled out.
Before the 4-3 Commission vote, Kinnear also threatened to make the TTC pay for the overtime union members work.
Without an exemption, public sector workers in Ontario aren't supposed to work more than 48-hours a week. Kinnear says not signing an exemption would be within the union's rights & the parameters of their collective agreement.
Kinnear says the OT would cost the TTC an extra $10-million-$13-million/year.
TTC Chair Karen Stintz says it would be more like $4-million. She says the commission would hire more workers rather than payout over time.