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Workers strike at MLSE

Staff say the move will not affect this weekend's games or concerts...

As it stands Real Sports Bar and E11even are closed until further notice.

About 600 workers are walking off the job at Maple Leaf Sports and Entertainment, a move that affects the restaurants, but not the games at the ACC.

The workers are represented by Teamsters Local 847, and are mainly kitchen, housekeeping and serving staff.

They are also responsible for changing over the arena from a basketball court, to a hockey rink.

The union members rejected a deal that was reached after 6 months of negotiation.

The Toronto Raptors game on Friday against the Philadelphia 76ers will not be affected, nor will the Toronto Maple Leafs game on Saturday night.

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  1. Z posted on 12/13/2013 06:45 PM
    The appropriate reaction to any strike: Fire the lot of them and work out how to automate their jobs.
    1. X posted on 12/13/2013 10:42 PM
      @Z You're delusional and spineless.

      If your employer wanted to roll back your hourly wage despite already making huge profits you'd be ok with that? You should educate yourself before making such a ridiculous statement.
  2. Ye posted on 12/14/2013 10:46 AM
    Let's get something straight. None of us have ill feelings towards The Company itsself. we love our jobs. We love our management team, and are thankful to be employed where we are. But the proposal we were given was offensive. Wage rollbacks, no guarantee of hours, dipping into our gratuities (25% of our event grats; for what reason?), overnight shifts for housekeeping staff when they have been on days for 10 years, conversions crew who has been there 15 years with no pay increase... SOMETHING. They offered us nothing.
  3. john posted on 12/14/2013 10:59 AM
    so not even do i have to pay more to watch the leafs loose i also have to ignore over paid under worked whiners Unions if i as the owners of the sports bar i would fire all of them and replace them with real staff .
  4. john posted on 12/14/2013 11:07 AM
    if u think for one min i care about unions think again . i lost a good well paid job thx to them . the store i used to work at was doing good till everybody unionize the store went bankrupt . thx to a strike . i dont have time for unions . i got better things to do then walk around like a moron with a sing . nobody likes unions anymore they should be outlawed .
    1. X posted on 12/14/2013 03:03 PM
      @john Maybe you lost your job because you can't form a complete sentence.
    2. go back to school posted on 12/15/2013 12:45 AM
      @john Time out John, I can't take your whining. First off take your new found time to return to school, it hurt just trying to make sense of the words you tried to make a sentence with. For the most part these are long term employees 5 to 35 years or more experience. They are striking because a billion dollar company MLSE that is owned by not one but two Billion dollar companies ROGERS and BELL feel that long term employees (less than 30) should never ever be granted a raise again (they call it red circling). These poor companies also suggested that they cannot afford more than NOTHING the first year 15 cents the second year and 19 cents the third year, for seasonal fulltime employees. Further more this poor company feels that keeping 25% of the tips that servers get directly from fans is something they need to do to break even, but just in case the bottom line has not been padded enough they would like to reduce some restaurant staffs wages by $2 an hour. I find it hard to believe anyone in a long term job would find any of this acceptable when their employer is making record profits.
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