Toronto Hydro workers vote in favour of strike mandate

Their contract agreement ends January 31

Toronto Hydro workers voted over 99 percent in favour of a strike mandate, on Thursday night.

The utility's contract with CUPE Local One expires, January 31. Legally, workers could strike in February.

A hydro spokesperson says this isn't something they're alarmed about and it's just a natural part of negotiations.

A blackout has been placed on talks.

Benefits are said to be the point of contention.

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  1. tanjo posted on 01/17/2014 08:32 AM
    The problem is that we cannot reach an "amicable" settlement any more. Workers would feel they wouldn't get enough and taxpayers would feel we gave them too much ... so we need to endure these strike threats and service interruptions.

    As the guy says, this is just a normal part of the negotiating process ... unfortunately.
    1. Frankie posted on 01/17/2014 09:43 AM
      @tanjo You must be a union hack!
    2. tanjo posted on 01/17/2014 11:22 PM
      @Frankie I just don't get worked up over strike votes any more. They are meaningless.
  2. Frankie posted on 01/17/2014 09:43 AM
    Here's a simple solution to these labour problems. There should be legislation that prevents the public sector workers being remunerated more than similar jobs in the private sector.

    We have legislation that forces companies to pay women the same pay as men for similar jobs so it should be easy to pass similar legislation for public vs private sector.

    That'd eliminate the absurd wages, the absurd pensions, inability to fire for incompetence, and extravagant extras that are unknown to the private sector.

    If they don't like it, they can leave!
  3. john posted on 01/17/2014 11:43 AM
    Cynthia Fox who cares ? next

    typical BS form overpaid under worked whiners Unions . trying to justify there existence . shows u how useless thay realy are . i trust what thay say just as much as i trust the government . witch i will never trust the government no matter who gets in . i trust nobody .
  4. union worker posted on 01/20/2014 09:37 AM
    I normally don't write on these walls but everyone in the public is so confused. yes we did vote to strike but if we did not do this people would not be able to see there kids anymore. they are trying to force our start times to change on a daily basis. i have kids and i choose my kids before the company. i would have done this in the private sector too. we have not even asked for more money. everyone is looking at the ice storm and saying we got paid overtime. yes your right but i would have still rather to have seen my kids on christmas day instead of working. everything i did was not for the money it was because people were out of power. i would not have changed a thing if i had the choice. this is our city and we need to stick together.
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