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No transit strike tomorrow

THESTAR.COM STAFF

The TTC and its union have reached a tentative deal and averted a transit strike that threatened to bring the city to a standstill Monday.

The agreement was arrived at this afternoon after talks resumed today at the request of a provincial mediator.

“There will be full service tomorrow morning,” Bob Kinnear, president of Amalgamated Transit Union Local 113, announced shortly before 6 p.m. today.

Kinnear did not reveal the details of the contract being recommended by the union executive to its members, but noted that the “major breakthroughs are non-monetary in nature.”

He said the progress that led to an agreement today was made mostly in the areas of work schedules, pensions and contracting out.

TTC chairman Howard Moscoe described the talks with the union as difficult but always respectful.

“This is the toughest collective agreement I have ever negotiated,” noted Moscoe.

He said he felt afterward like he was a member of the bomb squad who had to decide which wire to cut in order to avoid an explosion.

The agreement will go to TTC workers for a ratification vote Thursday.

The union had been threatening to walk off the job early Monday morning unless a deal was reached.

The provincial mediator asked both sides to resume negotiations after the union left the table on Friday. The two sides began talking again around 8 a.m. this morning on the tenth floor of the Sheraton Parkway in Richmond Hill and emerged with a deal at 5:45 p.m.

The TTC’s last offer included wage hikes of 2.75 per cent, 3 per cent and 3.25% per cent for the next three years. It also included increases in pensions and benefits. Kinnear said Saturday night that the union wanted wages linked to cost-of-living increases.

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