Friday, May 16, 2008


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TTC Fare Hike ?

Apparently the TTC is facing an expected jump in fuel costs of $25000000 next year and is now wondering how it's going to fund it. A 'fuel surcharge' is being bandied about but there's no firm word just yet. The Star reports that a 10 ...

Next round of TTC ready to begin

Well AF is just about over and hubbies b-day is tomorrow so figure why not start this next round of TTC early.. :rofl: Im done with charting Im done with OPKs What Next! What have I missed. We tried the every other day thing. ...

Rising fuel costs may hit TTC users too

Riding the TTC might be the cheaper way in many respects, but the transit agency is already looking into the future and wondering how to cope with surging fuel prices in its next budget.

TTC after m/c

At the time I didn't think I could ever think of TTC again. However its now the end of the week and I am thinking about when we should try. For those who have suffered m/c how long did you wait? We have decided to wait until AF arrives ...

TTC hopes to make system disability-friendly by 2017

The Toronto Transit Commission is embarking on a plan to dramatically boost its accessibility to people with disabilities, hoping to make the entire system accessible by 2017. And the first step, a...

TTC Chat

... to know each other pretty well on this forum, especially since we are all going through a really emotional time together. So I thought I'd start us a little chat thread: Anything goes in this thread and lets not talk about TTC....

TTC looking for a few good artists

You're invited to have your art displayed on TTC transit shelters. Practising, professional visual artists are invited to submit their credentials for a two-stage competition that will see artwork o...

TTC adds two more accessible bus routes,starting May 11

The TTC will introduce two more accessible bus routes on Sunday, **May 11**, when the 32 **Eglinton West** and 307 **Eglinton West** (overnight) bus routes become wheelchair- and scooter-friendly. Sixty-five per cent of the TTC's bus ...

TTC service should resume between 8 pm and 9 pm after back-to-work ...

This is the home of National Post's live coverage of the TTC strike which surprised commuters when it was called for 12:01 am Saturday morning with just over an hour's notice. (Photo: Tory Zimmerman for National Post.) ...

TTC union boss unapologetic, blames Giambrone for downplaying ...

Union boss Bob Kinnear offered no apologies this morning, as regular public transit service resumed following a strike that stranded Torontonians over the weekend, saying TTC chairman Adam Giambrone was to blame for not properly warning ...

TTC Back to Work Today

TTC ordered back to work, Toronto Star Toronto Transit Workers Ordered Back to Work, The Globe and Mail TTC Strike Hits Unsuspecting City, National Post TTC Strike Over, Global News Ontario Acts to Keep Toronto Moving, ...

TTC service changes start May 11

The TTC is giving passengers a Mother's Day present by increasing service on 13 routes and resuming a number of seasonal services to summer attractions, starting Sunday, **May 11**.

TTC update.

Or lack of one. CD 25 and, incidentally, exactly 3 years since my LMP with the Hound. This has been a long 2WW. Not necessarily because I’m waiting with bated breath for AF not to show up, but just because normally I’ll realize after ...

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Monday, March 31, 2008

The Possibility of a TTC strike

Three TTC Unions about to go on strike

There are three unions of TTC employees with expired contracts threatening to strike. The first is the larger one, the Amalgamated Transit Union Local 113. It represents 8,900 TTC drivers and operators. The second one is smaller, but also negotiating a new contract with the TTC. Both unions have agreed with the TTC that they will give 48 hours notice in the event of a strike. The first agreed to do so on Friday and the second and smaller one, CUPE Local 2, representing 500 electrical workers who maintain subway signals and communication systems, did so yesterday. Both unions are in a legal position to strike one minute after midnight tonight. What all this means is that commuters should be able to ride the rocket tomorrow morning despite two TTC unions being legally able to strike after midnight.

Local 113 head Bob Kinnear broke off negotiations last week demanding that TTC workers -- including bus drivers assaulted by passengers -- get a top-up of their workers compensation benefits when they are off the job with an injury. TTC employees could deliver strike three next week -- although bus and subway drivers have promised to stay on the job for now.

The third union of TTC workers is also considering the possibility of a strike.
Members of the International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers Local 235 perform skilled labour including maintenance on streetcars as well as millwright duties for the entire transit service, stated they will join members of the Amalgamated Transit Union Local 113 and Canadian Union of Public Employees Local 2 who will be in a legal strike position at the same time.

TTC chairman Adam Giambrone said having three union contracts expire at the same time has been a challenge.

Kinnear, who heads the largest TTC employee union has said the provincially appointed mediator had resolved enough issues to keep both sides at the table and put an agreement within sight. This could take some time, two, three or maybe more time.

Here is one of CBC's last weeks reports on the TTC strike to get an idea

A local Independent Reporter Asks questions about the strike

CTV reports on the possibilty of the strike

Sunday, March 30, 2008

TTC- Employees worth a million

The TTC Unions are striking because they are worth more than $27/hour. They are also demanding to be compensated in full when they take time off for injuries and trauma.

The TTC Union is running the Worth a Million Campaign.

You can see the other side of the story here. They say a picture is a thousand words...I wonder how many words a youtube video can be...