Saturday, April 26, 2008

This just in, literally:

April 25, 2008 at 11:22 PM EDT

TORONTO — The TTC's largest union has voted not to ratify a tentative agreement reached with management last weekend and the transit system will grind to a halt at midnight.

Sixty-five per cent of TTC union members voted to reject the tentative agreement, which required a 50-per-cent plus one vote to pass. Bob Kinnear, the union president, said he had no choice but to call an immediate strike for the safety of his members.

“We have assessed the situation and decided that we will not expose our members to the dangers of assaults from angry and irrational members of the public,” Mr. Kinnear said in a statement. “We have a legal responsibility to protect the safety of our members and so does the TTC.”


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