April 27, 2008 / 12:16 AM / in 10 years

TTC to resume service Sunday

MONTREAL (Reuters) - Toronto’s transit system said on Sunday it would resume service later in the day, after Ontario’s legislature ordered back to work 9,000 workers who had gone on strike, shutting down bus, streetcar and subway service in Canada’s most populous city.

The Toronto Transit Commission (TTC) said there may be service delays on Sunday as it gradually calls its employees back to work, but the system would be fully operational for Monday’s morning rush hour.

Local 113 of the Amalgamated Transit Union, which represents 9,000 operating and maintenance workers, rejected a proposed three-year labor pact in a majority vote on Friday and began walking off the job within hours.

There was no transit service on Saturday and for much of Sunday.

The TTC carries more than 1.5 million passengers every week day. A strike during the week would have caused serious problems for many workers who rely on the service, which covers a wide metropolitan area where some 5 million people live.

The TTC had offered 3 percent wage increases in each of the three years of the proposed contract. An attempt at resuming contract bargaining between the TTC and union on Saturday failed to produce results.

The back-to-work legislation adopted in a special session of the Ontario legislature imposes arbitration in the labor dispute, which hinged on union demands for better wages and benefits and concerns that the transit system was contracting out maintenance service.

Reporting by Robert Melnbardis

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