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Local 113-Toronto, ON, Celebrates Huge Legal Victory To Win Back Right to Strike

In a huge win for our Local 113-Toronto, ON, members, and all workers, the Ontario Superior Court struck down legislation illegally limiting collective bargaining for our over 12,000 TTC workers.

The legislation, in place since 2011, has been found to be unconstitutional and a violation of workers’ right to free association which is fundamental to a democracy. This is a comprehensive and decisive victory for transit workers and will have an impact across Canada.


Monumental Victory

“This is a monumental victory for our Local 113, our members, and our Union. Strikes aren’t just about workers fighting for their rights and benefits, they’re a powerful tool to demand justice and fairness and inspire social change,” said ATU International President John Costa. “Strikes remind us that the value of labour can’t be measured by profits alone, but by the dignity and well-being of those who do the work. Congratulations to ATU Local 113!”


Banned from Striking

Before the decision, TTC workers were the only transit workers in Canada who were banned from striking. Without an incentive to negotiate, Local 113 has been unable to resolve big issues in the workplace, modernize the TTC, or update the collective agreement. Now our Local 113 members will be able to bargain their next collective agreement free from the infringement on their Charter rights.


Free Collective Bargaining

“This is a historic win for transit workers in Canada. The Court has delivered a major victory for free collective bargaining in Ontario and for our Local,” said Local President/Business Agent Marvin Alfred, on behalf of his Executive Board. “Our members’ Charter rights have been violated for more than a decade. We’ve known for more
than ten years that Local 113’s rights were being violated and that the TTC had been given an unfair advantage in bargaining. Fortunately, we are now able to return to the bargaining table without unfair government interference.”

Local 113 went to court seeking to strike down the 2011 TTC Labour Disputes Resolution Act, arguing that it violated its members’ Charter of Rights and Freedoms right to free association. Local 113 had only been on strike for twelve days in the 20 years prior to imposing the legislation.


The Decision

The Superior Court decision found that: