TTC union unhappy court hasn’t suspended mandatory vaccination

Believe the TTC’s policy of suspending and terminating unvaccinated workers is unfair and will be struck down

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The union representing nearly 12,000 of Toronto’s transit workers isn’t pleased with an Ontario Superior Court of Justice’s decision to deny a mandatory vaccination injunction.

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“We are very disappointed with the Court’s decision to deny our request to suspend operation of the TTC’s mandatory vaccination policy,” said Carlos Santos, President of Amalgamated Transit Union (ATU) Local 113, in a statement released Saturday..

“We believe the TTC’s policy of suspending and terminating unvaccinated workers is unfair and will be struck down at arbitration. While I had hoped the Court would put a stop to this policy while we fought in arbitration, I am confident we will ultimately prevail.”

Earlier this week, Ontario Superior Court Justice Jasmine Akbarali heard counsel for ATU Local 113 argue the policy is of irreparable harm, specifically experienced by those left unemployed.

“To suggest they have a choice between becoming vaccinated and losing their employment … they don’t have a real choice, it’s an illusory choice,” lawyer Dean Ardron said. “In reality, they have no choice at all.”

Suspensions of non-compliant workers was set to begin Saturday with about 1,700 Local 113 members affected for not disclosing their vaccination status to management according to Ardron.

The union wanted the vaccination mandate paused until the end of arbitration which is currently derailed over a conflict-of-interest issue between the arbitrator and the TTC’s chief people officer.

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