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[URBAN NOTE] “Two sides in TTC union fight agree to mediation after Bob Kinnear tries to get rival sent to jail”

The Toronto Star‘s Ben Spurr reports on the latest in the struggle for the control of the TTC workers’ union.

A bitter dispute over the leadership of the TTC’s largest union has been de-escalated, at least temporarily, with the two sides agreeing to enter into mediation.

Lawyers for the president of Amalgamated Transit Union Local 113, which represents more than 10,000 TTC employees, and the organization’s parent union, U.S.-based Amalgamated Transit Union International, appeared at University Ave. courthouse Monday to file papers consenting to a mediation process led by noted labour lawyer William Kaplan.

Bob Kinnear, who was first elected president of Local 113 in 2003, had filed motion last week seeking an order to find his rival Manny Sforza in contempt of court, and punish him with a fine and imprisonment. Sforza is the ATU International vice president who replaced Kinnear temporarily when the parent organization locked Kinnear out and put the local under a trusteeship earlier this month.

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Written by Randy McDonald

March 1, 2017 at 7:30 pm

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