I am writing in response to the Council`s decision adopted last night on collective bargaining for workers in transit. I am shocked and saddened that your government took this step without warning, and I ask you to reconsider this issue. As part of this general allocation of power, the College authorizes communities to take a series of specific measures that take over all statutes, regulations, ordinances, directives, agreements or agreements, including a collective agreement. This means that municipalities can take such measures without complying with a collective agreement, including their redundancy, service or replacement provisions. Your Council regulation – Regulation 157/20 – provides that the City of Toronto can ignore our freely negotiated collective agreement and force workers to change jobs, eliminate service time, eliminate service fees and even give work to private contractors and volunteers – all in accordant to the employer`s mood and despite our negotiated collective agreement. “Toronto`s hard-working public transportation workers welcome the new collective agreement that recognizes our crucial role in the communities we serve through fair wages and social benefits. From the outset of the trial, ATU Local 113 came to the table in good faith to negotiate an agreement and, despite the TTC`s efforts to shorten, shorten and suspend the talks, the arbitrator agreed that the contract should be concluded for years and should not be based on draconian and unfair concessions. The Arbitrator also rejected the TTC`s assertion that the City of Toronto workers were an appropriate man of comparison with our 11,000 skilled transit workers and agreed that comparisons with Metrolinx, Mississauga MiWay and Brampton Transit were more appropriate. To be clear, whatever the outcome, the interest rate arbitration procedure does not replace the Charter`s fundamental right to free collective bargaining, which was denied to ATU Local 113 by the lifting of the right to strike by previous governments. With the new collective agreement now in place, ATU Local is asking the new Toronto 113 City Council and TTC to join us in countering the provincial government`s threat to split the TTC by taking its subway and putting it on the fast track of privatization, higher rates and reduced service for drivers. The College applies to all communities in Ontario.