From the Province of Ontario News Service:
In response to a request from the Toronto City Council, Ontario is introducing new legislation to ban strikes and lockouts on the city's transit system.
The proposed Toronto Transit Commission Labour Disputes Resolution Act, 2011, to be introduced later today, responds to the City's request to designate the Toronto Transit Commission (TTC) as an essential service. The legislation, if passed, would provide for binding arbitration by a neutral third party when collective agreements cannot be reached through bargaining. The Act, if passed, also calls for a review of the legislation after a five-year period.
Today's announcement follows consultations held between the Ministry of Labour, the City of Toronto, the TTC and all its bargaining agents.