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Striking Union Station workers to return to work as labour dispute ends: union

TORONTO — Electrical rail workers at Toronto's Union Station will resume their duties at the busy transit hub early Wednesday morning after walking off the job last month. 

Ninety-five workers with the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers went on strike on April 20 and started on-and-off demonstrations in the days that followed, some of which affected bus service at Union Station.

A tweet Tuesday morning from the IBEW chapter representing Union Station workers announced the end of the strike and said workers would soon be back on the job. 

Toronto Terminals Railway, which employs the workers, confirmed the end of the strike and said it "reached a tentative agreement" with the electrical workers union, with "outstanding issues to be submitted to binding arbitration."

It noted that an "orderly and progressive return to work" had begun, with employees set to resume their duties at 12:01 a.m. Wednesday.

The employees are signals and communication workers as well as train movement directors, and had been without a contract since December 2019.

Metrolinx, which operates GO Transit, said it filed an injunction on Monday against the union to prevent more service disruptions.

This report by The Canadian Press was first published May 3, 2022.

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