Almost 90 per cent of the Toronto Transit Commission (TTC) Operations Supervisors voted Thursday on joining CUPE, but their ballots have not yet been counted because of a technical objection raised by their employer.

“The Operations Supervisors in TTC Transit Control came out in huge numbers to participate in a democratic process and, understandably, are frustrated that the TTC is blocking the votes from being counted,” says Kristy Davidson, a CUPE National Representative who was involved in the organizing drive. “This is a delaying tactic by the employer, but these are strong and motivated workers. Together, we’ll overcome the obstacles and win the respect they deserve.”

The Operations Supervisors decided to unionize after a lack of response by their employer to concerns about issues including health and safety, workload, constant schedule tampering and forced overtime.

“These are people who work around the clock, 24/7, to ensure smooth operation of the TTC in the event of accidents or emergencies, and they deserve better treatment from their employer. We will continue to fight for their rights and a stronger, safer public transit system for everyone.”

CUPE represents more than 80,000 municipal workers across Ontario, including more than 650 workers who maintain critical safety equipment in the TTC.