TTC tram on Toronto streets
The Toronto Transit Commission (TTC) are operting normally after narrowly averting a strike that contained some 12,000 of its workers. - nearly 1/3 of its total staff. 
 
Marvin Alfred, president of the Amalgamated Transit Union (ATU) confirmed that a tentative greement had been reached just before the strikes were due to start.  
 
No details of the agreement been the parties have yet been released however the agreement covers a three year period.  
 
TTC have faced finacial insecurity thanks to tight city budgets and there has previously been unrest amongst union members regarding wages, benefits and job security. 
 
TTC CEO Rick Leary said the tentative deal is a good one for employees, the city and and the transit agency which moves roughly 1.3 million riders each weekday - many of whom are breathing a huge sigh of relief... 
 
'For the next three years, we have confirmed service in the city with the TTC,' he said, 'We still have to dot the I's and cross the T's . You can imagine there's a lot of wording that has to be confirmed, but that's a normal process when it comes to bargaining and negotiating.' 
 
The deal will need to be ratified by the union members before it is taken to the TTC board 
Union says tentative agreement reached overnight, but needs to be presented to members (TTC) 
 
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