TORONTO — The union representing Technical Standards and Safety Authority (TSSA) safety inspectors has announced a tentative agreement with the TSSA the following an 11-week strike.
It is a first contract for the 170 inspectors, who unionized with OPSEU/SEFPO Local 546 last year. The inspectors operate under three programs: elevating devices, boilers and pressure vessels, and fuels.
After an impasse in talks, the inspectors took strike action on July 21.
“The past 11 weeks have undoubtedly been challenging, but we stood strong and kept fighting for what we knew was right – a fair deal that gives safety inspectors in all programs the resources we need to protect public safety,” said Cory Knipe, OPSEU/SEFPO Local 546 TSSA bargaining team chair, in a statement. “We achieved this deal with immense support and solidarity from within our union, and the entire labour movement.”
The tentative agreement was reached Oct. 7, after four mediation sessions with the TSSA at the Ontario Labour Relations Board. The Local 546 TSSA bargaining team will be recommending that members accept the tentative agreement and are holding a ratification vote on Oct. 8.
More to come.