Toronto Transit Commission faces worker shortage over mandatory vaccine mandate


The Toronto Transit Commission (TTC) faces a worker shortage over its COVID vaccine mandate, forcing them to recall retired workers to fill labour gaps possibly. All TTC workers must be fully vaccinated by October 30. TTC Spokesperson Stuart Green said Monday the recall of retired operators is “one of the contingencies we are exploring.” As of Friday, 80 percent of workers disclosed their vaccination status, as well as three-quarters of unionized employees. Of those employees, over 90 percent are fully vaccinated, while the remainder received one shot to date, reported CP24. The TTC pushed back start dates for bus, streetcar and subway sign-ups to November 3 to account for the mandate deadline. “Out of due diligence, we need to envision different scenarios and our service planning process requires a long lead time,” said a TTC spokesperson. While the TTC has yet to decide the consequences employees who refuse to show proof of vaccination face, the union advised its 12,000 members to withhold their vaccination status due to concerns the policy infringed upon human rights. The union called the approach “confrontational” and claimed the TTC “repeatedly failed to share vital information.”

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