TTC to terminate employees if not vaccinated by December 31st

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Toronto Transit Commission (TTC) Revised Its compulsory vaccination policy for employees On Friday, it announced that workers who haven’t been vaccinated — or who haven’t shared their proof of a full vaccination dose — will be terminated before the new year on December 31.

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The TTC says employees who have not been vaccinated or who have not shared their status by the end of the day on November 20 will be placed on unpaid absenteeism until they have completed their vaccination course.

“Safety is always our top concern. Our priority during the pandemic is to ensure that everyone who works at TTC is kept as safe as possible,” TTC CEO Rick Leary said in a statement.

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“I want to thank everyone who has vaccinated and disclosed their status to us. This is an important step in leaving the pandemic behind and ensuring that we keep our families, friends and communities healthy. Making every effort.”

The newly amended measures do not apply to employees with the approved Ontario Human Rights Code housing or medical exemptions. Leary says no decision has yet been made on how these employees will be accommodated.


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As of Friday, about 85 per cent of TTC’s nearly 15,000 active employees have shared their COVID-19 vaccination status, of whom 89 per cent have been fully vaccinated and 11 per cent with a single dose.

Overall, 83 percent of unionized employees and 93 percent of non-federal employees shared their position.

Leary announced TTC’s vaccination policy in early September, saying it would be mandatory for all employees to receive both doses of the COVID-19 vaccine by October 30.

Leary’s comments follow a similar announcement by the city in mid-August that Compulsory vaccination for all Toronto municipal employees.

“Unfortunately, we have to take these steps,” the CEO said. “TTC is an essential service, and we need it to be a safe place for everyone. We will do everything we can to maintain our core value of security.”

In September, the TTC accused its largest union of employees of illegal strike action to protest the transit agency’s vaccine disclosure mandate.

At the time, the transit commission said only 56 percent of their employees had disclosed their vaccination status. By comparison, Metrolinx says that 94 percent of employees have provided their vaccination status to the company.

ATU Local 113 president Carlos Santos said the past 18 months have often been “quiet” for TTC employees.

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