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Mandatory Vaccination Will Kick In For TTC Workers Next Month & Their Jobs Are On The Line

The TTC says the change could mean fewer service hours for Torontonians, too!

Mandatory Vaccination Will Kick In For TTC Workers Next Month & Their Jobs Are On The Line

Employees with the TTC only have a few months to get vaccinated or face losing their job, according to its new mandatory vaccination policy.

According to a release posted on October 15, the transit agency said unvaccinated employees will be put on unpaid leave on November 20 and fired after December 31 if they do not get vaccinated or share their proof of vaccination.

Employees with an approved accommodation or medical exemption will not be included in the new firing policy, the TTC said, but "no decisions" have been made yet as to how those employees will be accommodated.

"It is unfortunate we have to take these steps" Rick Leary, the CEO of the TTC, said in the release. "The TTC is an essential service and we need it to be a safe place for everyone. We will be doing everything we can to uphold our core value of safety."

The TTC said that approximately 85% of its employees have shared their vaccination status, with 89% of those being fully vaccinated.

In order to figure out how to keep running without disruptions and with potentially fewer staff, the agency said it's looking at re-hiring retired employees, expediting hiring and retraining other workers.

"As well, starting Nov. 21, scheduled hours may need to be reduced depending on staff availability," the TTC said.

Toronto Police Are Looking For A Man Who Allegedly Pushed Someone Onto TTC Subway Tracks

The man was dragged by the train and taken to hospital for his injuries.

A 36-year-old man was pushed and fell onto the Bloor-Yonge Subway Station TTC subway tracks on November 26, and police are looking for the person who allegedly pushed him.

Toronto police were called to the station at 5:22 p.m. for "unknown trouble" and reported the victim was carrying a box at the platform when he accidentally bumped into another man which sparked an argument, according to a press release.

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A public meet-and-greet with TTC CEO Rick Leary and Councillor Brad Bradford appeared to go off the rails Monday night after a crowd of protestors swarmed the two men.

The meeting, which was promoted to help the company's head connect with transit riders, descended into chaos after protestors piled into the Main Street subway station, where the talk took place.

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TTC Riders Can Expect Big Changes Due To Staffing Shortages & Here's What You Need To Know

A subway line, streetcar and 57 bus routes will be affected starting next week.

This month, the TTC will make sweeping changes to its transit schedule to anticipate staffing shortages caused by its new COVID-19 vaccine mandate.

According to the agency's website, the changes, which come into effect on November 21, 2021, are the direct result of "operator workforce shortages" and are expected to cause significant delays on subway lines and streetcar/bus routes.

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Transit time is going to go up for some Torontonians next month because the TTC is losing a bunch of workers who won't get vaccinated.

The transit agency recently issued a press release advising travellers about some "small and temporary reductions" in service that it says are necessary in order to keep things going on its busiest routes.

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