Locked-out CNE workers agree to contract offer

The union representing workers at Exhibition Place says it has reluctantly agreed to a contract settlement with the city after almost a year of deliberations and a four-month lockout.

“This contract is a reflection of the continued attacks on workers at the hands of the city of Toronto, supported by anti-union ideology coming from the province,” according to Justin Antheunis, president of Local 58 of the International Association of Theatrical Stage Employees (IATSE).

Antheunis said the union is angry about the concessions its members were forced to accept and that they “took it on the chin,” in order to get back to work.

Councillor Jim Karygiannis (Ward 22 — Scarborough Agincourt), who is a member of the Exhibition Place board of governors, said the city took advantage of the fact that the union is a relatively small one and that the dispute did not get a lot of public attention.

“We took a small union and we took a sledgehammer to it,” said Karygiannis.

Francine Kopun is a Toronto-based reporter covering city politics. Follow her on Twitter: @KopunF

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