Toronto's workers to be back on job July 15

TORONTO -- Called into an emergency session July 11 by Ontario Premier Ernie Eves, Ontario's Provincial Parliament enacted back to work legislation ordering nearly 25,000 municipal workers back on duty -- including 6,800 garbage collectors who resume work July 15.

Since June 26, Toronto's residential trash has piled up in parks; city-run museums, art galleries and cultural facilities were closed; and Toronto Island ferry service was canceled as a 16-day labor dispute sidelined civic workers in Ontario's capital.

Even though the strike is over, the clean-up can be expected to take at least another week, bringing the issue perilously close to the date set for a visit by Pope John Paul II for World Youth Day, July 22 to 28, which is expected to draw 350,000 visitors.

Meanwhile, the city faces the threat of a hotel union workers' strike, as well, according to a spokeswoman for the Toronto Convention & Visitors Association.

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