The Toronto branch of the International Brotherhood of Teamsters, which represents cleaners and cleaners’ assistants, is up one rank from its lowest rank in 2016.
The union has had to contend with low turnover and low productivity, but it is now up two places to second place, to the United Food and Commercial Workers.
“The labour market is still challenging,” said John Friel, general secretary of the Toronto branch.
“We have a lot of people who are not employed, they’re working part-time and their wages are not rising at all.”
The union, which has a national membership of about 2.6 million, is also seeing some growth in its national office, which now has about 1,000 members and employs about 600 workers.
“It is the right time to have a union,” said Friel.
“I think the unions can have a good impact on labour conditions.”
The trade unions that are rising in the city have been hit by a surge in the number of strikes and pickets.
On May 12, the Toronto chapter of the United Electrical, Radio and Machine Workers (UEJT) announced a new agreement with the Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE).
The union had negotiated an agreement in 2014 with the city’s transit authority to keep the TTC open on Sundays.
The new agreement gives the TTC authority more freedom to enforce picket lines on the subway.
This comes on the heels of the release of a report by the Toronto-based Centre for Public Policy Priorities (CPPPR), which found that while the number and number of pickets have decreased, the number picketers are calling on to shut down TTC buses has risen from 2,000 in 2014 to more than 1,500 now.
The TTC is expected to close more than 100 pickets this summer, according to a spokesperson.
“TTC staff, union and community members will continue to be protected by a strong picket line, with the authority and CUPE working together to address the problem,” the spokesperson said.
“For more information on how you can join the picket and how you may help, visit the TTC’s picket page.
Toronto has also seen a spike in the rate of police-reported incidents against residents.
“Police reported incidents were up about 9 per cent over 2015, but that is down from nearly a decade ago.” “
While we have seen an increase in the amount of reported incidents, we still see fewer incidents per month than we did in 2015,” said the union’s general secretary, Eric Johnson.
“Police reported incidents were up about 9 per cent over 2015, but that is down from nearly a decade ago.”
The number of police reports involving residents has also increased over the past few years.
In 2017, there was a total of 796, which was the highest since at least 2011.
But the police report rate is down slightly compared to the years 2012 and 2015, the report found.
“A majority of police officers do not report incidents to the TPSB,” the report stated.
“These incidents are often misclassified as not being reported and therefore not subject to any discipline.
This has resulted in officers not being placed on paid administrative leave.”
The TPSPB has reported at least 30 police-citizen incidents against people of colour since 2014, including over 20 of whom were shot, according the union.
“Over 50 per cent of police reported incidents involve a resident of the City of Toronto,” the union reported.
“There have been more incidents of residents being shot than any other community in the GTA, including the GTA as a whole.”
Toronto is home to nearly 40 per cent more white people than the city as a total.
The city has seen an explosion in the numbers of police shootings.
Since 2014, the police have killed a total 2,873 people, or a third of all people shot by police, according, to a report compiled by the Brennan Centre for Justice at York University.
More than 20 per cent were unarmed, and the vast majority were white, the Brennan report states.
“In 2016, Toronto was one of only five cities in Canada to see its police-community relations score increase in both positive and negative directions,” the Brennan Center wrote.
“Toronto was also one of the only cities in the country to experience a decline in the proportion of residents who felt that the city was safe to live in.
The number and proportion of people reporting that their neighbourhood was unsafe has been consistently declining over the last two years.”
Friel said the city is facing challenges at the municipal level, particularly with regard to the growing number of immigrants and refugees who are settling in the area.
“When you have these massive population surges, you have this need to build a more inclusive city,” he said.
But Friel is hopeful that the union will be able to keep pushing for better working conditions for its members, and that it will