ACC workers end strike

The week-long labour dispute between Maple Leaf Sports and Entertainment and Teamsters Local Union 847 ended Saturday.

The strike affected conversions staff, ice crew, restaurant and housekeeping staff at Air Canada Centre.

The Real Sports Bar & Grill will re-open Sunday at 4 p.m. and E11even restaurant will re-open Monday at 12 p.m.

“We appreciate the willingness of the union to work together towards a quick resolution, enabling us to focus on our top priority of providing our fans with the best experience and service at our restaurants and Air Canada Centre,” said Peter Miller, Chief Legal & Development Officer for Maple Leaf Sports & Entertainment in a statement.

“At this time of year it was especially important to get our employees back to work quickly.”

Workers went on strike Dec. 13.

A representative of the union said members voted 82 per cent in favour of job action.

When the strike started Fernanda Santos, the local’s president-elect, told reporters that management offered a wage increase of one per cent in the first year and 1.5 per cent in the second year.

“The offer quite honestly sucked,” she said. “We’ll strike until we get what we want.”

There are approximately 600 people in the union.

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