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Toronto Hydro workers vote in favour of strike, talks continue

Just weeks after the ice storm, Toronto Hydro workers have voted 99 per cent in favour of a strike mandate.

The vote took place at the Don Valley Hotel on Thursday night.

The vote in favour of a strike doesn’t mean an immediate work stoppage. It would give union leadership the authority to call a strike should negotiations fail.

The workers’ contract with CUPE Local One expires on Jan. 31 and negotiations are continuing. The workers could strike in February.

Hydro workers say the dispute is over work conditions and benefits, not over wages.

Toronto Hydro serves around 709,000 customers across the city. The figure includes more than 629,000 residential clients.

With files from The Canadian Press