Two major strikes are affecting services in Canadian cities including Toronto and Montreal.
A “strike” happens when workers, who are banded together in a “union,” decide to stop working until they get something they think is fair, such as raises, health coverage or money for their retirement.
A strike puts pressure on a company to talk to the union and possibly give the workers what they want.
Usually there is a “compromise,” in other words, the workers and the company get some things they want but perhaps not everything.
The company and the union try to find a solution that pleases both sides.