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January 18, 2002
Streamlined service, lower costs the result of new waste collection schedule
The City of Toronto expects to save approximately $1 million per year as a
result of the ratification of a four-day, 10-hour work schedule for waste
collection by the Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE).

"The result of this agreement is that waste collection service will be
streamlined across the city," said Councillor Betty Disero, chair of the City's
Works Committee. "It is another example of our efforts to provide residents
and businesses with quality services at the best possible price."

The new arrangement will make waste collection more consistent and reduces the
number of different collection schedules. As a result, the city will be able
to reduce the number of different collection calendars in the city from 57 to

Councillor Disero praised the union for their effort in negotiating the new

"CUPE Local 416 should be commended for their foresight in assisting us in
finding better ways to deliver services. We are looking forward to future
collaborations with our unions," added Councillor Disero.

Brian Cochrane, President of Toronto Civic Employees Union Local 416, noted,
"After a long and difficult debate Local 416 and its members have taken a leap
of faith to assist the City and its taxpayers in reducing costs in the
collection of garbage. It is our expectation that the good faith that our
members have shown will be reciprocated by the City, by ending the constant
threat to contract out collection of garbage."

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