City of Toronto responds to issuance of "no-board" report to CUPE Local 79|
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The Provincial Minister of Labour has released a "no-board" report in response
to a request from CUPE Local 79. This means that Local 79 can begin a legal
strike against the City of Toronto as of 12:01 a.m. on June 29, 2002.
Previously, CUPE Local 416 was issued a "no-board" report and will be in a
legal strike position as of 12:01 a.m. on June 24, 2002.
The City of Toronto regards job action as completely unnecessary and remains
ready to continue negotiations with both locals to reach a new collective
City negotiators have tabled proposals that are the framework for a fair
settlement - offering a nine per cent salary increase over three years. "I am
disappointed that our unions continue to ask for guarantees of no layoffs,"
said Mayor Mel Lastman. "We are prepared to negotiate this issue in a sensible
way on behalf of all taxpayers. I am hopeful that the unions will come to
approach it in the same way."
If a labour disruption occurs, the City of Toronto will implement a contingency
plan to ensure that critical services continue. In addition, Police and Fire
Services and the City's Homes for the Aged are not affected by this dispute.
Discussions are ongoing with Local 416 and with Local 79 with respect to the
provision of ambulance services during a work stoppage.
The City of Toronto started the negotiating process with CUPE Locals 416 and 79
in October, 2001, before contracts expired at the end of December. The City
also requested that a provincial conciliator join the process at the outset of
bargaining to help both parties focus on the important issues and come to a
The City remains committed to reaching a settlement at the bargaining table - a
settlement that will be fair to taxpayers and workers alike.