City of Toronto wants a negotiated settlement with its unions|
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CUPE Local 416 has requested a no-board report from the Ministry of Labour,
setting the stage for a potential labour disruption. In the City of Toronto's
view, job action is completely unnecessary.
City negotiators have tabled proposals with Local 416 that are the framework
for a fair settlement. The proposals mirror the financial terms and conditions
of the recent TTC and Toronto Zoo contracts - 9 per cent over three years. In
addition, the proposals provide that individuals who are adversely affected by
the Local 416 harmonization / arbitration award shall continue to receive their
current wage for the length of the contract.
Local 416 proposals call for no contracting out and no layoffs for any
permanent or temporary employee. "While we respect our workers, the City cannot
guarantee jobs for life," said Mayor Mel Lastman. "The City is prepared to
continue negotiating on job security issues."
The City of Toronto's financial situation is well known. As a result, it is
examining various methods of providing more efficient and cost-effective
services to ensure that the City provides residents and businesses with the
best value for their tax dollar. The report on Alternative Service Delivery
will be considered by Council in June. There will be full consultation with
staff and labour representatives in developing any implementation strategies.
The City of Toronto started the negotiating process with CUPE Locals 416 and 79
before the contracts expired on December 31, 2001 and requested a conciliator
early in the process to help both parties focus on the important issues.
The City remains committed to reaching a settlement at the negotiating table
where the goals of being fair to taxpayers and recognizing those issues of most
importance to our workers can be addressed by both parties.
|Councillor and Deputy Mayor Case Ootes (Ward 29 Toronto-Danforth) |