City of Toronto responds to issuance of "no-board" report|
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The provincial Minister of Labour today released a "no-board" report issued
Friday, June 7, 2002 in response to a request last week from CUPE Local 416.
This means that at 12:01 a.m. on June 24, 2002, a legal work stoppage or
lockout can begin.
In the City of Toronto's view, job action is completely unnecessary and the
City remains ready to continue negotiations.
City negotiators have tabled proposals that are the framework for a fair
settlement - offering 9 per cent over three years. "Proposals from the union
providing for no layoffs of any permanent or temporary employees are simply not
practical," said Mayor Mel Lastman. "We care about our workers, but the City
cannot guarantee jobs for life."
If a labour disruption occurs, the City of Toronto will implement a contingency
plan to ensure that critical services continue. Police and fire services are
not affected by this dispute. The City will work with Local 416 and the
Ministry of Labour to reach an essential services agreement for the provision
of Emergency Medical Services.
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
from the outset of bargaining to help both parties focus on the important
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 successfully addressed by both parties.
|Councillor and Deputy Mayor Case Ootes (Ward 29 Toronto-Danforth), |