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July 4, 2002
Local 79 walks out on negotiations - City implements contingency plan
The City of Toronto is disappointed to hear that CUPE Local 79 has decided to
take strike action without ever having responded to the City's offer to
settle. The City had provided CUPE Local 79 with an offer to settle with the
full time unit on June 28, 2002 and has not heard a response.

The strike was called by CUPE Local 79 in the midst of negotiations with the
union on a settlement for the part-time units.

Effective immediately, the City of Toronto will implement its labour disruption
contingency plan. Details of the plan are available on the City of Toronto's
Web site or by calling Access Toronto at 416-338-0338.

The settlement offer that CUPE Local 79 rejected included:

- Pay raise of 9.27 per cent (compounded) over three years.

- Job security for those permanent workers with 10 years or more of service as
of July 1, 2002. Staff that had this protection in the previous agreement will
continue to have it. This provision covers more than three-quarters of
permanent CUPE Local 79 members.

- Improved benefits for all CUPE Local 79 staff that demonstrate the City's
interest in the health and welfare of our employees.

- With respect to alternative service delivery, a guarantee that in the first
two years of the agreement, no permanent full-time employee, regardless of
years of service, will be laid-off as a result of the implementation of
alternative service delivery in the four areas identified for study by City

"Our offer is fair and generous, respecting the needs of our employees, while
protecting the interests of our taxpayers," said Mayor Mel Lastman. "I am
disappointed that CUPE Local 79 has gone on strike. I was hoping for a
resolution. What the union did today is walk out on the City's most vulnerable
people - children, elderly and the homeless," the Mayor said.

The City's response to emergencies will not be affected by the strike and homes
for the aged are not affected by the disruption.

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