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January 17, 2002
Toronto seeks cooperation of unions during negotiations and asks for appointment of provincial conciliator
  
The City of Toronto has provided the Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE),
Local 416 with bargaining proposals and will ask the province to appoint a
conciliator to assist with this process. The City has asked CUPE Local 416 to
respond to the City's proposals within a reasonable time frame.

The City continues to seek more flexibility in labour contracts and ensure that
taxpayers receive the best level of service at the best value.

"We want to work with our unions and provide taxpayers with the services they
expect from our City," said Toronto Mayor Mel Lastman. The Mayor stated,
"These negotiations are important, and we will look to the unions for their
cooperation in reaching an agreement that is fair to both city workers and
taxpayers."

The City wants a negotiated settlement early in 2002 to provide a long overdue
period of stability to city workers. The appointment of a provincial
conciliator will assist the City and the Union to focus on the issues and
bargain within an agreed upon framework.

The City has exchanged proposals with CUPE Local 79 and will continue to work
with the Local to negotiate a new contract as quickly as possible.


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