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December 15, 2011
City of Toronto responds to Local 416 assertions
  
The City of Toronto continues to bargain with TCEU Local 416 (CUPE) and CUPE Local 79, and remains committed to the bargaining process. The City is also committed to reaching a negotiated settlement that is reasonable and gives it the ability to provide efficient and cost-effective services. Recent assertions made by Local 416 are not accurate.

On December 14, the City filed for the appointment of a conciliation officer with the Ministry of Labour. Conciliation is a process by which a trade union or an employer can ask the ministry for help in resolving their differences so that they can reach a collective agreement. Either party may apply for conciliation.

Based on past experience between the City and Local 416, conciliation is a normal part of the bargaining process. It continues to be the City's intent to negotiate, with both Local 416 and Local 79, collective agreements that provide it with the flexibility that it requires to effectively and efficiently provide important services to city residents. By filing for conciliation, the City is simply taking a further step in its effort to achieve that goal.

In 2005, Local 416 applied for conciliation on February 16 and the parties continued bargaining to reach a tentative agreement on July 10, 2005, without a labour disruption. In 2009, Local 416 applied for conciliation on April 1, and did not take its members out on strike until June 22.

The City has notified Local 416 of its intent to hire part-time employees in the future. This may include hiring paramedics to work part-time hours. The City did not table bargaining proposals to replace full-time employees with part-time employees. Local 416 has been quite clear that it does not represent part-time employees.

The City of Toronto has no intent to replace "qualified" full-time employees with "unqualified" part-time employees in any workplace, least of all in its Emergency Medical Services (EMS) division. There is no other emergency medical service in Ontario that does not have part-time paramedics. The use of qualified part-time employees in EMS would allow the City some much needed flexibility in regard to the delivery of the important service that EMS provides.

Information about collective bargaining between the City and its unions is available at http://www.toronto.ca/bargaining/

Toronto is Canada's largest city and sixth largest government, and home to a diverse population of about 2.7 million people. Toronto's government is dedicated to delivering customer service excellence, creating a transparent and accountable government, reducing the size and cost of government and building a transportation city. For information on non-emergency City services and programs, Toronto residents, businesses and visitors can dial 311, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

Media Contact
Jackie DeSouza
Director, Strategic Communications
416-397-5277
jdesouz@toronto.ca

 

 

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