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January 19, 2012
City of Toronto receives "No Board" report from the Ontario Ministry of Labour
Today, the City of Toronto received notification of the signed "No Board" report from the Ontario Ministry of Labour. The City requested a No Board report from the Ministry with regard to collective bargaining with the Toronto Civic Employees' Union (TCEU) Local 416 (CUPE) on January 12.

The issuance of the No Board report means that Local 416 will be in a legal strike position and the City in a legal lockout position as of 12:01 a.m. on Sunday, February 5; that is, one minute past midnight on Saturday night.

"We will have contingency plans in place to address key City services in the event of a disruption," said Toronto City Manager Joe Pennachetti. "It's important to note, however, we are still at the table with Local 416 and we are working hard to reach a negotiated settlement. Ultimately, we want an agreement that will allow us to improve City services for residents and businesses. We are willing to conduct meaningful negotiations 24/7 to reach an agreement."

The City has been bargaining with Local 416 since October and remains committed to negotiating a new collective agreement that is fair, reasonable and affordable while addressing the restrictive terms and conditions of the current agreement.

In the event of a labour disruption with Local 416, which represents 6,000 "outside workers", the City of Toronto will implement its contingency plan to address the operation of key City services that will be affected. The plan will be broadly communicated to the public as necessary. The TTC, Police and Fire Services and the City's Long-Term Care Homes and Services, Toronto Public Library and Toronto Community Housing properties would not be affected. In addition, the City and unions have agreements for maintaining essential Emergency Medical Services (Ambulance).

Collective bargaining between the City of Toronto and the Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE) Local 79, which represents the approximately 23,000 "inside" City workers also continues. There has been no request made by either party for a No Board report.

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.

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Jackie DeSouza
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