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March 30, 2012
City of Toronto reaches tentative agreement on part-time Recreation Workers
Following meetings between the City of Toronto and CUPE Local 79 today, the parties have reached a tentative agreement that has the endorsement of the Local 79 Executive. The union will now be taking the tentative agreement to the 8,600 part-time employees in the Recreation Worker Unit for a ratification vote. The date of the union's ratification vote has not yet been determined.

"We are pleased that following some time to reflect on the City's fair and reasonable offer and some further discussion with the union executive, the part-time Recreation Workers will have a new opportunity to vote on a deal that continues to accomplish all of the City's bargaining goals," said Deputy Mayor Doug Holyday. "I am confident that, with the recommendation of the union executive, the agreement will be ratified and that Toronto will have labour peace for the next four years including through the Pan/Parapan American Games in 2015."

All City recreation services and programs continue as usual.

The parties have also agreed to send the outstanding matters for the part-time Long-Term Care Homes and Services Unit to binding arbitration. The 1,900 part-time employees in Long-Term Care Homes and Services division do not have the right to strike.

The Full-Time Unit, including full-time employees in the City's Long-Term Care Homes and Services division, and Part-Time Unit B of Local 79, that represent nearly 13,000 of the City's 23,000 inside workers, ratified the City's final offer on Wednesday, March 28. City Council will meet in a special session on Monday, April 2 at 9:30 a.m. to consider ratification of the Full-Time Unit and Part-Time Unit B Memoranda of Settlement. Details of the agreements will be posted on the City's website when they have been approved by Council.

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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