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January 13, 2012
City responds to CUPE Local 416 announcement
The City of Toronto has been working since October to try and negotiate a collective agreement with the Toronto Civic Employees’ Union Local 416 representing the City's "outside workers."

"This round of bargaining is about the public and getting the changes necessary to improve City services for our residents and taxpayers," said Deputy Mayor Doug Holyday, Chair of the City's Employee and Labour Relations Committee. "The current collective agreement doesn't provide the City with the flexibility to deliver efficient and cost-effective services to the residents of Toronto."

The City has indicated that these collective agreements must be changed if the City is to have the operational and management ability it requires to provide cost-effective services to the public.

The City has always been willing to bargain 24/7 in order to achieve a negotiated collective agreement, however, the City cannot negotiate against itself. It requires the union to make meaningful proposals on the City's other key issues regarding the restrictive provisions of the collective agreements and benefits.

The City has taken the steps necessary to achieve a negotiated collective agreement, including requesting the assistance of a conciliator and yesterday, requesting a "No Board" report from the Minister of Labour.

"It is our hope that the increased pressure will help encourage the CUPE Local 416 bargaining team to return to the table with meaningful and substantive proposals," said Deputy Mayor Holyday.

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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