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January 12, 2012
City of Toronto requests No Board Report
  
This afternoon, the City of Toronto requested a No Board Report from the Ontario Minister of Labour with regard to collective bargaining with the Toronto Civic Employees Union (CUPE) Local 416. Local 416 represents approximately 6,000 "outside workers". Collective bargaining with Local 79 continues.

Conciliation with Local 416 commenced on January 9 with the recently appointed Conciliation Officer. The parties met again on January 10 and today. Conciliation with Local 416 has not worked so far and the parties are at an impasse. In order to put a sharper focus on the City's interest in obtaining a negotiated agreement, the City has taken the next legal step available in its ongoing efforts to negotiate an agreement.

When the City of Toronto and Local 416 are notified of a "No Board", the union will be in a legal strike position and the City in a legal lockout position approximately 17 days from that date. The notification will provide a specific date from which any actions may be taken.

"The City of Toronto wants a negotiated settlement, which is why we have taken this step," said Deputy Mayor Doug Holyday. "We remain hopeful that if meaningful negotiations finally begin, a resolution remains possible during this 17-day period."

The City of Toronto is committed to negotiating a settlement that is fair, reasonable and affordable and that takes into account the City of Toronto's business operations needs and the fiscal challenges it faces. The goal is to bring the collective agreements back to a more reasonable level regarding the numerous terms and conditions of employment that govern how the City effectively manages its operations. The City also needs to negotiate appropriate wages and benefits to ensure ongoing financial sustainability.

The City has a contingency plan in place that addresses the operation of key City services in the event of a labour disruption. Plans will be communicated at the appropriate time.

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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416-397-5277
jdesouz@toronto.ca

 

 

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