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January 16, 2012
City of Toronto presents new offer to TCEU Local 416
City of Toronto presents new offer to TCEU Local 416
Modified "jobs-for-life" provision and modest lump sum payments highlight four-year offer

The City of Toronto's bargaining team this morning tabled a new offer to the bargaining team for the Toronto Civic Employees’ Union Local 416. This four-year term offer includes eliminating the current commonly called "jobs-for-life" provision for those workers with less than 25 years seniority and provides for modest one-time lump sum wage payments.

"This offer reflects our continuing commitment to get a negotiated settlement with Local 416 and avoid a labour disruption," said Deputy Mayor Doug Holyday, Chair of the City's Employee and Labour Relations Committee. "This offer provides the City with much-needed changes and will allow us to improve the delivery of city services."

The City of Toronto's collective bargaining agreements contain language that makes it nearly impossible for the City to make any changes to shift schedules and other working conditions. The City's offer today, as with its original offer to the union, continues to seek much-needed changes to these restrictive provisions.

Today's offer included the following modifications from our initial proposal:
• it provides for the continuation of employment security in regards to contracting out for those employees with 25 years or more of seniority,
• it provides for modest, one-time lump sum wage payments, and
• it provides for a four-year contract term that seeks to create labour stability for an additional year.

"The City has repeatedly said that this round of bargaining is about getting changes to the collective agreement that will give us the flexibility we require to improve services for our residents and taxpayers," said Deputy Mayor Holyday. "Local 416's announcement of a wage freeze does not address those restrictive provisions, except to maintain them for three more years, and is nothing more than a ploy to avoid negotiating on the City's primary objective to find relief from some of the most restrictive and inefficient terms and conditions in the country.

"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. We are hopeful that this new offer will encourage Local 416 to get serious about tabling meaningful proposals to respond to the City's key objective."

Deputy Mayor Holyday also dismissed the union's January 13 proposal related to using proposed cost savings from a 0 per cent wage increase to support the 2012 Operating Budget as inappropriate as the collective bargaining and Budget processes are completely different processes that operate on different timelines.

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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Olivia Gondek
Office of the Mayor

Jackie DeSouza
Director, Strategic Communications



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