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February 15, 2012
City Council approves fair, reasonable and affordable collective agreement with Local 416
  
Toronto City Council today approved a new, four-year collective agreement with the Toronto Civic Employees' Union Local 416 (CUPE), which represents 6,000 "outside" workers and paramedics.

"I am very pleased that Council approved the new collective agreement with Local 416," said Mayor Rob Ford. "This agreement will help us improve customer service and make City services more efficient. It is reasonable and affordable for the taxpayers of Toronto and fair for employees."

The agreement approved at today's Special Council meeting reflects the City's bargaining objectives and the mandate established by the City's Employee and Labour Relations Committee (ELRC).

"We were able to meet all of our objectives in this round of bargaining by achieving a number of important changes to the agreement while also giving employees modest wage increases," said Deputy Mayor Doug Holyday, Chair of the ELRC. "I want to recognize both the City and union bargaining teams for reaching an agreement without a disruption of services to the public."

The new agreement provides employees with a modest wage increase in the second, third and fourth year of the contract. These increases are 0.5 per cent (2013), 1.75 per cent (2014) and 2.25 per cent (2015) and reflect the City's current financial circumstances. In addition to the 0.5 per cent increase to base wages in 2013, there will be a lump sum payment of 1.5 per cent. There is no increase for 2012.

The City was successful in eliminating or amending many of the restrictive conditions in the existing collective agreement, as well as introducing many cost containment provisions. Highlights include:

• New or revised shift schedules that meet operational needs to improve productivity no longer require union approval
• Employment security provisions regarding contracting out now apply to employees with 15 years of seniority or more
• New streamlined redeployment processes which will reduce the time to place an employee in a new position by 75 per cent
• Changes to the employee benefit plan
• Interest arbitration for paramedics commencing with the next round of collective bargaining.
• Changes to running lunches which will be permitted only where it is operationally efficient.

This new agreement modernizes the previous collective agreement and allows the City to deliver its services effectively and efficiently to the residents and businesses of Toronto.
Details of the agreement are available at http://app.toronto.ca/tmmis/viewAgendaItemHistory.do?item=2012.CC18.1.

The agreement's four-year term also means that the collective agreement will not expire until after the Toronto 2015 Pan/Parapan American Games have concluded.

Negotiations continue with CUPE Local 79, which represents the City's 23,000 "inside workers." Further details of the financial implications of the changes achieved by the City through the collective agreement with TCEU, Local 416 will be disclosed once bargaining with Local 79 has concluded.

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.


Media Contact
Jackie DeSouza
Director, Strategic Communications
416-397-5277
jdesouz@toronto.ca

 

 

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