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March 9, 2000
City of Toronto Responds to Issuance of "No-Board" Report
  
The City of Toronto's request for a "no-board" report to help resolve the
impasse in bargaining between the City and CUPE Local 79 was granted today by
the Provincial Minister of Labour.

At 12:01 a.m. on Sunday, March 26, 2000, CUPE Local 79 will be in legal strike
position, and the City will be legally able to lock out all Local 79 members.
Neither action is required, and the City wants to reach a negotiated settlement
that is fair to our employees and residents.

The City requested the "no-board" report because the negotiation process has
been going on for a very long time without any real progress. Until a new
agreement is negotiated, the City must continue administrating the more than 20
pre-amalgamation collective agreements still covering members of Local 79.

In the event of a labour disruption, the City of Toronto will implement a
contingency plan to ensure that critical services continue.

The City welcomes the Minister's decision to issue a "no-board" report.
Negotiations have been slow, creating strain and uncertainty.

The City has been in negotiations with CUPE Local 79 since February of 1999 and
continues to work hard to reach a settlement. Local 79 represents full-time and
part-time technical, professional, support, clerical and recreation workers.


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