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March 22, 2000
City Releases Detailed Contingency Plans in the Event of a Labour Disruption
  
Michael R. Garrett, Chief Administrative Officer for the City of Toronto today
released the details of the City's contingency plans in the event of a labour
disruption. CUPE Local 79 will be in a legal strike position and the City of
Toronto will be in a legal lockout position as of 12:01 a.m. on Sunday, March
26, 2000.

"The City must be prepared in case we are faced with a labour disruption," said
Garrett.

The intent of the contingency plans are to avoid as much disruption to the
lives of the 2.4 million citizens of Toronto as possible.

"City staff have been developing plans that put all resources into delivering
priority services. Services that affect the health and safety of citizens will
continue to be delivered," said Garrett. "In the event of a labour disruption,
all available management and excluded staff will be working to ensure that
these priority services continue to be available."

A public information campaign will take place to ensure residents are aware of
changes to services.

Toronto and CUPE Local 79 have been in complex negotiations for over a year to
establish a single collective agreement, combining the former locals from the
seven former municipalities and more than 20 collective agreements.


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