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April 10, 2000
City of Toronto and CUPE Local 79 Reach Tentative Agreement
The City of Toronto and the Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE) Local 79,
representing inside workers reached a tentative agreement this morning.

The agreement, to be ratified by Toronto City Council and members of CUPE Local
79, is fair to employees, residents and businesses of Toronto. Details of the
agreement will not be released pending ratification.

"This is a fair and good agreement, both for our taxpayers and the members of
Local 79," said Mayor Mel Lastman. "I want to thank the people of Toronto for
their patience and understanding during this dispute."

The City believes that the three-year agreement meets the unique requirements
of the membership of CUPE Local 79.

The agreement this morning means City services such as daycare and recreation
centres will open on Tuesday, April 11, 2000. Preparations for the return to
regular operations will take place throughout the day. Unless otherwise
advised, all staff in Local 79 should return to work at their regular reporting
time on Tuesday, April 11, 2000.

As the City continues preparations for regular operations, staff who have been
re-assigned are asked to continue to report to those assignments.

For specific information on services please contact Access Toronto at
416-338-0338 or visit the City of Toronto Web site.

The City of Toronto and CUPE Local 79 have been in complex negotiations for
over a year to establish a single collective agreement that will replace more
than 20 pre-amalgamation collective agreements negotiated with the seven former

CUPE Local 79 represents approximately 20,000 full and part-time workers such
as building inspectors, early childhood educators, public health workers,
computer technicians, social assistance workers and clerical staff.

Media Contact
Kevin Sack
Corporate Communications
April 10, 2000 12:00am-8:00am
(416) 397-5277

Simon Dwyer
Corporate Communications
April 10, 2000 (day)
(416) 397-5272



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