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October 16, 2008
Notice to commence bargaining with City unions
The City of Toronto today issued notice to commence bargaining with Toronto Civic Employees’ Union, Local 416 (CUPE). The collective agreement will expire on December 31, 2008. The Ontario Labour Relations Act states that the City and the unions must meet within 15 days from the giving of notice, unless they agree to some other time period.

The City of Toronto received notice to commence bargaining from the Canadian Union of Public Employees, Local 79 on October 3, 2008. The four collective agreements with Local 79 will expire on December 31, 2008. On October 8, 2008, the City acknowledged receipt of the notice, and, subsequently, the parties have agreed to schedule future meetings to commence collective bargaining.

“As bargaining gets underway, the City’s goal is to negotiate a deal that respects our employees and acknowledges the importance of the work they do every day while being affordable for Torontonians,” said Mayor David Miller. “The City delivers excellent quality public services and we are committed to protecting and enhancing those services to build a city that is liveable, prosperous and that provides opportunity for all.”

Of the about 36,000 staff members of the Toronto Public Service - who are directly employed by the City of Toronto - 89 per cent are unionized of which 22,800 are CUPE Local 79 (inside workers) and 5,900 are TCEU Local 416 (outside workers).

Current collective agreements between the City and its unions are posted on the City’s website at

Toronto is Canada’s largest city and sixth largest government, and home to a diverse population of about 2.6 million people. It is the economic engine of Canada and one of the greenest and most creative cities in North America. In the past three years, Toronto has won numerous awards for quality, innovation and efficiency in delivering public services. Toronto’s government is dedicated to prosperity, opportunity and liveability for all its residents.

Media contact:
Kevin Sack, Director, Strategic Communications, 416-397-5277, 416-919-6500 (cell),



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