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July 29, 2009
Return to work of City staff
Toronto Mayor David Miller tonight issued the following statement with respect to the return to work of City staff in CUPE Local 79

The union local advised the City of the vote results at 9 p.m. tonight. CUPE Local 79 staff have overwhelmingly endorsed the new collective agreement.

The City is ready to welcome all staff back to work beginning with their regular shifts at midnight tonight. However, CUPE Local 79 has refused to sign a return to work agreement and therefore the strike is not officially over. CUPE Local 79 has placed a notice on their website informing Local 79 members to "report to their picket site until further notice."

Despite the circumstances, the City wants workers to be able to return to work and deliver services. Unfortunately, striking staff that wish to return to work tomorrow must complete a request to return to work and likely have to cross picket lines. Once the form is completed and submitted employees will be immediately allowed into the workplace.

This is unacceptable as CUPE Local 79 has signed the new collective agreements yet refused to give their workers permission to come to work by ending the strike. The City wants to resume services tomorrow in an orderly and efficient manner and has been ready to do so since this morning.

Ratifying and signing the Memoranda of Agreement should mean the end of the strike and a return of city services.

Members of CUPE Local 79 can call the union local if they have questions about when their union may allow them to return to work.

The special meeting of Council to consider the four collective agreements ratified this evening will take place this Friday, July 31st at 9:30 a.m.

Media contacts:
Stuart Green
Deputy Communications Director, Office of Mayor David Miller

Kevin Sack,
Director, Strategic Communications, City of Toronto
Media line 416-338-7768

Public information:
Call Access Toronto, seven days a week, 24 hours a day, at 416-338-0338 or email



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