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June 29, 2009
Media Advisory: City of Toronto media briefing on contingency plan
Media Briefing

The City of Toronto continues to work towards a negotiated settlement with the Toronto Civic Employees' Union Local 416 (CUPE) and the Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE) Local 79.

The City will hold a media briefing and update on the City’s contingency plan later today. This is the only planned media availability for the City today. The City will not be conducting one-on-one media interviews with individual outlets. To ensure the public continues to understand the contingency plan media can call to clarify information in the plan. During the labour disruption the Media Relations contact line is 416-338-7768.

The City will immediately issue news releases and/or hold additional news conferences on any major developments.

City of Toronto media briefing:

Date: TODAY, June 29

Time: 2:30 p.m.

Location: Metro Hall, 55 John Street, main floor. Media are asked to enter through the King Street entrance. Trucks can park on the patio in front of the building (at the King Street entrance).


City encourages Local 79 to return to meaningful negotiations

The City of Toronto today called on Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE) Local 79 to bargain face-to-face and respond faster to proposals being tabled by the City.

The City wants a negotiated settlement to be reached at the bargaining table and is prepared to work around the clock to make that happen. Unfortunately, the Local 79 negotiating team is not responding quickly or is refusing to respond to City proposals. Since Sunday June 21, 2009 Local 79 has been available for less than six hours of meetings, either directly or through the mediator. The delays in responding to City proposals is slowing the bargaining process and delaying an end to the strike and getting employees back to work.

The City wants a resolution to the strike as quickly as possible and a return to normal services but the City must have the Local’s cooperation to resolve outstanding issues. The City continues to believe a strike was unnecessary, however the City cannot simply agree to all of Local 79’s requests in order to end the strike. The bargaining process must be allowed to work and the City wants Local 79 to demonstrate that it shares the City’s commitment to resolving matters as quickly as possible.

The City continues to believe that the collective agreements being negotiated must be fair to employees, affordable to Torontonians and contain the flexibility required to continue to provide the vast number of services the City delivers within Toronto's many diverse communities.

Given the City's financial circumstances, operating budget pressures and the ongoing economic recession, it is important that collective agreements reflect the financial ability of the City.

The City remains committed to reaching a negotiated settlement at the bargaining table as this is the best way to maintain a positive workplace and provide the best service delivery for residents and businesses.

The City has implemented a contingency plan for the duration of the labour disruption. Residents and businesses with questions about the contingency plan may contact Access Toronto by calling at 416-338-0338 / TTY 416-338-0889 or emailing Access Toronto is open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week and therefore residents may call after normal business hours when call volumes may be lower. Updated information about City services and programs is also available at

Media contact: City of Toronto Media Relations line during the labour disruption - 416-338-7768
Public information: call Access Toronto, seven days a week, 24 hours at day, at 416-338-0338



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