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June 5, 2009
City of Toronto continues to seek negotiated settlements - "No-Board" Reports issued
  
The City of Toronto today received notification of the signing of two "No-Board" reports from the Ontario Ministry of Labour and confirmed that the City continues to seek negotiated settlements with both the Toronto Civic Employees' Union Local 416 (CUPE) and the Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE) Local 79.

The City will next meet with the Toronto Civic Employees' Union Local 416 (CUPE) tomorrow. Negotiations with Local 416 have been ongoing without interruption since they began in January 2009.

The City also remains ready to continue bargaining with the Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE) Local 79 at any time.

The issuance of the "No-Board" report, as requested by both CUPE locals, means they will be in a legal strike position as of 12:01 a.m. on June 22, 2009.

The City wants to reach a negotiated settlement at each of the bargaining tables as this is the best way to maintain a positive workplace and provide the best service delivery for residents and businesses. The City continues to believe that the collective agreements being negotiated must be fair to employees, affordable to the City 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 and are affordable to Torontonians.

The City of Toronto will continue to seek negotiated settlements with its unions. If a labour disruption occurs, the City of Toronto will implement a contingency plan to ensure that critical services continue. The plan will be broadly communicated immediately before any labour disruption. The TTC, Police and Fire Services and the City's Long Term Care Homes & Services (Homes for the Aged) and Toronto Community Housing properties would not be affected. In addition, the City and unions have agreements for maintaining essential Emergency Medical Services (Ambulance).

Collective agreements for employees who work in some of the City's agencies, boards and commissions (such as the Toronto Transit Commission, Toronto Public Library, the Toronto Police Service and Toronto Community Housing Corporation) are negotiated with other unions or are negotiated separately and are therefore not part of these negotiations.

The Toronto Public Service delivers many important services - many 24 hours a day, seven days a week. The collective agreements to be negotiated outline the terms and conditions of employment for the staff who deliver these key services to the public.

Local 416:

The Toronto Civic Employees' Union Local 416 (CUPE) represents about 6,200 outside workers. Bargaining commenced with the exchange of proposals at the first meeting on January 16, 2009, and the parties have had 45 meetings (full or part days of meetings across the table) since that time. There is one collective agreement to be concluded with Local 416.

Local 79:

CUPE Local 79 represents over 11,600 full-time inside and 12,750 part-time inside, Long Term Care Homes and Services (Homes for the Aged) and recreation workers. Bargaining commenced with the exchange of proposals at the first meeting on February 9, 2009, and the parties have had more than 55 meetings (full or part days of meetings across the table) since then. There are four collective agreements to be concluded with Local 79.


Media contact:
Kevin Sack, Director, Strategic Communications, City of Toronto, 416-397-5277 (office), 416-919-6500 (cell), ksack@toronto.ca




 

 

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