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July 27, 2009
Toronto reaches tentative agreements with CUPE Locals 79 and 416
The City of Toronto has reached tentative agreements with both the Toronto Civic Employees' Union Local 416 (CUPE) and the Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE) Local 79.

"I'm pleased we have been able to reach these settlements," said Mayor David Miller. "The agreements mean our employees can return to work and resume delivering the excellent public services Torontonians expect and deserve. As we have said from the start, we wanted an agreement that is fair, affordable and allows the City to continue to provide the services Torontonians depend on all day, every day. I believe this agreement achieves those objectives."

"The strike has been a difficult period for our City," the Mayor added. "I encourage everyone to move forward and to continue to show the world that no matter what our difficulties or challenges may be, Toronto remains a great place to live, a great place to work and a great place to visit."

Specific details of the agreement will be released once it is ratified by both the union members and City Council.

The Mayor and City Manager Joe Pennachetti thanked the City's two negotiating teams for their efforts in reaching a fair and affordable agreement as well as non-union and management staff for their incredible hard work during the strike to keep critical services up and running.

The Mayor also extended his appreciation to the City's Employee and Labour Relations Committee for their work in establishing the mandate of the City's negotiating team. Mayor Miller also thanked the unions negotiating teams for working with the City to reach a negotiated settlement at the bargaining table.

As employees return to work the City will begin the process of resuming regular services. Details on the City's plan for the full resumption of regular services will be announced shortly.

"We want to thank Torontonians for their patience and civic pride during what has been a very challenging time," said City Manager Pennachetti. "We ask that Torontonians remain patient for a few more days while we get our staff back in place and get City services back to regular levels."

The City will immediately begin the process of returning 30,000 employees to their regular jobs. It will take several days in many operations and program areas before the City can offer full service to residents and businesses. For example, swimming pools must be cleaned and refilled, childcare centres must be reopened, cleaned and stocked with food, parks need maintenance and grass cutting, license renewals and inspection applications must be processed, and many other matters must be addressed.

The City will communicate information about service resumption broadly through the media, on the City's website, or by contacting Access Toronto 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

No further statements from the City of Toronto will be provided tonight.

Message to City employees

City Staff are asked to check the City's website for information. Further information on the return to work of staff will follow.

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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