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April 1, 2009
Statement from the City of Toronto
The City of Toronto continues to negotiate collective agreements with Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE) Local 79 and the Toronto Civic Employees Union, Local 416 (CUPE).

The City has received notice that Locals 79 and 416 have each made a request to the Ontario Ministry of Labour for the appointment of a conciliation officer. The applications for the appointment of a conciliation officer were made to the Ministry of Labour on March 27, 2009. The application for conciliation by CUPE Local 79 was done jointly with the City.

Collective agreements with both union locals expired December 31, 2008. Negotiations with Local 416 began in January. Negotiations with Local 79 started in February. Bargaining teams have met regularly since negotiations commenced.

In negotiations, either party may apply for the appointment of a conciliation officer. The Ontario Minister of Labour appoints a conciliation officer to assist the parties in reaching an agreement. Ontario law requires the parties to use the Ministry of Labour's conciliation services before they can be in a position to engage in a strike or lock-out.

The City of Toronto wants a negotiated agreement and will continue bargaining to achieve this result. Agreements reached with employee representatives during the bargaining process are the most preferred way of building and supporting a well-structured and positive workplace. The City will work with the conciliation officer and the unions to reach a negotiated agreement that is both fair to workers and Toronto residents.

Comment on the content or status of negotiations will not be provided at this time.

Local 79 represents over 10,000 full-time and more than 11,000 part-time City inside workers. Local 416 represents over 6,000 City outside workers.

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.

Collective agreements for employees who work in some of the City's agencies, boards and commissions (such as the Toronto Transit Commission, 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.



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