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July 28, 2009
Statement: Toronto plans for the full resumption of City services
Toronto City Manager, Joe Pennachetti today released the following statement concerning the planning that is being done to fully resume City services.

Yesterday morning at 8:30 a.m. the Toronto Civic Employees' Union Local 416 (CUPE) reached a tentative settlement with the City of Toronto and at 3:30 p.m. a tentative settlement with CUPE Local 79 was announced.

There has been significant speculation on the content of the agreements. While the City will not release details of the tentative settlements until it is approved by Toronto City Council, I wish to clearly state that the tentative agreements reached with the unions are within the guidelines given to City negotiators by the City's Employee and Labour Relations Committee. The result is that the agreements reached are fair to the City's workers and affordable to Torontonians.

We understand the union locals will be holding ratification votes on Wednesday. If the union locals ratify the tentative settlements the Mayor will be calling a special meeting of Council to consider the settlements. Notice of that meeting will be given on Thursday (24 hours notice is required) and the meeting will take place on Friday.

The City is committed to the orderly resumption of services as soon as possible. The strike in 2002 that ended with back-to-work legislation was different in that the Provincial government legislated workers back and there was no period of time needed for the union membership and City Council to ratify the agreement prior to the resumption of services.

I will announce specific details of the City's plan to resume services tomorrow. No details on the plan will be released today.

Media contact:
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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