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June 11, 2009
City of Toronto continues to work towards negotiated settlement with union workers
  
The City of Toronto today confirmed that it continues to bargain with both the Toronto Civic Employees' Union Local 416 (CUPE) and the Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE) Local 79 with the goal of reaching a negotiated settlement. The City and its negotiators are committed to reaching new collective agreements with Local 416 and Local 79.

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.

The City remains committed to reaching 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.

In the event of a labour disruption, the City of Toronto will implement a contingency plan to ensure that critical services continue. The plan will be widely 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).

The City will not be holding a news conference today.

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, 416-397-5277 (o), 416-919-6500 (cell)


 

 

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