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June 17, 2009
City of Toronto releases labour disruption contingency plan
The City of Toronto 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. Both union locals are in a legal strike position at 12:01 a.m. on Monday, June 22, 2009.

Announcing the contingency plan today, Toronto City Manager Joe Pennachetti stated, “While we are announcing the City’s contingency plans in case of a labour disruption, I must be clear that we do not want a labour disruption. The City’s negotiators remain at the bargaining table with the unions in an effort to reach an agreement. We believe a strike is unnecessary.”

If there is a labour disruption, the City is asking residents and business to be patient until a resolution is reached. City services will be interrupted during a strike, however, critical services will continue under the City’s plan.

Several services that will NOT be affected during a strike include: Toronto Police, Fire, TTC and Long-Term Care Homes and Services (Homes for the Aged). In the event of a labour disruption, emergency calls for ambulance/paramedic services will continue as usual. Non-emergency and low priority calls may be affected. In addition, the City’s water supply and sewage treatment systems will continue to function within established safety and quality standards.

The plan announced today will be communicated to the public through the media, on the City website, and through advertising. Residents and businesses with questions about the contingency plan may contact the City by calling Access Toronto at 416-338-0338. Access Toronto is open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week and therefore residents may call after normal business hours when call volumes may be lower.

Picketing can be expected at many City facilities. If crossing a picket line, residents should follow all direction given by picket line monitors. If any conflict arises, residents should please speak with City management staff that will be available on the scene.

The full plan can be viewed at

Media contacts:
Kevin Sack, Director, Strategic Communications, 416-397-5277 (office), 416-919-6500 (cell)
Patricia Trott, Manager, Media Relations, 416-392-8937 (office), 416-919-6503 (cell)
Robert Andrusevich, Senior Communications Advisor, 416-397-4149 (office), 416-200-3660 (cell)
Public information:
call Access Toronto, seven days a week, 24 hours at day, at 416-338-0338



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