City Labour Relations Update February 24, 2016

Last week, the City reached a tentative agreement with the Toronto Civic Employees' Union Local 416 (CUPE) which represents the City's 4,200 outside workers including garbage collection staff. The tentative agreement must be ratified by the Local 416 membership and subsequently approved by Toronto City Council. Local 416 will be voting on the agreement on February 25 and the Union executive is recommending that its members ratify the agreement. If the agreement is ratified by the Union, City Council will then be voting on it afterwards. Details of the agreement will be released once it has been ratified and approved by both parties. 

Bargaining with Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE) Local 79, which represents approximately 21,000 inside workers, continues. Local 79 is now in a legal strike position, and the City also has the ability to lock out these workers. As 12:01am Monday morning, Local 79 employees have started a work-to-rule campaign. What this means is that Local 79 workers will still be performing their job descriptions but will not be engaging in additional work such as staying late and workers will be taking their full breaks and lunches that they are entitled to in their collective agreements.

City services provided by Local 79 members include child care centres operated by the City and at this present time all City services should not be affected. However, there will be service disruptions if Local 79 decides to strike or if the City decides to lock them out. 

In the case that there is a strike or lockout, you will still be able to contact my office by calling 416-392-7012 or by e-mailing councillor_bailao@toronto.ca and we will be available to assist and answer any questions you may have. You can also see the City's contingency service delivery plan in the case of a strike or lockout by clicking here. As negotiations continue, I will be posting any new developments on social media.

I am still optimistic that there will be a negotiated agreement that is both fair and reasonable to Local 79 members and the City. I am also hopeful that there will be no disruption to the important city services that Ward 18 residents rely on.

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