Mark Ferguson, President of Toronto Civic Employees’ Union, CUPE Local 416, announced early this morning that the Local and the City negotiators have developed a working framework for a new collective agreement.
“From the start, our responsibilities were clear: to negotiate a deal, and maintain our ability to deliver high-quality community services,” said Ferguson. “I am pleased to report that we are close to reaching our goal.”
Ferguson and his bargaining committee emerged after nearly a day in media silence exhausted and somewhat optimistic that the complete settlement is in sight.
“Throughout the process we have provided the City with many efficiencies and creative solutions to extremely difficult problems. There is no doubt that our members are making sacrifices. We are going to keep working to finalize a deal that gives the City flexibility and affordability while still delivering great public services.”
The City and Union are expected to continue working together over the next 48 hours to finish the agreement before proposing it for ratification by Local 416 members and City Council.
Ferguson thanked his team and members. “This has been a hard bargaining process. I have an amazing team at the table with me, and the support of my Executive Committee and my members has been absolutely invaluable. I couldn’t have come this far without them.”