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TORONTO, ON. - Members of CUPE Local 79 City of Toronto workers overwhelmingly endorsed contract agreements reached with the City of Toronto in a ratification vote Sunday.

Local 79, which represents more than 18,000 inside city workers, voted more than 94 per cent in favor of the agreements which the two sides had tentatively reached on August 4.

The agreements cover four bargaining units represented by Local 79, including Full-Time, Part-Time, Homes for the Aged workers and Part-Time Recreation employees.

I’m tremendously pleased with our members’ wholehearted endorsement of these agreements,” said Ann Dembinski, president of Local 79.

She cited protection of seniority rights in the unlikely event of future layoffs as a key component of the agreements. Dembinski was also pleased that the agreements were reached without the threat of a strike or lockout.

I would like to thank the members for their strength and support throughout the course of negotiations with the City.”

Wages and improvements to the language around contracting out provisions were also cited as key elements of the agreements.

The four-year agreements, retroactive to January 1, 2005, expire on December 31, 2008.

For more information, please contact:

Greg Hamara
CUPE communications
(416) 292-3999 ext. 222
(416) 797-7760 (cell)