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City of Toronto works back to work with tentative settlement

About 20,000 City of Toronto inside workers started going back to work this afternoon (April 10) after their union, CUPE local 79 and management reached a tentative agreement just after midnight, April 10th.

The union held a news conference at 10am in a Toronto hotel to announce the agreement which includes significant progress on issues such as wage harmonization, job security as well pay equity.

The new agreement merges 24 agreements made between the union and the former cities and boroughs of the new Toronto ‘megacity’.

“We made gains because our members felt strongly enough to go out on strike,” said Anne Dubas, CUPE Local 79’s president. “Of course, we didnt achieve everything we wanted but considering we were faced with consolidating 24 agreements, we have achieved a lot.”

Members of Local 79 will vote on the tentative agreement this week. The strike began Mar. 31, 2000.

“We did well. We have an excellent collective agreement,” Dubas said. “We have a foundation to build on. We are stronger than ever.”

Highlights of the CUPE Local 79

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