Toronto - The union representing 6,800 “outside” workers in the City of Toronto has said that city workers will report to work as usual tomorrow morning, as the negotiating committee continues to try and reach a settlement in ongoing contract talks. The Toronto Civic Employees’ Union, Local 416 (CUPE), has been in a legal strike position since 12:01 a.m., June 24th.
Late last night the union offered to bypass the legal strike deadline for the time being, and make further effort to try and bring the two parties closer together. Throughout Monday talks have continued with the assistance of provincial mediators. The union is expecting a reply from the employer to its latest proposal on Tuesday morning.
“We continue to want to avert a strike,” said Brian Cochrane, president of Local 416. “We hope the City shares this interest, and tomorrow morning we hope to have a clear sense of where this is headed. In the meantime, our members will be at work on Tuesday morning.”
Local 416 represents 6,800 water and waste-water workers, sanitation workers, paramedics (EMS), parks and recreation, roads and transportation workers. Local 416 also represents an additional 2,300 library workers who are in a legal strike position on July 4th.
CUPE represents half a million working women and men in Canada, many of whom
work in the municipal, health care, and university sectors.
For more information: Andrea Addario, CUPE Communications, 416.738.4329