The members of CUPE 109 are fighting off major concessions being driven by a right-wing council and mayor, who would like to turn City Hall into a Seven-Eleven. The major issue in the dispute is hours of work. The city has tabled something called floating flex-time, which would essentially move all employees to a system with no set hours of work.
The city is also trying to eliminate bumping rights, reduce benefits, and remove all part-timers from the bargaining unit and more.
Two weeks into the strike, Local 109 members rejected a final offer from the employer containing these takeaways and others by 95 per cent.
Just weeks before the strike, managers gave themselves merit increases of between four and five per cent.
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