Outside workers in Toronto represented by CUPE local 416 are in contract negotiations with the city to try and reach a deal before the end of the weekend. The City continues to ask for concessions and last night tabled a final offer to the union that guts our collective agreement, to the detriment of both workers and the services they provide
CUPE Local 416 has taken a very reasonable approach to negotiations. Recognizing the financial pressure many cities face, CUPE offered to accept a three year wage freeze in exchange for a ‘roll over” of the collective agreement. But the city refuses to accept such a deal and seeks concessions.
“The City has forcefully pushed us to a deadline while remaining entrenched in a position they knew would never lead to a deal,” said Mark Ferguson, president of the Toronto Civic Employees Union, CUPE local 416. “There is a deal to be negotiated here. A deal that preserves services, and keeps Toronto working together. A deal that residents, workers, and City Councillors can accept. We are certain of this, and we remain committed to work toward that end.”
The local remains ready to be at the table, working to find an agreement that is fair, affordable and that allows workers to continue to provide quality services to residents.
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