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CUPE Backgrounder

Toronto Civic Employees’ Union, Local 416 (CUPE)

Who’s on Strike?

The outside unit of Local 416 includes about 6,800 workers, approximately 6,000 of whom are on strike.

Local 416 also represents approximately 2,300 library workers who will be in a legal strike position on July 4th, 12:01 a.m.


Workers who work in treatment plants, filtration plants, testing water, conducting street maintenance of water mains and valves, etc.


These workers do curbside collections (commercial and residential), recycling, and work at transfer stations.


This includes paramedics and support services workers. Paramedics have retained a limited right to strike under legislation governing workers deemed essential. The support workers in EMS include mechanics, oxygen techs, schedulers and support services workers, and they all have a total right to strike.


These workers conduct road maintenance, including pavement markings, etc., construction work and street signs.

Corporate Services

These workers maintain fleet services (servicing the city’s vehicles and keeping them in repair), are trades people, work in homes for the aged (maintenance), are caretakers at police stations, look after materials management (shipping and receiving of supplies), and work at special events on city properties.

Animal Services

These workers are in animal services, performing enforcement of animal control by-laws, public safety and rescue work, sheltering and education.

Parks and Recreation

These workers do maintenance of parks, pools, arenas, community and recreation centres, and golf courses.

Local 416 also represents Port Authority workers, who are in bargaining at a separate table; Parking Authority workers, who are not in bargaining; some workers who work at Enwave Heating Corporation, who are not in bargaining right now; and housing workers who are also not in bargaining right now.

For more information:
Andrea Addario, CUPE Communications,