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CUPE locals representing 28,000 city workers are poised to strike this coming week. The locals are fighting City Hall on key issues such as job security and contracting out.

This past week, in the middle of collective bargaining, City Council voted to go ahead with the contracting out of several public services and study the possible privatization of several others.

CUPE Local 416, representing 6,800 outside municipal workers, has a deadline of June 24, 12:01 a.m. Talks are scheduled through the weekend, but the employer has yet to show any movement on key issues.

CUPE Local 79, representing 17,000 inside workers, has a strike deadline of June 29, 12:01 a.m. An additional 2, 400 library workers represented by CUPE Local 416 have just set a strike/lockout deadline of July 4.