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(Toronto) - After thirty-one hours of continuous negotiations, the Union representing full and part-time employees at the Toronto Parking Authority reached a tentative agreement. The deal was reached on July 21, 2000 and was ratified by members of the Toronto Civic Employees Union, Local 416 on July 30, 2000.

We are pleased that we were able to negotiate a new agreement without having to take job action, yet again, said Brian Cochrane, President of the Toronto Civic Employees Union, Local 416. Strikes had occurred during the last two rounds of bargaining, the last round producing an 8 week strike with the Toronto Parking Authority. Our members seemed reasonably pleased with the new collective agreement. They feel they finally have received at least some respect that truly had been missing, said Cochrane.

The new agreement produced wage increases retroactive to April 1, 2000 of 2.2%, April 1, 2001 3.25%, April 1, 2002 3.75% and April 1, 2003 4% which is 14.19% compounded over the 4 year term. Other highlights include increases in shift premiums, a guarantee of no layoffs for the term of the agreement, and improvement to vacation entitlement and bereavement leave, and substantial increases to student rates.

The two collective agreements cover approximately 300 members.

For further information, call

Brian Cochrane, President Local 416

(416) 633-7272

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